[Video Games] Virtual world seems to be designed by newbies
Richard Bartle's take on Gamasutra is of interest for every person who works on virtual space. It is entitled Why Virtual Worlds are Designed By Newbies - No, Really!.
Virtual worlds are being designed by know-nothing newbies, and there's not a damned thing anyone can do about it. I don't mean newbie designers, I mean newbie players - first timers. They're dictating design through a twisted "survival of the not-quite-fittest" form of natural selection that will lead to a long-term decay in quality, guaranteed. If you think some of today's offerings are garbage, just you wait…
Point #1: Virtual worlds live or die by their ability to attract newbies
Point #2: Newbies won't play a virtual world that has a major feature they don't like.
Point #3: Players judge all virtual worlds as a reflection of the one they first got into.
Point #4: Many players will think some poor design choices are good.
I like his conclusion: "purist there will always be text MUDs."