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Another day down, only one moreÂ until you get the beloved John â€œBoomjackâ€ Hoskin to write his masterful monologues in Loadingâ€¦ again. His replacement for the last few days, Cody â€œMicajahâ€ Bye (aka Me), is back for round three and this timeâ€¦.
Itâ€™s for keeps.
Hereâ€™s a rhetorical question for you. If World of Warcraft closed its door today, what would you do? If youâ€™re a player of World of Warcraft, where would you go? Would you turn tail and run away from the MMOG industry altogether, or would you seek out another pasture to graze upon?
For those of you that donâ€™t play World of Warcraft would you be happy that the 800 lb. gorilla was finally gone? Or would you fear the masses that might come knocking at your gameâ€™s door?
I pose this question in response to a Gamesblog interview that I had sent to me in which Dr. Richard Bartle (creator of the Multi-User Dungeon [MUD] and general MMO visionary) was asked a particularly interesting question:
Gamesblog: If you could take over control of one major MMORPG - which would you choose and what would you do with it?
Dr. Bartle: I'd take over World of Warcraft and I'd close it. I just want better virtual worlds. Sacrificing one of the best so its players have to seek out alternatives would be a sure-fire way to ensure that unknown gems got the chance they deserved, and that new games were developed to push back the boundaries.
Er, I would get to do this anonymously, wouldn't I?
The comments that emerged after Dr. Bartleâ€™s comment were both intriguing and disheartening. Some users took the statement as a direct attack against their favorite MMOG, one that they have played for years and contend is the MMOG to end all MMOGs. However, others were equally as aggressive for the closing of WoW and hoping that players would go find other games to play.