Jul 23rd 2009 1:23AM Heres my story: I'm a webdesigner by trade, so I'm somewhat more visually inclined than your average WoW player. Playing through Outlands on the hunter (first char), being forced to wear all that clowngear was like torture for me, but I got through it somehow. Then along comes Northrend, all seems well until around l78, when all shoulders are starting to be oversized and ugly -- so I hit up wowhead, find the post-tier gear (the grey non-set ones) images from Naxx and spend the next 3 months gearing up to be able to get into a good raiding guild. Finally, when I manage to get all the pieces I planned MMO Champs drops the video on the Ulduar pieces - I find myself looking at it again and again, becoming more and more upset, less and less inclined to suffer through the weekly wipefest to work for it.
So finally I decide to dive into wowhead again, look through all the tier sets to discern with which class blizz has the best record. I of course land on the priest, every single set they've done up till now managed to be ELEGANT, SAINTLY and BADASS at the same time. So I spend the next 3 months leveling one, trying my best to ignore the super ugly heirloom shoulders, I mean seriously, being forced to wear 2 humongous dragon skulls on a purple base FOR 80 LEVELS really is a lot to bear.
Then, last week MMO Champs dropped the bomb on me again. Is this supposed to be my reward for months and months of hard work? How on earth is this considered cloth? Wheres my elegance? Wheres my wings? What are those humongous things on the forearms supposed to be? And don't even get me started on the shoulders! Grrr!
Jun 30th 2009 10:04AM Allison, I have a long history of listening to talk radio, and also work as a musician, so with that I have a pretty strong sensibility with voices and I have to say that yours is just an absolute joy to listen to, right up there with those who talk for a living. You also seem very much at ease behind a microphone, which is quite the feat in itself, with this tape as a reference you could easily land a job at any station you choose...
WoW.com would do themselves a great service if they'd employ your talents with this more often, I'm really looking forward to hearing more from you! :)
Jun 15th 2009 8:17PM I really miss the glow effect on the eyes of the NELF female, other that that I think this is fairly well made and pretty fun :)
Jun 3rd 2009 11:11PM I completely agree with Pemberton, and actually find this issue one of the biggest failings in WoW-s design - somehow they seem to miss the point that this game is an escape from our daily lives, which for at least 90% of the playerbase involves big, gray and barren cities, constricting cubicles, and itty-bitty rooms. I don't think anyone would deny that nature (you know, the thing we humans were meant to live in by design) is at its best when it comes to forests, and the very same is true for WoW-s designers. Grizzly Hills, Feralas, Stranglethorn Vale - you have such a potential to bring us back to the places so many of us lost, but you make us blaze through those in a hurry and then constrict our daily chores to places that are honestly just as bad as the damn cubicles.
(BTW, heres hoping that the next expansion is the Emerald Dream, and not Maelstrom - the latter seems like the spacegoat, 'is this a sci-fi or what' debacle all over again...)
Full disclosure: In case you're wondering, I know I sounded like one just now, but I'm absolutely not a treehugger, just a designer who by the curse of our profession is much more susceptible to visuals then your average gamer. But I'm certain that every WoW player is influenced the very same way by these environments, they just aren't able to put their fingers on the issue as clearly as a professional.