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10-28-2011 @ 4:24PM
On the topic of loss of subscribers: I, for one, am personally acquainted with many players I used to hang with who can't afford food and the game sub on unemployment benefits. The economy has some play in this drop as well as content. My problems with the game have been the same since I first started with them just before BC launched. Having to have so many sets of gear! PvP, PvE - duel spec! Geeez!I can work my @$$ off getting a set of gear, good level, nice stats - the Whole Set - doing BGs but it is worthless (or enough so that other people in the raid have a screaming cow because it has resilience) that you can't hardly get into even a Random without being booted to even try and get the points for the PvE gear. Don't even talk about trying to get into one of the raids required to get the emblems needed for the head and shoulders in the PvE. The most common response is "you fail, you aren't geared and you don't know the fights". Well hell, I can't Get Geared without getting into those instances - and you don't learn the fights without going.If anything about the game frustrates me more than gear and the separation of gear between PvP and PvE I haven't found it yet - at least in game mechanics specifically (having to learn massive choreography for fight is a pain, but it still means you Got IN) . However the prejudice and separation between gear types (one of which is more available to those of us not in big raiding guilds) has meant that a lot of story line content contained in the raid environment is not available to me with any kind of regularity. By the time I'm far enough along that the gear doesn't matter as much as my level to go back to the older instances to 'finally see them' - the additional raiders are all trying to run them on a stop watch ("we've seen it! come on! hurry up!") I would dearly love to see the gear separation not preclude players from jumping from a BG into an instance without having to stop by the bank and get the other gear bag out - come on guys - throw us a bone here.
10-28-2011 @ 4:45PM
I have to agree with the catch-22 of raiding. No one wants you unless you outgear the instance.
10-28-2011 @ 6:15PM
Agreed, I couldn't afford the subscription on my benefits till I got over my pride and got food stamps, then I was finally able to put aside $5 bucks per week for my entertainment. >.And hopefully the LFR should help with the learning and gearing curve, even if you are able and willing to do more difficult content than that, you'll get gear that demonstrates familiarity with the instance when you look for normal and heroic raiders to run with.
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