It looks like there’s a new discussion bubbling up in the blogosphere – the question of whether or not raiding has become a closed club, only accessible to people who are already raiders.
- Stabbed Up: “Raiding has become a closed club. I know of no raiders in Rift who weren’t serious raiders in WoW and other games. And Rift isn’t unique, I think most MMOs are getting raiding wrong. It has become a closed club.” … “It’s just too hard for people who aren’t used to raiding to adjust. In my guild I saw massive non-attendance and drop-out for fear of having to play a high pressure game.”
- Tobold: “While I don’t know about raiding in Rift, I do confirm that even just looking at WoW raiding has become a closed club. And while Stabs is right in attributing this to the steep change in challenge between the pre-raid game and the raid game, I must also say that it has become a closed club because the people inside that club prefer the club to be closed!”
- Epic Slant: “Guild leaders have members tell them “It is just a game and I’ll play how I want. If I want to raid and not read the strategy that is fine. You can’t tell me to do otherwise” all the time. I agree, we can’t. We can, however, exclude them from participating.”
Looks like a great discussion is brewing here – particularly if you read the great comment threads following these posts. I’m interested to see how it progresses!
How do you feel about the responsibilities of raiding? Do you feel it’s a closed club, and are you outside or inside? And where would you prefer to be?
All quotes taken directly from the articles linked.