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Tuesday, January 20, 2004
 

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GameSpy Continues WoW Chats with Blizzard
9:20 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

GameSpy has added to their coverage of World of Warcraft, the upcoming MMORPG from Blizzard, by sitting down with Assistant Designer Jeff Kaplan and firing off some interesting questions. The topics covered range from guild hall operation to the overall potential of the world itself.

One of the questions broached concern the economics of WoW. Past experience has shown that inflation can be an issue with MMORPGs, and WoW hopes to sidestep that by providing a host of spending opportunities:

Obviously, one of the best ways to curb inflation is to provide consistent money sinks. We can do this in a number of ways, including scaling training costs, giving additional perks such as added bank space or player mounts, and core gameplay mechanics like guild founding fees or guild tabards. Also, many spells and abilities will require consumable reagents or items.
Kaplan also notes that WoW will be extremely quest-oriented, with certain quests being available only during World Events.

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