I just found my original soft cover game manual from 2004, the glue rotted away and you have to be careful when handling it. Anyway I was looking it over and that's when I realized World of Warcraft was a masterpiece. In fact to this day no other comes close thirteen years later.
Think about it !..... When this game was being developed it didn't have many ideas to steel from. Even more, mmo's were in the early stages and were not an extreme big thing. Yet lots of love was poured into the making anyway, to add even more the game was HUGE....... What would make designers take such a chance in devoting so much time with little competition ?
Putting aside all this, their is way more.
Developers knew how to reach every type of player, they knew how to reach into the minds and know how people think by giving something to everyone !
-You can be a shy solo player by doing single person quest. You can pick a zone theme and play their and live a life in your own area and not leave for ten levels, or sit in Ironforge and play the auction "forever".
-People with online personalities could round up a group and fight Hogger together with friends or make new ones. Remember the value of a friends list ?..... This feature lost its way. You needed them if you were this type of player or not, that's the best part.
-Then you had the take charge people that took on guild ownership " in a game where it counted "..... So many games today have meaningless guilds.
-How about deep coordination in Dungeons or Raids... They nailed it on their first try. Don't forget this was 2004. Tanks and healers needed to know their roll, even dps could kill a groups day or make it depending on their actions..... Talking about dungeons, wow lots, and so amazing how we had at least two choices at any given time starting at level 15 on the Alliance side, and 12 on the Horde.
-PvP, In 2004 open world PvP is still un-matched. Nothing EVER CAME CLOSE to this natural feature ! No other game ever had two faction gameplay where it was a secret of what was going on with the other side !!!!!
What would be the motivation of a group of people to take such a chance in something so unproven ?