Two Views On The “Ghetto” Of LFR

Love it or hate it (and I think regular readers know my opinion by now), WoW’s LFR continues to be one of the most debate-worthy and interesting experiments in the MMO world at the moment.

Today we’ve got two really interesting, rather opposed views on the entire thing. First, we have Dinear at Forever A Noob, who has been looking at the progression of raiding groups on his server, and has come to a somewhat startling conclusion – that LFR is slowly and patiently strangling World of Warcraft:

“Guilds (at least on my realm) aren’t really doing progression raids anymore. Since raiding is such a large part of the game, I can’t imagine that people aren’t raiding. The obvious conclusion is that people are getting their raiding fix through LFR, and not so much in guild raids.

I have a problem with this.

In my personal vision of WoW, guilds and interpersonal interaction are the heart and soul of the game. The need for cooperation to overcome obstacles is what the original raid encounters were built on. Communication, people doing their job, everyone having a role… these were the skills that set the foundation for the more fun and challenging raid bosses. LFR doesn’t have much or any of that.”

Read the rest of My Opinion: LFR Is Ruining The Game

Meanwhile, The Godmother presents a completely different opinion, from the perspective of someone who isn’t able to compete in normal raids, and so has to rely on LFR to see all the content. She describes the experience as being “in the ghetto of WoW”:

“LFR is, for some of us, the ONLY way to see Blizzard’s End Game content. As a result, the patience to remain in the system is likely to last at least until Garrosh meets his (wholly justified) unpleasant end. It doesn’t matter how many helpful buffs you chuck at people, if the people playing aren’t there to do their best, there is absolutely nothing you can do. All you can hope is that everyone turns up and at least makes an effort, and if they do you’ll wonder why you ever bemoaned LFR’s system in the first place.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t think that’s really enough. ”

Read the rest of In The Ghetto