EVE Online a Better MMO Blueprint than WoW?

I'd be a pala-pirate in the World of Evecraft.

I'd be a pala-pirate in the World of Evecraft.

Over at Rock, Paper, Shotgun, Jim Rossignol suggests that would-be
game developers would be better off taking a page from EVE's design
than from WoW.

Now that doesn’t necessarily mean that Eve Online is a
better MMO than World Of Warcraft. Eve is messed up and broken in all
kinds of outrageous ways, and the PvP-heavy spaceship-centric world
design puts most people off the idea completely. What it does mean is
that there’s the potential for a better MMO to be built using the
principles that Eve has pioneered. So forget what you know, or think
you know, about Eve Online and imagine instead what World Of Warcraft
would be like if it were designed with the same principles as Eve

This is a thought experiment. It requires that you try to
what the most successful MMO in the world would be like if its design
principles were quite different. (Less successful, probably, but
still…) It would look similar on the surface, and have the same
fantasy-world design that we all know and love, but its innards, its
workings and functions, and the experience of playing it, would be
rather different.

Heresy? Go read the whole
and decide for yourself.

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