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Posted: Oct 6th 2010 12:05PM Allegos said

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At first, I thought this article was a very clever parody. Then I looked up, and realized I had misread the headline.

I thought it said, "Burnout: Report Says Chinese Farmers Losing Interest In MMOs."

Posted: Oct 6th 2010 12:09PM Lt Cobalt said

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Might be related to Asia coming out with about 20 new MMOs a day.

Posted: Oct 6th 2010 12:10PM Solp said

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Imposhibibble, who will fharm ghold?!

Posted: Oct 6th 2010 12:15PM Dumac said

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Isn't the same thing happening in the west too? I mean, i don't want to judge based on numbers and say either western or chinese players >prefer< casual or social games, but they do have a bigger audience based on accessibility alone. No surprise there. Actually the biggest surprise are social games in government-controls-everything-China.

Posted: Oct 6th 2010 12:20PM (Unverified) said

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The most important thing here is, what game is that in the screenshot? :D

Posted: Oct 6th 2010 1:10PM cotheer said

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Ether Saga by PWI, go figure lol
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Posted: Oct 6th 2010 12:37PM BGExorcist said

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Probably half of the gamers are farmers yeah. Its a market of its own.

Posted: Oct 6th 2010 12:43PM Seldra said

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It was bound to happen eventually, much of the mmos in Asia are grind heavy and it's clear that as gamers get older they no longer have the time to spend hours a day to level or do other tedious tasks. As with a lot of mmos coming out in the future seems to trend away from grinding and more into social and barrier of entry is lowered.

Posted: Oct 6th 2010 12:45PM Pan1 said

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Amazing how these "reports" can miss the point completly.
(not talking about massively)

So instead of developing good mmo's lets all cheer and churn out "farmville" copies. I mean, they got the customer crazy enough to jump ship, so why not capitalise on the tragedy they created?

I swear to God one of these days....

Posted: Oct 6th 2010 3:14PM whateveryousay said

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What do you expect? The market doesn't change with the people, the people change with the market. They jump ship to the crap that you see on facebook because that's all the market will offer them (or us, for that matter).
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Posted: Oct 6th 2010 12:55PM Scuffles said

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Can you really blame them after getting years of little more than grind fest MMO games?

Posted: Oct 6th 2010 1:57PM Rayko said

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QFT
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Posted: Oct 6th 2010 1:02PM (Unverified) said

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I see the same sort of trend among my friends right now. I expected every single one of them to rush out and buy halo reach, humorously only 1 out of 20 something people did the first week. Most of them said something similar to "Meh, just another shooter".
Same with MMO's, a number of my friends refuse to play anything right now as the fantasy genre has been beaten to death, yet still seems to be the only thing anyone is putting out. Maybe star wars will see a much larger opening than expected for just that reason. Everyone is tired of reskinned games with one or two "unique features".

Posted: Oct 6th 2010 2:27PM mmark said

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Its not even the theme of a game, its the MMO genre. Star Wars will be no different; you will start out lightsabering rats, crafting copper lightsabers, and ignoring quest texts - all in the hope of getting to the next level so you can lightsaber bigger rats, craft brass lightsabers, and ignore more quest texts.
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Posted: Oct 7th 2010 2:46AM SwobyJ said

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Hey now, when I play Rift, I most certainly will NOT be ignoring the quest text :P

But then, I'm one of those weird ones.

You know, those.

The 'lore buffs'.
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Posted: Oct 7th 2010 4:02PM ZenJitsu said

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Fantasy MMOs are popular for developers because, well, they're popular for the players. To say otherwise would be ignoring that 11 million pound elephant in the room, WoW, or the whole Guild Wars franchise. I'm a huge fan of sci-fi games, but they and modern day MMOs combined can't come close to the number of people who are signed up for the fantasy games.

I doubt SWTOR will save the genre as well; they're admittedly straight Diku style: the same thing we've been playing for years. Their innovation is cinematic story with branching choices. It's about the only reason I'll probably be getting it, although I do hope that it will sway masses toward sci-fi in general. That might provide impetus for developers to go that way as well.

Anyway, I empathize with the Chinese gamers. You can only grind for so long, even for free.
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Posted: Oct 6th 2010 1:04PM (Unverified) said

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There are maybe a total of 10 quality MMO type games out there and then the rest are all trash remakes of the same content just a new place. Perfect World is a great example of a company that makes games that just seem reskinned and/or barely changed. Micotransaction games are also a big turnoff for the hardcare gamers as it takes away from being skilled and more about spending money.

Posted: Oct 6th 2010 1:23PM (Unverified) said

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Developers are just not putting enough horsebirds into games these days. Thats the problem.

Posted: Oct 6th 2010 1:54PM Zaetal said

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I don't blame China for losing interest, they JUST NOW got Lich King 2 years after we did, you think we complain and bitch when eastern MMOs run patches for months before they get to the west.... lol.

Posted: Oct 6th 2010 2:13PM Zantom said

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Quite frankly I am surprised at how anyone can play any of these MMOs for more than a few hours and not lose interest. Zentia had some fun elements but it doesn't take long for that to wane too. Maybe it is because I am a westerner, but whatever the differences are I find the western MMOs far more enjoyable long term.

MMOs in general are starting to lose it with me anyway. I enjoy progressive games, ie games that one session of play contributes to a future session of play. Which is my original appeal to MMOs, but the journey needs to be fun not just some green pasture over the proverbial hill of end game destination. I find I have been enjoying FPS games a little more as they cross into progressive gaming like Call of Duty. I am hoping The Agency takes that concept to a new level. But for all the lumps WoW gets, honestly it is the best overall for fun in both the level journey and end game destination. I like sandbox games too, but ultimately those tend to leave you with at a lose of purpose to it all if you stick at it long enough.

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