Controversy Watch: WvWvW, SWTOR F2P, Brawler’s Guild, More

by on November 12, 2012


A few weeks ago I was saying that the MMORPG blogosphere was quiet.

Ah, I remember those days.

Right now, there are tons of interesting debates to get your teeth into – from the WoW Brawler’s Guild (Cash For Features SCANDAL!) to Guild Wars 2′s wobbling WvWvW populations (PvPers in server desertion SHOCKER!). So, who’s saying what, and do you think they’re right or wrong?

SWTOR Free To Play

  • Joe at Corellian Run Radio posts a thorough analysis of the heavy Free To Play restrictions coming in SWTOR, saying that they’re going to force-choke the game” I make this prediction – the number of players will jump through the roof next week. The activity will be VERY high for three months. The revenue will roll in. And, just like launch, after those three months revenue will tank as the active player count falls.”

Guild Wars 2 WvWvW Numbers

This one’s a new controversy – with easy server moves and top PvP guilds jumping from one Guild Wars server to another, will the game’s uber-PvP mode cope?

  • Jeromai looks into the implications for his own server of some of the most major PvP guilds leaving for distant shores“Is it unhealthy, in the sense that these multi-game-spanning guilds are more focused on their own communities and less about fostering -server- communities?”
  • And Healing The Masses sounds an optimistic note for WvWvW from their own experience“I think the system in place will do well over the coming months especially after the server populations settle down and guesting is enacted so people can’t bunny hop around to the better servers in WvW. “

Guild Wars 2 One-Time Events

The furore over GW2′s one-time events has mostly subsided, but there are still interesting things to discuss about it…

  • Bernard Parsnip responds to the one-time events’ fiercest critic, Azuriel, saying that publicity reasons justify Arena.net’s decision to run one-time gameplay“Guild Wars 2 is a new game that is not based on a well-known IP. It NEEDS this press coverage. Furthermore, the business model relies on front-loading revenues from players, so continually growing the player base is crucial until the RMT shop can pay for the overheads of the game.”

WoW Dailies And Grinding

  • Big Bear Butt complained about dailies and gearing up – but then practical experience has shown him that it’s actually comparatively easy to get raid-geared in MoP“If you’re a new raider, it does not take that long to get to where you need to be to get started. I just proved it. And once you’re getting drops from the raids that are now being released, you WILL get items of such higher iLevel that the LFR stuff will be massive downgrades.”
  • And The Godmother is looking at alts, and how she and other players will level them and prioritise them with all the grinding“The shift has been subtle, but it has been noticeable. Alts are likely to be left by the wayside by many except those with a huge amount of time and patience. Its not just about the achievements either, there are a lot of choices bound up with the way the current system is being weighted.”

WoW: Brawler’s Guild

  • Typhoon Andrew defends the design choices Blizzard are making with the Brawler’s Guild, including their invitation policy“New gameplay is asked for constantly, so anything which adds options without placing a highly prohibitive barrier is good.”
  • And Rohan looks specifically at the Guild’s content gating – high AH prices – arguing that it’s never been tried, and is worth experimenting with“To my mind, selling the Invitations on the BMAH might not be the best possible idea, but it might be the one with the least side-effects, and thus, the least-worst idea.”

Bullying and Unpleasant Players

So, let us know – what do you think?

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Shintar November 12, 2012 at 9:05 pm

Your Godmother quote is just BBB’s copy and pasted a second time, and what’s supposed to be Rohan’s is just Typhoon Andrew’s again.

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Hugh Hancock November 12, 2012 at 11:14 pm

Thanks – and aarrgh. Not sure what happened there – fixing.

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Balkoth November 13, 2012 at 6:59 am

“If you’re a new raider, it does not take that long to get to where you need to be to get started. I just proved it.”

This was never the issue and not the subject of contentious debate. Yeah, getting ready to clear normals on week 1 of raiding was easy. Valor cap week 1, get mostly 463s, get a crafted or two, it could be done in a few days.

Getting ready for heroic raids and trying to maximize your character past that point, however, is the problem, due to the dailies (and the valor cap). The minimum time needed to break into raiding is fine, perhaps almost the easiest it’s ever been. But the maximum time needed to be competitive (spent outside of raiding) is as high or higher than it’s ever been, except for perhaps Classic (but even that wasn’t limited by dailies, so you could grind out rep at your leisure).

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Balkoth November 13, 2012 at 7:00 am

Note: the stuff I’m saying mainly applies if you’re the type who cleared 6/6N the first week of Vaults at a minimum. Aka, not the vast majority of raiders.

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