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VirginWorlds is a weekly news podcast covering Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games (MMORPGs) such as World of Warcraft, EverQuest, Guild Wars, City of Heroes, Eve Online, Vanguard, Lord of the Rings Online and many many more. The VirginWorlds MMORPG Podcast is the flagship podcast of the VirginWorlds MMO Podcast Collective found at http://www.virginworlds.com

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VirginWorlds Podcast #23
Mon, 7 Aug 2006 05:52:00 GMT [download/play]



Topics this week: Archlord, Blizzard hiring, Everquest, Hero Online, Tulga games, MMOs Made in China, Lord of the Rings Online, SOE, and WoW.

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Episode 23 Discussion Thread

'Two Cents' by Narba
Submitted on 2006-08-07 10:16:49 CST
With the failure of RF Online and the potential failure of Archlord, is there a prognostication that Codemasters will bow out of the MMOG business?

EQ1 has lots of content to attract people but they lack the casual playstyle of EQ2 and especialy WoW that lead to its success.

I also feel that the LOTR Online video was a disappointment. The graphics did not appear anywhere close to the screenshoots they have released in the past. The combat sound effects were not good, either. Lets hope they can take feedback and improve before release.

I feel that the DC and Marvel games could be better than COH/V if they build on what made it great (character creation) and expand on what it lacked (solo content and a loot system).

I would love to see some new classes in WoW. However, I would have thought that Blizzard would try to avoid adding new classes as long as possible to avoid having to balance another class in PVP. I know I would hate to read more "Nerf [fill in class]!!" complaints/debates in the forums. I haven't kept up with Guild Wars. Is there the same level of griping about class balance in GW as in WoW?

Thanks for another great show!



'Comments' by jdun
Submitted on 2006-08-11 18:42:30 CST
Great show.

Archlord is doom to failure. Their new payment system is just the last nail to the coffin.

Blizzard might be hiring for Warcraft III expansion level designer but I seriously doubt it. I put my beat on Warcraft IV or Starcraft II.

EQ will fold up just like any other games, not because of graphic but because players tastes change over time. An example is solo play. To days players hate force grouping. They hate PUG. They don’t want to spend an hour or more trying to find a team. Their time is much more limited then five years ago. That’s one of the main reasons why DD Online failed.

I agree with you that LoTR is another MMOG failure. Movie IP to MMOG didn’t work for Matrix. It won’t work with LoTR.

SOE should fold up. Too much hate against that company. Sony will be in a decline for the next few years. Sony big bet: PS3 is DOA.

The success of WoW is simple. They keep adding content each month or so. They know what the customers want. Blizzard knows that to keep old customers happy it must ruthlessly add contents. They also know that if they are losing old player at the same rate as gaining new one, sooner or later losing old players will outweigh the new ones coming in. No growth means it is a start of a long decline in the game. Unfortunately all the MMOG companies don’t get this simple practices that Blizzard do every month.

I suggest you don’t put a forum on your website. It’s a very bad idea.



'so many things' by Brent
Submitted on 2006-08-11 18:47:29 CST
Archlord: I'm afriad you may be right

Warcraft IV or Starcraft 2: For some reason I doubt it, but ... maybe.

EQ folding up: I highly doubt this. All reports show that it is still more popular than EQ2.

SOE: Fold up? You must be joking. They're still the #2 steam roller around the MMO space. By pre-WoW standards they're doing just fine. If you think SOE should fold, I'll equate that to you saying that every single company aside from Blizzard should fold. That's crazy talk.

Forums: Agreed. This seems to work well enough. I'll probably just add some features to the comment functionality.