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8-07-2008 @ 4:14PM
At face value, achievements seem sort of a vanity feature, like what player housing would have wound up being (hey come check out my boss kill mantles!) and/or extreme boredom grinds. But I think it will be a forced solution to the hardcore people who fear their accomplishments are cheapened by the progression 'curve', easier access to instances, gear, etc. It's good because it'll flush out the guy who just wants to feel recognized that he killed Boss-X within so many months, vs. the guy who is genuinely just an elitist prick who can't stand that anybody but his guild is on Y content (whom, IMO should EABOF then DIAF).It will make so many trolls choke on their words. "You're a nub!" "Oh? Then why did I have a full set of prot warrior T3 pre-BC? Why was my guild first to kill boss 1, 2 and 3?"It'll also be a great filter for pugs. Whenever I want to a do a heroic, the first thing I do is check a player's gear, spec and reputation with that faction. If achievements are account wide, I can now tell if this guy's alt has done SL a hundred times before I turn him away because he wants to bring his fresh 70. I'm going to have my favorite achievements to look for to determine experience and my red-flag accomplishments to watch out for.
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