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3-22-2009 @ 4:05PM
If Blizzard made this game free, some people would complain that it's making it too easy for casuals.
3-22-2009 @ 4:21PM
Indeed they would.They would also whine about how much money advertising generates (to make it a free service) and because of how much they contribute, they feel it entitles them to something. By paying $15 a month you’re entitled to login. The rest is icing on the cake.And they have changed models in the past.Remember the spellfire tunic...OMGAH. I was so happy when they changed it to a robe.Without the ability to color or dye items...this is what you will have to live with. Look at any world first SS throughout the history of WoW. Tell me what you find. This is the art direction they chose to stick with.Either login and enjoy, or stop paying your $15 a month.People tend to let there epeen get in the way of unadulterated fun.
3-22-2009 @ 4:56PM
So, as the paying customer, what exactly DO we get to make our voices heard about?Just because they created the game doesn't mean they get to ignore their customers. Rather, it means exactly that, but it also means they have to live with the consequences. If it bothers people enough, they will just leave and stop paying.But that doesn't mean we shouldn't tell Blizzard what we don't like so they will know what they've done to drive people away. Obviously they have decided that more people like content than loot models, but I have a feeling they have underestimated the number of people who are attached to the look of their characters.Making things fit together is nice, having recolored versions of cool models is a nice touch. Having EVERY plate piece of armor that drops in a raid look identical is lazy.The recolored set pieces mentioned from TBC were SINGLE items that were tied to a certain class, e.g healing plate shoulders from SSC were a gray recolor of Pally T5. No one besides a pally would wear it, and it was the ONLY piece in teh game that looked like that. So far I have seen 4 plate hats from Ulduar that are all recolored DK T8, That's boring and lazy. If there were one recolored warrior, one recolored DK, and one Recolored Pally, along with a couple of new models, that would be interesting.Having some things be the same is interesting. Having EVERYTHING be the same is lazy, and Blizzard needs to hear that their paying customer base sees it as laziness and is thoroughly unimpressed.
3-22-2009 @ 5:31PM
Funny, I'm reading the TOS and the EULA here, it says nothing about us paying to modify the game, or have a vote in the development decisions. We're paying to gain access to their servers. That's it. Anything else is a bonus.
3-22-2009 @ 6:18PM
You must be new or a non-raider. Let me elaborate on what the real issue is and has been:Back in the Pre-expansion days of running Molten Core and AQ40 and such, you could at a glance instantly tell how progressed a guild and a player happened to be from what they were wearing. Everything was VERY unique to the point that it was blindingly obvious (and very cool) to see certain people with different gear. It was a status symbol somewhat, and a visual inspection on another level. Now, you can't tell by looking at someone if they're a heroic 5-man player, a 10-man player or a 25-man heroic guy because the gear looks the same no matter what level you get it from unless it's a weapon. A T7 hunter and a T7.5 hunter are going to mostly look identical. It takes away a little of the achievement of doing 25-man content over 10-man content since the stats on the gear aren't THAT much better (and speaking as a T7 hunter with a single piece of T7.5 I can say that my DPS is as good or better than most hunters doing 25-mans). At least if you're not going to be doing much more in the way of quality, you could look better while doing it or at least different. It's probably not a big deal, but it meant something a few years ago and it's essentially meaningless now when random pieces look like tier pieces. If the only way to get armor sets to not look mismatched and stupid (and I personally think that non-tier pieces of tier slots shouldn't match tier gear) is this homogenization, it's pretty disappointing.
3-22-2009 @ 9:55PM
Dave, while I do not agree that completing a 25 person "heroic" raid should carry more prestige than the same raid on "regular" (because the 25 person variant tends to be easier once it gets started) I do agree that it would be nice if there were more distinction, like the hare mode rewards should stand out (without being gaudy). And I suppose that the Ulduar drops will be easily enough distinguished from the Nax drops, but it does seem like blizzard could come up with a way to have players not all geared exactly the same way.
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