March 10, 2010

World of Warcraft on consoles?

So recent­ly there seems to be alot of clam­or­ing to get more MMO’s on con­soles.  But should we ask our­selves should MMO’s even be on con­soles.  Lets take world of war­craft where you can lit­er­al­ly bind dozens of com­mands to dif­fer­ent keys.  There are more num­ber keys on a key­board then there are on the entire xbox 360 con­troller.  Could a good MMO out­side of a FPS be made for a con­sole using a key­pad?  Unless you used sub menu’s it seems it would be very dif­fi­cult to cre­ate any cus­tomiz­able MMO that could be played on a con­sole.
Bliz­zard released a state­ment today say­ing they would not be releas­ing WoW on con­soles peri­od.   They did how­ev­er admit that they had been con­sid­er­ing mak­ing an MMO for con­sole for some­time how­ev­er it would not be WoW.   You can read the state­ment from Bliz­zard here.
So what do you guys think?  Do you think MMO’s belong on con­soles?   If so why?  If not, why not?

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  1. PimpmasterF - March 13, 2010 9:06 am

    I think it can be made to work for cer­tain MMO’s, Guild wars for instace I think could work due to there only being about 8 abil­i­ty com­mands and the rest is just move­ment and com­mu­ni­ca­tion com­mands, but WOW.…No way, I dont play WOW but Ive seen the game and yea, there are just way too many com­mands to use a con­troller, Now it could work for the PS3 I think with the key­board you can buy for it and if microsoft made a full sized key­board then yea, but that would be the only way I think with­outh dumb­ing down the game severe­ly. Now it has been done of course. For instance bat­tle for mid­dle earth II was decent on the 360, I played it and it was­nt bad for con­sole but still much bet­ter on PC same goes for Halo Wars, it was ok but they should make a PC ver­sion. Bot­tom line I think is that while it can work to an extent, its just that, an extent, I dont think it will ever ful­ly work until we get more games like End War with voice com­mand tech.

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