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1-12-2010 @ 12:17PM
I actually kind of enjoy player housing, but again, I come from FFXI.For the unfamiliar, not only could you decorate your own house with mundane, festive, or rare/unusual furniture, garden to create items (you could grow platinum: I kid you not) but use your house to store a multitude of items. You can even buy mannequins that you can dress up in your extra awesome equipment, and invite your friends inside to show it off. The coolest feature though was through an admittedly arbitrary elemental system, you could decorate your room in such a way as to create an ongoing effect on your character: such as raise a tradeskill slightly, or reduce the experience lost upon death (which is something that WoW doesn't do, thankfully.)Personally, if WoW would copy that, players wouldn't have to resort to making guild-bank characters just to store their extra items (better than buying tons of frostweave bags) and it would be another way players could receive a new kind of boon, much in the same way a glyph might work. I see player housing not as a way for players to hide,but as an opportunity for Blizzard to improve upon what I believe to be a somewhat lack of inventory space, as well as perhaps some interesting mechanic that revolves around it.I don't think (or at least hope) that people who want player housing just want a strictly personal instance of their own to simply decorate for no reason: that would just be another frivolous gold-sink. Like me, I think a lot of players are also imagining what Blizzard could do to make having a personal space both interesting and mechanically beneficial.Also, if you're listening blizzard, you could extort more money from your player-base via micro-transactions to buy "special" furniture and items for the house. I think plenty of players would pay a couple bucks to put a replica Frostmourne in their house. Not saying I support the idea, but if it gets Blizzard on the player housing bandwagon, I'll accept it. After all, like vanity pets, nobody HAS to. Just enthusiasts/suckers.
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