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Posted: Mar 20th 2008 4:05PM (Unverified) said

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The only thing constant in World of Warcraft is if it is hard to do today it'll be easy to do tomorrow.

And seriously that's the only reason this sort of thing raises a big fuss. People don't care if casuals get to experience the rest of the content but Blizzard consistently and constantly reworks the game to be much easier making the hard work previously done less of an accomplishment and more of a waste of time.

One of the worst part of buying electronics is buying something expensive now and having the price plummet (or a better product come out) in the following months. Blizzard has decided to model part of their gameplay/progression around this model.

Posted: Mar 20th 2008 4:27PM (Unverified) said

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That's precisely why the game has remained so popular. If you want to use the "Consumer Electronics" analogy, your hardcore raiders are "early adopters" and casual players are "everyone else.

Early adopters are wonderful to have as an audience, but if your business plan involves mass market sales, then you must cater to the "everyone else". Early Adopters are notoriously fickle in the marketplace and quick to jump ship to the latest and greatest thing. Blizzard wants to keep a large subscriber base for as long as possible, and keeping the "mass market" happy is the easiest way to do that.

But to your statement
"And seriously that's the only reason this sort of thing raises a big fuss. People don't care if casuals get to experience the rest of the content but Blizzard consistently and constantly reworks the game to be much easier making the hard work previously done less of an accomplishment and more of a waste of time."

If you know that Blizzard does this, then ask yourself what you are getting out of the game. Are you in it to "get there first"? If you decide that the effort involved is a "waste of time" compared to playing at a more relaxed pace and getting to end game content "eventually", then maybe hardcore raiding isn't for you.

Put another way. People still remember Edmund Hillary as the first person to climb Mount Everest, but even folks who get there with the latest and greatest equipment (making the climb "easier") still got to climb the mountain.

People who use "welfare epics" to see end game content get to play the same game you do, but they choose to do it an easier way. If doing it the "hard way" is a waste of time, then why bother?

Some folks get off on a challenge, others just want a way to spend a few hours. What you get out of the game (or anything else, for that matter) depends on you.

Posted: Mar 20th 2008 5:59PM (Unverified) said

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Like Kevin explains and I will elaborate on personally, the fact is that it is completely fair. It is like letting someone visit cubs stadium once, but then having the cubs themselves get angry that they got to see the inside of the stadium...

The content is only made easier to achieve/attain after months of hardcore exclusivity and always once brand spanking new hardcore content is released.

I have two kids, and even as a student/stay at home dad I don't have the time to plow the hardcore way through much of the content, so the idea of better late than never is quite a good one in this case.

If massively ever begins hiring again and this old english major can impress it would be lovely to spend more time on the virtual side of life, but until then I have to keep things balanced!

Posted: Mar 20th 2008 6:33PM Krystalle Voecks said

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If we do, we'll post a hiring notice. (We're still finishing up hiring the last batch, however... )
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Posted: Mar 20th 2008 6:41PM (Unverified) said

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yeah I submitted an application for a column and didn't hear anything heh heh. Maybe I shouldn't say that hee hee

>.<

I submitted the guild leadership and ideas column.

If that one wasn't favorable maybe I should try applying the blogger route next time :)

Till then I'll

Dream on.... :)

Posted: Mar 21st 2008 9:11AM Krystalle Voecks said

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Not to completely threadjack Kevin (sorry!) but there were an -enormous- amount of really great applications this time around. This is largely why it's taking so long to pick people.
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Posted: Mar 21st 2008 1:18PM (Unverified) said

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Hey I understand completely, who wouldn't want to apply?

Sorry to keep dragging it on, but does that mean you have already selected all new bloggers and columnists? Or are you still sifting through apps?

thanks!

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