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6-04-2011 @ 9:41AM
Blizzard was well aware of the social impact that the dungeon finder tool would have on the community, but it was a sacrifice that they calculated to be for the better, and they were right.Getting dungeon groups back in TBC was probably the least fun thing in the world. It was great when first leveling and people were always looking, it could be so-so when attempting to do the daily heroic because there was a wide number of people with similar goals, but that is only a limited fraction of players. How was a low level player supposed to find random dungeon groups? Sit around in a city watching trade chat? That's highly counter-productive. What about farming heroics for newer max level characters? If it isn't the daily, how many people really need to run them, let alone the specific one that you want, at any given time? Cross-realm dungeon groups vastly increased the pool of players to draw from in order to create a dungeon group, and it made the entire process that much easier. To claim that the dungeon tool wasn't worth the cost that came with it is silly. WoW is still very much a social game, and I cannot see how players feel otherwise. Dungeon groups may go by without much interaction, but it's the player's choice to make them so. You may not end up being best friends with the players that you meet, but that doesn't mean you cannot be friendly, engage in social interaction, and have a great time. It's a different form of social now; one that isn't any better nor worse than the previous concept.
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