Everyone knows that World of Warcraft
is the hottest thing to hit the MMO genre since BakeQuest: The Battle for Sliced Bread.
But according to at least one rival developer, that popularity may be starting to dwindle. Speaking to the accurately named VideoGamer.com
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Quest Designer Joel Bylos cites a "feeling on the Internet" as evidence WoW
is beginning to lose its appeal. "You get that just from online communities, which of course we all pay attention to as well," Bylos said when asked if people might be getting tired of WoW
We're sorry, but a "feeling on the internet" probably isn't the best way of measuring satisfaction in a game with 9.3 million paying subscribers
(up from 7 million
roughly a year ago) and a celebrity-packed ad campaign
. Sure, there will always be internet trolls
and forum whiners
that threaten to leave over every little problem, but by and large the silent majority seems just as hooked on the game as ever. Much like Democrats who promised to move to Canada if George W. Bush was reelected, these vocal complainers seem good at making threats but bad at following through on them. Then again ...