WoW Commentators – Stop Saying Nice Things About The Timeless Isle

It was a step backwards.  It was not good.  It does not deserve to ride the coattails of people’s nostalgia of Mists Of Pandaria.  Previous expansions are not automatically good just because newer content sucks.

Just… stop.

Blizzard has the most seamless and most immersive open world in the MMO landscape right now, but blows it off, and veers more and more towards a world where everybody’s in the same few areas, rendering most of the rest of this huge world useless.

Getting everybody to clog up the same zone was a step backwards.

When rival MMOs like Guild Wars 2 were fixing the 2nd Generation MMO design problem where encountering other players in the open world was usually a bad thing (ninja looting, node ninjaing, etc.) Timeless Isle doubled down on this behavior, especially on high pop servers.

When zones like the Storm Peaks had shown how flying can be wonderfully integrated into a zone without having to be this thing that people screech about so much, artificially limiting flying in this one area was a step backwards.

When questing evolved away from “kill ten boars – collect ten apples” into more of a storytelling element like we see today, having the quests be nothing but grinding was a step backwards.

Any WoW commentator who gushes over how great the Timeless Isle was has no credibility.  I don’t care how big their channel is.

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Blizzcon 2007 WoW Class Panel – What We’ve Come From

These obviously unofficial videos have been floating around on YouTube for over a decade now, but it’s a neat look back to see where today’s game came from.  🙂

It’s also handy for reminding the folks all hyped up for Classic WoW just what they’ll be going back to…  😉

These videos are also where I learned the term “Concentrated Coolness” from.  I even use it when not talking about World Of Warcraft.  The idea just makes sense.  🙂

This hails from the bad old days of the 10 minute limit, so here they all are.  🙂

After this was more discussion on hero classes and the then-upcoming Death Knights plus some Q&A, but I’m including them as a bonus.  🙂

Did The Navigatr Guy Have A Kid? :o)

Then.  🙂

 

Now.  🙂

Nuff said.  🙂

Keep reading off those cue cards, kid.  🙂

EDIT:  Nothing against the guy, but he took the video down, so now we have to revert back to the Assertonsin Asmongold stream clip that directed me to it in the first place.  🙂

We can’t do anything about our genetics, or the pipes we’re born with, or how goofy our senses of humor are.  🙂  It could also be a sign that I’m old that I noticed this resemblance in the first place.  Hope Evo feels better.  I could imagine a bunch of Asmongold fans bugging him because of this stuff.  😦

Out Of Continues Episode 196 – Pin-holing The Legion Baby!!!

Out Of Continues Episode 196 has posted in various formats over on the Out Of Continues website.  Tune in to listen to perhaps what could be my token show of 2015…  😀

http://www.outofcontinues.com/?p=1459

The main discussion includes some mention of World Of Warcraft: Legion, the most recently-announced WoW Expansion, but only insomuch as a means to an end in order to discuss Metagaming – the disturbing trend in video games these days where gamers are disproportionately affected by stuff outside the games they play and it taints their experience in-game.

Clarity-wise, without a doubt the properly-polished MP3 Version is probably the best-sounding Out Of Continues I’ve ever heard, and my contributed audio has the same filters as MultimediaJay RadioStyle this go-round, but it has zero sound stage whatsoever.  =-O  The dialogue is about as pinhole mono as it gets, probably to keep the file size down.  If your audio system has a chorus function or a way of spreading out the sound so it doesn’t all come from your center channel it would probably significantly improve the listening experience to cut your system down into stereo mode or “more spread out” mode to spread out the audio.  😀

The opening is blasting in awesome stereo, but when you have everything coming out the center channel afterwards, that’s the time to make the switch.  🙂

Molten Core 2014 – There’s A Reason Why Content Like That “Couldn’t Happen Again”

Last night was my first Molten Core run at Level 100, having missed the original Level 60 Molten Core back in the bad old days of WoW Classic when paladins were pathetic buffbots who specced Retribution to get a whole 5 minute Blessing Of Kings then dumped their points in Holy and “tried to heal” alongside constantly recasting the 5 minute buffs again.  I quit the game for several months after getting Holy Shock at Level 40 and by the time I got back I had no chance of getting into any raids before Burning Crusade launched.  😛

…or, for those who need a quicker summary of those days, WoWCrendor to the rescue.  😛

…yeah.  Classic/Vanilla sucked.  Legions of Warcraft fans and RPG fans who’d played paladins or militant cleric types (like myself) signed up to be some kind of holy knight only to end up as someone’s healslave for the first two expansions, unless they gimmick-Porcupine-tanked in Burning Crusade or blew people up as a Shockadin in PVP.  Anyone care to guess why I blew off raiding until the Retribution fix in Patch 3.0.2 with my small 10-man guild?  😉

Either way, I made sure to make fun of those days with a few snarky instance chat lines during the run as we trudged through and eventually got Mister “BY FIRE BE PURGED!!!” Ragnaros to shut his mouth.

“Loot the stupid core hound!”

“Wait for sunders!”

“DECURSE DECURSE DECURSE!!!”

Actually that third one was a legitimate issue.  😛  Everyone forgot their de-curse buttons and there was a wipe or two because the mages and other curse-removing folks forgot about the abilities while priests were trying to use Mass Dispel.  Oops.  😛

Interesting though that these very 5-minute curses are the things that Blizzard says they’d never use again, and I can see why, when the denizens of LFR forget that this stuff has to be dispelled.  However with the demographic issues with this game, I can see why they wouldn’t use it again.

Over the past several years WoW’s significant growth has partially been fueled by folks playing this game who couldn’t handle something like dispelling a 5 minute curse.  While the term “Dumb Casuals” is indeed derogatory towards players who don’t spend 16 hours a day playing WoW or something, there is some legitimacy when you consider all those WoW players who had their girlfriends or parents or someone start playing who normally don’t play videogames of any sort.

I particularly ran into this with healers.  Perhaps one of the things that Blizzard needs to fix the most is the issue where it’s far too easy for someone to roll a healer as their first character and get completely carried through the game because they just stare at health meters and just heal their buddies.  They otherwise wouldn’t give a flip about anything else but when you can get free progression just by healing others, it creates one of the big problems with the “MMO Trinity” as we know it, as opposed to previous RPGs where dedicated healers were more of a bonus that saved you money on health potions since games in those days had more robust potion systems.  If you want to spot one of these carried babies today, just look for anyone who does absolutely nothing when nobody needs to be healed, or those whiners on the forums crying about, “Please don’t make me DPS!!!!  I didn’t roll this character to DPS!!!”

Either way, demographic choices like dumbing down the game and making it more casual-friendly has its consequences – one of them being that a raid like Molten Core remains a challenge 10 years later no thanks to people not being bothered to read little debuff tooltips on their screens.  😛

Then of course there’s the problem of 40-man-raids with all the spells going off.  My current system which has *no other problems* running the game at max settings these days wound up conking out in a 40 man raid, so I dropped everything down to Low mode and got the REAL Classic WoW experience with crappy graphics.  😀  I know Blizzard wanted to give people a taste of the bad old days with this one-and-done MC run as part of the 10th Anniversary Celebration, but needing to drop the graphics and having the game crash once when I wasn’t proactive enough on dropping the graphics is a little excessive ya think?  😀

I don’t miss those days.  😛  Before I say good riddance though I should try Tarren Mill Southshore at least once though….  Hmm….  🙂

Guild Perks – How To Suck The Life Out Of A Guild System

In perhaps the quickest revolving door WoW guild situation I’ve ever been in, my very first guild on Turalyon had me in and out in a matter of days.  For those who don’t follow my silent Twitter experiment that I’ll eventually start making more use of, after blasting the server queues on Stormrage I took the free character moves to Turalyon-US because Stormrage’s reputation as an Alliance country club pretty much dooms the server to keep getting too big for its own good.  Stormrage had just had some FCMs in July of last year, and now in just about 6 months, they were already back to hour-long queues.  Perception is reality here, and I don’t doubt that the recent round of FCMs will ultimately be negated within a few months tops again.

Upon arrival on Turalyon though, I joined a guild that was explicitly and in a very friendly fashion recruiting transfers.  Unfortunately, the net effect was the guild being a revolving door on most nights with numerous gquits happening on a regular basis.  I ignored all of that though until a mountain of drama led to a mass-exodus of raiders when they couldn’t get enough people for Siege of Orgrimmar and the raid leader rage quit followed by everyone on the raiding team, which caused even more drama in guild chat, which I had no interest in putting up with.  /GQUIT!!!

This would be the reason why I don’t mess with guilds most of the time.  I have better things to do most nights than have an extra chat channel of people whining at each other.  These people though were so desperate for numbers that they even invited someone who was causing drama in trade chat (who /gquit not long afterwards).  That of course would explain why the idiot starting all the drama after the raiders /gquit was able to sound off despite being only an “initiate” even with officers online.  Ahhhhh numbers.  The follies of these Level 25 guilds who’ll look the other way on literally anything.  😛

This sadly serves as yet another example of how Blizzard’s guild perk system has sucked the life out of the guild system in this game.  Once something other than people became a compelling reason to join a guild it was all over.  The last good guild I was in wound up disbanding when too many of our people left and nobody wanted to join us because we were only guild level 4 or something instead of a 25.  When the guild level system first launched, former “noob social guilds” suddenly wound up becoming the biggest guilds with the most perks and attracting everyone to them, including raiders, putting some raiding guilds who were more serious about progression out to pasture, and leading still others to cross-server-recruit when nobody on their home server would join because they would rather be in a 25 guild.  (Many years ago cross-server-“poaching” meant your guild was so horrible you couldn’t recruit on your home server.  Now it’s par for the course.)  When I compare this to the best guilds I’ve been in who were more of a good group of friends, it’s just ridiculous how mechanical everything has become, and that’s really the best way to describe this disaster on Turalyon — a revolving door machine that might as well have been bringing people in and having them come out on conveyor belts.  😛

I still maintain that World of Warcraft’s state of decline doesn’t need to be so, but with some of the nonsense I see in this game that’s so ridiculously tolerated, I can’t help but wonder if any of this is on purpose.  :-\