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Posted: Nov 16th 2008 1:16PM Nadril said

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The reason why people stick with WoW? Familiarity. They know how to play WoW and, chances are, a large majority of players who play WoW think it is one of the only MMORPG's.

Plus people some how don't want to give up all of their "work" on a character.

Posted: Nov 16th 2008 1:32PM JohnD212 said

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I would add that we stick with WoW because its quality. We know Blizzard will put out a good product. They've also shown over the last 4 years that they listen to their customers and make changes where its necessary. Its nice to have a game that looks beautiful while I play that doesn't constantly remind me that I need to buy a new computer.

Posted: Nov 16th 2008 2:22PM (Unverified) said

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quality? blizzard taught to the world that let your players believe you deliver quality is cheaper than deliver quality. blizzard delivers illusions. open your eyes, wow is missing all the basilar mechanics of any massive games. no territorial control, no serious pvp, no realism, no possibilities to personalize your character because of the ultra-simple stat/skill/talent system...

i think that the real reasons that keep players sticked to wow are: 1) it's the game of the moment, 2) Pavlovian behaviourism(go check a psychology book or at least a wiki). the rest is only marketing. i think the best thing wow has is not pve, it's his marketing office

Posted: Nov 16th 2008 2:50PM wjowski said

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And what 'basilar' mechanics is WoW missing? Territorial control and serious PvP? WoW's always been a primarily PvE driven game, as are most MMOs on the market. Honestly, that's like complaining about EvE online not having any endgame raiding content. Realism? Like what? Uncanny Valley-esque graphics that serve no purpose outside of driving up system requirements to the point where the vast majority of WoW's customer base can't play the game anymore? As for Blizzard's talent system not being enough to let you 'personalize' your character, quite frankly I'd take that in a heartbeat over something like grinding 1000+ AA points in Everquest.

All in all your argument boils down to load of insulting, barely legible, poorly argued nonsense that shows an utter lack of understanding as to why people play WoW coupled with a childish desire to paint said people as 'the ignorant masses'.
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Posted: Nov 16th 2008 3:08PM (Unverified) said

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Let me get this comment out of the way so the trolls won't have to:

WoW sucks. It has bad graphics, bad gameplay, bad PvP, bad PvE, it's too easy, it's too hard, it's not customizable enough, it's too expensive, etc.

Warcraft survives on its quality, which is not something easily denied, except by those who are unwilling to try and plumb the depths offered by Blizzard. It also survives on a largely casual base of players who would rather play without extensive worries over whether they are going to get destroyed by the next player they run across, or pressure from extremely difficult content. It survives on a player base with a wide variety of system specs, which are happy that they do not necessarily have to upgrade to the latest gaming gear to have a shot at playing.

WoW survives because it caters to the bulk of the player base, not the "elite."

Posted: Nov 16th 2008 6:21PM (Unverified) said

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There is no question that one of WoW's big strengths is addons, and the community of developers who make them for free.

I was a little surprised by your Curse.com screenshot. You do realize that if everyone blocked adds the way you do, Curse and the other sites who host addons would no longer be able to offer then for free, right?

Posted: Nov 17th 2008 11:37PM (Unverified) said

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WoW doesn't have great graphics. The graphics suck, it's 4 years old and it is really starting to show. Within the next year or so WoW will have a huge drop off and go into fast decline like every MMO does after 4-5 years of popularity. It's not even the most popular MMO. The most popular MMO titles go to Runescape and Second life, not that WoW is much better then either of those other two games. WoW was great back in its hay day, but sadly things never last forever.

Posted: Nov 25th 2008 6:51PM (Unverified) said

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mlmn...

You are sadly mistaken saying WoW is not the most popular MMO game of its time. Runescape's graphics are beyond terrible, i played Runescape for 5 minutes and decided it was the worst online game i have ever played. Popularity you say? Over 12 Million people play World of Warcraft and over 1 Million people play runescape. Check your info again.

World of Warcraft: The Wrath of the Lich King was just named the Fastest selling PC game in the world.

I believe WoW is still a great game, when expansions come out people might quit but the people who stick on it will realize blizzard does this for a reason.

How would you like to run sunwell over and over for no gain? Have full s4 and have NOTHING to do.

The big thing that gets most people is wanting to be the best and wow provides everyone with a chance to be the best, and that keeps people playing.

Anyway those are my thoughts, I think ur totally wrong.

P.S. Iv never even heard of Second Life.

- The Froob

Posted: Nov 25th 2008 10:36AM (Unverified) said

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This article is poorly written. Quick hint: If you're spending words talking about whether a column is interesting, it probably isn't!

Please hire some better writers. Like me.

Posted: Nov 25th 2008 11:16AM (Unverified) said

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Alot of you bashers on Wow is missing a big part of it. The lore! Warcraft has had years and years of lore built on it. Why deny a game that has a huge base of lore built on it compared to some others. Wrath of the Lich King has better graphics slightly than it's previous. It's great to create a game that has superb graphics, but it doesn't do good if the majority of the online gamers cannot play it on their system cause it requires more than WoW. Meh if I get bored, I always can play my Battlefield 2. my 2 cents on all this.

Posted: Dec 16th 2008 10:48PM (Unverified) said

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WoW is fun to many people for many reasons, but it's fiercely addictive for one reason:

Blizzard has researched and learned the mechanics and combinations to create the most addictive pixel crack of all time.

The difficulty, yet reachability of items that will allow you to compete with others in pvp your level makes it very enticing. In many ways, WoW is like gambling...

Gambling time, gambling gold on the auction house, gambling on a loot, gambling that you will not find something better in a week. Wow has simply perfected the "loot table", and that little carrot on a stick is what keeps people subscribing overall, period.

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