Oct 24th 2011 12:05PM The changes won't really stop the cookie cutter builds - in short, nothing will. Unless of course, Blizzard stops the free flow of data that allows for build collection sites like wowpopular to exist. Even if they did put a halt to the build information - players would still find ways to get that info out.
The lack of mandatory talents, being able to choose talents on the fly etc. will also not stop cookie cutter builds. At the very start of the new system you can expect builds to be all over the place. Over time though, the best choices to maximize dps, healing, and tanking will shake out and people will gravitate in those directions. The idea that being able to change talents to suit different fights assumes that there's that much variance in the fights themselves -there's not. The game is just not that terribly diverse to make a few thousand possible talent shifts even necessary, let alone worthwhile.
On the face of things, it seems like you're getting more control but ultimately how effective you'll be is going to be just as narrow a field of choices as it is today.
Sep 13th 2011 8:30AM I've gotten to the point where I play certain elements of the game into the ground (or until I'm bored) and then move on to something else. At the moment it's battleground pvp, I've almost completed my second vicious set ...healing, this time. After that set is finished, I'll run around doing what Alliance rarely seem to do in my battlegroup - heal.
I had been running the Firelands dailies a bit but that round robin rope-a-dope got old fairly quickly once all the dailies opened up. WoW doesn't hold that "must be on all the time" appeal that it used to and that's a good thing. I've got art to work on and oh so many books waiting to be read :)
Jul 2nd 2011 10:37AM I was a Starcraft player first and became annoyed that Blizzard was more focused on this Warcraft thing. While Starcraft got next to no love for the longest, I kept hearing about Warcraft this, that and the other ...oh and look it's Diablo and Diablo 2! Then they just half spit out the SC: Broodwar expansion and back to Warcraft, Warcraft Warcraft. I'd just about lost it... where was my Starcraft 2! I thought. Feeling as though Blizzard had just abandoned me and all my Terran units, I abandoned them. I'll never play that Warcraft whatever, I said.
It was maybe a year or so later and I'd play Starcraft here or there but the lack of any true sequel, in the face of so much Warcraft and Diablo, had soured the experience. A friend of mine got me a gift card to Micro Center for my birthday and I went to the store. There was really nothing I was looking for so I went down the games aisle and saw... the box. It was World of Warcraft and I read over it, the pics looked cool but it was $40 and you had to pay to play it beyond that initial purchase.
Had it not been for that gift card it would have gone back on the shelf immediately. However, since I had the gift card and was essentially spending money that hadn't been mine it was ok. As for that pay to play bit, the first month was free and I figured that if I didn't like it after a month I'd just cancel. Five years later, including a six month break where I had cancelled WoW, I'm still playing and oh, I've got Starcraft 2 at last too.
Jul 1st 2011 2:38PM I tried playing a couple female toons but it was just too odd. The number of guys asking if I was a girl or just assuming it and trying to flirt got old. Another reason I've heard guys use for gender bending is that they get help in killing quest mobs or offered things simply because guys think it's a female player.
As for the whole staring at the butt thing or all I see is butt, I don't get it. I play a druid and I'm never zoomed in so much that all I see is a bear butt or cat butt. I like to see what's around me and what I'm fighting so I pretty much have full view of my toon all the time. The same is true when I'm just roaming around, it's never the big butt show on my screen.
Jun 7th 2011 4:11AM @Skarn
Way to miss the point entirely, especially since I noted in the OP that Blizz shareholders/board sense of charity only goes so far.
To further the idea that they could do a bit more in donating proceeds from those $25 mounts without breaking the bank, consider this... "Activision Blizzard raises 2011 revenue outlook to $3.95B from $3.9B," that B equals billion. Now compare that to the $800 thousand that they donated to Make-A-Wish from pet sales and I think you can see where putting the $25 dollar mount toward charity probably wouldn't kill them. I never said "donate all new profits to charity" but merely raised the idea of them using the $25 mounts as a better charity vehicle than the $10 pets.
Jun 5th 2011 12:39PM It's a cool looking mount but I didn't buy it or the sparkle pony that came before. If Blizzard had made either a charity donation item then I'd go for it. Given the potential sales volume, it makes one wonder why Blizzard doesn't offer it as a charitable donation. Wouldn't $25 go a lot farther than $10 in helping aid whatever cause it's aimed at? Of course it would but perhaps their sense of charity (or that of their shareholders/board of directors) only goes so far. Still though, I can't help but think that these mounts would go over in a bigger way and with greater acceptance if they were for charity.
At any rate, I've bought my fair share of frivolous WoW stuff. From a windshield decal, to figurines, from collector editions of Cata and SC2 to t-shirts and TCG packs -- not to mention my own Figure Print statue, I've bought plenty that I don't *need*. So I've got nothing against those who buy these mounts or whatever else. People buy things that make them happy and also to show off, I've seen a few of these just sitting in the middle of Stormwind and Orgrimmar... for hours. Maybe they go and come back? I never bothered to note the toon rider names so they could've been different but really who cares?
It's not something that breaks the game or gives an unfair advantage, I say just let people be. Enjoy the game you pay to play and all the odds and ends you've bought too. That's worth far more than any time spent griping over who paid $25 for what.
May 1st 2011 7:52PM I wear my Alliance crest/logo t-shirt and I have that same logo on the rear windshield of my car. I work with mostly Horde players so I got some ridicule initially. However, I rolled a troll hunter on the pvp server with them and leveled to 85 in 23 days before Cataclysm. I get less hassle about my Alliance shirt now, especially since I'm the only one still playing on their server!
Outside of work though, I've never had anyone comment on my Alliance shirt or the logo on my car. Now that I have a max level Horde I'll probably get one of those shirts but I was six years playing Alliance before I ever got one so- no rush :D
Jan 1st 2011 6:21AM You no take candle!
Sep 1st 2010 9:09AM I use the default UI but if you think this is cluttered ...I've seen healer UI's that are 3-4 times worse in terms of clutter. I understand the purpose of UI mods but for me having so much of the screen filled takes away from one of the biggest aspects of the game... the view. I like to see who I'm killing more than what casts are coming and what buff/debuff might be applied or is dropping off. In the confined and compressed nature of arena pvp this setup makes a lot of sense but for general world pvp or battlegrounds it seems a bit much.
Of course setups like this invariably beg the question, can't you play without all this added help? and how did anyone manage to play (what's often called the easiest of mmos) before mods/macros and keybinds came along?
Aug 27th 2010 10:47AM Some people just love to boast their power over others. I think beyond the level difference being minimal the gear difference should also be minimal. Say what you will about how gear doesn't equal skill but I've seen many times now where a 6K gs player has decimated those at 5K and below. Might they still achieve that if their gear was equal? Maybe but I doubt it would come with as much ease.