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5-09-2011 @ 7:18PM
I wonder if they can really simply blame the lack of content. Sure, that could be a big part, but the only content currently available feels like a chore to me and many people I know.I myself have not canceled my account, but the 7 friends I play with have. :[
5-09-2011 @ 8:17PM
Of course they are going to sugarcoat the reasons. That's business. You don't come out and say exactly why something is going wrong, you make things sound better than they are to keep morale up and allow yourself time to fix things. (Note: In my opinion, Cataclysm is GREAT overall. There ARE some things that could be improved, but I'm enjoying the expansion. Obviously, some people feel differently. That's ok.)On the other hand, you make it sound like people are leaving in droves. "I myself have not canceled my account, but the 7 friends I play with have." 7 out of every 8 people canceling is an 87.5% drop. Clearly, your anecdotal evidence is far, far off base. The naysayers would have us believe that the game is becoming a wasteland, yet the numbers clearly don't support this suggestion.
5-09-2011 @ 8:32PM
Apologies if my personal experience isn't good evidence. I never implied it was.
5-09-2011 @ 8:47PM
Sorry, you were a convenient example. Useful though. On what is currently page 4 of the comments, commenter Tyler says this: "only 5%? i thought it would've been more than that." The idea that TONS of people are leaving the game is the exact feeling I've gotten from posters over on the official WoW forums and even here at WoW Insider. I've seen several similar comments like your own of droves of people leaving. While true, 600,000 people are no longer playing, 11.4 million are still here.There's not as many people quitting as people think.
5-09-2011 @ 10:52PM
If 5-man content (including heroics) is not puggable at launch, people will get bored and leave. if normal mode raids are not getting farmed by mediocre teams by the release of the next tier, people will get bored and leave. the heyday for subs was wrath, There was a good reason, in Wrath Blizz made a GAME, not an e-sport for elite sponsored guilds. Also, call me chicken little but 5% sub loss is crushing and the stock-holders will get spooked if there is another conference call with news like this. How much market cap hit will Kotick take before he asks Blizzard to tune down WoW to wrath levels of casualness? My bet is that there are meetings going on to discuss this as I write. If firelands is not significantly easier than the 4.0 raids, I'll eat my hat.
5-09-2011 @ 11:14PM
@ MattI do believe that yes, some people really left because instead of getting regular dungeon gear before running a heroic or getting slightly less stupid by listening to directions, but those are in my opinion the people that are most dangerous to the part of the casual playerbase that tries to get better at their roles in game.I would say that it is not elite hardcore raiders that make fun of the poor healers or tanks that are just trying to learn, but instead the lazy mediocre people who want to be carried through the "content" while spamming their most flashy aoe moves.Elite hardcore raiders may do an occasional heroic, but first of all elite hardcores are rare and most often they run with guild groups so they don't have to run into disruptive jerks that badmouth healers or tanks. Most skilled players out there are more than willing to help in a group that they are part of if you so much as ask them.
5-09-2011 @ 11:36PM
Hmm, interesting. Downvoted. Ah well, such happens. :)If I may, I'd like to know why. Perhaps this is a futile request, but I actually like to learn from my mistakes. Call me crazy.Feel I was rude? I hadn't intended to be, but I can see how you could believe that.Or was something actually wrong with what I said? If so, I'd like to know what and/or have a discussion regarding it.Something else?Ah well, just a shot in the dark.
5-10-2011 @ 10:36AM
I have no idea why you were down-voted, Skarn. No, you weren't rude at all, you were merely giving your opinion. There is no reason to downvote anything you wrote. But don't worry about it. The voting on comments thing is childish, IMO. Sometimes I think people up or down vote depending on what was voted before them. Anyway WI should get rid of it.
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