Jul 11th 2010 6:53AM On one side it's good to see BioWare is sticking to what it does best, however on the other side this does raise some questions to mind.
Seeing as to how MMO gamers and RPG gamers aren't in general alike I'm mainly interested in seeing as to what they'll be doing with the financial aspect of the game. Many MMO gamers play a lot, go for the repeatable content and because of that keep on subbing; if that content is not there they stop subbing. A lot of RPG gamers on the other hand do not wish to pay monthly to play their games, but rather just buy things in the store and play when they like.
Jul 5th 2010 1:29PM @Souvlaki: Several movies removed WTC buildings from their movies after their downfall, think the reason for most probably is more to just have the most recent view of the city rather than anything else. There was probably just 1 movie or so which delayed it's launch specifically due to 911.
As for these oil things here, they were already in alpha before the entire incident, see no reason to remove them. Doing so would only be a sign of human ignorance, don't see it it aint happening right?
Jun 30th 2010 1:05PM @Golis: Free doesn't directly have to mean introducing a ton of godly weapons like that. Instead I feel Blizzard might already be experimenting with different offers on as to how to monetize their products.
For example for WoW they introduced the cash shop features quite some time ago, and are slowly filling it up with more. At first it was the more general accepted features such as realm changes, name changes, etc. Then it became race changes and class changes. Ingame pets started to be sold, then even a mount went on sale. Added to that they're selling remote auction house access these days and thinking about adding remote mail support to that.
Premium services, which if used plenty enough can bring in quite a nice share of cash. Maybe one day replace the need for a specific WoW alone subscription.
Next to that, they're introducing newer games. In Korea for one SC2 and WoW will share the same monthly sub if you want. Sub for WoW and get to play SC2 for free. Even though SC2 would require no subbing if you don't want it to, the idea of combining is interesting.
In a couple of years after all Blizzard shall release their second MMO, a combined subscription could give them a headstart amongst the other players. To Blizzard it'll make little difference, the income all goes to them, and since most only play 1 MMO it doesn't matter whether they cut them off from one of their game or keep them in on both. You will most likely only be spending server time on one at a time, so additional load won't be so much of an issue.
If they stretch that out enough over multiple games within their catalogue they will increase their steady flow of cash, whilst each specific game of theirs is technically approaching near free to play standards. 1 game for 15 a month vs 2 or 4 games a month for 15 makes quite the difference to the consumer after all, but to Blizzard it'll matter very little. Keep in mind that box products might be missing, but the return on each sold box in the store for Blizzard is squat compared to those monthlies.
Jun 2nd 2010 12:57AM Will be interesting to see as after how many kicks you'll be standing in line to kick someone again; and whether that's something which only counts for the one who initiates the kick, or for all who vote along on it as well.
Unfortunately heroics are filled with retards, so kicks are needed. Whether it's hunters without arrows, tanks with equips in the red who refuse to go repair or just are completely suicidal and cause 5 wipes within 10 minutes on the easiest raids, healers who simply stand by and let you die as they go "sorry, on the phone", "sorry, still talking on the phone", "dude, I'm still on the phone" and remain that way for the rest of the raid.
Of course not to forget the 300dps afk slackers, I got no objections against people not being geared up, but if you have a gs of 5k+ and you run through a heroic as dps with 300dps.... you deserve to be banned from heroics for a week if you ask me >_>.
Last but not least, instant vote kick for all those who come in a heroic crying to skip half of the dungeon since they got a raid in 15 mins and keep on crying "go,go,go".
I hope Blizzard's system will be smart and making kicks of people like that who probably have a high kicked count, not count as heavily on your own kick count meter. So kick people who get kicked a lot, don't get the bad effects as quickly.
May 1st 2010 12:05PM Let's hope they're going to give an upgrade to the character models along with this, or things are going to end up looking absolutely horrid. All the old low poly models and old low poly gear needs a drastic change to fit in with this.
Apr 16th 2010 2:11AM Blizzard is just turning WoW into a cash-shop game as well, and who can blaim them really? The system works, simple as that. Even though many subbers always loved to complain on the mentioning of an item shop Blizzard is one of the many MMO companies which is experimenting with it, and judging by the queues, with good success.
What impact it'll have on the current WoW financial plan is unknown, but it wouldn't hit me as surprising to see their next-gen MMO to be using more of a cash-shop form of payment than subscription.
Apr 15th 2010 12:33PM And the blizzard cash shop expands ;-). They look nice, think the 25 bucks for the mount is a bit too high for my liking though; put in perspective that's 2 months of playing time, lol.
Not that I can purchase anything from the Blizzard store anyway, Blizzard remains extremely reluctant on supporting the same payment methods in the store as they do for the actual game. Guess the store is mainly under supervision of the US division and staffed by shortsighted people who can't seam to grasp there are other major payment systems in use beyond credit card.
Apr 9th 2010 1:26AM At a certain point in time those who are raiding especially more than 3x a week might just want to come to realize it's time to leave the other teens and the unemployed amongst their guild goodbye. Especially as teen-life is getting to it's end and university is right on your doorstep.
You can still continue on raiding, no doubt, especially with Blizzard making raiding more casual over the years. But look for a more laid back guild to do it with, stick to like 2 raids a week and a guild which doesn't kick you after not making it a week or 2 because you have your next exam period coming up.
Asides from the raiding aspect though there's just so much more in WoW which consumes bucket loads of time, so learning discipline shall be the most essential thing you'll ever be doing. Which is just also common sense if you ask me, since if you can't stay disciplined towards your studies you'll end up failing regardless of whether it's WoW sucking up your time or you're one of the students with a "social life" as you're getting wasted every other day. Become a nerd with moderation and you'll do fine ;-).
Apr 6th 2010 12:46AM @MW: Sort of depends on where you live. Many American companies have disclosures in their policies directed at EU citizens for example since the EU isn't quite in favor of sending their citizens across the ocean for trial.
Also it's of course not to forget that even if something goes on trial in the US it holds little value if the case is versus someone living in let's say China where the government probably could give a damn about the US court results, highly doubt they'll say 'go do your time in the US boy, see you in several years'.
Apr 4th 2010 12:15PM Female dwarf didn't take too long.... just an hour or 3 :p. But a female orc... they are legendary it seams, not a single one to be found anywhere on my server.