Forbes: World of Warcraft is for Hardcore Gamers
Yes. That’s right, World of Warcraft is apparently too hardcore for the standard audience. It’s always fun and entertaining to poke at Mass Media, especially since we enjoy gossiping so much. I just couldn’t help but point out how Forbes and Rob Hutter can say,
While most people unaccustomed to MMOs might be intimidated by complex games like “Warcraft,” Hutter says trends in technology suggest the audience for simple, well-designed games will grow quickly. The runaway success of Nintendo’s Wii proved virgin gamers will try new titles if they are easy to play, while the boom in social networks like Facebook suggests people of all ages are looking for new ways to interact online.
Either they’ve never played the game themselves or really in the stone age of gaming. While majority of us have at least tried WoW or another MMO, it may be perhaps be a little difficult for one who has never touched a video game in their life. (Who has never played a video game before? really?)
While we understand what he’s getting at and can appreciate trying to target gamers outside of the main demographic, we think he might need to pick a better example next time. WoW can be intimidating for first time users, but something must have clicked with the non-hardcore gaming crowd as many of them have stuck around in Azeroth. Unless, of course, all 11 million of the World of Warcraft subscribers have suddenly become hardcore male gaming nerds, and those newbies in our guilds are simply the stuff of illusion.