I’ll start with my “extra thoughts” on the Elephant in the Room topic today…
As one of the most controversial weeks in WoW history wrapped up, heated debates on forums, blogs, and Twitter are still going – calming down slightly by now.
Everyone who had strong opinions on the matter of Blizzard removing flying from WoW had already expressed themselves, over and over, and started running out of steam. Plus simply seeing others saying the same stuff around you – often much better than you could put it yourself – is somewhat discouraging to keep rambling about this on your own podcast, or writing more forum and blog posts.
After all – who is immune to the effect of seeing a long super eloquent post by someone at Blizzard Watch, or a better known podcaster using their own audio-tribune, and thinking – “Well, that dude said it all. I don’t have the audience and perhaps even a gift of expressing my thoughts as patiently and well-structured as they did – SO WHY SHOULD I BOTHER?”
That’s all good and true. But every vote counts. Not like Blizzard folks are counting those votes, per-se, but the more of us speak up – in our own variety of ways – the clearer it is to Blizzard that what they are doing is simply not cool.
They keep telling us that it’s for our own good – as they are improving OUR game, right? – but we need to tell them as a vast community that it’s NOT good, and people who are “happy” with their decision are very very specific individuals, or just passive donors who would pay for this game even if they removed everything from it, keeping only your Garrisons.
I’m exaggerating, I often do, but hopefully what I’m saying makes sense.
Removing flying from leveling experience is ok – we are used to that as a concept, for many expansions already. But removing it from end game is the most short-sighted, poor design, community-ignoring decision that ONLY perhaps makes the jobs of game designers and content creators a bit more rewarding – as they know that every freakin’ one of us would need to fight their precious trash mobs on the ground to go pick up that one extra herb, or those 20 insignificant Garrison resources – which we could have picked up “skipping” their deliciously irrelevant content if we could just fly over all that trash…
Developers and players alike keep forgetting that designers – while playing and loving their own game – they WORK FOR US. THEY DEVELOP THE GAME FOR US. So they are totally allowed to make their own judgment and propose certain solutions and decisions – but those should be almost always (ALMOST, I’m not saying – “always”!) subjected to the court of public opinion, of what we say – the players, the consumers, the customers.
Taking flying away detracts from customer experience and fun in game – in a major way. On this Episode 28 of my podcast I sort of expressed that I’m a bit indifferent to this subject – which is NOT the case, actually.
I might be less attached to flying than some of you out there – which is exactly what I said – BUT I advocate for Blizzard treating us like a respected community, customers, and BLOOD OF THEIR GAME. It’s ultimately up to us if we accept the feature (or it’s removal) that they offer us. And in this case we are dealing with uproar like no other. If this is not an indication that flying should stay in the game – at least until a better, less radical solution is available – than I don’t know what is?!
Among other news
They are improving Personal Loot in 6.2 – this is great news…
They are rewarding real life prizes for taking SELFIES – I couldn’t care less about it, but I guess it’s activity to some people, so more power to them…
Heroes of the Storm entered Open Beta and somehow I had really bad experience of lag, making it almost impossible for me to play. Which pisses me off almost as much as removal of flying. Ok, I’m kidding here…
And I watched Mad Max movie. Which was cool and all, but too linear and “religious” in its essence, which detracted from the overall experience, I thought. What can I say – it’s a world of various tastes. We all like different stuff.
Thanks for reading.