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3-27-2012 @ 5:41PM
I'm not horribly worked up over this. I just am sounding a warning for Blizz. The system is not changing: therefore the fundamental problem is not fixed. However, the method they are using to alter the perception of the problem - essentially managing the player population rather than genuinely responding to the player complaints - will backfire. I've even admitted that I could be made to eat my words. However, as an example: the Affordable Care Act does nothing new with regard to insurance. As is, the system punishes people for being responsible and allows others to take advantage. The alteration to the system - the mandate - simply switches the impetus: the system cannot be gamed, and folks trying to will be punished no moreso than they are today. Despite this particular lack of change to the system folks are resisting it reflexively because it feels like a deprivation of choice.The new system takes the option away to roll or not to roll, and removes the display of an item to make your mouth water. After years of operant conditioning, this change will completely change the perception of the work being done in completing content. Despite what folks may think about 'fun' it boils down to work done for some reason or another - intrinsic or extrinsic. WoW is an extrensic system. This new system is not. Suddenly folks are expected to run dungeons with no proof that things are being handed out (unless it advertises who won, and what they won, in which case the original issue remains - friction between winners and, for lack of a better term, losers).I'm approaching this from an academic standpoint. Blizzard can do what it wishes with the game. I just think that based on years of sociology, political science, and management training that this new system will blow up in their faces. I maintain the initial thought thought from my post: I hope I'm eating these words in 10 months.
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