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Op Ed

Gamasutra - Can Games Become 'Virtual Murder?'.
If, in this hypothetical future, we're capable of stripping away our empathy and compassion to murder a 99% realistic virtual human (and maybe even enjoy it), will we be psychologically any different from people who actually murder those of flesh and blood? Having perhaps unintentionally trained ourselves to become cold-blooded killers through systematic desensitization, will we be emotionally capable of doing the same thing in waking life?

IncGamers - WoW is Killing itself. Thanks Ant.
Yeah, that's right, you heard me. WoW is in the act of committing suicide, and Blizzard don't even know it. Now, before you get all huffy and angry with me (save that for later, you Blizzlovers, you), allow me to give you a bit of background. And when I say background, I mean way, waaaaay back, to the games that inspired WoW in the first place, and to where these games went wrong.

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10. Re: Op Ed Jul 2, 2009, 16:40 Beamer
 
He makes a good point, though (and editorials split into two parts aren't uncommon, if always annoying.)

MMOs do die when people get to the end-game. Just a fact of life. They get to the end-game and need to find a way to keep people happy. While the developers try to figure that out a new game comes out with a new mechanic and tons of sweet new gear. The old king withers and dies - the people just wanted a new challenge.

I don't play MMORPGs so I don't know what WoW is doing or if it's working. I just know that they need to do something or else something new will come along. Yeah, they've got that whole critical mass thing, but so did Everquest. Hell, so did Myspace. Eventually something supplanted both of them. It's inevitable that something will with WoW, too. It'll just be fun to count how many fail miserably before one succeeds.
 
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