Welcome back to The Queue, the daily Q&A column in which the WoW Insider team answers your questions about the
World of Warcraft. Matthew Rossi will be your host today.
It has been a rough week for me. My computer's power supply blew up on me, and so far the company I bought it from has made going through the warranty process an absolute nightmare. I'm writing this on a borrowed computer right now. So, let us watch Steve Vai defeat Steve Vai in a guitar duel, shall we? (Steve Vai played the evil guitarist, and he played Ralph Maccio's part as well.) Yeah, I like Crossroads.
I grew up in the 80's, I was in a band, it was required.
Excluding addons, how often do you think Blizzard "takes" ideas that players pose on sites like WoW Insider, MMO-Champion, etc? Whether it be how a class should be changed, zones people are interested, or whatever else players might suggest.
I ask because a while back (patch 4.3ish) I definitely suggested on WoW Insider that Blizz do an "always nighttime" zone with glowing plants and stuff and here we are, getting one in Warlords. I can't be sure, but I have it on good authority - my gut and hubris - that the new Shadowmoon was taken directly from this one single comment I made.
(Okay, not really, but that's sort of the idea I'm getting at with my original question...)
That depends entirely on what you mean by takes
. Do I think they stole your idea? No. Do I think they read all sorts of sites to keep abreast of what the player base is saying? Absolutely they do. I promise you, there are people at Blizzard keeping their fingers on the pulse of the forums, reading the fan sites, on the Scrolls of Lore
forums - if there is a place people who play World of Warcraft
are discussing the game, Blizzard has someone checking out what's being said. But they also play the game a lot themselves - if an idea has occurred to us, often, it's already occurred to them.
In the case of Shadowmoon Valley, it's not likely they snagged your idea, as cool as that would be for you. Shadowmoon Valley was described way back in Warcraft II
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