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11-12-2007 @ 3:35PM
I wish I knew what you meant when you said "loot actually means a little less now than it used to." Is it less important to people? I don't think so. Is there less status associated with loot? Perhaps. Regardless of your meaning, I can't say I think it's a great change.Loot is, like virtually anything else in the game, a standard for comparison and a status symbol. Unfortunately as loot gets easier to come by, player attitudes become more dichotomous. Kara geared players are considered noobs because virtually anyone can throw together a moderately geared 10-man pug and clear a large portion of that raid. 25-man gear is respectable, but only if it comes from SSC/TK and beyond. Tier 4 is crap, and so on. The availability of these status symbols means the game is turning more and more into a zerg, trying to get to the top of the loot tables as fast as you can, and then moving on.The end-game raids rely less on the player and more on the body count. On my own server, I can think of very few guilds that have been around for more than a year, and I think it's a result of easy purples. Obviously this comment isn't for those who play the game just to get into the highest quality gear possible. For players who choose to enjoy the content AND enjoy a community, the quick epic situation is their bane. Exceptions to every rule, yes, but in my experience the problem is much more widespread than just a server or two.
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