I do love the factless generalisations here from a player to a game developer whose likely, as part of their business plan, researched the marketplace extensively, certain more so than the poster I can also counter argue here that most of my gaming friends have both power leveled and ebayed, and are all 'western'. I can also point directly to several subs games where full content promised was not delivered FoC on/after release. So you're 'facts' aren't really that conclusive.
As for comparing MMOG with MMORPG I believe that many so called MMORPG's these days have dropped the RPG. Indeed SWTOR for example has marketed their entire 'fourth pillar' (story telling) of their game design as their main differentiator based on this reality. As for conversion rate do you know what it is? If so how can you logically say whether it will or will not be successful?
I just can't understand the incessant need for people to speculate on the pricing model. See what the game offers first. That's the key to the value it will provide.
A very sage comment.
The forums today speculate a game to the point that when released it looks nothing like what we 'think' was promised and we all are disillusioned. Gentlemen, and the ladies present, we are creating our own delusions, please give the developers a chance to make something and come back to us with concrete numbers and mechanics and then we can talk that to death. Because, hey, at least we know there is some fact behind it.
Until then all we are doing is harming our enjoyment of the game because of our inability to understand what the developers do, because we do not have all pertinent information to make an informed opinion.
In the meantime I am just enjoying talking to all of you awesome people about the greatest game ever made, I have walked upon Terra for 22 years now and 16 of those years I have been fully indoctrinated into the mystical art of Battletech.
Edited by Amarus Cameron, 07 November 2011 - 05:20 AM.