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2-28-2008 @ 7:29PM
This latest round of PTR tests and all the negativity that has seen the light of day really makes me think that the whole system of how Blizzard tests changes is just the wrong way to do it. They make some changes which pisses off the masses, and then later even if they change it back due to the outrage, the bitter taste is still there in our mouths. Even though we know that they are just testing out their latest rounds of tweaks, we all end up reading so much into it. At this stage, many of us know as much about the game mechanics as the devs do, and their intentions are obvious to us...we can see where this all is "going" even if they end up changing it later, we can still read their intent.I really think it would be in their own best interest to stop the practice of bringing things online to the public in its own individual realm as is their current practice. It does have some positive elements, but the bad outweighs the good by a long shot. This 2.4 testing makes it even more obvious now than it has been in the past. They really need to keep all testing to wholly internal crew instead of using us as guinee pigs - even though we do seem to enjoy it, although I'm sure many would disagree with me. The whole theory of a Public Test Realm is arguably too flawed, and should be discontinued for future testing.
2-28-2008 @ 10:52PM
They could take the middle ground and simply have closed test realms, where they do testing on an invite only basis. Overall though it is a shame that the WoW community is so immature in their attitudes about changes. Even among some of the "Professionals" here, they can't restrain themselves from fussing about changes, or the lack thereof, despite Blizzard explicitly saying that the notes didn't include all the changes.It shouldn't be a surprise to anyone when Blizzard doesn't openly communicate with a community that has deemed itself utterly incapable of being rational. Of course the easy response is that it is Blizzard's fault the community is like that, clearly Blizzard forced players to behave like children.Lest anyone think I'm simply calling Shamans out, I think it applies to every class. Thank goodness there are private forums that Blizzard can collect consistently reasonable feedback like EJ, otherwise the community may not have a voice at all.
2-29-2008 @ 8:05AM
Well, i dont know where you are getting this "massive negative outcry" - i mean, your making it sound like everyone hates this patch or something. Sure the official forums might be the (very) vocal minority, but I think this patch is absolutely wonderful - and so doesnt almost everyone else i have spoken too. Some people just love to be negative i guess...
2-29-2008 @ 8:46AM
For the past few weeks I've been noticing more and more how the some bloggers here use this site to cry about their class.This place is a wealth of information, but it seems like it is turning into the QQ corner.Why do most of you have to throw in QQ's in your stories?"And while the latest changes still aren't done (we're still waiting for an Elemental buff), things have been fixed somewhat since then."Whether you are getting nerfed or not, why keep leaning this site towards a shaman and warlock QQ constantly?Yes, I have a warlock. Yes, I am pissed about tap. No, I don't like seeing almost EVERY OTHER THREAD being a QQ about it, and each other thread about shamans.
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