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2-01-2012 @ 10:50AM
I kind of liken it to parenting. Back in Vanilla and BC, the game was relatively young and fresh, and Blizzard had a different set of priorities. Those priorities- a more difficult game, gated content, and a lower attainment of epic gear- was acceptable due to WoW's much lower gamer population. As a piece of the whole pie, the so called "casual" population was much lower than what it is today. With Wrath and it's subsequent population explosion came a change in Blizzard's responsibilities and priorities. No longer could they afford to soley appease their hardcore crowd (or Blizzard's own hardcore roots) by not providing methods by which casuals could actually advance themselves in the game. In a sense, Blizzard has matured much like a parent does when they take on the added responsibilty of a child. And at 10 million "children," Blizzard has a lot of responsibilties on its hands.The beginning of Cata (4.0 and 4.1) was, I believe, Blizzard's last attempt at harkening back to the so-called 'glory days' of Vanilla and BC, perhaps being misguided by the vociferous outcry of the hardcores throughout Wrath. The long hours of blood, sweat, and tears in dungeons and a difficult entry to raid returned, but this time it was not received well by the majority. The reason being that WoW's community has changed and the game has evolved. I think the 4.3 dungeons, DS, and MoP illustrate that Blizzard realizes this and is steering the boat in a different direction to chart a new course.And it's all for the better, I believe.
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