Beyond Bossfights Episode 7 – Barriers to Playing MMO’s

This month, I’m joined by Layanor from the MMO Reporter Network to discuss the barriers to Playing MMO’s and some of the things the industry is doing to combat these obstacles.

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Show notes:

Guest this episode: Layanor from LOTRO Reporter and the MMO Reporter Network

Main Topic – Barriers to Playing MMO’s

Questions/Topics for discussion:

  • Money (subs, compared to the old way of buying games)
    • Industry solutions: F2P/hybrid, Free x number of levels, No NDA during testing periods
  • Demands on system (great graphics require top-end, stable Internet)
    • Industry solutions: Design cross-platform to include consoles?
  • Fear of rejection from other players
  • Complexity (number of systems, number of playstyles – PvP vs PvE vs RP)
    • Industry solutions: simplification of gameplay, fewer skills, more action-oriented
  • Level of Commitment (sheer amount of content, subs again, time available to play)
  • Too long to get into the game (download times)
  • “I can’t play with my friends” (picking the right server, different levels)
    • Industry solutions: mega-servers, auto-leveling

What I’ve been up to



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Contact information:


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6 thoughts on “Beyond Bossfights Episode 7 – Barriers to Playing MMO’s

  1. seanxxp July 24, 2014 / 1:16 pm

    Interesting show, guys. I especially like that you mention the fear of rejection by other players. I think this is an issue more often than people are inclined to admit. I personally have experienced this, especially when tackling group content, such as dungeons, with people I don’t know.

    However, I think this is *especially* an issue with PvP. I often get the sense that a lot of people are a little bit fearful of PvP, partly because they will lose a lot in the beginning, and partly because they fear being made fun of for being bad at it. However like most things in gaming, you’re unlikely to be bad at it for very long, and nobody cares about it as much as you do! Maybe I’m wrong with my presumptions here, but that’s certainly the impression I have been given more than once.

    Anyway, keep up the good work with these podcasts. I shall try and leave a review on Itunes (if I can somehow remember my apple id), but bear in mind you may not see any reviews submitted from the UK on the US Itunes (and the same goes for other regions) without a bit of fiddling with the settings.


    • Braxwolf July 24, 2014 / 9:07 pm

      Thanks Sean! So glad to hear that people enjoy these. Makes the time spent worthwhile. I’m using a service called which aggregates all regional iTunes feedback for me, albeit once a month. So if you leave it, I’ll (eventually) see it!


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