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3-16-2009 @ 4:34PM
GC is going too hardcore. His comments seem to indicate this game is about hard core raiding and that is all. Alot of the nerfs seem to affect leveling a great deal and they seem to forget about that. Not everyone has tons of time to play so they need to keep an eye on the specs people use while leveling so as not to nerf anything there.Also, people don't start out as the worlds greatest raiders with all knowledge of all things. Everyone sucks at first. And it takes time to learn how to interact with others and how to play your class and spec to the best of your abilities. It takes time to learn the instance. And the changes will make things less forgiving which is going to mean more wipes while people learn the raid. Which equals frustration. Yeah, weeding out your raid group is find and dandy for you but it's no fun for those who are just trying to learn and now find no one will play with them.
3-16-2009 @ 4:46PM
Yes, and no. As stated in this column, Ulduar isn't going to be much more difficult than Naxx is right now. So, unless the gear from the so called "hard modes" is going to be several levels above what is gotten from regular mode, you are going to be an even bigger burnout by raiders. The achievments just aren't enough to push people.Right now, many people are gearing up their second or third 80 running the same old raids again and again. Their reason to continue raiding is hoping that the new content is going to be challenging and interesting. I personally think it would be much, much better for everyone if the difficulty ramped up greatly from first boss in Ulduar to last boss. Sadly, I don't think this is going to be the case.The more I read about the changes to the classes and game mechanics, the more I come to believe that the developers are both running out of ideas and getting lazy. They seems to be upset that people have gotten creative in the ways to defeat bosses, and instead of trying to challenge people by forcing them to come up with even more creative ways, they just nerf the classes.
3-16-2009 @ 4:47PM
Jason, I understand what you're saying. It's a difficult task when things like raiding content first start out. To be fair to blizzard it's a transition stage. Us nerds, see, we have a problem changing. It seems that the game has taken a swing to be friendler to newer players while still providing some content. It's a middle ground. Can we meet there and call it a success? Go too far you alienate a lot, go the other, the same. Look at politics. It always shifts back to the moderate.I would say that leveling is easiest it has ever been. There is nary a reason to group with anyone and some of these changes aren't going to be noticed too heavily. Maybe if you are a DK you will see swings back and forth harsher. Have patience. Dont get wrapped up into the numbers. You'll go nuts. mastercontrolcast.wordpress.com
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