World of Warcraft is the new golf

From Lord Putnam’s keynote address at the Virtual Worlds Forum in Kings Cross, London which is going on over the next couple of days:

“people are saying World of Warcraft is the new golf for technology focused networkers”

I love it. The parallels are legion – the addiction, the time away from the family, the incomprehensibility to non-players – and now people playing it as much to be social as for the game itself!

To generalise this – building something which is fun AND helps people with their social lives is a great way to get a really sticky community.

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  • Robert Rice

    I find it interesting that we are talking about World of Warcraft and not Second Life as “the new golf” (I’ve heard WoW described as this before). Simply put, any virtual world lacking content is shallow and no where near as engaging, evocative, or immersive as a virtual world that has fun and interesting things to do. Content provides context for social interaction and building relationships.

    Now, imagine a different MMORPG that emphasizes social interaction and gameplay, with features that facilitate collaboration and multiple options for social networking above and beyond “guilds” and “clans”. If done properly, it will greatly surpass both Second Life and World of Warcraft.

    It has to be done right though…the content can’t be focused on the level grind, instancing, and single-player oriented gameplay.

    And that’s my two cents!

  • Robert Rice

    I find it interesting that we are talking about World of Warcraft and not Second Life as “the new golf” (I’ve heard WoW described as this before). Simply put, any virtual world lacking content is shallow and no where near as engaging, evocative, or immersive as a virtual world that has fun and interesting things to do. Content provides context for social interaction and building relationships.

    Now, imagine a different MMORPG that emphasizes social interaction and gameplay, with features that facilitate collaboration and multiple options for social networking above and beyond “guilds” and “clans”. If done properly, it will greatly surpass both Second Life and World of Warcraft.

    It has to be done right though…the content can’t be focused on the level grind, instancing, and single-player oriented gameplay.

    And that’s my two cents!

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  • Very interesting read, it surely changed my mood, thanks for posting.

  • johnjonatan

    When I was playing online on Monday, Joi said that he thought World of Warcraft was becoming the “new golf” for the technology set. …
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    Anybody know where the World of Warcraft European servers are located? Someone said they are all in Britain but I am not sure. Would they have some in Germany, some in Finland etc?

    I am trying to do a business plan for my own massive multiplayer game and was wonder how they spread out the resources.

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    Some excellent information there. Thank You.

  • This is so true! Socializing in WoW is fun, but I don't think it can replace golf, bowling or any other “real life” group activity.

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  • yeah, next thing you know wow players will be walking down the street in funny clothes and such…. oh crap its already started