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Taking the P out of MMORPGs

Inspired by the recent cancellations of both Mythica and URU Live, Flood of games, too few players cause change in online realm (thanks [In Praise of Ammo]LadyCatra & [In Praise of Ammo]Stormalong) is a Boston Globe article with reflections on what may be an overestimation of the demand for more online games.

24. demand Feb 19, 2004, 16:19 Jerry S Ku
Demand is not the problem. I think the main problem is that game companies are essentially FORCING you to choose only ONE MMO to play. The subscription rates of 15/month are far too expensive to allow MMO fans to play several MMO games at once. So if you look at it this way, the MMO industry is damaging itself by asking people to stick to just one game.

MMOs usually say their rates are expensive to pay for server costs and what not. I'm highly suspicious of this claim, but if true, I think the MMO companies need to figure out a way to have player-run servers instead. Half-Life and other FPS games have thousands of servers that are entirely payed for by fans themselves. I forget the calculations I made, but millions of dollars every year are forked out voluntarily by generous server admins who simply love the game. Maybe MMO companies could make a deal where the game is run on many player-owned servers, but they still get some sort of money from the subscription rate.

I'm not an MMO fan myself, but primarily because I simply can't stand playing just one game of any genre for very long, and paying a sizeable chunk to do so.

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  1. Feb 19, 11:15 New ideas please. Mr Gar
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  4. Feb 19, 11:40  Re: New ideas please. Steele Johnson
  5. Feb 19, 11:58   Re: New ideas please. Akuinnen
  6. Feb 19, 12:14 More of the same?! Parallax Abstraction
  7. Feb 19, 12:42  Re: More of the same?! Debaser
  12. Feb 19, 13:49  Re: More of the same?! fujiJuice
  14. Feb 19, 13:55   Re: More of the same?! DDI
  17. Feb 19, 14:01   Re: More of the same?! Rebian
  18. Feb 19, 14:06    Re: More of the same?! fujiJuice
  19. Feb 19, 14:32     Re: More of the same?! DrEvil
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  8. Feb 19, 12:43 Huh? Rob
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  13. Feb 19, 13:53 New ideasfor on-line games Awesome Spume
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>> 24. Feb 19, 16:19 demand Jerry S Ku
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  30. Feb 19, 19:49  Fun MMO Design  SamPenguin 
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  28. Feb 19, 19:19 Price Plan Changes Needed ThirdStarr


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