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11-06-2009 @ 9:09PM
I don't feel that there's anything wrong with Blizzard offering paid race changes/faction changes, re-customization, server changes, and things of the like, for money. Those things should cost money, I feel. They're unnecessary, and sort of a big deal in the whole character scheme of things. It's a big deal to change your race or your faction, or to switch your server, etc. So, I don't have a problem with them profiting off of that, to be honest. Blizzard is a company and to run well, they do need to make money. And, there's no harm or fault in that, whatsoever.However, some of the higher-ups at Activision are a whole other story. I don't feel that people such as Kotick have WoW's best interest or the players' best interest at heart. I know that the people at Blizzard need to make money to keep this awesome game going and going strong. And, to simply pay their salaries and feed their families. I mean, this is their game and we should pay to play it. However, certain people at Activision have just come across as so greedy and profit-hungry. it's not about the game to them or about the players. It doesn't even seem to be about the developers and designers. It seems to be about the all mighty dollar and that's it. And, that's frightening. Because, as soon as there are people in charge who no longer care about the heart of something or what's at the core of something that makes it so wonderful, and instead focus more on the shallow, that's when problems begin to occur.When WoW was first launched, I know that Blizz expected it to do okay. They knew they had loyal fans from previous games and that there was definitely going to be a decent amount of people who, at least, tried out WoW when it was first available. But, I don't believe that they expected it to be the hit that it was, instantly. Or, to grow as rapidly and fully as it did. And, I definitely don't think the gaming world expected it or any MMO to have the impact that it did and has. WoW is a game that's impact may never truly be duplicated. It was/is a game that's not only wonderful, but was in the right place at the right time. And, to have something that you've worked on and loved so much, just blow up like that and explode in such a positive way, makes you want it make it even better for the fans. It makes you want to be the best you can. And, I still feel like Blizzard feels that way. Sure, they have other games they're working on and other things they're dividing their attention, between. But, I know that they love WoW. They love the fans of the game and they want it to thrive. But, I can't say the same for everyone at Activision. I don't feel like Activision loves WoW or the fans. I don't think they get what's so great about the game or why people love it so much. They might know what they're told, but I don't feel like they truly get it. I think they get profit. And, that's all they seem to be interested in. I could be wrong. But, if that's true, that's just sad. Because, it does hurt the game, I'm sure, in some ways. And, will continue to, most likely. It's like having a parent/friend/boss that doesn't have your best interest at heart. They want you to succeed, but it always seem that they want such things because it will benefit them. They have ulterior motives and it's just ugly.
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