Threads like these make me cringe.
Threads like these make me cringe.
Last edited by Gehco; 2014-05-07 at 11:46 AM.
Because they don't want to use it? Blizzard made the choice to allow flying mounts, and not every other MMO has to "adapt" to a supposed standard. WoW has had flying for longer than it didn't have flying, it's just part of the game and people have to accept that. You're completely within your rights if you want to ride a ground mount for your precious "world pvp" (if it can so be called), but don't be upset when I swoop down and take that mining node or herb you've been eyeing for the last 15 seconds and can't get to before me.
It does take time and resources to make the world open for flying. Did you not listen to them explain how tedious it was to revamp the Eastern Kingdoms and Kalimdor for flying? They had to rebuild a lot of the world instead of leaving it as a flat display that looks pretty from afar. ( You list ESO and SW:TOR while forgetting such games like Vanguard or Aion. For shame! )
People like flying. People are passionate about flying and their mounts. It's not rocket science to understand this. Blizzard may or may not have been wrong by opening Pandora's box in regards to flying. We'll never know because they did open it. We have had flying for years now. To restrict it completely ( I speak of an entire expac session ) is just going backwards with limiting players.
In years and years of playing WoW and reading the forums I saw many many complaints about WoW, most of them stupid, and never one time did I EVER see any thread where people said "Yeah flying sucks, we totally shouldn't have flying." - I saw a lot of "Flying should be faster.", never "Flying is terrible." Until Blizzard stated that they didn't like what flying did to the game, and then the "ZOMG FLYING SUX!" crowd came out of the woodwork.
Taking flying away from players doesn't add anything at all to the game for me, it just makes the quest grind more tedious. Whether I have to fight mobs or not, questing isn't enjoyable. This is a pretty common feeling about questing, just look at how many guides exist to quest efficiently and get it over with. If questing is your thing, great, I'm truly happy for you that you enjoy it, but for a lot of us it's a roadblock to the content we like. Whether I can fly or not, I won't enjoy "Go collect 10 rat tails.", and whether I can fly or not I'll only ever do the required stuff. So having flying and skipping mobs doesn't take away any great experience in the game for me.
If you dislike flying so much, why not just ... not fly? For those of us that enjoy it, it's just another feature that we won't have when WoD launches. Maybe for you "No flying." is a selling point, but for the people that the OP was being condescending towards, this is just a reason to not be excited about WoD. "YEAH! Questing is going to take longer! WOO!"
Last edited by RoKPaNda; 2014-05-07 at 02:20 AM.
It's about immersive design, and frankly I actually agree with Blizz on this one. I had way better times in pre-cata old world content than I've ever had farming on a flyer. You don't even NEED flying for more than half the game because most content has an insta-queue button. Don't get me wrong, flying is efficient and quick, but I can't recall the last time I felt "good" flying, it's usually like "Oh hey, it sucks that the ore I want has a mob walking next to it, ugg I don't want to aggro it, it'll take 6 seconds to kill!"
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WoW has large seamless/borderless continents. This allows for flying over them.. And this is the most great feature of WoW's world design, it feels whole, unlike other mmos with bunch of maps with loading screens.
To answer the OP's question: other games haven't been built around the use of flying mounts for 7 years. To be perfectly honest it's one of the reasons I can't really enjoy any other MMO. I even got max-level in SWTOR and beat all the opening raids on Nightmare, and the tedium of sitting on a speeder path to get to the places to do my dailies and then running through a ton of mobs just made me want to gouge my eyes out.
It's a facet of human nature. People don't like to have a convenience unceremoniously yanked from them. It's why you see people who go through financial turmoil pile up mountains of debt to maintain their previous standard of living.