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  •  I disagree (0+ / 0-)

    I think  that there won't be one singular game, but further niche fragmentation as people find a world to their liking.  

    The MMO industry is far, far different from when WoW first started.  There were only a handfull of online game at the time (Meridian, Ultima, EQ). WoW improved on the gameplay of its predecessors, got lucky and rose to the top at a time when competitors were few and it outshone them all.  It got a huge amount of momentum that even at, what 7 years old, and with numerous and in some ways better MMO worlds still boasts a massive sub base.

    (but please don't think I'm defending Activision in any way, just pointing out that another "WoW" happening is highly unlikely.  Unless we're going to talk cyber-synthesia virtualities)

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      you get another generation of gamers. All Im saying is soon you'''ll have a demographic that is age 10-80, and encompasses japan, US, europe, china, NK,Russia,the baltics.  You are talking about a demo of several billion possible players. a game with 100 million is not out of the question.

      •  Farmville, iirc, topped out around 80 million (1+ / 0-)
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        so, yeah, from a numeric standpoint, a scary % of world pop could play a certain game.  Which leads to crazy thoughts of digital religions and bizarre morphs of culture wars.

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