|What we do in life, echoes in eternity…|
Yesterday, a friend came up with an idea to regenerate Warcraft based on a concept that for some will strike fear into their hearts. Instead of what could be viewed as the segregated, exclusionist set of systems that has been presented by Blizzard, he suggested a radical alternative, something that would actively encourage a communal approach to every aspect of life in Azeroth.
I can already hear the groans from some, see the shaking heads and many even backing away from their computers, because of the way the mindsets of this ‘community’ have changed in the last ten years. So many are happy and comfortable in their own bubbles, safe in the knowledge that this is a set of circumstances they don’t want see changed, or indeed altered in any way. Azeroth doesn’t need a reboot, people just need to stop moaning and enjoy the game, and remember it’s just a set of pixels. No, we’re not obsessed with it at all, honest.
For a lot of reasons, I think the entire franchise could really do with being thrown into an Arena and told it needs to fight for its life.
|LFR Queues became surprisingly orderly overnight ^^|
We’ve discussed in this Parish at some length what could change in Warcraft to take us into the second decade, and I’ve had discussions with various people (including a proper game designer!) over the possibilities of a complete ‘reboot’ of the title as an option. The biggest single obstacle that stands between that and reality is the massive behemoth of personal experience. As becomes increasingly apparent, every single day I speak to players, the history we carry with us is as much a part of the gameplay experience as any number of dungeons or PvP Battlegrounds. Blizzard can’t account for the wealth and breadth of that feeling, simply because of the obviously very personal nature of the individual. So, at present, we’re pretty much ignoring the Elephant in the Arena.
Actually, that’s not true. I think Blizzard’s doing it’s level best right now not to piss anyone off.
Really interesting RL discussions this morning on why there is now a metric fucktonne of stuff to do in game which is impossible to complete.
— The Year of the Alt (@AlternativeChat) March 1, 2015
There is too much to do, so people are making the choice to either not do any of it, pick their moments, or play 24/7… and in that regard, very little has changed since 2004. My daughter is 10 this week, and it was her birth that prompted me to pick up the game as a thing to do when breastfeeding in the wee small hours. I think that maybe it could be time to just dispense with my personal history and start from scratch. It would be frightening and uncertain times, undoubtedly, but there are moments in life when I think all of us really wish we could leave the past behind and take a clean slate.
Maybe this could be that moment for Azeroth.