I didn't know it was possible to talk with every single person in the world through telepathic abilities?
How do you do that?
Comparing to phones is a really bad example.
Not even a chat room is a good example because not every single person in this world is in a chat room.
If you want a realistic game then remove world chat.. Party chats can serve as irl chat rooms and PMs can serve as telephones.
I think you've misunderstood eugene2k's points.
He's not saying that people have telephones, therefore in a game one should be able to talk to anyone, anywhere.
He is saying people INVENTED telephones, because THEY WANT to be able to talk to anyone, anywhere.
It's a really good example - if you consider slicer4ever's points.
Allow me to elaborate:
To your point; yes. If you want a realistic game, then remove world chat.
But why do you want a realistic game? What is the aim of this project?
The assumption is that the aim is to make money. In which case, you're looking from the wrong angle. People don't want realistic.
People want world chat, it's a social convention of all succesful MMOs - do the research.
There will be trolls, beggers, blah blah blah - so implement an ignore system. Again, succesful MMOs have faced these problems, how do they approach them? - do the research.
My point is, to make money, give the people what they want and charge them for it. Oh, and do the research.
However, if the point of this project is to turn YOUR dreams into a real thing, then you don't need to ask other designers/developers for confirmation. Make your game, your way and enjoy it.
On an unrelated note; "pay per message" is interesting. I don't think it would work as intended, but it interested me nevertheless.
As always, hope this is helpful.
I don't want a realistic game, I thought he wanted he because he talks about telephones.
And I'm not going to go into the discussion about why world chat shouldnt be in the game even if majority liks it.
It's same reason why players should be forced to play in an open pvp environment even if they prefer consensual PvP.
I believe it ruins the social aspect of games at least.