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With the recent post by Mark Kern regarding how the casualization or MMO's has essentially ruined the genre got me to thinking about what other aspects have contributed to the "ruining" of mmo's.
Personally i believe the mentality of many of the players that because they pay $15 they should have access to every bit of content in the mmo is both absurd, and heavily contributed to the current state of the genre.
We use the example of a gymnasium, but i think using an example of a themepark is a better idea.
Lets take Disneyworld. Most people schedule for multiple days when they vacation or visit. They know that buying entrance for the themepark for one day is not enough time to experience all the things they want to do. The average person knows that they're paying for ACCESS to all of the themeparks content, but that with their limited time, they are only able to partake in parts of it. So, they know if they spend 2 hours watching the mickey mouse play with their kids, and then spend 2 hours on roller coaster, that they may not have time to go to the waterpark, etc.
So, normal sane people understood in the early days of MMO's that it was the same way. You didnt get to raid if you didnt want to spend 4-6 hours online at once. Nobody begrudged the people who could. They simply went on and did whatever else was available that was fun. Whether that was crafting, running a dungeon, exploring, whatever. Nobody begrudged the crafter who chose to spend his hours investing into crafting at the detriment of his character leveling, or raiding, etc.
Instead, because of the influx of these content locusts casual players, who come in like a flock of squawking birds demanding that everything cater to them. We have ourselves in our current situation.
You complaining that leveling takes too long because you only have 2 hours a week to play is the same as expecting disney world to make their rollercoasters 1/3 of the length, so it only takes you 5 minutes to get through the rollercoaster instead of 15 minutes. Or asking them to cut out important parts of the Mickey Mouse show, so its only 20 minutes instead of an hour long. Its entitled and selfish, and it ruins the purity of the original material. It dumbs it down, makes it worthless. Its like trying to cram the entire lord of the rings into a 200 page book because you "dont have the time" to read the whole thing.
So instead of being like normal, sane people, who take 2 or 3 months maybe to read through the whole lord of the rings, you instead feel like the author should be obligated to cut it down to make it more palatable for you. In the process the thing is ruined.
"The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently."
- Friedrich Nietzsche