Mar 17th 2010 5:46PM Oh, what a fascinating survey! I'm excited to take part and to learn about their findings. But I wonder: how "pure" will the data gathered be? I am not convinced that my very limited Facebook activity is indicative of much of value other than a) I am prone to silliness online, 2) I don't use FaceSpace very often, and d) there is no d).
But do you hear me, community (and researchers)? Is your activity on BookFace representative of any deep truths about you or even of more than the most obvious personal statistics (age, etc.)? What about time played? I just started a company and so have little time for The Great Game™. Achievements? My main is a healer and is most "me", but he has garnered quite a few achievements just by being there – PvP or dungeon achievements, for example. Not very revealing at best, and misleading at the worst.
Of course, the reason I ask these questions, sure in my instinct that many people must share such concerns, is that I am very, very enthusiastic about taking part and helping with this. I wonder what kind of personality inventory they'll use? Such things are just fascinating and I hope this is revealing and informative for all involved. :)
Good luck with it! I hope readers will post their experiences and share what they can without compromising the survey.
Oct 26th 2009 2:33PM Jealouspirate: good point! In fact, I remember that he seemed quite gleeful about sending us to kill the wolves in the original quest. He even laughs! So I looked up the quest text as it stands now:
"I hate those nasty timber wolves! But I sure like eating wolf steaks... Bring me tough wolf meat and I will exchange it for something you'll find useful."
"You've been busy! I can't wait to cook up that wolf meat..."
Doesn't sound like he has much of a problem asking anyone to kill nature's beasts now, does he? You pointed out quite a personality reversal.
Oct 26th 2009 2:29PM Considering that Worgen will have their own starting area, this seems to be a thoughtful but unlikely reason for why they're making this change to me. And others make good points: the other races kill their own constantly! So this probably doesn't have much if anything to do with the wild Worgen.
Oct 26th 2009 2:27PM I think you're right, this is a change leading up to the Big Stuff in the expansion. Wow...
You know, it's kind of funny but reading about this upcoming change has really made the incontrovertible and unavoidable truth of Cataclysm's world- (game-)altering changes a reality in my brain. Everything is changing! All of it! Permanently! Not like the Scourge Invasion, which was fun but temporary (in terms of how it affected the gameplay experience for your average character running through, say, Elwynn Forest), but REALLY changing.
It's an epistemological wonder. A paradigm shift.
As Keanu Reeves as Neo would say, "Whoa." Or maybe I'm thinking of "They had really good noodles", but the point is this: we're really going to say goodbye to old Azeroth. Even those regions which are relatively unaffected by the cataclysm of Deathwing's return directly will at least experience some change of quests and NPCs.
Is it hitting anyone else this way? Or have you already made your peace with the fact that your virtual living place of choice is being so heavily changed? It's sort of thrilling.
Oct 19th 2009 4:42PM Skinning a worgen should aggro every worgens
in a 40 yard radius. It makes sense, you are actually skinning their best friend.
Oct 11th 2009 9:31PM Sally the Giant Prairie Chicken – wreaking havoc on bits of corn across the land!
Sep 2nd 2009 3:09PM I have longed for real dog pets since first playing the game, too. Rumor has it that there are mastiff-looking dog models in the Worgen starting zone. Perhaps we'll see some of them as pets!