Apr 2nd 2012 3:16AM I am HORRIFIED at gaming websites caving under "pressure" from the goonswarm, and at goonswarm actually getting THEM to apologize. These people have clearly been metagaming for FAR too long, and treat reality like Eve, with gaming websites just more corporations to be bullied.
If you're under "pressure," why not tell them to shove it and do their worst? Do their worst and just PROVE everything everyone is saying about them: that they're a bunch of a sociopathic bullies.
Feb 2nd 2012 2:34AM "The fact is that the bulk of World of Warcraft's millions of players are paying from rented machines or in chunks measured in minutes or hours. I'm not claiming that this means that there is no profit being made, but it should be noted just how all companies provide a bit of spin about their product. Blizzard refers to any currently paying player as a subscriber, and it's common to see non-gaming media talk about World of Warcraft as though each player is paying $15 a month."
I didn't understand this paragraph. Is he saying playing for mere "minutes or hours" means you shouldn't really be counted as a subscriber? Or if you pay from a "rented machine"?
Not everyone in the world pays the same subscription price, that's obvious. But what other way is there to count subscribers other than to count the number of accounts that are subscribed? I don't get what he's saying here.
Jan 26th 2012 9:21PM "It's like Normandy Beach landing. People are dying everywhere!"
Well you don't want that when you're gunning for world first. XD
Jan 18th 2012 2:37AM Looks kinda... silly to me.
Sorry, but it's like she's trying to do a pole dance, lap dance, and hack up a hairball all at the same time, then literally does a little hop forward when she casts the fireball, and then settles into this kinda Japanese anime babe pose.
Dec 1st 2011 1:55AM "We dragon aspects have fulfilled our purpose."
...what? As guardians of the planet, one of your OWN almost destroyed the world, you had to let mortals clean it up, and now you say YOU did a good job and your purpose is fulfilled?
Nov 29th 2011 5:07AM I just feel like saying something.
This is no longer the mindless drivel of a dissatisfied few. We've ALL "sensed" it, if you will. A sea change. WoW's quality has lessened. After years of forward momentum, WoW's progress has slowed. By the end of Cataclysm, you'd have to be blind not to see it. This latest trailer encapsulates that.
I don't know. It's not even that WoW is an old engine. Blizz has the tools, and it's not churning as good content as we've seen is possible.
World of Warcraft has been an immovable object for years. Maybe too long. I hope Blizzard won't start taking that for granted, or maybe it'll be WoW's turn to give.
Nov 17th 2011 9:06PM I don't agree that players are becoming entitled, but here's the thing:
Obviously WoW is a game, not a competitive sport, and people play the game to have fun. So people say if one person has fun grinding out for weeks to down a boss, and the other player prefers to not to, what does it MATTER if they get the same gear in the end, if they only had fun the process?
This is true. But remember: being special is PART of the fun. I think everyone can sympathize with the feeling of having accomplished something that few others have, and having the evidence of that plastered across your character.
It'd be like competing in the Olympics, and at the end EVERYONE gets gold medals. Sure, First Place still has the glory and all that, but the gold medal is worthless. You can't take pride in it, because everyone's got one. And as a result, just a little bit of the fun is lost.
That's where some of these people are coming from, I think.
Nov 14th 2011 9:46PM I at first suspected that my love for WotLK was mere nostalgia, but having leveled an alt through those zones again, I realize that, for me, WotLK was actually superior to Cataclysm.
The music was better: I could listen to Storm Peaks and Howling Fjord all day. The storylines were better: the characters were more emotional, and more serious. (Especially compared to Uldum...what a missed opportunity.)
The villains actually had personality. We were emotionally invested in Arthas and knew his story and his personality. Deathwing and Ragnaros might as well just be forces of nature. Hell, Ragnaros IS just a force of nature. Internally consistent, but not making for interesting villains. They're boring. Even a nobody boss like Yjimiron is more interesting.
It didn't have to be this way. They could have taken a very interesting Old God/Titan angle this expansion: instead both barely show up at all. Instead we just get a big, firebreathing dragon that wants to "destroy the world" (tm).
We've all said it: Blizzard had to divide its resources this expansion, having to rebuild the old world. As a result, the 80-85 content suffered. Hopefully Mists will be as good as wrath.
Nov 2nd 2011 3:27AM It is the nature of things for the pain and annoyances fade and fall away, leaving only the shining memories.
I'm not against people who say World of Warcraft vanilla was good. I played it myself, and it was good. But this sorta, "WoW was great, now it SUCKS! Back in my day..." well...
Because like I said, you don't remember all the incredibly stupid things. Of COURSE the game was a wonder and a joy when you first played it. It was your first experience of it. It has been 7 years since it was first released. 7 years in Azeroth. Of course things grow routine, dull, and grey.
But I think WoW is a MUCH better game now than it was back then. The developers didn't listen. Each class basically had ONE viable spec. There were HUGE class imbalances in PvP. Leveling was long, tedious, and often stupid. So much of the game was a grind reminiscent of the early days of MMOs, and in some other MMOs still today.
Also, this idea to lament that the "old world" was populated by mature, community-minded heroes while today has only immature, 12-year olds is forgetting all the infuriating pain and stupidity.
Remember, it's not just the game that's changed. We've changed as well. If you played this game in your mid/late teens, maybe you're now in your 20s. Someone who started the game at 13 will now be 20. It can't and won't be the same experience.
I'm not responding to anyone in particular, or criticizing this article. It's all well and good to remember the good things about vanilla. But to people who hold it up as a "Golden Age" in contrast to a modern, "Iron Age" is simply letting nostalgia blind you.