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1-25-2012 @ 10:50AM
I think you are probably right. Although, I think the "death of WoW" discussion is more relevant now than in the past. I am speculating here, but I think there is some circumstantial evidence to back this up somewhat. First, I think Blizz is in panic mode over the rate at which they are hemorrhaging subscribers. I think we should expect the upcoming conference call to include an annoucement that they've lost another 500k - 1M subscribers in 4Q 2011. This is why they are making sloppy moves like nerfing content that is only 2 months old, and I think they are going to accelerate MoP to launch much sooner than they intended - I am thinking summer, rather than end-of year, which would have been consistent with prior expansions. They are trapped in this mindset that the only way they can keep subscribers is to release new content faster, rather than releasing really GOOD and challenging content that will hold the playerbase's attention longer. This is going to snowball into lower-than-usual game quality, which will only make the problem worse. Blizzard shot an arrow into Warcraft's knee by dumbing the content down to make raiding accessible to anyone with a password. No more attunements, no more gear checks, stupidly easy fights and small raid instances combined with watered down, homogenized class abilities and an emphasis on 10-man raids results in raid content that remains relevant for weeks, when it used to be relevant for months (think of how long Ulduar lasted - and people would have continued to work on it if Blizzard hadn't dumped that moronic ToC raid on us). Now raiding is an entitlement, something to be consumed, where it used to be something that you had to work toward. There is no going back, and - sadly - a once epic game is going to slowly collapse in on itself like a hot-air balloon. Thank you Greg Street. May you diaf.
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