Posted Thu, Jul 15, 2010 by jeffprime
Those who say the hireling system takes the “massively multiplayer” out of MMOGs will look at the pros listed above and exclaim, “See! You’re not grouping with other actual players. You’re only playing as a solo gamer with AI-powered NPCs.”
There is some truth to that statement. The ease and use of hirelings may discourage players from attempting to form PUGs with other players. In an MMOG, there is no need for hirelings.