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I always love starting a new game. The box is laying next to my desk. I've just made my decisions on what race and class to play, and chosen my appearance. My character has appeared in a new world waiting to be explored. My family has been told to leave me in peace for the evening.
Now the question is, what will the first hour be like?
In that hour I will experience the graphics and sound, get a flavor for the game's community, try out the UI and maybe face off against a few monsters. For me, they key is whether the combination of those things and others evoke some emotional desire to see more and want be part of this new world.
So how important is that first hour? Do first impressions really matter? Or do you need to give it days, weeks or months before it's fair to start evaluating?
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