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7-30-2007 @ 8:00PM
@2 your comment will surely be quoted in the next 20+ replies as being so wrong or innacurate.Decreasing rate of new players means the cap is hit, I bet many people thought 6 million then 7 million was the cap since EQ1 did not even hit 1 million in its prime.Wow is primarily made up of new players to mmos, reason this is so obvious is because no other mmo has come close to these numbers. Word of mouth helped spread the popularity and the majority of the player base never raided before let a lone see BWL AQ40 or even got bothered to attune to naxx.Recolored items? The greens and blues pre 60 were recolered numerous times and this time they recolored t1 and t2 sets which were many players who could not raid were able to now get the sets they thought looked cool before and now attainable to more casual players.The new 5 mans made the game more challenging compared to the old 5 mans because most of them were not tank and spank ecounters.Rep grind was fixed imo because instead of incredibly hard rep grinds the rewards were spread out into a bunch of new factions and many different ways to earn the rep was implemented.Game balance complaining has become the stuff of legends and there are more players mocking complaints of balance and the nerd rage makes good comedy.Blizzard I am sure thought of the fact that veteran players after 2-3 years would eventually quit after the expansion due to burn out but the influx of returning players at expansion who bought the expansion and played for 4 months and then quit again is still a financial gain for blizzard.
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