the designer have the power to shape the game, and thus, over time, the expectation the playerbase have about the game.
For example, there were a lot of talk about how so many switch to 10-man, leaving 25-man dying. People argue that people choice, not blizzard fault. I am convinced that this is a direct result of game design, and thus, game design can influence player decision.
Do serious raider run LFR for fun every week or to get an edge on gear. i mean some may find it fun, but a lot felt they have to to be competitive.
Do people run dailies purely for fun, or they kind of have to if they want to be the best they can be.
I understand that i did arge for 10 parges that dailies and lfr are casual content, yet some very dedicated gamers feel they must do or lag a little bit behind.
And i think this is a direct result on game designer.
So yes, game designer does have influence on playerbase behaviour.
2 hours I can see being the cut off for "casual" in terms of an MMORPG player.
But having 2 hours a day is more than enough to see a good portion of the content.
A 2 hour raid schedule is perfectly sensible but admittedly you won't have success of a 3 hour raiding guild (duhhhhhhh).
Sure you might not ever see a Heroic mode kill but I most definitely think you can get through Normal.
Personally I think it's the need to see it all is what is killing players. You don't have to. There's no problem doing yesterdays Heroic raids other than one problem.
Before I was in a good raiding guild the only problem I had was finding players. If they added a system ala Openraid where you could find players easy and group with there's no need for nerfs and making content trivial and uncompelling.
Someone has to say it.
What makes you think you're that special that you need to create a 2nd thread after the main page thread?
No one said hardcores are stopping subs - but you said none would care if all hardcore players left the game. I would say Blizz would surely care.
And where did exactly devs catered to hardcores in this expansion? There is more then ever casual content in game - battle pets, scenarios, focus on dailies, easy heroics, farming. Was it successful is different story.
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Your a dying breed because nobody cares to appeal to your sense of vanity and nobody shares that sense of vanity about clearing heroic bosses. They just want to have a good time with their friends.
WoW is is nearing an entire decade of being the #1 MMO out there, it's only logical that subs will start to fall in a game so old. Thing is pretty much every gamer out there has played WoW at some point in their lives, whether they liked it or not. The amount of people Blizzard has to reach out to with the game is slowly becoming smaller and smaller. Yes, 1.3 million players in 3 months is an enormous amount to lose, but still.. you have to admit, over 8 million players still subbed to such an old title is pretty amazing, especially with the drastic increase in quality F2P games now on the market.
If I had to predict anything, I'd say WoW subscriptions will continue to drop until the next expansion, rise a bit, then maybe drop some more depending on how good the next one is. I do think the numbers will stabilise around the 5 million mark though, as that's likely the amount of hardcore with-it-till-the-end WoW fans knocking around (me being one of them).
We are getting to the point in WoW now (or just past actually), where most of the old storylines from the Warcraft series have been resolved, and new ones must be created for longevities sake. Some people don't like that. I however am thoroughly enjoying WoW just as much as I did 5 years ago, perhaps even more, and as long as Blizzard keep throwing out these quality patches and interesting new expansions, they will keep getting my 8.99 a month.
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