Oct 29th 2011 1:05PM It should also be noted that my previous comment was not to attack the OP, but rather to ridicule the notion that WoW is losing its focus and becoming too light-hearted. I assume the OP feels the same way, bast on the post.
Oct 29th 2011 1:01PM Blizzard so badly wants to make certain that the Pandaren are taken seriously that they have selected James Earl Jones as their voice actor. In addition, typing /silly while playing a Pandaren will result in a 36-hour ban.
Meanwhile, all other races will maintain their current voices, pop-culture references, and general hijinx.
People need to realize that WarCraft has always been an opera seria in video game format. I recall being unable to sleep the first night I clicked on a peon and heard him say, "Zug zug." The philosophical rammifications were that unsettling. And who among us did not weep like a small child when we clicked on a critter too many times, causing the innocent beast to explode? Can anyone forget the palpable sense of terror coursing through their veins upon hearing Deathwing say, "Do you like fire? I'm full of it," when selecting him?
Kudos to Blizzard for not caving in to the status-quo of light-hearted-though-still-weighty games that saturate the market!
I will conclude with a quote from Homer (Simpson): "Oh, and in case you couldn't tell, I was being sarcastic."
Oct 28th 2011 4:37PM Okay, I actually do have a complaint about the 1-60 experience: it is too quick. If you do all the quests in a zone, you will have out-leveled it long before finishing. Running dungeons is a fun part of leveling, but the experience you get by doing so means that you must level via questing OR dungeons, unless you don't mind a suboptimal experience in each.
And yes, I am talking about leveling WITHOUT heirlooms.
Oct 28th 2011 4:27PM Cataclysm was my favorite expansion at launch. I loved the character that is Deathwing, I loved that the old world was remade, I loved the streamlined talents, and I loved the difficulty of the heroics, particularly when running with the guild.
As time passed, though, I grew tired of the more limited content. I never truly warmed up to BoT or BWD. I wanted to explore the world, but I felt the need to remain in cities and search for groups (I know, the LFG channel was removed during Wrath, but it is still a factor). I felt less and less motivated to slog through the same dungeons which--after the mechanics were learned--felt painfully non-compelling (to me) in contrast to those found in Wrath or BC.
As much as I love leveling alts, I began refusing to take them to level 85, because leveling through the 80+ zones (which are too linear for my taste) grew tiresome. Must I REALLY complete almost ALL of Deepholm on each character to get the Therezane tabard, which is practically required for raiding? At least one of my toons is a scribe!
The Zandalari dungeons are exceptional, but after about a month, they began to feel like chores--and chores that have little impact on the overarching story of Cataclysm, at that.
I know it seems like I am down on Cataclysm, but I really do find a lot to like about it. The problem is that those things are not currently factors once the level cap has been reached. My 85s essentially hang around Stormwind or Orgrimmar (good cities, but never my favorites, and now the only reasonable choices) while waiting for something exciting.
It's a shame for me, since this will likely be my last expansion. I'm not rage-quitting, and I think Mists of Pandaria looks fantastic, but due to the real life boss, I simply won't be able to play this or any MMO anymore. I have high hopes for the Deathwing raid, and I hope that Blizzard applies the lessons that they've learned into their next expansion. Their willingness to critically evaluate their own work and implement what they perceive to be necessary changes is a large part of what makes them one of the best developers in their field.
Oct 23rd 2011 1:50PM I completely agree; in fact, I don't really care for much out of Newman's greater body of work.
Still, I couldn't suggest the title "Duh duh DUH duh duh duh" (although that IS what I hear when Mr. Newman is singing).
Oct 23rd 2011 11:32AM Title for Monk column: "It's a Jungle Out There."
Oct 14th 2011 12:33PM Ah, yes, the vocal minority spoils things for the rest of us. Some of us have genuine issues with the Blood Elves that are unrelated to prejudice.
1. They were presented in a very negative light until the end of the Burning Crusade, after which there has been very little significant lore.
2. They are one of the least populous races in lore, but they are ubiquitous in-game.
3. Their membership in the Horde can be viewed as a deus ex machina.
Now, I like the blood elves, but I feel like they need a little more love post-Burning Crusade to make me care about them again.
Oct 8th 2011 8:55AM The Shadow whispers: I know what evil lurks in the hearts of men. . . .
Oct 8th 2011 8:32AM That is, Arcane PROTON TORPEDOES.
Mythology fail and spelling fail.