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4-17-2010 @ 10:53PM
"Downsizing raids to 25-man max is ruining the game. Arenas are ruining the game. The badge system is ruining the game, hybrids are ruining the game, pures are ruining the game, 10/25 variable raids are ruining the game, micro transactions, dual specs, what have you. The game has been constantly in a state of ruination since early 2005 when some realms were undergoing severe latency on peak nights and it was, you guessed it, ruining the game."With the exception of the hybrids/pures duality, all of the things listed there ARE pretty much negative things. Blizz's efforts to make the endgame more accessible have made it a good deal easier, and that makes getting the endgame rewards considerable less fun, because more people have them.Here's an example. Remember T2? It was a great Tier in terms of looks, and given the only way to get it was to have previously ground through Strath/UBRS with pugs and then MC with 39 other people and then moved on to BWL. Even after Naxx dropped, seeing someone in full T2 was pretty cool, as it meant that person hard worked HARD for their gear. Now consider T9, this expansion's equivalent to T2. It looks all right, but it's pretty homogenized. You look like all the other people wearing the same type of gear. And how do you get it? Not weeks of grinding your dungeon gear, then weeks of working together with your guild to clear the previous content, then weeks of working with your guild to clear the current content. But now, you get full T9 in about a week by sitting in dungeon finder. Everyone has it, and it means nothing to have it. I still have my T2 in my bank, but I delete my T9 as I get T10. It doesn't MEAN anything. That's why some people are upset about the Shiny Pony. When it was datamined, people assumed that it was going to be an achievement, a status symbol. Then it turned out to be a symbol saying you've got an extra $25 lying around. Not quite as cool. What Blizzard is doing is giving everyone a trophy for participating instead of winning, and if they keep it up, soon people will turn to a game that rewards achievement instead of payment.
4-17-2010 @ 11:17PM
I didn't get the title from the Shattered Sun Offensive for the same reason... all you had to do was pay 1000 gold, and you had it. It didn't mean anything.When it was offered of course everyone had it. You couldn't swing your camera four degrees without seeing "... of the Shattered Sun" seething everywhere.... how many people still use that title? I haven't seen it for a while now. No one is going to use that one when there are so many meaningful and interesting titles. Same thing with this mount. Sure, a bunch of people are buying it now, I'm sure in about a week the sales will trickle off. Unlike the title it's actually useful to have since you don't need to buy mounts for your alts, but it's the ultimate in 'welfare' gear. I'm sure in a year it will be the lowest mount on the totem pole, because anyone can have it, all they have to do is pay some cash. There will be jokes about, 'man, I'm so strapped for gold all I have is a Shiny Pony mount!'.
4-18-2010 @ 10:26AM
@ James:"Blizz's efforts to make the endgame more accessible have made it a good deal easier, and that makes getting the endgame rewards considerable less fun, because more people have them."And that's where I stopped reading. Please realise that fun and ePeen are not the same thing. You might actually have some fun when you do.
4-18-2010 @ 11:20PM
Here's the thing. Fun is relative. Some people have fun roleplaying, some people have fun collecting vanity pets, and some people have fun by raiding difficult endgame content. Fun has different definitions to different people. I have fun getting stuff that is hard to get. By Blizz making EVERYthing in the game EASY to get, they're taking away my fun (and the fun a good deal of other people I know.)Sorry if that's a difficult concept to understand, but there it is nonetheless. You can't say my definition of fun is any less valid than yours. Well you can, I suppose, but you'd be wrong. I'm not trying to say everyone has to enjoy raiding difficult endgame content, but it'd sure be nice if they'd leave it alone for those of us who want to enjoy it.
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