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4-22-2008 @ 4:20PM
As in life, WOW has been about those who put in the most effort get the most rewards. Don't have enough time to play WOW like a crack addict? That's fine. Don't have enough time to where even playing casually gets you something? Find another game. MMO's are not for the casual...that is what the Xbox is for. I certainly don't have enough time to play 10 different toons so I focus on my hunter and reap the benefits of being able to do that. I arena with friends, am skilled at my class and get very far PVE wise and occasionally PVP. People need to stop QQing that they can't get their welfare lewtz. Everyone has the time to play 10 arena games (even now that the queue times have decreased). The pleasure behind playing an MMO is largely about your skill as a player otherwise you are setting yourself up to continue to receive total pwnage in PVP and a lack of invitations to raids if you can't play your toon. So why not reward the best players with the best gear? I will be the first to accept defeat at the hands of better skilled players. This system is designed to get people to PLAY THE GAME. Although what they need to do is make ALL the pvp gear require something(the way it used to be). Requiring arena ratings is a way of cuttng down on afk'ers. I bet you some of the same people QQing are the same jerks who afk during bg's. You can't afk your way to good arena ratings. So shut up and play the damn game.
4-22-2008 @ 4:31PM
While you're right about WoW, I don't think you're correct about how MMO's in general should operate. I think there is room for an MMO that's mostly about skill and not about a loot treadmill. What I find fun in games is competition, and having such a gear discrepancy between those who play irregularly and those who play regularly hinders that competition. I don't care if a person only plays 2 hours a week, if they're better than me they should be able to beat me. I don't want to be able to roll over somebody else on gear alone. Obviously that's not going to be WoW, but whatever game I move onto next that will be something that I'll definitely look for. Though with the subscription model companies might not want to give up the carrot for their players; maybe I'll just go back to RTS games, where skill matters, grinding doesn't.
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