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9-22-2011 @ 1:25AM
I do think Blizzard is doing this the wrong way.To increase player success rates, Blizzard could either nerf the content, or else better prepare players to face the content. Unfortunately, WoW is awfully lacking in resources to tell the player how to become better, or even to show them they are not performing as well as they should.Instead of providing players with more ways to improve, Blizzard is taking the lazy route and nerfing the content.As for why care that much about increasing player success rates, my pet theory is that WoW is losing players due to them being unable to succeed in the end game. In the present scenario, with lots of F2P competitors players can try at no upfront cost, plenty of not so good players are preferring to jump ship, instead of trying to better themselves or find a better raid group. I'm really curious to see Blizzard's earnings call next month, I have the gut feeling the player base is still falling.(And, if you are OK with those players leaving, think how would WoW be without the worse half of players - and, thus, without half it's current budget. If you already think content is being released too slowly, losing the "bad" players would most likely make content production quite slower.)
9-22-2011 @ 2:32AM
I completely agree that it is really hard to figure out how to do things right. The posts on WOW Insider are great, but necessarily only scratch at the surface. Other resources are out of date (as things continually change with each patch) or flooded with information that is tough to work through.I would much prefer a "here's how to play class X" steps, inside or outside the game. I want to know the tradeoffs, but it is like drinking from a firehouse now and the water coming through is not all refreshing!
9-22-2011 @ 6:25AM
I strongly agree with the idea that games should help you get better at them. But Blizzard does this already. Pretty much every HC 5-man encounter requires you to pick-up skills you need for raiding, unless you outgear it enough to trivialize it. The tactics for trash before bosses sometimes hint at the tactics you need for the boss.Some people were really unhappy when the dungeon guild was introduced because it removed some of the fun of learning the boss for yourself. If Blizz told us how to play our characters it would be really sad: a massive part of the game for some people is playing around with the mechanics and finding out what the best rotations for our characters are. If you don't find that fun then just google. The resources out there to help you play your character are amazing.
9-22-2011 @ 8:44PM
WoW does not currently teach players. It just throw them at bad situations and expect them to find the way out.There is nothing, in game, that tells you what you are doing wrong in an encounter. Nothing that tells you what you are doing wrong in your rotation. No resource to tell you that you are doing subpar damage, lack healing power or power regen, are not mitigating enough damage, whatever, for your gear level. Nothing that tells you if your gear packs the right stats, or if you have the right (or right quality) gems and enchants.Not only the game does not teach players, they often have no in-game way to see if they are good players or not, or to know how to get better. Unless the player is a proficient theorycrafter, he will be forced to use external information sources to get better - and an awfully large amount of players never take that step.The game needs better ways to show players how good they really are and teach them how to better themselves. For example:- Target dummies that not only tell the players their sustained DPS/HPS, but also for which tiers of content that performance is enough.- Mini-games that simulate typical raid situations and boss attacks, for each role, and tell the player what he did wrong, and what he should be doing to improve.- A LFD tool that actually evaluates the gear's stats for the selected role or roles, warn about bad or useless gear, gems, or enchants, and prevents players from actually queuing for a random group in a given role if they don't have the required stats to adequately perform the role.- Perhaps even an integrated DBM/GTFO that is forced on for random groups, but can be turned off if the player queue as part of a full group. After all, those resources are readily available anyway, and Blizzard never did anything to prevent them from working.Anything that teaches players how they can improve themselves (and prevents players that are not actually ready for a given content from queuing for a random group for said content) should help - and the game should be always ready to point players to those resources as needed.
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