Brand Loyalty (was Re: [MUD-Dev] Requirements for MM (wasComplexities of MMOG Servers))
pschwanz at comcast.net
Tue Jan 7 10:39:05 New Zealand Daylight Time 2003
"Koster, Raph" wrote:
> a mud without a treadmill will fail
> But I think our time would be well-spent by investigating why the
> above statements seem to be true, rather than decrying those who
> hide behind them without critical self-evaluation.
I figured I'd start my investigation by trying to pick your brain on
the subject. ;)
I think you know that I don't like treadmills, but perhaps more
importantly, treadmill-oriented games have not been able to keep my
attention or subscription past a month or two. In my case, a mud
*with* a treadmill has always failed. Does that mean I'm not human?
To me, treadmills speak of futility. That is, you are constantly
exerting yourself but never get anywhere. I might be able to accept
that a mud without a journey will fail, but I'd really like to
understand why a treadmill is essential to a mud's success. Or do
you simply mean that we don't have the resources or content to give
players a decent journey and must settle for treadmills as this
point in mud evolution?
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