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The Daily Grind: How much paranoia should MMOs provoke?

Bree Royce
Bree Royce|@nbrianna|April 25, 2014 8:00 AM
A few weeks ago, SOE's John Smedley suggested that H1Z1's gameplay mechanics and atmosphere are intended make you "scared when you see someone" and that "your first instinct needs to be to hide." It seemed to me that what he was describing was not an MMORPG but the antithesis of an MMORPG. I usually log into MMOs to be surrounded by people, not to hide from them. Even in a game with open PvP, I don't want the entirety of my play experience to be summed up by sheer paranoia, especially a game that features so prominently a crafting-based and presumably social economy.

What do you think -- how much do you want the feeling of paranoia and fear of your fellow players to dominate your play experience?

[With thanks to SallyBowls and Space Cobra for the inspiration for this question!]

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The Daily Grind: How much paranoia should MMOs provoke?