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I decided this evening to revist Arch Lord (as they won't stop sending me emails about their 'big fixes' to a plethra of 'issues' the game has. I figured i would take a look).
This only so far has served to remind me of a major turnoff for me when it comes to trying an MMO. First i had to dowload some basic runtime environment for all their games, then dowload the doawnloader, in order to download the installer...then have to extract it and figure out which file is actually the installer. And once the game is finally installed...it spends 3 hours updating itself with dowloads that it is afterwards installing.....
Some sites have it really together on this note. A few clicks and your done and ready to play (even if their is a bit of a wait on some of it). Others are intensly process of preperation to play heavy. Especially when it comes to actually getting the game, and registering. Like making a parent company account, specific game account (thankfully these days this is more often then not one in the same) then a player account... and don't forget your forum account. If your lucky they will let you use the same name for all of these and maybe even password... often you won't be that lucky.
The suck icing on the fail cake is usually that the game's site has a limited or non-existant player guide for ages 9it's like the last thing they get around to doing when it probably, in my opinion should have been done before launch).
So a set of questions to you all:
- What do you find to be a most agrrevating feature (or lack their of) prevailent on MMO's websites?
- What is your prescription for making a better MMO website?