Syp of Bio Break had an interesting post on which MMOs a straw poll saw recommended by reader’s of his Massively column. The ranking is interested, even if the sample size is too small for it to be representative:
- The Secret World (28 mentions)
- EVE Online (19)
- Guild Wars 2 (15)
- Lord of the Rings Online (12)
- Star Wars: The Old Republic (12)
- RIFT (11)
- World of Warcraft (10)
- Star Trek Online (9)
- Final Fantasy XIV (6)
- Age of Conan (5)
I wondered at first if the high-ranking of Guild Wars 2, LOTRO and SWTOR represents the fanbase of those Intellectual Properties (game series in Guild Wars’ case). But Rift is doing well with no history of previous games, films, novels or anything else set in Telara. Eve likewise started when the game launched even if the lore has been fleshed out since. The Secret World up at the top of this list is likewise a new IP.
Secondly I asked myself whether this just depicts the tastes of Massively’s readership, after all they have columns for LOTRO, Guild Wars 2, SWTOR etc. That said Everquest 2 has a regular article (Tattered Notebook) on Massively and that didn’t make the top 10. Fallen Earth and Tera have also received moderate coverage on the site and they rank even fewer recommendations.
I find the broader question of MMO recommendations interesting because I’ve certain ‘recruited’ friends into MMOs that I started playing, and I myself started on MMOs due to a friend persuading me to try WoW back in 2007. I’ve also been joined in-game by family members and their friends at different points over the years. So I do think, even at a time when online gaming is immensely popular (not just MMOs but Facebook games, Steam, consoles etc), somehow word-of-mouth still has a resonance.
Do you take recommendations on new games from friends? Do you try and drag friends into whatever new game you’ve picked up?