I dunno i did quit wow about 3 months ago but i noticed a decline in numbers not an increase.
Its possible that numbers are increasing or have increased in the asian markets, but i would question the relevance of it to us "western" players. My experiences are based on oceanic servers. Its possible that only players from the oceanic region were leaving the game and many Americans are still infact picking up the game. But i would still love to know what the community thinks about this because many people are under the impression that wow is dieing.
To futher add to my claim that wow isn't necessarily growing, i was like all up on a website called GameSpot:Video Games PC PlayStation 2 Xbox 360 Wii PS3 GameCube PSP DS GBA PS2 PlayStation 3. Which is a popular gaming site with forums and much information on games. Basically it has a list of most popular games based on web traffic to related titles. As such! wow has dropped , its dropped so far its behind games like Hell Gate London the sims 2 and even age of empires 3! (no dis credit to these titles).
And something to remember is the Asian side of wow doesn't involve a subscription which would attract alot of players. If blizzard made wow free to western countries im sure alot of players would pick up the game.
SO what do you think first hand , my "evidence" is obviously not conclusive in any way merely speculation. However i feel personally that the news and publicity given to wow for achieving some 10million players world wide is over rated. I myself may pick up the game again some day but i am not overly optimistic about that prospect!.
Two things I'd like to point out.
1) GameSpot's statistics only apply to GameSpot, as they have no facilities to monitor traffic on other websites. Naturally, there would be less guides for MMORPGs, and less need for guides overall, seeing as there's no real mission structure and everything's pretty much fully explained on the screen.
2) As for the Asian playerbase, it's true that they don't have subscriptions like we do, but the game is no more free for them than it is for us. In Korea, players must purchase game time in a similar manner to old-fashioned arcade machines, and Chinese players must purchase timecards. The pricing works out the same either way, just the method that is different.
Other than those minor inconsistencies, your point overall is very logical.
I don't know how, and I don't know why, but this is totally Sheep's fault.
If it has dropped behind The Sims 2, under 5000 are playing it which i doubt.
Serio;4202280If it has dropped behind The Sims 2, under 5000 are playing it which i doubt.
If you speak in reference to the "now playing" thing on that site , wow is at 5,290 players. That is a self optional feature that not many people will likely care to use. The focal point i make is that web traffic amounts to popularity which is how gamespot works. But as a user above pointed out , gamespot is only one reference and not definitive.
So i agree that game spot isn't a definitive source however i must turn attention to a site none other than file front its self. This site hosts many forums and traffic to forums is shown by way of "views". If we look at the various categories for games we can see which are popular here and which are less. I've noticed games like starwars , dawn of war (great game imo) and say battlefield are very popular here. So lets turn to the wow forums , the very forums im posting in :). I notice a big difference across the board of Posts , replies and views. The difference is that WOW forums here contain fewer of all the said indicators that would represent traffic or popularity. I think its worth taking a lot for your selfs readers!!!
But still when i look at it , a western site has wow dropping in popularity whilst Blizz reports higher numbers. I think that the Asian market is where this growth is.
One last thing to point out! i have noticed some gamin (lame) ads on tele with a certain mister T trying to promote wow?. I remember blizzard stating that the ad campaigns where designed to up the number of players. Perhaps this was simply to increase profits even more but then again maybe it was to replace players leaving. I guess its open to speculation it would seem.