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8-17-2011 @ 2:32PM
A very insightful article. While I doubt they'd ever go as far as bi-faction races, this is a big step towards shedding some of the more out-dated aspects of the game. Could we someday see the ability to form cross-faction parties for dungeons and raids? Could we see more customization in player skills and powers? Customizable mounts? As Mat McCurley has pointed out, anything is possible.I think the best part of this change is that Blizzard is relaxing the philosophy of status symbols, or should I say, people being required to use status symbols. I was one of the first on my server to complete all stages of the Molten Front and unlock my Flameward Hippogryph. And sure, I rode around on it for a time, it looks pretty cool. But after awhile I realized it didn't really fit with the aesthetic of my Death Knight and went back to his skeletal gryphon. Sure, I might have one of the latest and greatest mounts, a minor status symbol of diligence, but I'm not being required to use it, not required to show it off if I choose not to. Yet with gear we were always REQUIRED to wear it or we lacked the power to participate in our endgame activities.Wasn't it a Drama Mamas article awhile back where a raider wanted to run naked for shits and giggles? How about all the people clamoring for transformation vanity items, or the spike in Firelands interest when it was revealed that a drop from Staghelm turned Cat Druids into Flaming Cat Druids? While there's certainly a segment of the population that revels in showing off the exclusive top-tier gear they've earned, there's another segment that just wants to put some personal style into the look of their character and have some fun. Blizzard has realized in the past that it needs to be a bit more flexible in its treatment of the players, like with the ability to disable experience gain to make a PvP twink or old world raider, and this is another step in really opening up the World of Warcraft to more personal and enjoyable playstyles.
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