Controversy Watch: “Welcome To WoW”, grinds, randomness

by on November 22, 2012


Community! Lost Shores! SWTOR F2P! There are so many fascinating discussions going on in the blogosphere right now that this issue of Controversy Watch is actually slightly thin – because we’ve already been featuring entire articles on each debate.

But nonetheless, there’s more interesting discussion out there, so here’s the latest on three issues that everyone’s been talking about:

Community

  • The Grumpy Elf reports on a new and unwelcome development in WoW’s griefer community – the “Welcome to WoW” comment“When did this happen and why did I not get the memo? I was not aware that these types of actions were now the expected way to play the game. “

Grinds

  • Contrary to the reports of endless grind, Dinaer reports on how he was able to get a freshly-90 alt raid ready in just 3 days in WoW“Personally, I’m tired of dailies. However, I see that in my gaming style they are not mandatory so I simply stopped doing them. “
  • And Bravetank takes a humorous look at how dailies and rep grinds would look in real life“Funny old day. When I arrived at the job depot (it’s all very official this “becoming friends with the Joneses” lark) they told me that I had to become adored- absolutely adored- by their relatives the Smiths first. “

Randomness

  • Rohan weighs in on the “do we need more randomness?” debate, giving us two very solid arguments against more random encounters“Often, a fight with random elements contains one set of elements which is significantly easier or significantly harder than the others. This encourages guilds to reset the encounter until the “easy” combination shows up, or wipe it early if a hard combination appears.”

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Balkoth November 22, 2012 at 8:38 pm

“Contrary to the reports of endless grind”

Hmm…

“However, I see that in my gaming style they are not mandatory so I simply stopped doing them.

….

Now, if I were aiming to push progression and get into heroic raids quickly, then I might be more concerned about rep rewards and VP gear.”

So…yeah. The “endless grind” certainly did exist (for a month or so), but only for people who cared about maximizing their character and were serious about raiding.

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Shaft of Shaftsword November 24, 2012 at 10:25 pm

The link to dinaer’s post is incredibly misleading. I went there expecting either a miracle or to be proven right. I come out of it leaning to the I was proven right side of the argument. The most important word in that link above which could easily be missed is “ALT”.

It is a shame that the poster misses the entire point of the issues with gearing up at 90 by talking about gearing an ALT level 90 when he uses his main to make or purchase half the gear. He notes somewhat bizarrely given the premise of the post that he creates gear whose recipes are locked behind the dailies yet apparently he doesn’t need to do the daily grind.

Once again it is worth repeating to people who wish to enter into a topical debate, “actually take the time to see what the arguments are as opposed to just assuming and then missing the point entirely”.

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