Sep 23rd 2009 4:43PM Wonderful article Seraphina!
I played the betas. For me, the major two issues are
1. The game lacks soul
Or as I would say - beautiful at the surface, but extremely shallow. It's linear. Leveling seems to be this long journey through a narrow path that introduces the world. But once you've seen it once, you've seen it all. And the factions are mirroring each other as if they were two football teams who just wear different jersey colors.
2. The characters lack soul
Maybe it's just me, but I simply can't relate to them. As someone above mentioned, the more realistic character, the less the player can relate to it. And most characters look pretty much the same because once you give people too many choices, they will (in most cases) settle for the average perceptions of beauty.
My opinion anyway. :)
Aug 31st 2009 4:33AM In my case, my MMO game-play is always the exact opposite of my real life.
Back when I was a student and didn't have much to do in the real world, I would take my MMOs seriously - raid at the highest possible level, grind for items, be at the top.
But now that I'm a bit older, have a degree and work with something that actually matters to me (which means that I will willingly invest extra time to progress and get done), MMOs are more of a leisure activity that I enjoy doing solo (leveling, crafting, exploring) or with closest friends. And I can go for days on end not playing at all. :)
Jul 15th 2009 1:51AM Well, that's not exactly true.
Last I looked, the new Korean MMO Aion already had 3 or 4 million subscribers in Asia alone, and it's yet to be released in the west.
If Blizzard doesn't sort out their business in China soon, many of their former players will start playing this game instead while they have nothing to do. And who knows if they'll go back if/when the servers are back up.
Count in the players Aion will most certainly earn in Europe (couple of hundred thousand at least) and your monopoly is gone.
Btw I wish all the best to Blizzard and I feel truly sorry for Chinese players with their years of character development gone for god knows how long, but let's stay realistic.
Jun 26th 2009 4:39AM All the Aion hate today!
It's kind of funny to judge a game by its 1.0 version when 1.3 is already on the way fixing many of the the issues and more have been fixed in 1.1 and 1.2.
It's not a game for everyone sure, to each his own. But saying there is real PvP on WoW PvP servers made me laugh. Don't get me wrong, I like WoW and still play it, but aside from arena there is no PvP in that game left. World PvP? Haha. Ok, perhaps if you being ganked in STV is what you call PvP. :)
Jun 25th 2009 1:04PM Hmm, as a girl-player who plays mostly female characters (mostly in WoW) I couldn't help but wonder about the bits where you write about being treated better if people think you're a girl.
Personally, I act how I act. Random people do sometimes tell me "you are a girl IRL, aren't you?", they say that I simply come across as a girl. I make friends easily, yes, I also often get invites into groups from people I have met before, yes, but I've never had any loot privileges, currency gifts or anything of that sort. Not even in my guild. There are also those who never find out my real gender, keep calling me "dude" and treat me just the same as those who know I'm a girl (Note: I don't really go announcing I'm a girl, but I don't lie about it either. I tell people the truth if they ask.)
I understand what you are trying to say Sera, and it might be true in Second Life (I have never played that), however in WoW I simply don't see the difference between being a male or a female. Your experience seems a little strange.
Jun 19th 2009 8:00AM That has to be the most ignorant statement I've seen in a while.
The whole reason Blink bugs IS the terrain. Explain to me - in programming terms - how would you fix Blink and how is this NOT a terrain issue?
Jun 18th 2009 8:33AM I usually switch server, roll a new character and start all over again... or that is what I did until a few weeks back.
For me, I have to admit the best times I've had in this game are over. Ulduar is not the same as Black Temple or Hyjal once was. The gear doesn't tempt any more. The challenge, although still there, seems repetitive. 5-mans, which I ADORED in BC are somewhat boring now. I just kind of feel like I've seen it all and done it all. It's not Blizzard's fault, it's just that the "awe" is gone for me, the game has become a routine after years of playing.
WoW is a great game and it's going to be around for a long time still, but for me it's just not what it once was. How I cope with this? I simply play other things for now and wait for EU release of Aion to hopefully bring some "awe" and novelty back. :)
Jun 17th 2009 8:26AM Why on earth would you ever need to take that flight path? There are numerous faster ways to cross that distance no matter what faction you are. I simply don't see how a flight route no one ever uses is relevant at all.
Jun 14th 2009 6:47AM I really don't know how your gear is or what content you are raiding, but if you're a TtW/fire mage raiding Ulduar 25 you do have to watch your threat a lot of times. Mirror Image is very useful on fights like Razorscale or Hodir (if you know how to properly utilize the buffs on this fight you WILL get close to the top of the aggro meter).
Mirror Image, among others, will also give you the edge at the beginning of a fight and allow you to go all out and nuke from the very start. By the time the spell wears out, the tank should have more threat than you, which gives you an obvious advantage over other DPSers who have to hold back at the beginning of every fight.
Jun 13th 2009 8:33AM My druid which I created back before BC and was my first character was very much like me - fairly unexperienced and in her early 20s which makes her extrememly young in Night Elf terms.
My second character, a Blood Elf mage, was much more mature and experienced. Assuming I read somewhere all elve's lifespan is about 500 years, I like to think of her as being around 200 years old.
My Draenei shaman is the current character of my focus. But since Draenei don't view time the same way as other races do, age doesn't really matter to them and they don't track how old they are. She however was born on Argus, which makes her thousands of years old, even though she might not know the exact number.