16 March, 2008
After a bit of travel, time zones become an interesting topic for me. This weekend’s challenge: how do you deal with the fact that people from different time zones can all play the same game?
Some thoughts after the jump.
I had the opportunity to have dinner with Richard Bartle a few times while I was in England. One interesting bit was that Richard played on the U.S. servers on WoW even though he lives in a completely different time zone, for various reasons. This lead to a problem where he was on the game at the “wrong times” to do a lot of content that required a lot of people, expecially Karazhan. This meant that once he got to maximum level with a lot of his characters, he stopped playing.
So, how can you work around these issues? How can you make sure that people playing from a strange time zone, even people who play on the “wrong” geographical servers, don’t get left out because of a relative lack of critical mass at the times they play?