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1-06-2012 @ 8:15PM
Get a grip on reality, World of Warcraft does not exist in a vacuum. Just as WoW influences other MMO's so do the influence WoW. It is A good thing to be able to look at the other games out there objectively and talk about what they can learn from each other.
1-06-2012 @ 10:13PM
All forms of media influence all other forms of media, this is a pure fact of human existence. Nothing has been original since forever, yet that doesn't mean that the learning process is entirely one-sided.Bioware did far, far more than merely take inspiration away from WoW, there are loads of abilities that are literal copies. Not that every WoW ability is a unique snowflake that never existed before, but I feel the Telekinetics and Lightning trees are the most telling. They have an exact replica of the Elemental Overload talent, of Elemental Focus, and of Lava Burst. From there, they have extremely similar abilities too -- Thunderstorm is copied, Earthquake is copied, and so on.And it's more than Elemental. The talent Kinetic Collapse is a duplicate of Arcane's Incanter's Absorption. Mental Alacrity is a copy of Icy Veins. That's just for a single spec. Bioware took a lot from Blizzard's current talent and class design in the way that they built their classes, and why shouldn't they? WoW has amazing class balance, especially when you consider how many variables there are to balance around. When there's so much "inspiration" going on, it's a bit telling when nothing from your spec makes the cut.
1-07-2012 @ 9:40AM
Their healing tree even has an ability called rejuvenation that plays a lot like resto druids rejuvenation. (though I wish WOW would steal SWTOR's damage reduction they put on rejuv, since they kindof combined druid & disc priest stuff with their seer talent spec). http://www.torhead.com/skill-calc#600.1
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