Apr 16th 2008 12:11PM The discussion is far from pointless; the problem is there's been very little to add to it in decades.
You have to separate WoW from it's marketing. With the exception of niche marketing, advertisting and promotion will always turn towards the current perception of beautiful stereotypes. Thats what sells products. Unrealistic expectations sells - this is not a new thing.
How sexist the game itself is I don't really know. We have gnomes and dwarves (who are far from sexy); plenty of people roll them so maybe there is room for more less conventionally attractive body types.
Apr 7th 2008 8:22AM I'm sorry the hardcore raiders feel their experience wasn't worth the effort, but the reality of MMORPGs means the way Blizz are handling the equipment HAS to happen.
They can't release expansions that requires you be coming from a hardcore guild with all the best gear. For the game to keep moving forwards, they need to help the casuals to catch up a little and tackle new content. If they don't, people won't buy the expansions... and if they don't buy them, there won't be any subsequent expansions.
Eventually the game grinds to a halt and its all over.
Are the hardcore players prepared to spend $100 a month to cover the costs of everyone else being forced out of the game, or leaving because the goals have moved so far ahead that they are literally unreachable?
If you've done it all first (when it was harder and new) then be proud of yourselves. But hey... in a world of virtual items and non-existent currency, thats about all you're going to get.
Apr 7th 2008 4:13AM I get nada.
Never won an item in a dungeon/instance etc. drop that I've actually been able to use.
Farming is extremely frustrating.
And if you look up the drop% for a quest item on Thottbot, then divide it by ten, you'll have some idea of what playing WoW is like for me.
Apr 3rd 2008 4:09AM Interesting stuff.
The problem with many of these solutions is that they basically abolish any idea of defence. It's hard enough to now to get people defending but if you give huge rewards for flag capping then this will be worse (unless you give huge rewards for returning your flag to its base or causing a carrier to drop the stolen flag).
Removing the need for your own flag to be present before you can score, will in one swoop empty the bases entirely. Noone will protect their own flag.
I don't like the timer idea but it might be the only reasonable option if Blizz are committed to solving the turtles.
Apr 3rd 2008 3:55AM Hahahah I know that feeling.
They should be putting more locked stuff into the game, not less.
The rogue class (whilst fun) is basically pointlessly. It has two important abilities - dps and lock picking.
I hate lockpicking but at least it makes us feel useful now and then. I could live with just the dps abilities if the mages didn't do it better. ;-)
QQ - I know, I know.
Apr 1st 2008 4:16AM Erm... I don't know. Lack of customisation is by far the thing I hate most in WoW, but some of this stuff is just crazy.
Last names? Pointless.
BTW Guild housing? Euck. Why?
Tattoos. Ok getting there - but it won't help to make characters look different because everyone will have them... all over. BTW I speak as someone who has decent coverage in real life so I'm not against tattoos.
For some reason I love the nose/ear ring customisation that Dezrael posted.
I hate the cosmetic layer idea. It really is just dumb. Even in a fantasy setting, how do you explain wearing a set of clothing/equipment but looking like you've got something completely different on!?!? Clearly the next step needs to be some simple customisation of equipment - dying gear, ripping sleeves off, maybe even painting guild symbols on there or something.
Can't wait for the hairstyles - I just hope Blizz havent built our hopes up too much here. If it turns out lame a lot of people are going to be unhappy.
Mar 31st 2008 8:36AM +1
Desolace is an absolute nightmare. Long, finger aching runs with some of the blandest scenery in the game.
Mar 27th 2008 9:19AM It might be nothing.
Could be just a tweak to stop nubs from accidently turning on their PvP flag from trying to inspect an opposing faction player.
Personally, I wonder how much life the Horde vs. Alliance thing has left. I'd welcome more collaboration between the factions... but since people always need an enemy then maybe we'd need a new player faction to be brought in before this could work.
Mar 25th 2008 6:45AM I'm gutted Sylvanas didn't win leadership of the Horde.
So in protest I'm voting filthy Alliance scum for overall leader. However, as angry as I am, I ain't voting for no dwarf. xD