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Posted: Apr 22nd 2008 9:04AM (Unverified) said

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"what if there were a way to observe a head-to-head match-up between players in your favorite MMO? "

Guild Wars has "Observer Mode" that lets players watch PVP team matches

Posted: Apr 22nd 2008 10:29AM GRT said

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People record things like WOW raid boss battles and post the vids to YouTube and they seem to get traffic. That indicates to me that there would be a market for this sort of thing.

I actually think PvE would be more interesting just because its all more or less scripted so you'd know what to watch when after seeing a few raids take down boss X. Watching PvP action, chances are you'd miss the "good stuff" since PvP is by nature so unpredictable.

Posted: Apr 22nd 2008 11:15AM (Unverified) said

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Spectators are fine as long as they are welcome to observe. I can think of at least two frequent scenarios in MMOG's where I would [i]not[/i] want any outside observers. The first one is while working out strategies for a world or server-first for taking out an undefeated boss mob. The second is during PvP action -- especially team or realm PvP like WoW's battlegrounds or in DAoC's frontier.

I feel observer mode should be limited to arena-style matches which, in the games that currently support observers, already limit it to that.

City of Heroes/Villains allows observers to "fly" around the arena by controlling a spybot.

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