Updated Wed, Dec 28, 2011 by B. de la Durantaye
a successful community is paramount to building a successful MMO. As social beasts by their very nature MMOs are the cool kids at the back of the bus. But what makes a great community and how is it forged?
When we were considering what titles qualified for our Best Community award, nominations had to meet several criteria. First and foremost, the game had to have tens of thousands of players interacting, cooperating, and competing on a massive level. Not just hundreds or mere thousands of bring-your-own-group players brushing shoulders toward a minimally gregarious endgame. We wanted to see large-scale factional outbreaks reminiscent of arguments over Occupy Wall Street or American Idol, where leadership ability/ charisma as well as sheer numbers could change the lines on the map.
Next, our Best Community nominees had to have built-in resources to continually stir its sizable melting pot, offering plenty of opportunities for spontaneous interaction with total strangers. A mostly helpful and industrious forum community adds some spice and variety to the mix, as does a burgeoning add-on development ecosystem.
Finally, the developer had to have the development schmaltz and marketing budget to wheedle its way into mainstream channels.