posted: May 31st, 2006
Mmogchart.comÂ updated their charts a few days ago and there is a Slashdot thread about it. In the thread one of the users made a postÂ the was a bit of flamebait but which also asked a real question, why do people who play WoW like it more than other games? Two of the responses (here and here) that I found interesting.
Just to summarize the two responses it seems to be that what these people like was the following:
- The ability to jump on and play. There’s large amounts that can be done without grouping or guilding. When you do need to group it is easy to find one.
- Shorter session. Partially related to above but also the ability to knock out a couple of quests in an hour and feel that you’ve accomplished something beyond ‘grinding’. The second poster also mentioned crafting being less complicated.
- Everything is very straightforward. I assume this means that quests do not just give you vague hints where to look for things but tell you that to find the missing key you need to kill the orc Throttlegrotz in the tall tower of the Western Wastes. Game mechanics are clear and class roles are well defined without a lot of overlap. You don’t seem to end up with confusion as to whether a Monk is suppose to be DPS or a Tank.
- The art style.
- More social. Part of this is just the ‘all my friends are playing WoW’ factor but part of it is also the ‘less asshats’ factor that the second poster mentioned. I don’t know if Blizzard actively works to keep people from becoming ‘asshats’ or if it is just the way it is but when you log in the community is less hostile than in other MMO’s it seems.Â
Particularly interesting to me was that the first commentator said that there is more depth to WoW but you don’t feel obligated to have to dig into it if you don’t want to.