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7-17-2009 @ 10:49AM
"Leveling will prepare them for the raids to come, for 80 and the call of Naxx, the Eye of Eternity, Ulduar and inevitable Icecrown itself as well. Indeed in recent lore leveling could even be said to prepare us mentally and physically for our character to face the greatest challenge for any Azerothian adventurer thus far: the fall of the Lich King himself. This is why it will always remain a vital part of why we play WoW in the first place."The obvious flaw in this logic, is that instances like Scarlet Monastery will in no way prepare you for end game. Nor will collecting 30 bits in Shimmering Flats. The real point people are trying to make when they say they want to be able to make alts at a higher starting level is... these things have been done. We do NOT CARE about these instances anymore, Blizzard has done everything they can to show they don't either so why are we bothering with them? Some vain attempt to "teach us" to play? How is using abilities that Blizzard themselves admit are not balanced for old world content going to teach us to play?It makes no sense... Until you reach the point that Blizzard makes more money if we waste more time leveling an alt. I would posit that this is probably one of the biggest factors, take the Recruit a Friend feature for example. It gave a lot of us "basically" what we wanted, quickly leveling out of the old world content while not "forcing" those who prefer the scenic route to do the same (though they don't seem to want to extend us the same courtesy). Moreover, RAF has encouraged some to buy several accounts to level multiple characters/classes quickly. Even if all they do is buy vanilla, level to 60 and xfer toons to their main account, Blizz still gets a bit of extra sales.So, in closing I say this.Give me convenience, or give me death.The best alternative I can think of to make everyone happy, and what I think will likely happen (when/if) Blizzard decides to do something to give people a new levelled alt feature will be: you guessed it, a paid option that gives you a new 70 on your account with equivalent level blues for say 25 bucks. This is keeping in line with Blizzard's recent aim to add a new paid feature for seemingly every aspect of the game, give people the alts they crave, and doesn't impress a real change upon those who enjoy leveling. It simply gives them the option. And of course, it also gives the player a few levels to learn the basics of their class (and start farming monies for their mounts, skills, etc)
7-17-2009 @ 11:28AM
Stop saying 'we'.I've got an alt that I play with a great friend of mine. He's got zero interest in running instanced content until after it's level appropriate - so we can then go back and two man the instance. He refused the refer a friend program so that he could experience quests and new zones and reputation advancement. When we've reached northrend (he's only got BC) he's already said that he wants to start over and level through different zones. And that once we've exhausted one faction's quests, he wants to do it all over again for the other faction.His desires are exciting to me, but also completely foreign. I love progressing through new instances and raid content and figuring out how bosses work. I've got one main that has far too many exalted reputations, far too much money, and far too many tokens. I'm not an altoholic. But it's refreshing to see someone else's view of the game, and to see that their enjoyment is pulled from other venues than mine.YOUR play-style is not everyone's play-style.
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