Numbers numbers numbers: I wish we could have more. No, let me amend that. I wish we had fewer numerical representations inside MMOs. I’d much rather go back to the days when item quality was a basic suffix or prefix, the days before gearscore and stat squish.
But behind the scenes? I want all the numbers. I want to know why people buy butter in video games, how many people do raids, what type of people play which classes, what people do when you tweak things ever so slightly. I want to know how many people play period! That’s why I was so excited when EG7 bought Daybreak and delivered so much information about its MMOs to investors. It’s not an MMO, but Slay the Spire did something even more epic before the holidays, pushing out a 27GB data dump covering 77,000,000 runs over the last few years. 27GB! It’s the rare MMO that gives players more than a press release or a sanitized infographic. Imagine what people could do with data like those.
Which MMO do you wish were more transparent about its metrics?