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5-04-2009 @ 8:42PM
Vanilla WoW died with TBC. The radical expansion and change in game-mechanics were its death-knell. Who raids BWL or AQ anymore.. and...why would you?With each successive patch and expansion, the game diversifies, develops ways of appealing to more and different user groups moves further from the original game.The original game was very simple in terms of its end-game objectives. 5-man, then 20 or 40-man raiding (or PvP). To get purples, meant that you were a core raider who had put in the hours and knew their class..... which is (sadly) a long long way from where we are today. I guess that you can't turn back the clock. In trying to please so many, what appealed to many core old-school players has been degraded. If you go into Naxx today and compare it to what it was when it was originally introduced (what you had to BE to even get near that place... how little leeway you had to make mistakes)... well.. its not a shadow of its former self (set-excepted.. full marks to Blizz for the design-work.... awesome).In the corporate setting there have been many articles about the effects of scale on growth and we are seeing the same forces at work here. From a development perspective, you move from very a very reltively simple goal-directed game-plan towards more concensus-thinking and a complex technology and development roadmap. The results may bring interim gains, but can often introduce dispersion of resources and systemic entropy.The game is so big now, you have the luxury of finding what you enjoy about the game .. and concentrating on that. don't worry about the dead content.. go for the freshies!
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