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7-15-2009 @ 3:46PM
For the love of god - this is ridiculous. This game is not going downhill "VERY FAST" at all. Enough with the "Grass was Greener when my EPEEN was visible to everyone and because no one can see my EPEEN it means the game is ending." It's amazing how many times counterpoints get made to arguments like this, and people still manage to turn a blind eye. Abridged Version: The focus of the game is no longer on the level grind up but rather seeing and enjoying endgame content; Endgame content is not an elite place for only a few people; "Accessible" raids does not equal easy raids; WoW wants to appeal to a broader audience - they are not "catering to the casuals," they are aiming to make the game enjoyable to the largest number of people; "Casual" is not a deragatory, scornful term; Neither is "Hardcore" for that matter; Gear does not denote a good player, and it never did; Achievements do not denote a good player, but they give you more information (ie Hardmode achievements = more likely to be a good player) B-Team: The company I software company I work for often gets asked for their "A Team" that worked on X project because they don't realize that there is no "A Team" or "B Team." The reality is that the company culture determines productivity and creation; I'd bet just about everything to say that within blizzard there is no concept of "A Team" or "B Team" because there doesn't need to be. Blizzard can hire the best people all the time, and it's a well known fact that they do. To imply that they'd hire subpar team members to work on a project when they have their pick of the best of what the game biz has to offer is pretty ludicrous. Similarly, with Kaplan moving on - keep in mind that different designers have different "specialities" - things they do especially well. If Kaplan got moved to another project is because they need their particular expertise, and WoW didn't. And I can guarantee that WoW is not anywhere near the backburner. "You can't please everyone all the time," just thought I'd throw that out there again.And seriously - it's ok if you don't like the direction WoW is moving. Give your feedback to the game, cancel the account and move on. No one needs the hundreds of troll posts a day. And seriously, if you're going to complain about the development process blizzard is using, at least learn what a "Pipeline process" is, how QA conducted and the philosophy behind, and general design principals. THEN put your EDUCATED opinion about how its going. *Sigh* /endrage
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