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7-03-2009 @ 4:44AM
The more I hear, the less comfortable I am.Yes, I understand Blizzard is running this pony, purely to deliver increasing dividends to it's shareholders.But this is a PROFIT step too far imo.I'm an alliance pally. If I wanted to play a horde pally I'd.....wait for it......roll one from scratch.Why?Just like I did with my ally-pally, I'd want to take a walk through the quest lines for the horde - meet the key characters and immerse myself in the lore of an opposing faction. Right from level 1, to cap.The nub here is that WoW is not just described glibly as an MMO......it's an MMORPG.All the other paid services that have begun cluttering my account management page of late, are bearable, even if I'm not likely to use a single one of them - I understand that there is a market for these and if people want to use them fine. I dont happen to consider any of them game-breakers.But a faction switch, paid by plastic out of game....well, it stinks. It's lazy and with my RPG hat on, it's an insult to a considerable portion of the player-base.SOE with Everquest managed to keep my attention for over half a decade. Then they started listening too much to what I viewed as the less mature ("I want it now and I want it easier") players. To the point, that in my view, they compromised the integrity of the very virtual world they created. In an attempt to halt the decline in subcriptions, they began to pump out content at shorter intervals.The player base wasnt sated - particularly the hardcore raiders who'd stuck with the game for years - and a great number began to desert to WoW.With this, I think Blizzard have begun to take the first faltering steps down the same hill.
7-06-2009 @ 7:46AM
Like it or not, this caters to the players who could really care less about RP and lore (they are numerous) and just want to play an enjoyable game with their opposing-faction friends. "WHY does a re-roll of the same class have to be a long endeavor?" is the question. Your answer is a kin to "that's the way it is... because it is". Making someone throw away a character to play with their friends is busy-work -- a pointless exercise in time-wasting.This does nothing to ruin other people's ability to enjoy the storylines or re-roll "the proper way". When you think about it, it's no different from a server transfer, once you take off your RPG hat.
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