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I remember a time when most gamers knew this. You'd get a discussion on an EQ or UO board about removing some kind of 'bad' part of the game, and then you would have some people explain why the 'bad' part of the game was there. A good rundown of the positive things this 'bad' part of the game added, and what would happen if it were removed. And then most posters and sometimes even the OP would be like 'yeah ok that makes sense'.
One good example in real life is exercise. Most people friggin hate it, myself included, but what happens if you take it away? Exercise, while painful in the short term, has an exorbitant amount of long term benefit. Exercise provides weight loss, cardio strengthening, bone mass increase, increased metabolism, strengthening of the immune system, lowering of bad collesterol, etc.
The same can be said of many things in MMOs including:
Harsher death penalties
Reduced ease of travel
No global chat
No PvP protected areas
And the list could go on and on.
I really feel as time goes on, more and more gamers can't see past the immediate gain enough to understand the full set of changes that take place when you tweak a system. The number of threads where I find almost no forethought or sense of logical analysis is just staggering, and even to the point I don't even post a reply because I feel the OP is so dillusional or unable to think through to a conclusion I don't even bother trying to put the reasons out there.
Any of the older gamers out there (or hey, newer gamers too) that feel the same way?
nethervoid - Est. '97
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