The game changes and evolves, and if Blizzard makes insta level 90 an option because leveling to 100 is extremely daunting and intimidating for a new player, why not? It makes perfect sense.
Meh, they're entitled to change the way they run the game. They have solid reasoning for the 90 boost, trying to draw in returning players who just want to play endgame without slogging through the leveling content alone. I can't bring myself to care one way or another tbh.
I have to admit I am enjoying destroying the boosted 90s in BGs though, it's a lot of fun.
Q: Where the fuck is Xia Xia, SIU?!?!
A1: She needs to start making eggs for Easter...
A2: Drunk and sleeping somewhere.
Ooh interesting read. Well they said buying a power leveling service through gold but not buying a 90 through money...
Have no idea what to say against this.
There's a big difference between selling max level characters during vanilla and selling them in preparation for wod. The player base has shifted towards max level and getting players there so they can play with others is far more palatable than it has been. MMOs at their heart are about playing with other people and if that's the end goal then it's understandable for Blizzard to offer such a service.
Last edited by carlos5577; 2014-03-16 at 03:25 AM.
"Remember, There's no such thing as a stupid question until you ask it"
I just tried to actually click the link, and he opens it by saying "I've never liked the "because we say so" answer, so I will try to provide what insight I can. Though please note that I cannot speak for our management, legal or marketing or really any of our departments on a whole."
Is it not a bit misleading to call this Blizzard's stance on power leveling?
Plus, who cares what the legal department or the marketing department think? Those type of stiff suits ruin games. They clearly think it's a good idea because we're having this conversation right now. They don't care about game-play, they want money. He says "we" throughout his post. He's not talking about him and his friend Mark in the cubicle next to him. He's talking about a general attitude in the company.
It's also representative of the entire company's previous stance and we all know it. I challenge you to find any statements, official or unofficial, prefaced by a disclaimer or not, coming from Blizzard in any capacity, saying that jumping straight to max level by any means doesn't hurt the integrity of the game and the game's environment. This man represents that company when he posts, and he was clearly talking about a general attitude in the company among it's employees. However, I've linked other, more official documentation that I've found, I encourage you to read more of this discussion. And I'm still looking.
Also, from their official exploitation policy...
https://eu.battle.net/support/en/art...itation-policyUse of these "bots" negatively affects the World of Warcraft game environment, since they allow characters to progress without player control.
TLDR Find me one word from Blizzard in any capacity that says power leveling is nbd. Or selling accounts. Or any means of getting to cap without deserving it.
Nothing new here.
Blizzard's stance on buying in-game items with real money was that they were against it, until they were for it because they could make money off of it by the RMAH.
Blizzard's stance on power-leveling was that they were against it, until they were for it because they could make money off if it by a $60 microtransaction.
Blizzard's appeal to core values and philosophies (which the OP and others quoted) are all lies and bullshit.
They would sell heroic raid loot if they think they can make money
I remember when that was posted was like good job but I knew eventually with the casual game that was happening with MOP that it would eventually lead to this. RIP good times in wow. Its a business though and they want to make more money so their doing what they think will help them get the most $$$ but it might turn out negative impact in the end who knows.
4-3-14 - RIP iconic class abilities since vanilla and RIP wow subs. The day millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror, and were suddenly silenced.
6.0 Patch notes (first day datamined or PTR don't really remember)
Fun- has been removed
I never got why people try to defend Blizzard's recent cash-grabbing direction even when such blatantly obvious contradictions are presented. It's like witnessing indocrination. I love their games, but that doesn't mean they don't screw up every now and then.
Buying a 90 is not someone playing the character for you. Case closed.(meaning someone plays the character for you)
Last edited by Treeskee; 2014-03-16 at 05:02 AM.
It is not marketing department.The above is a link to a Blue Post from a Blizzard rep. explaining how skipping content in this fashion ruins the game.
Right now blizz don't like to blue post, instead posts are made by PR department.
This time, however, the outrage is justified in my opinion.