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4-22-2010 @ 12:19PM
One of the things that attracted me to wow was how robust the new user experience was and how smoothly interface information was delivered by tips. Yes there is information that wasn't included in the beginner tips that is useful, and it could be better, but blizzard has a number of mechanics 4 or 5 orders of magnitude larger than braid's. That's not remotely a fair comparison. A fair comparison would be other MMOS, and in that realm there are some incredibly poor tip executions. Just mentioning FFXI gives me fits. Try figuring out how to effectively use your scanner in EVE Online as a noob. I'm sure there are some now that are doing a better job than Blizzard (i haven't played one, but there's always an innovator somewhere), but all you have to do is introduce the game to someone new to realize how hard it is not to overwhelm them when introducing them to the game. You could spend a week teaching them to play, and still miss some of these things.TL;DR blizzard could be better at providing useful tips, but as far as MMOs go, they do a bang-up Job.
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