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10-13-2011 @ 7:52PM
Websites like WoWInsider, Wowhead and MMOchamp are great resources for new and experienced players alike to learn how to better play the game and their character. The problem with this though is that new players don't know about these sites. Obviously, the guy taking his female friend to the reader meetup is taking initiative in trying to teach his friend why this game is fun, and I'd imagine if she starts playing that he would help her learn how to play using basic class mechanics while leveling. People like this are great (so is the WoW community who runs these sites and lends a helping hand to other payers).I know people hate hand holding, why that is I don't understand. We live in a game world where its ok to berate fellow players who barely hit 80 and are still gearing up and learning how to do well with group mechanics that they might not have had the opportunity to do yet. Everyone was new to this game at some point, whether it was in Vanilla or WOTLK, so please be more kind to that random pug member who might only pull 4k dps, or that new tank/healer who is taking the time (and extra responsibility) to learn a new role. People are quick to point the finger at certain things Blizz "did wrong" when a lot of players have actually left not because of lack of content, but lack of a polite group etiquette. I have 3 RL friends who left since WOTLK because of random people in LFD being overly mean to them on multiple occasions because they supposedly don't know how to play properly. I read this often on forums that new players are too overwhelmed by elitists who think they can't take the time to be nice to them.Anyways, sorry for the rant, but I think the most important thing a new player needs to know is to develop a thick skin when using the LFD. That, or only run with friends and guidies who are nice and helpful. This game won't die because Blizz doesn't develop cutting edge content, it will die if the community continues this trend of hostility to random people playing the same game they are.
10-13-2011 @ 8:02PM
Sorry I said 80 instead of 85, brain fart.On a side note, I was actually thinking that Blizz would benefit by including more in game tutorials for toons leveling up. I loved how characters at low levels are told to go to their trainer, train the new spell, then learn how to use it on a training dummy close by. I wish they did this for each spell (within reason) up to level 85. Add more class trainers to questing zones so your not forced to head to a city, and also explain what the spell does, benefits from (talents that increase dmg for example), and which spec uses this spell in their rotations. Yes its hand holding, but it would help the new player decide which spell to use and why.I'd like the point out too that when you play a new game like Call of Duty, Mass Effect or Dragon Age etc, your not forced to visit an outside source to learn how to play it. The game is self contained and teaches you everything, then you later visit a Wiki or other fan site to heighten the experience. WoW took a nice step with the Dungeon Journal, but I'd love for it to be expanded to include class mechanics. I know WoW is a lot more complex than a game like Mass Effect but it would be a good step to help players.
10-13-2011 @ 10:00PM
Agreed. When I first started playing I didn't know to train ALL my spells at my trainer. I had put points in the holy tree for paladins, so I thought I should only learn the holy spells. Oops. Luckily I met some very nice veteran players who were leveling alts who helped me out. Otherwise, I probably would have quit.Things are better now in Cata (I started playing in BC) but improvements could still be made.
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