Neoseeker : News : Blizzard suggests MMO devs quit copying World of Warcraft
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kspiess Dec 2, 09
Ya big time. Totally agree with him.

New MMO's can't out-WoW WoW. They have many years and many, many millions of dollars of a head start. Catching up with them is so hard. So instead of yet another Y.A.M.F.R.I.E.S WoW clone (Yet Another MMO Featuring Rangers, Imps, Elves and Sorcerers), studios should actually like come up with some new ideas for a change.

You'll never get anywhere in anything aspiring to be a second rate version of something that already exists.
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chaotic Dec 2, 09
quote kspiess
Ya big time. Totally agree with him.

New MMO's can't out-WoW WoW. They have many years and many, many millions of dollars of a head start. Catching up with them is so hard. So instead of yet another Y.A.M.F.R.I.E.S WoW clone, studios should actually like come up with some new ideas for a change.
Took the words right out of my mouth. Or off my keyboard... Whatever.
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Northern49 Dec 2, 09
Didn't WoW copy a lot of things from previous MMOs? Isn't this how evolution works? The closest I've seen to 'copying' is the general look and feel of the UI, which is a very small aspect of a game.
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dvrocc Dec 2, 09
The only other MMO out there close enough to give World of Warcraft a run for there money is Guild Wars, before you jump to conclusions and say something you shouldn't just hear me out.

guild was was released in 2005 and now has 6 million players & is free to play and gains income through there store to buy upgrades for your toons.

World of Warcraft was released in 2004 and has 12 million players & cost $14.99 a month but rumor mill says possible free to play in the future.

Guild Wars has 2 full expansions Factions & Nightfall and 1 add on expansions to the current original game Prophecies Called Eye of the North.

World of Warcraft has 2 full expansions The Burning Crusade & Wrath of the Lich King and working on 1 addon to the original game World of Warcraft called Cataclysm.

Now see a pattern here? who is copying who?
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oni_hero Dec 2, 09
Sounds to me like the folks over at Blizzard are getting a bit big headed.

"Everyone is copying us! Stop it!"

Seriously, what next are they going to "Take their ball and go home?"
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RabidChinaGirl Dec 2, 09
quote dvrocc
The only other MMO out there close enough to give World of Warcraft a run for there money is Guild Wars, before you jump to conclusions and say something you shouldn't just hear me out.

guild was was released in 2005 and now has 6 million players & is free to play and gains income through there store to buy upgrades for your toons.

World of Warcraft was released in 2004 and has 12 million players & cost $14.99 a month but rumor mill says possible free to play in the future.

Guild Wars has 2 full expansions Factions & Nightfall and 1 add on expansions to the current original game Prophecies Called Eye of the North.

World of Warcraft has 2 full expansions The Burning Crusade & Wrath of the Lich King and working on 1 addon to the original game World of Warcraft called Cataclysm.

Now see a pattern here? who is copying who?
I dunno about all that, but Guild Wars did add in-game achievements before WoW. I played that game for nearly 3 years straight, then on and off after. Played WoW for less than a year before I couldn't take it anymore.
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Hellfire29 Dec 2, 09
quote oni_hero
Seriously, what next are they going to "Take their ball and go home?"
Maybe, if by ball you mean patent it.
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twizttid13 Dec 2, 09
I think runes of magic does a good job of copying WoW and its completely free aka you don't need to buy the game or pay monthly. Of course it doesn't go without its own problems though. It too has a in game store like guild wars.
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Faer Dec 3, 09
quote dvrocc
The only other MMO out there close enough to give World of Warcraft a run for there money is Guild Wars, before you jump to conclusions and say something you shouldn't just hear me out.

guild was was released in 2005 and now has 6 million players & is free to play and gains income through there store to buy upgrades for your toons.

World of Warcraft was released in 2004 and has 12 million players & cost $14.99 a month but rumor mill says possible free to play in the future.

Guild Wars has 2 full expansions Factions & Nightfall and 1 add on expansions to the current original game Prophecies Called Eye of the North.

World of Warcraft has 2 full expansions The Burning Crusade & Wrath of the Lich King and working on 1 addon to the original game World of Warcraft called Cataclysm.

Now see a pattern here? who is copying who?
I would like to point out to you that 6 million physical copies of all GW games sold does not mean there are 6 million players. It means that there are likely somewhere close to 2.5-3 million active accounts, and even less players, as many Guild Wars players own multiple accounts for storage, trolling, and a number of other reasons. ArenaNet and NCSoft refuse to release actual figures on accounts, because it looks better if they simply state how many boxes they have sold. Most veteran Guild Wars players estimate that the current amount of people playing the game numbers somewhere in the hundreds of thousands, maybe somewhere close to one million if you want to be optimistic, but not much higher than that if at all.

Additionally, your implication that WoW is copying GW because they both have expansions is... silly, at best. Many games have expansions, and many games add content to what currently exists. It is not an issue of one game copying another, it is just the way you make money off of existing games once the sales of the original have slowed, or when you simply want to add more stuff. Development takes time and manpower; that costs money, which must be recouped by selling the content as an expansion to the original game.

In short, Guild Wars is no more a threat to World of Warcraft than a fruit fly is to a beehive.
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kspiess Dec 3, 09
"Additionally, your implication that WoW is copying GW because they both have expansions is... silly, at best." Ya I'd agree.

ArenaNet is doing there own thing with Guild Wars. There are tons of WoW clones but Guild Wars isn't one of them. I'm sure Guild Wars 2 is going to kick all sorts of butt.
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Gorman Dec 3, 09
Blizzard: Hypocrites of the month!
"We combined elements from popular MMOs to bring you the most generic overrated MMORPG in history, but please, leave this to the experts. I'm sure you guys can afford to take a gamble and think outside the box, just because we didn't, doesn't mean you shouldn't!"
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