The wait is over (at least for those of us that preordered like normal human beings). But already I’m noticing the same old barrage of comments about how World of Warcraft (WoW) did “this” better, or “that” better. I agree. There are things that WoW has done really well. Many things. That’s why it changed how people view MMO’s. The people who I interact with in The Old Republic (TOR), have stopped playing WoW years ago however. So why did you stop if it was so amazing?
Here’s the reality: it got old. But they don’t like that they can’t have it both ways. They don’t want a World of Warcraft cookie-cutter game with a Star Wars story line. But they also want all the good stuff from WoW. So this is what I hear from almost every person that feels the desire to bring it up (I don’t just hear one of these, I hear them both, FROM THE SAME PERSON always):
- Yeah, that’s cool I guess. But they stole that from WoW and just tweaked it a bit.
AND THEN LATER…
2. Why don’t they have __________ like WoW?! FAIL! Do your research!
Is it a perfect game? No. Is it fun, and new, and exciting? Yes. Will it be as good as WoW? In some ways it can’t be. WoW was the beginning of the change. It’s like saying that U2 is the best band ever (this is an example not a statement of belief). Well OK, but what about the Beatles? They started this whole revolution in the first place, and they did it really well!
I’ve decided that I will play TOR. Because a large part of my WoW friends are all playing it too, and I get to relive a bit of that life, while still moving on. I just can’t stand the negative attitudes simply because “its been done before”. It’s all been done before, that’s why I feel so at home.
You know what’s funny? People actually have been dumped over this game.
In the new World of Warcraft commercial, Aubrey Plaza (Parks & Rec, Scott Pilgrim vs the World) tells a little story about why she dumped her boyfriend for WoW. This 30 second spot is a great addition to the previous commercials featuring Verne Troyer, Mr. T, Chuck Norris, Ozzy, and William Shatner, all with the intent of getting us normal folk to buy into the WoW culture.
I say us ‘normal folk’ because I have never played the game, even though I have many friends who are absolutely crazy about it. I do believe that featuring these pop-culture stars in commercials and in-game helps to grab the attention of those who would normally brush it off. I haven’t jumped in yet, but Blizzard & co. definitely have my attention. Who wouldn’t want to be a Night Elf Mohawk or give a deadly Roundhouse kick (see what I did there?) to the face of an orc Chuck Norris style? Having Aubrey Plaza in the new commercial helps to break the stigma that only dudes are out there doing raids.
The reason why I havent bought in, is that MMOs generally take a certain level of committment that I’m not willing to make yet. I’m not willing to commit that much of my time, whether that’s the time it takes to level up or arranging my schedule to raid with my guild. I’m also not exactly into the fantasy side of WoW with orcs, elves and so forth. With that said, DC Universe Online or SWtOR is what I would pick for an MMO because I love those cultures. Subscription packs are a whole different story with some games being free-to-play.
In the end, these ads are great for bringing attention to WoW and MMOs in general, but knowing what it takes to be successful at theses games is a barrier that might be too great for me to overcome.