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3-23-2012 @ 8:24AM
I've been in love with WOW for 7 years, but after burning out I've been desperate for a reason to play it again. For the first time in an expansion pack it looks like they are putting in enough novel features to give me pause to smile. As a lover of lore, the idea of finding an easter egg reward system based around lore, with a place you can bring that item and see lore brought to life on a stage, well that's fantastic. Getting to do more than grind heroics, boring faction grinds, and raids has me keenly interested. As well as exploring a new world without a single pervasive quest in mind to bring down the latest villain, it brings back memories of 2004 and playing WOW just to explore and see what was in this world.
3-23-2012 @ 9:44AM
That's true, you get a lot of more things to do at the end game level.On the other hand, the 'novel' features aren't that novel at all:- Kung Fu Pandas (hello Dreamworks)- Monk class (hello Diablo)- AoE looting (hello Rift)- farmville (hello Facebook)- pokemon fights (hello Nintendo)It's good that Wow gets these feature, too. I will certainly enjoy them. But novel from an innovative point of view? Not really.
3-23-2012 @ 2:03PM
@durandalOld QQ is old, but I digress.Kung-Fu Panda (hello...Bruce Lee, Kung-Fu movies, Chinese culture. And it's a damn good movie. Not just for kids!)Monk Class (hello D&D and other RPGs, Shao-Lin, cultural archetypes)AoE Looting (hello wft man? How is this a problem? People have been asking for this for years was Rift so brilliant to use common sense? And remember the original reason WoW didn't have it was to curb the progress of gold farmers who could just bot and loot an entire dungeon, etc.)Farmville (hello well, one we don't really know how this is being implemented, I don't think it will be an entire meta-game of keeping a farm. A lot of games have a farming profession (LotRO for one). You get A plot of land, you have to do dailies to get anything to grow. It serves a purpose for your other professions.)Pokemon (hello Nintendo didn't even come up with the making creatures fight each other thing. Pokemon's creator, Satoshi Tajiri, used to collect bugs and make them fight each other like miniature Godzilla battles. They've been doing that in Japan for a long time and it's a fairly common betting sport. He just had the idea to turn it into a video-game/anime mega-franchise and make more money than most of us combined. I will admit the Pet Battle system is a little close to the same as Pokemon, so I'm wondering if there's some legal brush with Nintendo, but I loved Pokemon as a kid (with a deep appreciation for it as a 20-something) so it'll be something fun to do that's completely optional.)What I'm trying to say and what you guys don't seem to get (I'm sure you're just a troll and this is more of a mental purge for me, but whatev) is that nobody is truly original. There's nothing new under the sun. All of these RPGs copied D&D. D&D scaled down and copied military war-games and Fantasy archetypes. Military war-games copied historical military battles. Hell, Fantasy as a genre came from the old myths and epics. The progress of art and culture is taking what you like from the past, changing or improving on it, and making things fresh. A lot of WoW and MoP in particular are paying homage to Asian historical and popular culture. Vanilla took a lot from Medieval, European, Fantasy. BC went with kind-of a Sci-Fi thing. You guys complain and cry that something isn't completely original, but you're still playing a video-game that is someone else's art. Don't like it? Quit paying them. Do you have better ideas? Create them. Make your own damn art and quit shitting on others.
3-23-2012 @ 2:16PM
@durandalOkay I reread your last sentence and I apologize if my other comment was a little too harsh. You don't seem to be exactly the type of people I was talking about. But you're close. I mean what I said, but don't take it too personal. It was more of a general rant against everyone simply looking for things to non-nonsensically hate about WoW. At least you're sticking around and willing to try out the new stuff. And yes I do understand some of these features aren't original ideas, but i'm not sure there are really any original ideas left out there anyway. It's not a problem reserved for Blizzard.
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