Yeh that’s right that is me saying that and I still have the hate, a hate relationship with everything about the game. Blizzard may have done a great deal right yet this is no excuse for doing other things that are so wrong.
Leveling is a grind with little to no fun to be had until you reach the end-game. Gear being junked after every expansion and all your hard work gaining those items washed-out from one day to the next.
Dumbing down of content so anyone playing 3 hours per week can have epics when you slogged you guts out getting them.
Then there is the other side, the side of the players. We on the outside only really see the bad points. Constant bitching in the forums and in-game. QQing about things being to hard which force Blizzard to dumb down yet more content. And when someone has a different opinion than those of the masses they get shot down as if there is only one view and flame anyone that sees the world in a different way.
Above all I hate anyone who has only every played WOW and thinks everything WOW has to offer was invented by Blizzard.
All this aside, I do have something in common with WOW players now. This is the seeing the game we love getting screwed over in an unprecedented way.
Yet when I encountered this it was with SWG back then it was the New Game Enhancements (NGE). SOE like Blizzard, did not address the concerns of their core gamers and went in a totally different direction. WOW has had balance issues almost from day one and nothing Blizzard has done has come close to solving this problem, this made the cookie-cutter-builds happen.
When someone does this to your game its time to panic –
Unless you’ve been on the dark-side of the moon you are well aware of the turmoil that WOW players are now facing.
Blizzard doesn’t hide the fact that they ripoff features from other games (even thought some players think otherwise) but really Pokemon and Kung Fu Panders ?
I know some fan-boys will think the Pandaria was part of Warcraft 3 lore, I’ll accept this in the same token as the Star Wars Christmas special is part of Star Wars lore. Some things just can’t be un-done we will never get away from them no matter how hard we try.
So instead of fixing the unbalance issues, they decided to completely change the skill tree system and start afresh. I guess Blizzard is hoping that they can have another 6 years at trying to balance this system too. For when bitching starts to come (and it will) about classes being unbalanced they can turn around and just say its a new way of doing things give us more time.
I feel for the players I really do. Nothing is more disheartening that seeing your game get screwed and there is nothing you can do about it. Some of my friends have been in and out of WOW over many years. Just to keep up on gear in the hope the game will once again rekindle that flame the once used to have.
All it does for them now is provide the most expensive Vent chat system in the world where good friends still hangout with all eyes looking for the next mmo.
Hoping is that it will hold a candle to the once good old glory days of old, with so many been burnt in the past and they have reconciled themselves to staying with what they know.
Its “Better the devil you know” as the saying goes.
But now TOR looks like it will be the first real competition WOW has faced. Blizzard has been forced to do a promotion of Diablo 3 beta and a free copy of the game with some trinket in-game items at the cost of a year sub to the now failing game.
Being tied to WOW for a year would make a lot of players stay away from TOR as an extra sub every month may be a little too costly. So paying what you normally would per-year of $180 with a free game, items and beta invite seems a good deal.
I wonder how good a deal it will look 3 months into the new patch when the content gets dumbed down again and once more you are just in-game, to chat with your fellow guild members. Blizzard has said before it welcomes TOR as it will bring new player to the mmo market.
Yet this is the first time Blizzard has looked so panicked about a new mmo. As if they knew what the outcome would be.
I’m not trying to say TOR will bring down the king, what it will do it take followers of that once great game and this will cost them greatly. Pinning your gamers to a full year is a good move but for many they do not play for more than 4 months out of a year.
As in this time you can level and gain all the gear you need and still take in everything the new patch has to offer.
For all those that have had the last nail coffin when it comes to WOW. I hope TOR will be what you are looking for and I’m sorry you are going thought the same progress of what SWG did so many years ago.
I thought I would never see this type of thing again where a company would take everything about a game you love and change it just to chase the cash cow down the street.
Well good luck to you all where ever you may end up.
Until next time, MrWarlock signing off.
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