19
Sep
12

Quote of the day: Pandas

Seen in the comments of Gevlon’s blog, where he talks about World of Warcraft:

Don’t let the packaging (OMG pandas) fool you – look at the actual changes and you’ll see that Blizzard is redesigning WoW to make it much more accessible to people who cannot commit to a certain timetable in advance or to long stretches of gaming at a time.

And if you knew anything about gamers then you’d be well aware that this perfectly describes the 30+ crowd – has a professional life, is married, has children, social obligations, other hobbies, … significant disposable income(!) and keeps MMOs around as a guilty pleasure but can no longer commit the same hours as he/she used to in college.

Old-style raiding works great for the kids (who have more time than anything else, most notably more time than money) but doesn’t work at all for adults who actually have a life – they want WoW in handy half-an-hour chunks and are willing to pay for it (collectors’ editions, pets, TCG mounts, …).

[00:44:42] CCP Zinfandel > Some people treat EVE Online not as a video game but as a hobby. They enjoy investing in their hobby and find that it makes them feel more connected with their hobby. We want to support that for those players who want it.

^ this guy puts his money where his mouth is and bought a Spectral Tiger TGC mount for at least $500 via Ebay.

The “we want EVE to be a high value hobby comparable to golf, fashion, …” strategy is not as ridiculous as some players made it out to be (but imo it is at least 10 years early).

CCP’s grave mistake approached this issue in the wrong order – if you want to future-proof your game against demographical change and “cheap” competition you first have to accommodate adult players with a busy life through game mechanics and then you can start to sell them $80 monocles.

Someone who plays EVE for only half an hour at a time can either engage in mindless PvE (mission, mining) or go solo roaming (most likely without getting a single kill).

The only activities Mr. Busy Adult can engage in are isk-making activities!
The only thing he has no shortage of is real-life money to buy PLEX/ISK with!
What an absurdity!

The signature feature of EVE (large-scale fleet battles in an emergent context of player politics) requires at least 3-4 hours at a time – during which you have to listen on comms and can’t go afk for 10 minutes to change your baby’s diapers.

In contrast to CCP Blizzard is working hard to make their signature feature (raiding) available to a very busy audience by the introduction of LFR – which cuts the raids into handy slices, removes the need to do extensive research on tactics, rotations (priority systems^^), talent builds, … and is tuned so you don’t have to feel guilty if you have to go afk half-way through the fight.

Once Blizzard feels that they got the future-proofing of gameplay right, the monetization will follow.

Sad to say, but this fits me to a tee. You know you’re time-poor when you literally don’t even have enough uninterrupted time to safely orbit a button for ten minutes.

And yet, I do get snippets of time here and there at odd moments, and if there were a way to interact with Eve on my phone, I’d be all over it.

Heck, I might even start up my planetary processing again 🙂

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3 Responses to “Quote of the day: Pandas”


  1. September 19, 2012 at 9:44 am

    I find Gevlon is usually a little too black and white in his views – but he certainly hits on some truths here.

    I have two hours on Saturday morning, and two hours on Sunday morning where I can be relatively sure I won’t get interrupted if I play EVE. The rest of my EVE play has to be done with the expectation of going AFK at a moments notice, and in small chunks of time here and there. It is what I struggle with most about EVE – I just can’t operate in that group 0.0 end game mode people insist I should be.

    (And funny – now that I think of it, I’ve not had my weekend free time for the last fortnight, and I won’t get them free for at least the next 3 weeks. A long time between feeling like I am playing EVE right…)

    • 2 Serpentine Logic
      September 19, 2012 at 11:15 am

      Amusingly, this comment wasn’t by Gevlon.

      • September 19, 2012 at 11:28 am

        Argh.. a comment on Gevlon’s blog. (I blame having too many EVE blogs to read today, I wasn’t paying as much attention as I should have.) I think CCP could do far worse than to take into consideration those of us who are in their 30’s with kids and careers and are very time poor. Seems a bit militant to just view it in its monetization value – milking the cash cow so to speak. How about more enthusiastic players to keep up their x number of subs instead of giving up on the game…


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