[MUD-Dev] Blog about GDC implies changes to MMORPG population

Michael Hartman michael at thresholdrpg.com
Tue Apr 26 05:16:45 New Zealand Standard Time 2005

Sean Kelly wrote:

>> The extreme S-curve of the game kills that form of fun (in a
>> mixed level group).

> I disagree.  While mixed-level grouping doesn't offer an optimal
> XP reward, it does up the challenge considerably.  Keeping a
> low-level player alive when they aggro things half a mile away and
> can't defend themselves can take some work.  From an achievement
> perspective, this offers bragging rights.  In fact there have been
> a number of player-run events involving protecting low-level
> characters in dangerous areas.

So the fun challenge comes from wrestling with the crappy game
design that discourages, heavily, grouping with anyone more than 1
or 2 levels apart from you?

As a game developer, I wish I had tons of customers as easy to
please as you. Every poor decision I make becomes the "fun
challenge" of the game. Wow, just wow.

Michael Hartman
President and CEO, Threshold Virtual Environments, Inc.
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