Mar 3rd 2009 4:11PM Please point out where in my post I said that 'other pets having thunderstomp' was a concern of mine.
What I said was that since thunderstomp is now available to all pets, there was no reason for me to have wasted all the effort get tame one and level it up.
Mar 2nd 2009 3:02AM So all the time I spent camping the rare gorilla in Un'Goro, and all the time spent leveling it has been flushed down the toilet? Awesome.
Feb 22nd 2009 8:45AM I happened to be one of those casual gamers when Wrath came out. The guild I was in had just gotten tired of Kara and had started doing ZA instead.
As a casual, there's a few things the killed my interest in instances/raids. Firstly, the massive changes to the game made pre-Wrath were very hard for casual players. I know a few folks who dropped out of the game just for that reason alone. Figuring out a good spec is a lot of work for casual players. It takes us a long time to get one we like and are comfortable with. Taking away all the talent points and forcing us to redo a spec is very painful. And add to that the fact that Blizzard continues to make sweeping changes to class mechanices with every single new patch and you have a situation where it's very hard for casuals not to get alienated.
Another problem is indeed the difficulty. As a casual feral druid DPS/off tank, I was able to level to 80 and do nearly all the basic non-heroic 5mans in my 70 gear. At no point were any of them fun or interesting. The lack of any need for crowd control made them very boring for me, as did the lack of any decent loot drops. And then I got to heroics. The difficulty jump between heorics and normal was so high that I could not make it past the first boss in heroic mode. I had to spend hours digging around through forum posts and patch notes to figure out how to fix my gear, then spend a couple of weeks collecting the new gear. That is a lot of effort to put in when Blizzard seems like they'll just change the entire system again in a few more patches, causing me to have to do it all over again.
Ultimately the instability and boring instances drove me away from raiding, and I have since dropped my guild and gone back to solo questing.
Feb 17th 2009 8:24AM As cool as dual specs are, I don't anticipate using the feature. I don't like having to cart around the extra gear.
Feb 13th 2009 11:53AM I don't see the 80 requirement as a problem. When leveling I find I am either just following an 80 through instances just trying to keep up with the looting and not doing any fighting or healing, or I am in a PUG and I'm lucky if the entire time isn't spent running back from the graveyard because one of the DPS has elected himself assistant puller and wiped the party yet again.
Just use a max DPS spec to level, get an 80 buddy to help you with group quests and to run you through instances. Once you hit 80 just get some buddies to do a couple of heroics with you til you're feeling confident.
Feb 11th 2009 2:27PM Good point there. All other considerations aside, if you join a raid as a PUG, and you get killed instantly in the boss fight, it's pretty rude to roll on the loot, even if it's super sweet. Own up to the failure and pass on the loot, you didn't earn it.
Feb 11th 2009 2:17PM If it's already got as far as rolling you have to respect the roll. If you didn't intend to ever let the PUG have the loot, reguardless of the roll, then it's dishonest to have asked them to roll in the first place.
Feb 10th 2009 10:41AM Blizz could cash in on the roomba riding meme and make a Goblin War Roomba engineering mount. Tho it would be the first mount limited to walk speed.
Feb 5th 2009 12:01PM I log into WoW to play the game, not to act as a beta tester. Blizzard needs to work this stuff out on the test realms and make changes _once_ and then leave it alone. I am tried of having to respec every patch. It was fine before Wrath, it was fine after, these changes will no doubt be fine. It really does not matter to most players, just pick something and stick with it, we'll adjust to it.
Jan 29th 2009 1:45AM As a MacMini owner, I can tell you those system requirements are incorrect. After the last patch, I was unable to even log into my main anymore because I had left it parked in Dalaran, and after the patch the lag is so bad my WoW crashes every time I try to start the game in Dalaran. All my other characters on the same server were able to log in, and after I turned all my graphics down to the absolute lowest settings (not the ones it picks by default) I was finally able to log in and rescue my main.
This is sad to me, I have stuck with WoW because it's the only MMO for Mac and uesd to play beautifully on even a low powered machine like a Mac Mini.
Blizzard got 6 million uses by being very accessable. It ran even on crappy machines so that casual non-gamers were still able to enjoy it. I really don't understand what Blizzard thinks it gets from preventing users from using their service.
The new graphics requirements for Wrath really don't add anything to the game experience, and just keep some loyal users from being able to play. Bad call on Blizzard's part. Blizzard is putting way too much focus on a tiny percentage of users.
Blizzard is showing a sad trend of focusing all it's resources on sexy segments of the user base like raiders and PvPer, but I really think the majority of the 6 million users Blizzard likes to brag about are not that hard core. I know a few people who have stopped playing WoW simply because it's too confusing for them. The constant major changes with each patch are poison to the user base, and stacking on extra system requirements on top of it all just does not help.