May 16th 2009 1:43AM This...
....is the greatest post in the history of WoWInsider.
If this doesn't appear in Local, heads will roll!
May 8th 2009 11:19AM Okay, 11,4999,999 then.
May 8th 2009 11:18AM @ Myria.
"Worst economic downturn? You are kidding right?
Are you just buying into the hype -- worse then the great depression my arse -- or are you unaware of just how long gaming has been a major industry?"
You might want to read Heston's post again.
"during the worst economic downfall of the PC age."
The Great Depression occurred in the 1930's. Gaming (and even PC manufacturer at a large scale) has only been a major industry for about 30 years., give or take.
So yes, it is the worst economic downfall of the PC age. In fact, it's the worst economic downfall since the Great Depression. It's not *as* bad as the Great Depression, but its still pretty severe.
May 8th 2009 9:23AM Because (at least until the internet became mainstream) people used to enjoy the whole idea of being surprised about something.
May 8th 2009 9:20AM @ Knopperz and everyone else bitching.
It's amazing how simply minded some people views of the world is that they can't see anything outside of their very limited sphere of interaction.
So you think because you and your "hardcore" friends aren't enjoying WoW and are bored with the game that that can be the *only* reason for the evening out of subscriptions? Are you kidding me?
1) Many people seem to forget that back in Vanilla WoW, there was one point where we went nearly a year without any new content. And people were whining and bitching about a lack of things to do back even more than they are now.
The subscriptions didn't drop.
Here's a suggestion; if you don't like the game anymore, stop playing, or just cancel your account until something new content *does* come out.
Many of you sound like drug addicts who are desperate for a hit but realise that the drugs don't give that same hit they did the first few times you took them, yet you keep taking them hoping that it will.
2) We're in the middle of an worldwide economic recession, the worst the world has seen in almost 80 / 90 years. The fact that the game has even managed to keep subscriptions steady is a miracle, as well as a testament to the game's appeal.
3) I would argue the exact opposite is likely. China still hasn't gotten Wrath of the Lich King, which means that most Chinese players have gone almost a year without substantial new content.
So it's a lot more likely that Chinese subscriptions are down, not US and EU ones.
Funny thing is, while all the fanboys in the west are bitching about a lack of things to do in game, the east actually *has* had to deal with a lack of content for ages now because of a stupid legal censorship board.
Remember that next time you're running through Ulduar, or gearing up for the Icecrown Citadel raid against Arthas a year down the line.
May 3rd 2009 6:31PM "If you read the posts over and over again hardcores had stated that Hard Modes were not real progression, but only a cheap mechanic."
What is your point, exactly? Simply saying something doesn't make it a fact.
You do the more challenging fight, you get better gear. You don't do the more challenging fight, you don't get the better gear. There's nothing "cheap" about that mechanic at all.
It makes the content accessible for everyone whilst still letting the hardcore players get access to the best gear.
May 3rd 2009 6:28PM "Why don't they ever get a sexy babe posing with these tihngs?"
1) A very large percentage of WoW players just so happen to be female.
2) I think you might have unresolved sexuality issues.
May 3rd 2009 6:21PM How is getting better gear from doing more challenging fights a "cheap mechanic"?
Getting a flying mount by making the fight more challenging is a cheap mechanic. Getting better *gear*by making the fights more challenging is not.
Now you just sound like another whiny casual complaining because he'll never get the gear. I can see Algalon practically feasting on your tears as we speak.
And this is coming from one of those dreaded "casuals"... one who actually believes that these sort of prizes in the game should be earned, not handed out, mind you.
May 3rd 2009 6:11PM "Well I guess you don't like America much but doesn't make what I'm saying less true."
When they act holier than thou, like they're the saints of the world, and that it's everyone else who is at fault and not them?
No, not really.
Welcome to the rest of the world outside the USA. It's a big place.
There's no actual copyrights being broken on that site, unless using a similar font is copyright infringement. If it *does* turn out to be Warhammer Online, an *American* game, that'll just be even funnier.
May 3rd 2009 5:45PM So the site is heavily stylised after WoW and shows a screenshot from Warhammer Online, correct?
And Warhammer is a game made by an American company, yes? We also know that E.A. owns a large number of shares in The9, right?
Maybe if this turns out to be WAR for China, it'll shut up all those xenophobic retards with their uneducated assumptions and derogatory remarks towards a country they know nothing about when they realise it's an American game...