Reads like the backside of the game box.
Did he happen to ask if the dragon riding skins from raid, m+ etc will be useable at some point other than outdoor flying? Currently none of them are useable anywhere else!
Norf cashing on hype again? Color me surprised.
Very interning read I am going to have to look at it more in depth later.Edit: I should note that I don’t follow any Twitch streamers or YouTubers and generally don’t find that sort of thing entertaining in any way. That said, when I quit WoW (for the first time ever) early on in SL I was curious to see if others felt the same way as I did when they chose to leave and so I ended up watching quite a few reaction videos. That’s the first time I came across Preach. I was surprised to find that he largely felt the same way as I did and generally seemed like the same sort of WoW player that I was i.e. interested in the same aspects of the game as I was.After looking into this more closely I come out a little more optimistic about what the future holds but I have to say that there are 2 major red flags that popped up for me while reading this.First, the claim that this “new era” of WoW will be driven by player feedback. If DF is supposed to be the first example of this new philosophy in action then that statement seems patently false. The shift from talent tiers to trees is a prime example of that. By now it’s become painfully obvious that what Blizzard intended with this change and what the players wanted and hoped for passed like two ships in the night. And it isn’t as though the majority of players haven’t made that abundantly clear but all that feedback has largely fallen on deaf ears.And this brings me to the second red flag, the claim that there is no such thing as a “vast majority” of WoW players. While the player base is certainly not a monolith there are most definitely areas that a majority of players agree on and claiming otherwise is simply disingenuous. This also gives them a convenient way to avoid feedback when they don’t want to do something that a majority of players want, like fixing the talent trees instead of releasing them in a state which makes them seem as, at best, an afterthought or at worst something that was completely rushed and cobbled together at the last minute by interns.There are other areas besides the talent trees of course but as this is a particularly prescient topic I thought it was a perfect example that illustrates my point.I am still apprehensive about DF but I will probably give it a shot at least for long enough to feel the waters
Valuable insights. It's nice to see a side of blizzard that we never really see otherwise.
You know you're pretty narrow minded when anything that comes to praise and admiration is considered '@#$%riding'. Haters aside, this was pretty interesting read and I look forward to seeing some of the interviews and skimming through. Obviously I won't watch all 5 hours but it is interesting to get an inside look inside Blizzard HQ.
Let me be one of the none salty comments. This is a good write up and I'm glad he did this. Even if you don't like the man for X reason, you have to appreciate him going out of his way to give us a look behind the scenes (which we don't see very often) and insight into what looks and sounds like a major shift in design philosophy.I mean he actually looks genuinely excited about the future of WoW, which is nice to see.Looking forward to the full interviews!
Ok, so I'm watching this 5 and a half hour long stream banter thing. Couple of notesIt is not very professional. He has a team nowadays and every second sentence is "Oh, I have to be careful here, maybe I accidentally show something you should not be seeing!"I mean come on, grow up, you're not 12 to constantly humblebrag about how you got into secret places. He has a team of 4-5 people(?) and nobody cuts these videos before he shows them on live stream? As a viewer, who will never step foot in these spaces I'm trying to enjoy the scenery and he constantly stops "OMG IS THERE SECRET IN HERE ON THESE NEXT PICTURES?" This could have been a youtube video (too), a bit more curated, notes for things he wants to tell us and talk about it in more than a couple of quick sentences. I really hope he will create a quality youtube video out of this.
"while Activision certainly exists as an entity, they are not close to Blizzard development whatsoever and their influence is minimal at best."We all know where the influence is. They don't care about the content. They just say when to release, how much it will cost, what they need in the store, the metrics for user engagement, etc.
So what were supposed to be the first and second "eras" of wow? By the obvious metric of 3 expansions per era, we are in the fourth.
What was the second era of wow?since the first one started with WC3ROC which laid the foundation for wow?