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12-11-2008 @ 2:30PM
Against my better judgment, I'm getting into this argument...So, here goes nothing. Completely ignoring the programmer's perspective, the ability to change races would be a huge clusterfuck. I'll explain why. Firstly, there are certain mounts that can only be learned by certain races. However, with the way mounts work now, once you have learned how to ride a mount, you can call it forever, no matter what happens to your character. So, lets say I have a gnome warrior with a mechanostrider. If I change to an tauren, can I still ride it? Even if I can't, this would prove a very easy way to get the 50 mounts achievement, since I could get mounts from each side. What if there would be some sort of of conversion? What would it be? Lets taken an example of a blood elf changing to a draenei. Lets say this blood elf has all 4 60% speed mounts for blood elves. Dreanei only have 3 60% speed increasing mounts. What happens?Secondly, there is a HUGE issue with quests. Each side (Horde/Alliance) has about the same number of quests. There is also an achievement to do 3000 quests which grants the title "The Seeker". This was not possible before Wrath, even though there were more than 3000 quests in-game, because so many of them are faction-specific. Now, lets say someone changes factions. What happens to their quest count? Does it remain the same? This seems unfair, as many players had to go through a huge amount of effort to get the title and the achievement. Or, do we completely strip the character of any and all faction and quest and pvp based achievements? What if they already received an award for the 3000 quest achievement? Would we strip them of their title too? What if they have gotten an item from these sorts of quest, like the loremaster's colors? Would those be gone? We could not simply say that all the quests they finished have horde/alliance equivalents, because they don't always.There are similar issues for pvp, and achievements based on that.Then there are the issues with faction-based items. Lets say we have a dwarf hunter with the Veteran's Musket from Honor Hold. Now lets say he becomes a Horde Troll Hunter. What happens to the musket? Can he no longer use it? Is it immediately changed to the horde "equivalent" of the Marksman's Bow? What if this dwarf is a "purist" never learned how to wield bows? And even besides this, there are many items that DO NOT have cross-faction equivalents. This could apply to quest items too. For example, on the alliance side, one of the best twink items for rogues are the Feet of the Lynx. However, horde side, there is a quest that offers slightly better boots. These boots do not have an alliance equivalent. What happens to these boots?In conclusion, stop acting like an idiot and pretending that all it's about is changing a single field in a database.It's not.
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