Since Burning Crusade launced in January, I’ve read a lot about World of Warcraft despite not actually playing it anymore. One of the most apparent things I’ve seen is that there are even more complaints about class balance now then there were before the expansion released. It seems like Blizzard is really toying with spells, abilities, and talents as they seek that ever-elusive level of everyone complaining equally. Very surprising to me is that it has gotten to the point of players organizing in game riots and protests! Then I read over at AFKGamer a frack-ton of complaints about how Blizzard has messed up the game and Blizzard has neglected classes and is ruining any semblance of balance that there might have been.
This is a new world of videogaming, with MMO’s having frequent expansions, a slew of forums (even run by the companies) for players to ‘provide feedback’, and a crazy-ass fast paced world of technology where you can die just trying to keep up. This world is what leads to be people complaining again and again about Blizzard nerfing items, classes, and the game in general. It is not Blizzard that you should be complaining about, it is the game. If priests are too weak it is part of the game, if an item that used to be awesome is now crap it is inside the game, if your spell used to take 3 seconds to cast and do 500 damage and now it takes 10 seconds and does 30 damage, IT’S THE GAME. The entire problem with the player-base of World of Warcraft is that everyone complains to and about Blizzard and not enough people are complaining about the game. My response to all of these people is to stop playing!
If they are still playing, they will not take it seriously, they will even get angry and aggressive about it! If you even remotely hint that they should stop playing they will retort that something must have been wrong with your play experience. “Sounds like someone solo’d their way to 60.” “You didn’t play enough of the game.” NO. I simply got tired of all of the problems with the game, and especially all of the people complaining about those problems. Actually, I got more tired of the incessant complaints about things that aren’t really problems at all! Players will more readily accept that there is an issue with a class then that they simply do not now how to play it, and this leads to a lot of clutter about things that don’t really need fixing.
What needs to happen is a general re-alignment of people’s perceptions about MMORPG’s and the companies that create them. Do not complain about anything the company does, it’s their game and their decision, if you don’t like it – stop playing their game. They’ll get the idea. World of Warcraft is definitely a terrific game, one of the best, and it entertained me and my friends for hours, days, months, and years on end. The art, design, writing, originality, creativity, and allusions to all sorts of nerd-culture are fantastic; I really love the game to death. I just don’t play it anymore, and from the sounds of it most you shouldn’t either.