The Importance of Distraction in Persistent Online Games

It sounds preposterous, doesn’t it? To have distractions within the very game world that exists purely for the sole purpose of distraction. And yet, it’s true. Saving the world time and again can be tiresome business – and the worlds that don’t offer their heroes a chance to take a break and indulge in the finer things of virtual life find themselves with a populace festering with insurmountable burnout. There are many approaches to the topic of distraction in MMOs – and all work to varying degrees of efficacy. Most fascinating, however, is how the structure of the base game […]

Does Story in an MMO Even Matter?

Why would any healthy, functioning individual invest hundreds of hours of their lives into an MMO? More to the point, what exactly are the elements of an MMO that make them such insidious time sinks that people endlessly flock back to – it can’t just be as simple as a palatable Skinner box, can it? For quite some time, there has been the circulation of a false premise that claims that the majority of MMO players gravitate toward their respective games because of their story. While it may be true that some of the most successful MMOs are set in […]