Is the MMO dying? | Games Blog – Yahoo! Games

Is the MMO dying? | Games Blog – Yahoo! Games.

The novelty of these games quickly wear off and the monthly fees and all kinds of payments they siphon from users really piss off the players.

Just a few short years ago, massively-multiplayer online games (MMOs) were considered the future of gaming.

These days, though, massively-multiplayer online worlds are beset by bad news. World of Warcraft lost 1.1 million customers in the last three months. It’s lost 2 million in the past year. Meanwhile, EA’s highly anticipated entry in the field — Star Wars: The Old Republic — failed to take off, with subscriptions dropping to under 1 million last quarter. It was an incredibly rapid drop from the 2 million subscriber peak of earlier this year.

With these two behemoths having serious issues, is the entire genre on the outs? Not necessarily, but it’s definitely changing — and that could be great news for consumers who have grown sick and tired of forking over monthly fees for online games.

Prosecutors: Norwegian gunman Anders Breivek played World of Warcraft for up to seven hours straight for months on end. Farkers: Is that a lot?–abc-news-topstories.html

Anders Breivik, the right-wing extremist who has confessed to killing 77 people during a murder spree in Norway last summer, played the violent computer game World of Warcraft nearly seven hours a day for several consecutive months before his attack, prosecutors say.

Breivik, 33, already known to have a long history with the onlinerole-playing game, was particularly absorbed by it between November 2010 and February 2011, when he played for an average of 6 hours and 50 minutes per day, according to prosecutors.

The new evidence in Breivik’s ongoing trial was presented in an Oslo court on Wednesday. When asked about his interest in the game by a prosecutor, Breivik angrily dismissed the idea that playing World of Warcraft had any connection to his attacks, according to media reports.

“It is not relevant to this case whatsoever,” Breivik said, getting so upset that he threatened to turn off his microphone, according to Norwegian newspaper Verdens Gang.

On July 22, 2011, Breivik detonated a bomb in central Oslo that killed eight people, and then shot and killed 69 people attending a youth summer camp on the nearby island of Utoya. Breivik admitted mounting the attacks after his arrest, and used weapons named after Norse gods to massacre his victims.

He has previously stated that he played Warcraft, as well as another “first-person shooter” game called Modern Warfare, for hours daily.

In Warcraft, players assume the identity of an online character to use magic and weapons to battle monsters and other characters and go on quests.

According to prosecutors, Breivik played Warcraft under the aliases “Andersnordic” and “Conservatism.”

Norwegian anthropologist Thomas Hylland Eriksen, who was brought in as an expert witness for Breivik’s defense earlier this year, said in an interview with the British network ITN that Breivik was apparently unable to separate games from reality.

“He does not seem to be very successful at distinguishing between the virtual reality of ‘World of Warcraft’ and other video games and reality,” Eriksen said.

In a March 2008 post on a web forum devoted to the game, user “Andersnordic” posted that the game had been responsible for making him “300kg, bald and pale,” and told the game’s developer Blizzard Entertainment, “You’ll hear from my lawyer!”

Nader Nazemi