It’s a week since the Blizzcon rampage, and everyone’s starting to settle back down, take some quiet time, and think about things.
And so, this weekend the blogosphere, particularly the WoW-related parts of it, has been unusually heavy on the musing. A lot of people have been thinking deep thoughts, allowing their minds to wander, and generally letting the concentration of Blizzcon weekend relax before Patch 4.3 hits like a whirlwind.
Don’t expect conclusions today – today we’re all about the interesting questions:
- Nils has embarked on an epic series of posts getting right back to the basic question – what is a game? Dry in places, but very deep, well-thought out stuff – “The intention of the model is to give the user a better understanding of games and a way of thinking about them. As such it is useful for predicting outcomes. The most interesting outcome being whether a player has “fun” playing a game. “
- Ophelie, the Bossy Pally, is getting mushy about Blizzcon – “I’m shy and it’s been a while since I’ve come face to face with a crowd. I was debating sketching off early. Too many people, too many nerves, feeling sick and lightheaded. Then out of nowhere, I hear: “Hi I’m Theck!””
- Cannot Be Tamed is wondering whether the differences in raiding group styles can be reconciled – “There are more cutthroat guilds out there, who can be ruthless about who they take to raids to ensure the best progression possible … Sounds fantastic. But if you look a little closer, those raids aren’t all sunshine and ponies either.”
- Bravetank is wondering how she can overcome her need to obsessively prepare herself before tanking – “. I want to be able to go in these dungeons, mess up, learn from it & then succeed. I want to be Alanis Morrisette in more than just my hair length. I want to be her in “You Learn” & not spend all my play hours researching, esearching & researching & never doing. “
- And Big Bear Butt is thinking about his personal disappointment with the Halloween event, random drop chances and disappointment – “There is something about working hard and consciously devoting time and effort into getting something that adds meaning. Significance. If the shit is handed to us on a plate for showing up, we don’t value it at all. It’s all digital pixels on a hard drive; it is the meaning we give to those pixels that gives them value.”
Do you have any post-Blizzcon musings floating around your brain?