02/08/2013 06:11 AMI'm still wondering what the fixation is all about.
Posted by Crepe
Admitting that the census is accurate and that there is only 1.9 milion 90s in NA, I still dont' understand why those subs would count less than Europe ?
Really? Comments like this leave me baffled.
Frankly, I have the reverse question: why do you care about the people playing in europe and china when you have no ability to play with them?
When I go to openraid for example, and seek out people with common interests for raiding, achieves, whatever, I am limited to only those players in NA. I often see various events and pugs taking place on the european servers that I have no ability to join. Hence, from a player standpoint, I could care less if there's over 5 million players elsewhere when they are all unavailable to me.
Meanwhile, over in NA, there's also an issue with low pop servers and raid teams being unable to fill their teams, while pugs are decreasing steadily in number. I hope you realize that many of those problems would be lessened if a larger % of the WoW players were those living in NA.
Furthermore, if I'm a NEW player, someone who's never played WoW or even an MMO before, I will probably investigate which MMO offers me the largest pool of potential players cause basically, I wanna be where all the action is. If I learn a certain MMO has more players in NA than WoW, then that game quickly becomes very appealing because it offers me not only a larger number of potential players, but also a good chance I'll even meet people in real life who also play that game because the game is popular in NA and I play in NA.
For example, I've meet 3 gamers over the past year who I eventually learned were playing GW2. Say what you want about GW2, but it's definitely attracted a good amount of NA players. Similar things can be said about MMOs like DC universe - their population sizes are comparable to WoW in NA, so they are basically offering me a similar, if not larger, group of potential players.
That's not even taking into consideration that the number of subscribers in NA who actually don't even have MoP or a level 90 toon, so the potential pool of players is reduced even further.
Tl;TR: The NA numbers matter to me because they represent the number of players I could potentially play with.