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I am no fanboy of GW 2. Never played the first one but I am thinking that there could be a higher proportion of mature gamers in this MMO. Its not so much the game itself but the payment model its based on.
Myself and several other gaming friends are in the age bracket of 35-42. All of us are married and most with kids. We have travelled the MMO path for many years but its tailed off significantly in the last 2 years with the introduction of partners and kids.
We can all afford subs but like my mates I get annoyed if I can't log in for a week or two and I know there is a sub coming out every 4 weeks. It also creates a feeling that you 'need' to play and as time is limited we all turn into leveling freaks in the time we do have, as we try to reach some of the more interesting content.
GW2 has changed all that. Most of my friends including myself have no subs anymore but we are buying GW2. Its refreshing to feel that I can play a game a lot or as little as I want, knowing I am not paying each month. It also means I will take my time and explore/experience the world a lot slower and therefore engage more.
Just wondering if its my own pocket of friends or is this something other people are thinking also? I can just see a load of adults married with kids, playing this game.