Anytime there is a big issue with recent development, they will defend their decisions to the grave. If you voice an opinion they just write it off as you being the "vocal minority" another phrase I really hate and its just their way of ignoring and deflecting the issues so they don't have to address them.
Then when they finally do address it, do they give any aknowledgement to those who were frustrated by the content, and then even MORE frustrated when they stood by it, not a fucking chance in hell.
Blizzard is in desperate need of new management, I'm talking head developers, as well as corporate executives. It is blatantly clear that they don't have the interest of their customers at heart, nor their stockholders (their real loyalty) the game, the company isn't growing. The absence of growth in a company is death... whether an agonizing slow death or not, its still death.
That being said 9 million players is still enough people to keep SEVERAL mmos going for a considerable amount of time. But the fact remains that they are not doing a good job, and its time for someone else to take the reigns.
I have said this for a LONG time now. They need to switch their focus from obtaining new players, and focus more on retention and bring back old players. Being an MMO the game is naturally going to progress but when your business model only focuses on getting newbies, who play the game, get to max level, experience a fraction of endgame and then bail, and not on your hardcore fans... you have serious issues.
Bad drops are a minority!
And that's for a specific item.
We should really have the *correct* math for the jump from 463 to 470 (which is what people complain about).
I am not defending them at all.
I am merely attacking the arguments that are wrong.
There's a lot wrong with the daily-system, but they are still not being forced.
So let's start about how they lock all VP-upgrades behind dailies.
Complain about the huge amount of dailies or even the lore/content hidden behind them.
But don't say they are forced, that's bullshit.
I absolutely agree. The one thing I've never understood is how, after hitting undreamed of levels of subscribers and profits with BC and Vanilla, management at Blizz decided they needed to change the fundamentals of the game as they headed into Wrath. It's like they woke up one morning and went, "The present model got us to 12 million players. I guess it's time to dumb down the game to reduce complexity; change the gearing model; and change how talents, professions, abilities, and even classes work at a fundamental level. Oh, and let's make as much content as possible irrelevant while we're at it."
But that would make too much sense and make your whining seem selfish, so it can't possibly be correct, yes?
It is clear you don't understand the problem. Nothing in the game is forced however if you wish to experience the full stories of the new factions there is no alternative but to do dailies until you are exalted so for Lore followers they are forced. For those who want to collect all the profession recipes they must gain exalted status the option is dailies, again, for auction house players there is no alternative. The rep collectors no alternative. So there are three sets of players that are forced to complete dailies.
There is, also, the issue of regular players feeling that they need complete dailies in order to buy gear that they have not gained through drops. Of course you will argue, pointing to yourself, that they do not need to do dailies in order to fill the missing slots the problem is that many of the alternatives are worse or not even an option as far as these players are concerned no amount of Blizzard telling different and you repeating them is going to change their minds about this. Perception is king in the entertainment/leisure industry and the perception of many is that they are forced to complete dailies.
They have given their feedback to Blizzard and been told that they are wrong and many have done the only thing they can do in this position and taken their money elsewhere.
The thread about "favourite expansion" died within a week and only reached around 8 pages.
The one about the "worst expansion" where people can complain is still alive at 40 pages.
Just due to the amount of complaining there HAS to be so many posts with crappy arguments.
Yes, and I was one of those players who complained.It is clear you don't understand the problem. Nothing in the game is forced however if you wish to experience the full stories of the new factions there is no alternative but to do dailies until you are exalted so for Lore followers they are forced. For those who want to collect all the profession recipes they must gain exalted status the option is dailies, again, for auction house players there is no alternative. The rep collectors no alternative. So there are three sets of players that are forced to complete dailies.
But we got overshadowed by all the "I AM FORCED TO COLLECT GEAR"-threads.
My problem wasn't that recipes were behind dailies or that VP-gear was behind dailies.
My complaint was that ALL recipes and VP-gear was behind dailies.
So we are not allowed to discuss it because they "feel" like that?There is, also, the issue of regular players feeling that they need complete dailies in order to buy gear that they have not gained through drops. Of course you will argue, pointing to yourself, that they do not need to do dailies in order to fill the missing slots the problem is that many of the alternatives are worse or not even an option as far as these players are concerned no amount of Blizzard telling different and you repeating them is going to change their minds about this. Perception is king in the entertainment/leisure industry and the perception of many is that they are forced to complete dailies.
People can feel whatever they want.
But don't start threads that they force you to do dailies.
And we shouldn't tell people they are wrong because they won't listen anyway? What kind of nonsense is that..
So? They were wrong.They have given their feedback to Blizzard and been told that they are wrong and many have done the only thing they can do in this position and taken their money elsewhere.
They are still wrong.
Just because one stops paying for a subscription doesn't mean he is right.
First, BC hit 10 million subscribers at around the release of Sunwell content. In WotLK it peaked at 12 million.
So you are selectively throwing out WotLK and making it irrelevant even though it hit 12 million at the END of the expansion after Ruby Sanctum was released which... very few people actually played. Which was 8 months AFTER the release of ICC and this was when I personally started to see friends and guildmates leave the game because no new content had been added in so long and there just wasn't anything left for them to do.
So your conclusion is/was that WotLK began a trend of dumbing down the game, and that reduction in complexity was the reason for the decline in subs... I think it is the complete opposite.
I should qualify this by saying that I have been playing since Vanilla, and have almost been on the moderate-hardcore in the amount of time that I play (but not necessarily a hardcore raider as it does not appeal and my availability does not work well with it).
My reason for saying that we disagree is that things have become WAAAAY more complicated. Raid mechanics are far more complex than anything we saw in BC or in Vanilla. There is so much going on different phases, targets, roles.
The accessibility of WotLK is what helped wow to peak. Separate lock out for 10 and 25 man, mean you could raid twice as much. Moving from 10 mans to 25 mans was a simpler transition and progression (despite being outside the realm of intended development).
5 mans being a 15-30min endeavor, with decent upgrades at the end. Apropriate amount of dailies and rewards that were SEPARATE from any other content.
In CATA it was the complete opposite, 5 mans were long drawn out and provide ghetto worthless rewards. Raids had a higher gear threshold to even participate in and thus made initially participating in them more difficult (not difficult themselves necessarily but brought back the importance of being properly geared to contribute or bring the group down) not only that while attempting to limit the number of buttons required to push made it much more important to really bring your A-game and be super focused on rotation and resource management, rather than just mindlessly face rolling.
MoP had the right IDEA in the different type of content available to players, but failed in making it either required... or semi required, and poor rewards for content.
MMOs live and die by the rewards provided to its participants.
What they have done (from my perspective) is limit the amount of rewards EXCEPT when doing certain specific content. Thus encouraging you to participate in that content... unless of course you don't like that contentOriginally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Saying their are optional is correct in the literal sense but untrue in the essential sense. For raiders they're about as optional as gems on your gear or enchants on your weapons. YOu can technically kill bosses without them, I did it all the time. To fucking lazy to regem gear fuck it. Still killed the boss. Now how many of you would argue to your raid leaders that such a thing was the case?
For non raiders it's even worse. Even non raiders want to progress. They are essentially just left with lfr and sha ques. Outside of that it's face the attrocious BG grind (which is potentially even more painful than dailies IMHO), farm gold to buy gear (which is still really done with dailies anyway and is also a pretty shit way as the prices can be wholly inflated) and/or unsub until they admit their mistake.
It is really dishonest and disingenuous of Blizzard to hide behind this stance. It's cataclysm 2.0 all over again. I would have much rather they just come out and said yea dailies are part of the wheel, get over it but instead they decided to hide behind "optionality" of something as if it makes a fucking difference one way or another about the technical definition of the word optional.
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Blizzard might not have intended for dailies to be required but many feel that they are, it is Blizzard that must adapt not the other way around.
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But in my opinion it can be wrong.
What is someone claimed he was forced to do heroic-mode?
How many people need to cancel subscription before opinion becomes fact?
And if many people feel that way, Blizzard is free to try and change their mind.
If Blizzard fails to do so, they can either lose subs or change it.
The problem is that people were attacking Blizzard and other users on this forum because they "tried to change their mind".
Personally there was a lot to do as a fresh 90. More shit to do than past few expansions had available at level cap. I did all of the rep because I wanted the mounts and other stuff you get @ exhalted. Eventually I stoped doing the dailies for the faction once i hit exhalted. Currently I only do tiller rep because I have not reached Best friends with everybody. There are weeks where I didn't do a single daily quest and still got VP cap. Were dailies mandatory for me? For gear? No definitely not. Raiding + LFR +daily dungeon/scneario = more VP than you can get for gear if i chose to buy and rest got from drops. Are they mandatory for other stuff like mounts...yea its their purpose/incentive.
Just like you choose to run LFR/LFD for benefits you CHOOSE to do dailies for those benefits. Rep gaining tabards in LFD were a terrible idea in Wrath and I am happy that shit is gone. If that system was in place everyone would be in Vale sitting in the inn waiting on ques.
I honestly do not think blizzard will ever make something that won't have people in an "outrage" and claim that old stuff was "better"
[whiners] Not enough content
[blizzard] Here are various daily quest you can do without cap and get cool rewards/experience lore/get tokens for bonus loot in raids
[whiners] too much content! I feel like i am forced to do this now. Tnx blizz
[whiners] Everyone sits in capitals and just que for LFD no one goes out into the world anymore
[blizzard] no rep tabards so people would have to go out into the world/explore and earn their reputation
[whiners] QQ bring back tabards I do not want to go out into the world to do stuff i want to que for dungeons only
[whiners] my server is dead i never see other people. fix this
[blizzard] introducing CRZ you can now see other people in place you thought were empty before
[whiners] QQ now i have competition for my mobs/ore/plants/get ganked on pvp server you ruined my game-play
[whiners] Blizzard is only catering to hardcore players and ignoring their casual base
[blizzard] Here is LFR you can que when you like and do only what you want
[whiners] QQ blizzard is only tailoring to casuals what about the hardcore players?
[blizzard] here are Challenge modes for mounts/xmog gear
[whiners] blizzard making gear/mount only exclusive to hard core what about the casual player?
and this list can go on, and on, and on, and on...
Are you on a piss take? Or do you really not understand how customers interact with businesses? People did not complain about dailies because they wanted their minds changed they complained because they did not want to have to do them.