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Bushnell Predicts End of 'Warcraft'

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Posted July 8, 2008 - By Stephen Johnson

Atari and Chuck E. Cheese creator Nolan Bushnell has gazed into his crystal ball and determined that World of Warcraft is over.

In an interview with Gamasutra, Bushnell said:

"World of Warcraft just passed what I call the Bushnell Threshold. The Bushnell Threshold is... I watch my sons, and because they're my sons, they tend to start things at the beginning, or sometimes a little bit before. So they play and play and play and play, and all of a sudden, they don't play anymore. They stayed with World of Warcraft for a long time. My older son all of a sudden got Mage 72 or whatever it is and quit. All at once. Cold turkey. I didn't think it was going to happen. And my 14-year-old is getting close to there, which is surprising."

Coming from anyone else, we might dispute Bushnell's vision of the future, but because the dude successfully predicted the appeal of bloopy lights on TV screens and pizza served by anthropomorphic mice, we gotta give him the benefit of the doubt. When he sees the future, he sees the future, even if it involves a rat handing off a slice of pepperoni!

Also, we sort of feel the same thing with Warcraft... maybe it hasn't jumped the shark yet, but it's water-skiing around the ramp in its leather jacket. Do you think so?

Gamasutra: Nolan Bushnell: What The Game Industry Misses

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