Skip to Content
3-13-2012 @ 4:29PM
I'm worried that blizzard might cave in to the vocal minority and remove our beloved LFG/LFR tools. These were the innovations that kept me playing WoW as my schedule got tighter and tighter and all my RL friends eventually left the game.They say this tools killed the sense of community. May I ask: What sense of community? How many people actually maintained long term friendships with random PuG's from trade chat? I'm sure more than a few did, but probably not the majority.To this day I still run dungeons and PuG raids with guildies instead of random people from time to time. Why? Because I like to, not because I'm forced to.I think community shouldn't be tied to the content you want to see, but rather to the people in-game you enjoy spending time with.That's also why I think having different realms and different opposing factions is a way to artificially segregate the community. And I think Real ID cross-server raiding and soon BattleTags are great improvements to the game.
3-13-2012 @ 7:21PM
I share your concern. For the first time ever, Casual Steve and Puggy McJoe have an in-game tool that allows them to experience all the story content in an expansion, and they can do it at their own pace.I just hope Blizzard don't listen to the people asking them to do ridiculous things like "return to the TBC system because then everyone has content for them."I remember those days. I remember getting stuck in a feeder guild, all our geared members at risk of being poached by "better" guilds. I remember getting sick of Karazhan, and not being able to do a damn thing about it without being part of the problem myself.
3-13-2012 @ 11:47PM
"I'm worried that blizzard might cave in to the vocal minority and remove our beloved LFG/LFR tools. These were the innovations that kept me playing WoW as my schedule got tighter and tighter and all my RL friends eventually left the game."People need to learn that LFG/LFR can only "hurt" those who voluntarily use it. Everyone else can simply not use it and have their "community".I'm one of those good players who tanks and heals but only gets to see content because of the dungeon finder.
3-14-2012 @ 12:06AM
My partners in Dungeon Finder come from other realms, but they give me a heck of a lot more interaction than I got as a lowbie in TBC. When my first character was out questing, I could go for hours without seeing another character. Even though I was a Warrior, willing to tank, and almost constantly listed in the LFG tool, I did all of four instances: Deadmines, Stocks, RFK (as DPS) and Maraudon. Maybe there was a sense of community once you found a guild and hit the level cap, but leveling 25-55 was dull and lonely. Now I'm leveling another Warrior through a mix of questing and Dungeon Finder, and I'm never hurting for company.
3-14-2012 @ 8:48AM
"How many people actually maintained long term friendships with random PuG's from trade chat? I'm sure more than a few did, but probably not the majority."This is how I found new guild members, or new guilds found me. I distinctly remember meeting the guild leader of the best guild I was ever in through a Zul'Farak run where we were both on alts. "Wow dude, you know how to LoS, that's a skill not many tanks have these days, look me up again, hey?"Or some of my best friends that I met in TBC while running lower city rep runs. Meeting people in PuGs let you see how they played, chat them up, see how they act when things get rough... It disturbs me when I zone into instance and no one talks. They don't even say hello anymore, it's just a wall of silence. Gives me the creeps... And it's kind of depressing. I'm one that misses the community.
3-14-2012 @ 10:11AM
@maddjoka The third character I leveled was a priest - during the summer when my guild was very inactive. I remember spending hours in zones where I was the only one around. I certainly don't miss those days.I got a chance to participate in a cross realm raid the other night thanks to a guildie who plays across multiple servers. Her other guild was doing ICC25 and short on DPS. I had a great time and the group included several non-realm players. I think the social aspects from a cross realm perspective now - especially when we get BattleTags - will be huge.
First time? A confirmation email will be sent to you after submitting.
Members enter your username and password.
Enter your AOL or AIM screenname and password.
Please keep your comments relevant to this blog entry. Email addresses are never displayed, but they are required to confirm your comments.
When you enter your name and email address, you'll be sent a link to confirm your comment, and a password. To leave another comment, just use that password.
To create a live link, simply type the URL (including http://) or email address and we will make it a live link for you. You can put up to 3 URLs in your comments. Line breaks and paragraphs are automatically converted — no need to use <p> or <br /> tags.