RealID is fai–Nevermind.
I have nothing interesting to add to the “discussion” (I don’t think a rioting, frothing mob screaming at a stonewalling corporation qualifies as a discussion, but it will have to do if only for lack of a better term). So I’m linking those voices who do have something interesting to say on the topic.
Shades of Grey
Life in Group 5
Preposterous Pretentious Prattle
Binds to Account
World of Matticus
Team Liquid (StarCraft equivalent of Elitist Jerks)
Zeroday (a very interesting perspective from a Harvard Law professor)
What has shocked me is the number of people cancelling their subscriptions even though they still want to play. People cancel subscriptions due to Blizzard’s actions all the time, but most of those people were looking for excuses to leave. They were on the cusp of leaving, Blizzard just gave them a little push (perceived or real). The RealID debacle, though, has pushed people who want to continue playing over the edge. That shows how vehemently we’re opposed to this change, how incredibly myopic and ill-conceived this change is. We WoW players are, for the most part, a pragmatic, optimistic, patient lot. We suffer nerfs because we know the game as a whole will be improved if we’re all equal. We slog through the same dungeons because we know we’re just gearing up for the next dungeon, which will be better (or so we believe). This is the first change that we can’t find a use for, we can’t envision a better tomorrow with, we can’t suffer. That’s why people are leaving.
(For the record: I’m not leaving until they make RealID mandatory in game. When they do, I’m gone. And that’s “when”, not “if”. They will impose RealID on us in game. They will make it mandatory. And on that day, my subscription will be cancelled.)
Also, someone mentioned this on twitter (Matticus? Can’t remember): Don’t be a flaming douchebag. What happened to Bashiok was not unexpected, but also completely fucking assholic. Seriously, we’re not helping our cause by being real life trolls.
Post cockblocked! (in a good way)
Three days, hundreds of thousands of forum posts, thousands of blog posts and comments, millions of angry words…We made our voices heard and Blizzard listened. Kalgan, Ghostcrawler, and Co. still care about the community, still are gamers, still fight for us against the evil suits.
As much as I’d like to say the oppressed won the day, we didn’t. A trillion angry words mean less to business men than one lost account; your two cents’ worth isn’t worth anything at all. Blizzard only listened because we brought money to the discussion. More to the point, we started taking money away from them. Shareholders took notice. Once the Moneyed got wind of this disaster, they put pressure on Kotick and Co. to rethink their strategy. I’m guessing Blizzard’s lawyers took a second look at this and said, “Whoa. We’re enabling stalkers and real life harrassment? Why did we sign off on this in the first place? This is a class-action lawsuit waiting to happen!”
Don’t delude yourselves. Those of us who continued to play did nothing to convince Blizzard to reconsider. I’m as guilty of this as anyone. Our friends and fellow players who cancelled their subscriptions are the ones who convinced Blizzard to rethink this debacle. To y’all, thank you.
(For the record: This isn’t the last we’ll hear of RealID. This will blow over, but it will return in some way, shape, or form.)
Talent Tree Changes
Win. Pure win.
First, this eliminates diving down trees, which has been a pet peeve of mine for years. I play SV, but I have to take multiple talents in other trees. In BC, 20 points of my 61 went into MM; in Wrath, 15 of my 71 go into MM, and I could put 3 more in if I dropped Hunting Party. These aren’t optional or even utility talents. They are mandatory talents that would drop my dps significantly if I didn’t take them. I can’t take all the talents in SV that I want to take because I need to put points into MM. However, MM has a surplus of talents. Not exactly fair. By condensing the trees and eliminating straight damage-boosting talents, we can focus on the tree of our choice. We may take talents in other specs, but I’m guessing we will only put a couple points into other trees, not a third of our talent points.
Second, this eliminates leveling specs; or, in other words, this eliminates end game-only specs. Hunters have had this problem for years. BM is the best leveling spec in the game. Period. End of discussion. Leveling MM is okay. Leveling SV, compared to leveling as BM or MM, is fail. MM and SV are broken without Chimera and Explosive Shots, respectively. By moving Chimera and Explosive to the top of the MM and SV trees, respectively, both become legitimate leveling specs. BM won’t be the only leveling spec, and thus, it won’t feel like an “only n00bs play BM at end game!” spec. We lose the biases against the other trees. We can play what we want at level 10 through 80, not just at level 80.
Even if Chimera and Explosive remain at the bottom of the tree, both MM and SV will benefit from the removal of pure +dmg talents. Cut the fat, get to the good stuff, win.
Third, no more random talents. This is less important to hunters since all trees are damage specs, but my pally and my little horde warrior are excited. Seals of the Pure = a damage talent in the healing tree? Deflection = a parry talent in the damage tree (for two different classes)? Genesis = healing and damage in the damage tree? Shoehorning talents into the wrong trees solely to make people take talents in those non-spec trees is silly and annoying.
This is awesome news for me personally because this fits my dream of 0/0/X. Nothing against the other specs, but I want to be Survival. Pure Survival. Not “almost wholly SV with a dash of MM”. And by excising the boring talents, Blizzard opens us up to more utility talents. Yay! Heck, our game play might be quite different from one spec to another. Exciting!
We gave RS some good pulls on 10-man heroic this week even though four of us (!!) had never seen the place. Tough but doable; I give it 3 weeks max before we take Halion heroic down. Normal mode was complete, total faceroll. I’ll write up a how-to in a bit.
TIP! You can Disengage through the cutters. I don’t recommend it—works about half the time—but tis better than taking them in the face.
If you’re American or Canadian, make a trip to the falls at least once in your life. Tis an amazing, awe-inspiring sight. If natural wonder isn’t your bag, the area is a mini Las Vegas, with casinos, bars, restaurants, stuff for the kiddies. Well worth the trip.
If you’re a WoW player with close friends, make a trip to meet your friends at least once before you cancel your subscription. Awesome friends in game become uber-awesome friends in real life.