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3-09-2012 @ 3:41AM
I will be the first to admit that I probably shouldn't have been such a negative nancy without further explaining my stance, but I was on my phone at the time.Now then, from home...Wow is a game that demands (on the "difficult to master" end of the spectrum) the cultivation of a skill set. Those investing timewise and interest-wise in the game, make this decision for themselves as to whether or not the game is worth such an investment as this cultivation entails.Every time the game shifts direction, that investment is somewhat invalidated. Over the course of a few alterations, the skillset thusly cultivated is entirely useless.I'm an old dude like Hob. I was proud of myself when my skillset had filled itself out many years, and classes ago. I even adapted a few times, enthusiastically looking forward to changes.Now, there are other games competing, successfully, for my time, and my full-on investment in WoW, given its betrayal in the past, is looking less and less like a mountain I want to climb again. There comes a point where I want to rest on the earned laurels of "I know what I'm doing" and enjoy the world, and the game as a whole. I can't reach this with the same efficient investment when the progress I made before is invalidated constantly.Do I respect the iterative process? Absolutely. Are Blizzard entitled to my returning over and over again to re-invest, and then have that investment of learning and effort invalidated? No, they are not.This is different from the "why should I raid for epics when epics will end up on everyone" fiasco, because that's just gear progress, the core of how these games work. The core systems that we invest in learning have had years to coalesce, and I think those old farts like Hob and I have earned the right, after watching the drawing board get wiped and re-written on so many times, to be mildly annoyed that my ascension to "I know what I'm doing" is not raised like a gear progression, but completely re-written with an expectation to be re-learned before I can get back to, as Hob puts it, playing the stupid game.Oftentimes, it's not even a "quick refresher" (admittedly, in the case we are discussing, this is peanuts next to some of the crazy 180's they've taken with design), but often with WoW, it's a complete "you were good, now you know nothing" betrayal.That, (and feeling like I have to teach/inform all of my less interested in details but still desiring to not feel like noobs friends/guildies) is what annoys me. Yes, this buff issue is a minor infraction, but it all adds up.Now get off my lawn. :P
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