Stop flattering yourself
Posted by Tobold's Blog [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 15 October 2012, 9:52 am
Over at Bio Break I found Syp's Quote of the Day being from Funcom's game director Joel Bylos: "The Secret World may not be the perfect game for everyone; in fact, I think it is safe to say that it is one of the most divisive MMOs ever made." Sorry, but I don't think that is true. Probably the most divisive MMO ever made is EVE Online, and then some other free-for-all PvP MMOs would be on the list well ahead of TSW. From the games that don't have free-for-all PvP, I would say the most divisive were those which had the biggest gap between hype and disappointment: Warhammer Online or Star Wars: The Old Republic for example. And due to so many people having burned out over the years and going from fan to hater, World of Warcraft is now also rather divisive.

The Secret World? Not so much. While on the one side there are the usual fans, I don't know anybody who hates TSW with a passion. Most people didn't even jump on the hype train, due to Funcom's previous record. Many tried it during the beta, didn't care much for it, and ended up not buying it. But to call that "divisive" would be really stretching the term. I would say The Secret World fails to hold the record as one of the most divisive MMOs ever made, just as it failed to hold many other records the developers had hoped for. The most divisive action this game has seen probably happened in a Funcom shareholder meeting, and not among gamers.
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