May 17th 2011 4:36PM You pay for admission to the theme park, you don't want to have to buy tickets for every ride, too.
Star ponies and non-combat pets were one thing, but between faction changes, race changes, server transfers, the remote auction house/guild chat, and now charging to group with your friends? Is it fair to say that folks are finally getting tired of being nickle-and-dimed for "premium" services (that should be standard), yet?
I love ya, Blizzard, but c'mon.
May 13th 2011 2:11PM Warlockman, Warlockman,
Does whatever a Warlock can
Spins a web
Catches mages just like flies
Here comes the Warlockman
May 12th 2011 9:23AM Rest assured, Kristian, that your introducing Isaac (Bran Stark) to World of Warcraft will certainly not be any more damaging to his adolescence than what he saw Cersei and Jaime Lannister doing in that tower.
May 12th 2011 9:08AM By the time I finished redeeming Darrowshire I was glad to be rid of Pamela (the quest was a raid quest back in the day, and often quite buggy). When Bridenbrad was saved by the Sha'tar, I sighed happily that I would not have to do any more flying around. I didn't blink when I dropped off the Waterlogged Letter I found to Sara Balloo. I sold Rhea's Last Egg and used the gold for repairs. I recognize that these are quests designed to tug the heartstrings.
Maybe I've been desensitized after slaughtering thousands of Quillboar, mercilessly wiping out the opposite faction for "strategic positions" in battlegrounds, picking up poop for a half-dozen quests (who knew it was so versatile?), and torching the homes of the Vrykul. Maybe I've kidnapped a few too many Wolvar babies for faction reputation with the The Kalu'ak. Maybe it's the crazy stuff I've seen in real-life on the internet, both saddening and disturbing.
Though in real life I am a happy father, donate to charities, hope to leave the Earth a little better off that it was before I arrived, and even give sincere answers to questions asked by other players in Trade chat, after over three years I have never in all that time been able to suspend my disbelief long enough to emotionally to tie myself in with this particular game. Heck, I cried at the Lion King (twice). Certainly I have fun, feel rewarded by my activity, and I've been highly entertained by the stories, but have never had a true, heart-felt response to an in-game plot line.
Coming here and reading how many players have been sincerely moved by in-game events is wonderful, but I sometimes ponder whether if I am, in fact, the only person that feels, well, not much at all.
May 10th 2011 10:27AM Race changing goblin to worgen? That's the least of it: Faction changes, server transfers, the remote auction house/guild chat, star ponies, mini pets... Blizzard has done an excellent job of offering ancillary services to increase revenues. Profit has certainly not been a problem, especially on a per account basis. Even if per account profit is up, Blizzard needs subscribers to be able to take advantage of those services.
The problem is that a 5% decline on a subscription base of its size is worrisome considering our proximity to the latest expansion. Subscription numbers peaked at the END of Wrath of the Lich King. If anything a new expansion with tons of content, revamped zones, upcoming raids, and new races should have increased the subscriber base; instead we've seen the opposite effect.
There are any number of possible reasons; longer queue times, more difficult content (dungeons requiring intelligent crowd control), repetitive content (instead of making a +10 gem I make a +30 gem: Woo-hoo!), class changes that have upset players, unbalanced PvP, or any combination of the aforementioned or things I haven't considered. Heck, it's the first time subscriber levels have fallen: It could even be a statistical outlier! Finding out the real reason, though, should be of top priority to Blizzard.
Personally I'm on break from the game itself right now as I focus on my family, job, and school (though I like to keep up on developments, hence, here I am). As the current subscriber base ages I've noted that many of my peers fall into a similar category.
Apr 29th 2011 2:59PM Thou shalt count to seven, no more, no less. Seven shall be the number thou shalt count, and the number of the counting shall be seven. Eight shalt thou not count, neither count thou six, excepting that thou then proceed to seven. Nine is right out.
Apr 27th 2011 4:00PM Worth discussing? Yes.
"We were careful to only choose perks that didn't contribute to player power, and we let you keep any rewards you earn if you ever have to leave your guild." -Blizzard
The problem here is that the perks DO contribute significantly to player power. By leveling a character in a low-level guild rather than my raiding guild I am effectively handicapping my character. I earn less experience, less gold, gather fewer resources, gain less reputation, and increase my skills slower. This all adds up to a HUGE waste of my time if I am trying to level a character relative to a player in a high-level guild, and is a major disincentive for recruiting players.
Do I want to spend 10% more on vendor items?
Earn 10% fewer Justice Points?
Earn 10% less honor?
Loot 10% less gold?
Take 20% more durability loss when I die?
It's a no-brainer.
"All guilds have the same rewards, regardless of how quickly they earn them. If competing with other guilds to be the first is more important to you than keeping a small group culture, then just expand your guild." -Yvl
All guilds have the same rewards available to them should they have the available resources to obtain them. Those resources are bodies, and it is more difficult to attract bodies to a low-level guild than a high-level guild because there are tangible benefits to being in a high-level guild, making it difficult to simply, "expand your guild."
Apr 26th 2011 1:24PM Are you sure that's a peripheral device? When I squint I swear I can see "NCC-1701" inscribed on the body.
Apr 26th 2011 11:02AM Inquiring Dwarf Rogues and Warlocks want to know: Is there any reason that we might be prevented from playing as a Dark Iron from a lore perspective? We're already able to make pseudo-Mag'har with the available Orc skins, I got to wondering with Moira Bronzebeard/Thaurissan sitting on the Council of Three Hammers if we might see Dark Iron Dwarf skins added to the available models for Dwarves.
Apr 25th 2011 4:09PM Damn it, mibu.work1, you broke my combo! Now go out and watch Ghostbusters, for the love of Bill Murray!