We talk a lot about the features we want in the game. What about the features we don't
want? I don't know about anybody else, but I've been watching the news surrounding the release of Everquest 2 Update 38 with horror. Read with me from the press release
. "Upon reaching level 20, you'll be able to access new appearance item slots on the inventory window! Have favorite pieces that are an important part of your style? You can now keep wearing them for looks while continuing to upgrade your primary gear!"
Are they out of their freaking mind
?! Sure, I like to look good as much as the next player, but let's shift to World of Warcraft
for a minute and consider the ramifications of such a change in our
to our PvP-loving brethren. Do you really want to go into a battleground or an arena match and see a paladin standing there smiling at you buck-naked (perhaps wielding a Pitchfork
, and wearing overalls
for effect) when in fact he's actually wearing a full Tier 6 set?
Rattlesnakes have a rattle for a reason. Cobras have their distinctive hood for the same reason. You should be able to look at a player in-game and be able to with some
degree of certainty be able to assess their threat to you. I don't think it's such a wonderful idea to allow people to masquerade around as noobs when in fact they may count themselves among the best-equipped players in the game. How many times do you actually target
somebody or mouse-over them to see their class? So if you see a dwarf in a robe you think priest, right? If a change like this was ever implemented in World of Warcraft
, that could be a deadly
assumption. I've got nothing against the Orbs of Deception
and Savory Deviate Delight
and other such items. Their effects are temporary, and easy to spot. Hallowe'en should be contained to one
day of the year.
You may wonder why am I freaking out over this when it's not even something going in World of Warcraft
. I'm freaking out about it because this is a novel idea that I think will catch on in the MMOG genre. As Blizzard looks to add hairstyles and other cosmetic changes
in the future, Sony has approached the same issue from an interesting and novel direction. This is one direction I hope Blizzard never takes. What things do you hope Blizzard never
introduces in the game?[Special thanks to Olandu from "Guardians of Azeroth" on Gnomeregan for being my photo model for this article!]
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