Look, I don't agree with him on All The Things, but it's clear his twitter presence:
(A) Only reaches a small portion of the wow populace AND is about pretty technical stuff sometimes, so it's not like it's an advertisement.
(B) Is a legitimate forum for discussion, even in telegraph style messages
(C) Isn't him sucking up to or coddling the playerbase, to the extent of enraging people who hear something they don't want to hear
(D) Features honest admissions, such as him not sure what they are doing with pure classes, or how to deal with several pvp balance issues.
I think you'd be pretty strange to NOT trust him. That doesn't mean you have to agree with him on everything, but I think he communicates with players out of a desire to make a better game.
A few percent... and yet the difference between the worst and the best spec is 21% on Patchwerk-style fight.Today we have classes that, 99% of the time, are within fractions of a percent of each other overall. Granted some specs are better for certain things, but this is a good thing. If everyone was good at everything, no one would be exceptional at anything.
"When i am done with you, you won't trust your own mind."
I trust GC to the effect that he believes in what he's saying.
What I don't trust is his opinion to be a good one vs the ideology of the company, the game staff and the gaming populace. :P
He's a man with a job making video games the most fun he can for the most amount of people. I'm happy and have been happy playing so I'd say I like his decisions he makes in the game. I don't see how this is a valid question though. Why do I need to trust him at all? Trust him in doing what? Doing what he says he's going to do? Sometimes ideas don't work so proposals of features are held back or trashed. They always explain their reasoning in these decisions. I don't think many people understand them and just feel that they've been over promised and under delivered. That's the problem with tweets like that, at least in my opinion. People need to be more understanding and less spoiled about the decisions that GC and the dev team make of their game. If you don't like the decisions then leave but you have to give the reasoning behind those decisions a chance.
An example is how a lot of people dislike the dailies system in MoP. I've gotten a lot of gear from roll bonuses, easier time VP capping, and read a lot of lore from doing them so I don't mind them. It's a little strange to want to log in every day to keep an optimal pace on them but I make do and log when I can and do as much as I can. I like them a lot better than staying in Org queuing for dungeons/BGs. They've said that they want us out in the world with stuff to do and we got that. I like how roll bonuses are exclusive to them because it encourages me to do them. Same way awesome artwork on PVP sets encourages me to do PVP, Tier gear encourages me to raid, and challenge mounts and sets encourage me to do challenge modes.
"When i am done with you, you won't trust your own mind."
I trust that he has a personal stake and interest in the game itself, and wants to make it better in his vision.
I trust that he is a hired professional with a single overriding goal to that end - making money for Blizzard.
I see these points to be in a permanent deadlock, I can't answer this poll.
No, absoulutly not, he has done not 1 thing to earn that trust, and for me there is no way for him to repair what trust he may have had.
Anyone who seriously asks themself this question is taking the game way too personally.
I doubt Activision in general have a large impact in the day to day running of Blizzard and their games. People seem to think "Zomg, Activision have made Blizzard a money whoring cash-cow" yet, by all accounts Blizzard is the "golden goose" that's trusted and left to their own devices and fairly long development cycles.
The #1 priority of any business is to make money, that's a given but then again people don't get in to the videogame business (just like the movie business) to make a mediocre game. Developers, artists, sound directors, producers... They want to make the best game possible AND have it be profitable - those two things are intrinsically linked.
Ghostcrawler is the public-facing, communicative face of the WoW development team and he does a bloody good job of explaining how and why they balance and make changes to, let's face it, seriously difficult areas of the game to "get right". Any change to a class mechanic has potentially class-breaking consequences whether it be in the PvP or PvE side of the game and having someone who actually takes the time to get on twitter, address some concerns and let people know that specific changes are being made can only be a good thing.
I understand people want to see their class get buffed... DKs, for example have been shouting about being squishy since MoP was released yet a little look around the forums shows that:
a.) Rogues are currently "terrible"
b.) Enhancement shamans feel squishy
c.) Ret paladins feel "squishy"
d.) Warriors are overpowered
e.) DKs feel squishy.
f.) Monks are currently under-represented and "poor" in PvP
With pretty much all the melee classes feeling underpowered could it just be that Warriors are a little OP at the moment and, come 5.2 everything will be a little more balanced?
I don't personally think Ghostcrawler could do a better job, he's one of many people who makes decisions regarding the game and its direction and does a decent job of keeping contact with the WoW subscribers when, tbh he doesn't need to. They could make decisions without saying anything and we'd all still pay/play.
Trust is earned not given. So far he has not given me much to go on.
Trust him with a blank check, no. Trust that he can do his job, yes.
No i do not trust him, he is not alone in shaping the game, but he is the one that gives the green light to major changes being the lead designer, which makes me wonder how some things got introduced/changed in the first place.
i trust him as far as i can throw him.
hmm, that doesn't seem like the correct idiom..
I trust he's doing what's best for the company. There was alot of things that werent broke with classes and he changed them(never understood that).
If i were to trust one person based on passion and conviction, it would be Chris Metzen. That is all.