Jan 27th 2009 11:41AM Okay so basically the casuals who flamed my comment all represent a very small portion of people who enjoy the game.
Elitism is the only thing that will save Warcraft.
If you want a good casual game I hear Bliz is working on something called Diablo 3. Also, Starcraft 2 looks promising.
Bliz needs to RAISE THE BAR, and make it so that out of the 5% of the players who could get into the final instance, only 0.01% can complete it.
I never thought I would say this, but we need another pre-nerf M'uru.
Jan 27th 2009 11:27AM They've lost a lot of players for one reason or another, but not as much as people might think.
The numbers show a sharp rise in subscriptions for Wow.
Bliz is likely using their talent pool in a multi-tasking way, so cutting costs works out better for them in the long run.
But it can't be stressed enough that if Bliz scares off their player base it will be in for a rough run. They need to keep bringing a good experience to players.
Whenever Bliz nerfs something, something will get buffed later on. Please expect really TOUGH instances in the relatively near future.
I would hope for a difficult quest chain to get into the next iteration.
Jan 27th 2009 11:19AM Flawed logic is to state that the audience craving a FIX to problems, in the form of the patch could be to blame for a bad product being shipped.
The dev team let us down by failing to test what they rolled out properly.
It's not however as bad as everyone says. 3.0.8 is better than 3.0.3 was for MANY reasons.
Today's patch likely addresses many of the issues in 3.0.8 so let's just wait and see.
However, we need 3.1 to be bug free or at least we need to strive for it. We all know that Bliz has a history of producing bug-ridden work. You can't get around it because of the way they develop, and the sheer complexity of the game environment.
But logical bugs are the root of the cause. Game balancing is overcomplicated for them and as a result of continually complicating the experience through new content and features, the result is a convoluted mess that can't be tidied up without painstaking care.
Jan 27th 2009 11:13AM My 2 cents:
1. Hire a NEW theoretical game designer to come in and identify key issues to the Warcraft experience. Then have your team identify how you are going to get there. You need fresh eyes on this project, because your ideas have been somewhat stale lately. Wrath was an amazing project when it launched, but you haven't followed through. It doesn't look like you are going to either. Give us some hope!
2. Listen to your players because they pay your electrical bill, and salaries.
3. Weight what hardcore players tell you more heavily than what casuals say, because a hardcore player can attract casuals but casuals seldom bring either casuals or hardcore players into the world.
4. You banned a lot of your paying customers. Was that a good idea? I can understand if you were mad at them for selling arena points or whatever, but you may have cost yourself a lot of IRL gold. Why not unban everyone? You would have a huge rush of asshats flooding the servers, but it would DISTRACT players from the real issues temporarily. At least enough to give you a chance to fix the game.
5. Create a few IMPOSSIBLE endgame instances again. I'm personally not bored with the content because I enjoy helping guildies but guess what... many people complain that they have nothing to do.
6. Shut down arenas, or make them completely impossible. That will force casuals OUT of there.
7. Bring on the endgame! It's time to put this puppy to rest finally. Let's have at Arthas and be done with this experience.
8. Bring an end to the game's cycle. For years we only had until lvl 60 and it was very difficult to get there. We need to see a forseeable ceiling in the future, so that being 80 is epic. Stop making it easy for people to get to 80. It's stupid. You are making it so everyone can show up to heroics and fail them because they don't know what they are doing.
9. Bring the player means; bring battle-worn players into raids. you've lowered the bar and it's really what is showing at endgame. It really is time to TIGHTEN the endgame.
Jan 27th 2009 11:01AM > You can call yourself a super-powered duck but that doesn't make you Howard.
Jan 27th 2009 9:45AM > Kodoku said...
Dude I lol'd. You have fail people where you work too?
I guess they exist everywhere don't they...
Jan 27th 2009 9:39AM On the lag issues...
I have had major lag problems during 25mans and I have found that spending a little bit of time tweaking my performance really made a huge difference.
#1 Disable Death Knight voice modulation in your sounds menu. It's cool but it DESTROYS YOU in 25man.
#2 Download latest graphics drivers.
#3 Find a good warcraft tweaking guide (this ain't it). I run Nvidia so I found this guide useful (you will have to wait for the forums to come back tho):
Jan 27th 2009 9:33AM No, you are wrong because WowInsider is right about everything.
In fact -- wait a minute, now that you mention it... they are wrong about most things involving patch predictions, and they even said they would stop doing that!
Stop making patch predictions, WoW Insider!
UR always wrong!
Jan 21st 2009 12:17AM If you are a warlock and you have your demonic circle out, you can't sit down. This was recreated in 10man naxx tonite when I was trying to get buff food going and kept standing up.
My guess is that the bug is in something to do with the recent addition of snare/root removal when you use your teleport.
When the teleporter is not active I can eat, and sit around without any problems. As soon as I put up the teleporter, I can't sit down!
Jan 6th 2009 11:10AM True story; my old GM Schmuckman of Destinys Bane, Skullcrusher, was awarded his new Warglaive back in the day, and it was like the third on the server or something, so he was very excited about getting it, and he wanted to destroy things so after the raid, we went to Gruuls. Sman (as he is often called) pulled agro and died to Gruul shortly after the pull.
Tier 4 content can destroy players who pull hate and die.
One of the best times ever.
Oh and they called me "Agro Puller" so it was kind of a win, since for once I wasn't the one greased over the deck.