Originally Posted by justarealguy
Lately, perhaps. Obviously you didn't play WoW back at launch - it was the most convoluted piece of crap you've ever seen. Needless farming, flights across continents to complete one quest, poor level design. The list goes on and on.
Vanilla was grindy, but COMPARED to games of it's era (Lineage, EverQuest and even Runescape) it's "grind" was absolutely peanuts, which is what attracted so many players. You could get to lvl 60 relatively quickly, sure the bg/honor grind took long but it was still nothing compared to proper grindfest MMO's.
People rage on and on about how "easy" or "dumbed down" the game has become, and yet 99% of those players have never even seen a heroic raid or anything past 2k rating in Arena. Catering to casuals is the best thing that could've happened because I'm SICK of the mmorpg genre being defined as super-time-consuming-repetetive games where you need to spend 500 hours before you see anything decent.
I play WoW as a complete casual, logging on maybe 1 hour a day to do some arena/dueling/a dungeon. I wish I could join a nice raiding guild and get some progression done (had an absolute blast in Ulduar last year with my guild, god we had so much fun), but now I simply don't have that kind of time since my work shifts are so irregular
People can cry on and on about how WoW has taken over the MMO genre, but if you were in Blizzard's shoes would you have done anything else?Edited by Tippy - 6/23/11 at 4:53am