What if it were possible to simulate real-life people’s actions in an MMO, but in with NPCs? I’m not talking about the standard, brain-dead mobs that populate MMOs now. I mean what if it were possible to simulate the wildness or randomness of human players to a convincing degree? Would people still play with others?
I’m asking because the current playstyle really isn’t all that massive. In MMOs now people either solo, or exist in small groups with little real interaction except background. The only real interaction happens when you pit player versus player: otherwise once players settle into an MMO, they tend to act in small groups or guilds. If the experience was much smaller, against much smarter AI wouldother players matter as much as we think they would?