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How Gamers View Their MMOs 132

GamerDNA is trying out what they call their Discovery Engine, a system that uses metadata from users to classify games and identify which have similar traits. Massively describes it thus: "Once the gamerDNA community continues to contribute to something like this, it builds up an enormous database of terminology based on actual player knowledge, not just shiny PR words thrown together to promote a game. These search terms can end up being unique to a specific genre, and ultimately lead gamers to exactly the types of games they're looking for." GamerDNA tested the system out on some of the popular MMOs, and they've posted the results. They look at how MMO players identify themselves within the game, how they describe the setting, and what basic descriptive phrases they use in reference to the games.
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How Gamers View Their MMOs

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  • by ILuvRamen ( 1026668 ) on Monday December 15, 2008 @04:37AM (#26117577)
    that's why I runescape I just dressed as NPCs and jumped out and people and freaked them the hell out. Now THAT is fun lol. Seriously, I think every MMORPG I've ever played, I've just messed with people. I dressed in all blue one time in SRO, rode my horse next to someone else, and said "Sir I'm going to have to ask you to pull over." He actually did too. They should make an entire game out of just running around and messing with people cuz I do that anyway.
  • by Zerelli ( 579376 ) on Monday December 15, 2008 @09:25AM (#26119071)
    I have played almost all the MMO's that have existed up to Burning Crusade. I cannot honestly fathom what posessed me to play those games. I took up guitar (not guitar hero, the real thing with strings) and spend more time playing with my kids. I tried to play WoW again a month or two ago and before that temporarily reactivated my LOTRO account, and I honestly do not see what is supposed to be fun about those games. WHen I get the bug to do some gaming I fire up the Xbox 360. No need to wait for a group to form and no worry about leaving early if the mood strikes to go play the guitar or the kids get bored with what they are into. Even better I save about $45 per month on no game subscriptions (used to play three or so of them at a time, or at least pay so I could). EVE online sounded really cool, then I logged in and it was just so ridiculously boring. Last log in for WoW I walked across a piece of Shattrath City and cancelled the account before I could even make up my mind where to go. The old school games seemed to have a lot more challenge, or maybe it was just that they were new. Anyone else find that they were once hardcore MMO fans and now totally do not play them?
  • by Lord_Dweomer ( 648696 ) on Monday December 15, 2008 @01:28PM (#26121427) Homepage
    Awesome description...reminds me of the essay on how Everquest (and really all MMOs) are nothing but giant virtual Skinner Boxes []. A great read--enjoy.

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