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Posted: Mar 4th 2010 12:11PM (Unverified) said

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BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

/snort

AAAHHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!

Farmville > WoW

That's awesome!!!!!

Grats Farmville!

Posted: Mar 4th 2010 12:52PM Macabre 13 said

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Abrasive comments aside, the "/snort" in between the laughing made me lol.

Kudos to you, sir.
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Posted: Mar 4th 2010 6:50PM (Unverified) said

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If you knew how horrible Zynga is as a corporation, even compared to Blizzard, you wouldn't be congratulating them.
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Posted: Mar 9th 2010 1:24PM talkingmike said

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Do tell more about Zynga please?
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Posted: Mar 9th 2010 2:11PM (Unverified) said

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Ugh. I play Zynga games every single day, multiple times a day. A much as they are addicting, they are annoying. I really don't think Activision-Blizzard has anything at all to fear from Zynga.
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Posted: Mar 4th 2010 12:19PM (Unverified) said

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Bobby Kotick is a monster.
I have this nasty horrible feeling he's going to pull a 'MW2' on Blizz soon..

(PS: 'Hi', Jef Reahard. You know, Massively, you really should introduce us to new writers somehow. 'Tis only polite..)

Posted: Mar 4th 2010 12:23PM Snow Leopard said

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Do people realize that this report has to list any analyze every risk no matter how seemingly insignificant?

True, there’s a crossover between Farmville players and social browser players, but it’s not like their competing with one another. One offers a more substantial experience that requires actual playtime whereas the other is a cheap distraction that only requires occasional attention to play. Nobody says “I’m quitting WoW for Farmville”. Subscription based titles will always be successful as long as they offer a AAA experience that people will feel is worth the cost.

Posted: Mar 4th 2010 12:50PM ployer said

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I quitting WoW for Farmville!
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Posted: Mar 4th 2010 12:29PM mikejr said

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Meh... they've been dumbing down WoW for a while now - and to follow that to it's logical conclusion would put it in direct competition with Free Realms and FB games.

They just couldn't be satisfied with 11 million...

Posted: Mar 4th 2010 12:49PM (Unverified) said

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Blizzard is still the industry leader.

You want to play something more complicated - go play EvE.

The industry knows that there is an MMORPG facebook (an MMORPG that almost the entire world plays) out there and they don't want to be the company having to resort to cheap copycat products to try and capture the magic that company that creates the killer game is going to have.

My guess is that lightning in a bottle is going to be something that uses collaborative creation...the linux of MMORPGs.
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Posted: Mar 4th 2010 12:29PM (Unverified) said

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Stop sending me farmville sh*t!

I hate you.

Posted: Mar 4th 2010 1:18PM Ixliam said

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Farmville is the new hard-core. There's folks at my office that play that, and they bot, pay their kids to play, or set an alarm clock to wake up and manage stuff on there. And they think raiders are hard core.

Posted: Mar 4th 2010 1:29PM SgtBaker said

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^this.

Happening in my office as well.

I'm a EVE player and was talking about how some alliance ops are so called "alarm clock" ops.. and then a female colleague said "yeah, I do that with farmville all the time". She also makes her kids play it while she's at work.

Farmville is more hardocre than EVE
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Posted: Mar 4th 2010 1:32PM Snow Leopard said

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Pfff you think that's hardcore? I drive down to the Facebook/Myspace border every morning to bring in illegal day workers for my farmville. Now, that's hardcore.

That's right. Myspace is Facebook's Mexico.
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Posted: Mar 4th 2010 2:24PM pcgneurotic said

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"Myspace is Facebook's Mexico."

Probably not very P.C. but I laughed my face off anyway! Instant Sig!
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Posted: Mar 4th 2010 1:26PM (Unverified) said

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Hi Amana, thanks for the welcome!

Posted: Mar 4th 2010 1:46PM (Unverified) said

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For one the statement does not name Farmville or any browser game- it's just an obvious statement that if WoW loses 5% of its playerbase due to attrition or someone else coming in and making something people prefer, then Activision makes (a lot) less money. By law they have to tell investors (like myself) these things. It covers their butts in case games like Star Wars: The Old Republic become "the next WoW" causing their profits to be less awesome than they were the year before.

Like, if their profit falls by a tiny percent and institutional investors smell blood in the water, the institutional investor jumps ship and things get really bad for Activision. If Activision did not acknowledge the obvious, the institutional investor could spin around and sue Activision for misleading them into thinking their dominant position was unreachable by others.

The sky is not falling, and Activision does not think that Farmville will obliterate WoW. The success of Farmville you can bet is hot on the minds of every publishing executive in the gaming industry, however.

Posted: Mar 4th 2010 1:53PM toychristopher said

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It's kind of ridiculous because the gameplay of those social app games is incredibly shallow. However, they do have some overlap in that the whole point of those games is to show off to your peers.

I do think that mmo's should take some of the ideas from the sites that support those games like facebook and myspace and somehow involve more social networking into their games. People keep coming back to mmo's because of the people they meet in the games and if there were more ways to keep track and keep in touch in the game, it would really help build a sense of community inside the mmo itself.

Posted: Mar 4th 2010 4:38PM toychristopher said

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Yes Amana those are great integration with facebook. What I am talking about is more ways to interact socially when you are actually in the game. I think mmo's need to evolve beyond the one guild and chat channels and give us more ways to interact within the game interface itself.
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