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Was on my hour lunch today talking to a buddy. He's a rabid wow fanatic so were constantly bickering at each other with Eve vs WoW debates (it's all in fun).
Well today he was talking about Bgs and how when he gets home he needs to run bg's all night so he could get some type of ring reward or whatever.
I turn to him and ask him, If those Bgs didn't have a reward vendor attached to them would you still run them? He basically jumped from his seat "No Way man!!!! Why would I ever want to do a thing like that"
I asked him if he tought his battlegrounds were fun, in true rabid fan fashion he says "yeah they're the best ever, I love them" Yet this same guy wouldn't touch them if the reward vendor wasn't apart of the whole BG mechanic.
It makes me wonder, If todays mmo didn't offer that reward for everything you did would people consider them fun? would anyone bother? If mmos had dungeons without item drops would players still run them? Would players still run quests just for the fun of it if you got no Xp,items or currency? would players utilize content just for the fun of doing them without rewards? Are mmos even fun?
Do todays MMOs use Rewards to hide the fact that MMOs aren't fun?
Edit: In before "But rewards are the fun!!!!!!"
Edit2: Before the wow fans die of a heart attack, im not just talking about wow, its just an example of today's mmos. no direct attack intended.