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January 24, 2006

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Joe

So Half Life would have been more successful if they had just made the darn thing medieval?

By the same token, it was clearly a poor move on Blizzard's part to create Starcraft instead of just a new version of Warcraft, eh?

Color me a bit confused on this.

Dimi

I'm fucking sick and tired of fantasy, BRING ON DECENT SCI-FI OR FUTURISTIC MMO'S. At the moment, the only semi contender is AO, but they lost the plot at release and have been slowly working thier way up into the good books. Every other futuristic mmo out there....sux balls.

Tale

I saw someone call for a western-themed MMO over at F13.net. That seemed like a good idea to me. Could go historical western, or sci-fi western (Westworld).

Cosmik

"So Half Life would have been more successful if they had just made the darn thing medieval?

By the same token, it was clearly a poor move on Blizzard's part to create Starcraft instead of just a new version of Warcraft, eh?"

That's not what I was saying. As I mentioned in the update above, sci-fi MMOs can be very popular (even though the top 2 sci-fi games sold last year - SWG Total Experience and the Matrix Online - were helped along by licenses). For that matter, sci-fi games in general can, and have, sell extremely well. Many genres can do this, although I'd wager not to the same extent as sci-fi blockbusters.

What I am saying is that when it comes to MMOs, and players needing to form a relationship with their avatar, fantasy-based MMOs will experience the most success due in part to more people identifying their relationship with a fantasy theme when growing up. As children, the stories we are told, the books we read, and the fables we learn are steeped in fantasy. It's all part of forming an identity as a child, creating the person you'll become, and transferring that over into an MMO that fits it. I'm not pigeon-holing everyone - something psychology can't do - but there's always the majority.

Of course, there may be a change in the wind these days, what with more and more kids playing with Star Wars and other sci-fi toys (I believe Gundam robots were a good seller last year), but for the moment, with the current generation of people playing MMOs, fantasy-themed MMOs will remain on top.

Dimi

By that same token, I never dreamed of being a knight or wizard when I was young. I dreamed of being an astronaught or a pilot...how does that fit into your "fantasy association" theory then?

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