You can question them all you want, I simply disagree with you.
They have a lot of things that are just 'cash-grabbers'.
But this is not one of them.
According to many people in this thread - it is okay to be devoid of integrity. Being a flaky asshole is acceptable.
People keep using the whole "but it's 100 levels, and that much could turn new players off from trying the game."
Leveling from 1-60 back in Vanilla took twice as long as leveling 1-90 today, yet new players still tried the game. Even 1-70 during TBC took longer, yet new players continued to flood in. It will be no different for 1-100. Or 1-110, and so on. If people want to try this game, they will.
The amount of levels added over the years has had very little impact on the amount of time required to hit a new level cap when an expansion launches. If the leveling rate had remained consistent since WoW's first expansion, then we'd have a problem. But it has not.
Blizzard has done everything to help speed-up the leveling process; from boosting XP gains, nerfing the amount of XP required to hit max level, adding heirlooms, implementing Recruit-A-Friend and completely streamlining the entire leveling process.
The whole "leveling takes too long" excuse just doesn't work anymore and it hasn't for a very long time. A free level 90 with the expansion would have been a great gesture of appreciation from Blizzard and a way to say "thanks for supporting us all these years, this one's on us!".
But, to turn it into a service that people can pay for as often as they want was completely unnecessary and I fear for what it will do to the game in the long-run.
If ANYTHING, I'd feel like the leveling process makes people more lazy. They get their first few skills, use those, then as they get new skills they ignore them and just use those. If you've deigned at all to step into LFR there are players who do less DPS than my auto attack damage. I look at their damage break down and it's one spell. Leveling taught them nothing. Players presented with all their skills will be forced to look up which skills to use... or if they are lazy they will pick a random one and use only that one.
Lazy players are lazy, and the leveling experience will not change that.
I'm saving this thread for everytime somebody says "Blizz has said they'd NEVER sell Weapons or Equipment!" - and then I'd just copy/paste it here.
As others have said, what Blizz says can change at the drop of a hat - particularly if they have shareholders barking at them.
The service was added to just be a less-hassle way of doing the same thing.
As for Vanilla comparison - the game was new, the design was radically different, and the market was different. There was no "outdated" content back then, and the end game was much less of a focus. These days, the end game IS the game, and each patch is more than just a new raid zone that opened up for no reason that you can go look at if you feel like it - they have new content that progresses the storyline, so there's a sense that the world has a running storyline, with the most recent chapter being the most active and most important.
A boost-to-60 would not have made sense in TBC. Boost-to-90 DOES make sense in WoD.
Just prior to the WoD pre-sale, I signed up for 6 month renewals on both my accounts, but between hearing WoD is as much as 9 months away and all the novice players selfishly queuing for tank/heals with zero skills, I now deeply regret it. Blizzard would never refund my renewal, but I'm thinking about calling Visa and having them get my money back.
Blizzard is going to make people do Proving Grounds Silver to play heroic dungeons or run LFR in WoD when they've had at least ten levels to play, but thought nothing of dumping shiny new, completely untrained/untested level 90s on us? It's total BS.
guess its good they are not allowing power leveling so someone else plays my toon to max..... instant 90 =! power leveling. Nor is raiding current tier being handed to you as you need some gear for TI or older raids. And again no one else plays your toon.....
"It's 2013 and I still view the internet on a 560x192 resolution monitor!"
Also, I think you're misunderstanding his quote. He's not talking about other people accessing your account ruining the game environment and the integrity of the game. Also, people can and do represent a whole company. They're called representatives.
That has little to do with anything. The results are identical.guess its good they are not allowing power leveling so someone else plays my toon to max..... instant 90 =! power leveling. Nor is raiding current tier being handed to you as you need some gear for TI or older raids. And again no one else plays your toon.....
I'm fascinated by how butthurt and angry people can be over video games. Ooh, the evil corporation, so contradictulous, so powersly and money-covetatious, my oh my, it hurts in the headz! It's very serioustic, must be especially angersome. Muchly raged.
Last edited by Pull My Finger; 2014-03-17 at 12:01 AM.
I find it funny how one random player on a forum says the extra $10 cost of the expansion is actually paying for the 90 boost, and all of a sudden every single person starts parroting that the free 90 boost isn't free at all but the extra $10 this expansion costs, on authority of that one random forum poster.
Hahaha, and that was only a year ago.
Casual and lazy 3x multiboxer, gold maker and altoholic.