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11-19-2007 @ 10:17AM
I began playing WoW at release, and way back then, I bought the collector's edition. I have a little panda to show how long I've played (except I took about an almost 2 year break, so it's completely misleading). The truth is, I think one of the biggest strengths of WoW is how accessible things are. A blood elf, which could not possibly have been played for over a year, is on equal footing with an orc, who was created in 2004. A frostsaber mount is impressive, and it can be earned at any time for those willing to put the time in. Other games with veteran systems make completionists just starting the game discouraged. Giving people who have played the game for a long time veteran awards is essentially rewarding someone for doing nothing, and screws over those starting the game new for the first time. As a side note, I think the trading card, Blizzcon, and collector's edition awards are dumb (even though I have one). It's just unfair to players who are earning their in game rewards IN GAME.
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