Dec 9th 2010 2:08PM Why is WoW so popular? It's the little things. Blizzard does alot of little things right - so much so that it compensates for when they do the big things wrong.
What little things? Stuff like mounts (gosh do I miss having a Flying Mount in other MMOs), vanity pets, crafting, holiday events, combat animations (especially melee ones), sounds. WoW has it's own style, and it comes off well.
WoW will not exist in 20 years, but I have no doubt Blizzard will be running some other popular MMO. It is sad however, that there are so many other MMO titles out there that could be more viable, if people would just hop off the WoW bandwagon and give them a shot. But since it's always easier to stay with what is familiar, when a new title emerges, WoW players jump in, thing "I like WoW better", and jump out again.
Dec 7th 2010 11:18AM @Pingles
Sucks dude. The same happened to my wife's account. Problem is, if the account was hacked more than 2 months or so ago, you can forget about getting anything back. My wife lost several of her toons, all her gold, all her HEIRLOOMS (which sucks hard), but since the account was hacked in July (while it was inactive) and she only got back to the game in November, the GM's couldn't do anything for her.
So steel yourself for some disappointment =(
Dec 7th 2010 11:16AM Nope.
The 'B' team of developers (the guys running WoW now that that 'A' team are working on some secret MMO) pretty much killed the game for me. Poor design choices, illogical fixes, and questionable philosophies made WoTLK an embarrassment, and Cata will be no different.
Nov 26th 2010 9:57PM @cowboyhugbees
Having been a WoW vet, I got used to the plethora of sites available to help with maps, quests, etc. Been playing LoTro for about 3 weeks now and loving it, but have often stuggled to find info online.
Nov 23rd 2010 10:20AM One of the few things I miss from WoW was the variety in mounts. Horses, Goats, Wolves, Raptors, Ravens, Tigers, etc.
My favorite was the Zulian Tiger, since it was one of the few mounts that looked good under my Male Draenei. I also loved my White Polar Bear from the Northrend daily quests.
Nov 11th 2010 10:50AM After a week of F2P I decided to subscribe to the game - I was having just that much fun. With the points I've accumulated so far and the discount on the store, I picked up MoM and the Goat from the strore ^_^
One question though: is there any reason to pick up SoM? The Skirmish system is already in place, it doesn't unlock anything (like Warden/RK from MoM) and seems to only add quests/storyline for LV60+. So I could wait to get it then, no?
Oct 15th 2010 11:45AM "Although we have no current plans to introduce new ways to obtain the Zul'Gurub mounts, pets, and the tribute mounts, they may return should we find a place where they fit in the future."
Now Available on the Blizzard.com Store:
Zulian Tiger - $25 USD
Swift Razzashi Raptor - $25 USD
Go ahead, bookmark this post...you know I'm right.
Sep 8th 2010 10:06AM Why wouldn't you offer a free trial? I wouldn't consent to buying an MMO without one.
I started WoW after taking the 10-Day free trial. Stayed with it for about 3 years.
After quitting I decided to give DDO a shot (had just gone F2P) via the trial - didn't take me long to realize I would never enjoy the game. Same situation with Warhammer Online.
When I was done reading an article on this site about Guild Wars (in preparation for Guild Wars 2) I decided to give it a shot. I downloaded the trial, and after a day or two, realized I enjoyed it, and went out and bought Prophecies.
The key is to allow free trials in the game, but prevent them from disrupting the game play of others. This can be a tricky thing. Guild Wars for example, doesn't allow you to /whisper or invite people to a party while on a trial account (you can be invited to groups from non-trial accounts though). That became a bit of a problem when my wife and I wanted to see how the game worked, and we couldn't even party up with each other.
Any developer who opts to not offer a free trial is just shooting themselves in the foot, especially considering that not every MMO gamer lurks on the interweb, or reads game reviews.
Sep 2nd 2010 10:34AM When my first toon hit 70 in TBC, I remember asking "is that it?". I even recall going to the Realm Forums (this is back when the official forums weren't an example of the need for forced sterilization) to ask what to do next. I ended up rolling a 2nd toon, who would eventually become my Main. About 3 months after that, I started raiding in Kara, and a few guild hops later, started to raid seriously.
When I had first rolled my toon, the very concept of a 'dungeon' had seemed ominous and wondrous. I had heard of 'raids' but didn't ever think I would do them. But once I started raiding, I couldn't think of doing anything but. When raiding turned to crap (aka WoTLK) it was time to quit the game. Sadly, Cata doesn't really make me want to come back.
Aug 16th 2010 1:45PM I have a double fear about this:
On one hand, they will screw it up (think WAR) and ruin our chances of getting a good W40K MMO.
BUT..if they do succeed, I'm afraid I'll be sucked into it faster than you can scream WAAAGH!. I lost 3 years of my life in Azeroth (with only pixels to show for it) so I'm not all too keen on repeating that experience.