I’m sure that you have all already seen Larisa’s Post over at the Pink Pigtail Inn (and if you haven’t go check it out!) regarding the difficulty level of WoW. She is refuting a comment made that WoW has become too easy. It is an exceptionally good read, and I really do recommend that everyone give it a gander.
Larisa points out that she feels that WoW is still challenging for most people, and that a lot of the people complaining that it is too easy are people who really haven’t even experienced what WoW has to offer. It was this comment that actually reminded me of something that I experienced the other day.
I was reading Icedragon’s most recent post on upcoming changes to the patch and saw this tidbit of news: “Top-level helm and shoulder faction-related enchants are now available as Bind-on-Account items that do not require any faction to use once purchased (they still require the appropriate faction level to purchase). “ I thought it was fantastic news! And since nobody had mentioned it yet, I quoted it in guild chat. Read the rest of this entry »
One of the first things I do at work after booting up, getting my tea, and making sure that all of my pertinent business is taken care of, is to check out what’s going on in the community. Today Keeva wrote a post responding to Jacemora which caught my fancy and and has touched on something that I have had thoughts on previously, so I wanted to throw in my two cents while I had two cents to offer.
The real crux of both of the arguments from the presenters above, it would seem, stem from a long standing Casual vs. Hardcore debate that has been brewing in WoW since the days of Molten Core. This has been further escalated by Blizzard’s new design philosophy that allows a greater number of their subscribers to see more of the content. One would think that was great! Right?
So what the heck is the problem? The Cliff’s Notes version of the answer is that some of those in the “hardcore” community feel that the content has been dumbed down so much for all of the “casuals” that there isn’t anything to provide them with an adequate challenge, which is what made the game fun for them. The “casuals” are telling the “hardcore” to stop being elitists who are only complaining because they are upset that they have to “share” the raid content now.
Hrm…this is quite the conundrum!
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