I would say that I’m generally — generally — a fairly open person when it comes to trying out MMORPGs and other games. I even have a running series on my personal blog in which I try out a new title (new to me, at least) every week and write on my experiences in it. This encourages me to get out of a gaming rut and keep sampling the larger virtual world around me.
But there are factors that make me overlook MMORPGs outright without even giving them the benefit of a session or two. For instance, if you advertise yourself as a “hardcore sandbox,” then chances are that I am Not Gonna Have a Good Time playing it — so why bother? And there are a couple of studios, such as Gameforge or My.com, that make me extremely leery about venturing into their domain.
When you’re evaluating which MMOs to play or not, what factors make you dismiss a title flat out without a single minute in the game? And for a bonus question, has that judgment ever bitten you on the butt when you realize later that it was a game worth playing?