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#1 Jan 17 2014 at 6:20 PM Rating: Good
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Although a free level 90 character with the purchase of WoD was mentioned, apparently, Blizzard will also be selling level 90 boosts 'soon'.

http://www.gameinformer.com/b/news/archive/2014/01/17/pre-purchase-warlords-of-draenor-get-a-level-90-immediately.aspx

"Perhaps even more interesting, the announcement also mentions that players will be able to purchase additional level 90 boosts directly, without having to mess around with additional copies, accounts, and transfersl"
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#2 Jan 17 2014 at 7:01 PM Rating: Good
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Yeah, I'm not okay with this.
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Meh, they'll get a Level 90 with no crafts (except for First Aid), very little money (probably what, 100g?), small bags (probably 16 slot ones that sell for 10g on most servers), and dungeon-quality blues. Probably 463. Maybe 450. I doubt it'd be 476.

At best, they'd be fast-forwarding about what, 80 hours or so?

I doubt it would seriously make THAT much of an impact upon the game.

The data I'm using for my guesses is based upon the "Free 80" you get out of Scroll of Resurrection.

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I'm inclined to say it would be more than 80 for any reasonable calculation. But even then, they're selling a key to bypass 3 and a half DAYS of play time. Assuming 3 hours of play a day, that's 27 days.

That's an insane boon to anyone willing to pay for it. The "everyone gets one free 90" thing was fine, because it applied to EVERYONE.

Because, remember, they don't just save time, they are (in effect) given the gift of ADDITIONAL time. If two players want a new Pally healer, because they made some awesome changes and such, and one person pays for the straight-to-90 path, then they are at least 3 weeks ahead of the other player in content. 3 weeks ahead in gearing, in rep farms, etc. Maybe their crafts are at 0, but they're going to have 3 weeks of daily quest gold at the new content level to get them to cap pretty **** quickly... and it's not like crafts are as big a factor in BiS now as they used to be.

But that's only half the problem. The other factor here is that the leveling content is pretty much just broken at this point. They are essentially offering an item that lets you bypass legitimately bad content, but forcing you to pay for it.

If you wanted a new character, you'd be almost crazy to NOT pay for this buff. And that's something I take serious issue with.
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Can you imagine doing any group activity where one player makes a mistake, how long before he's accused of buying his class and told to "l2play." With the community already questionable, this might be one more negative aspect to it.

Very curious as to how this pans out. Again, the boost might be available 'soon', so it might go live before WoD.
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#6 Jan 18 2014 at 8:13 AM Rating: Excellent
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There's simply too much old content to keep grinding through. With heirlooms, rested XP, RaF, SoR, multi-boxing and all the other ways to take leveling shortcuts, I just don't see this as a significant change. Pay for a month of game time and get power leveled by friends, or spare them the grind and jump right in. As a positive note, it may make power leveling services a harder sell.
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for me personally Im not thrilled with this idea, for a couple of reasons. I did the boost this on my second acct and boosted a pally to what was it 85 at the time? And im totally lost to many spells/abilities which talents to take(thankfully in this case we dont have the trees anymore)? What is the rotation? How do i dps proper with this guy? I have a level 30 ish pally that i play but there is a big jump from that. I know the basics but i wont take my 85 pally into a dungeon i would be booted with the quickness, even if i had the proper gear. So i dont play him at all he is covered in cobwebs.

Now lets look at tanks. I have a warrior and a DK at max level both of which i will never tank i did it in the lower levels but not past say 80 or so. im a dps kinda player. I can tank and play a healer at the lower levels in dungeons but past 80 things change a lot in dungeons it seems. I suppose my point is that with these these boost to 90 or whatever its going to be there are going to be a ton of people in PUGS pulling thier hair out, and lots of tanks dropping like flies in LFR.

Im a believer in learning and growing with your class, from the begining. Of course there are factors that apply, like you may boost a 2nd hunter or something on another acct. fine i guess.I think that sort of thing will be the majority At least i hope that will be the majority. But there will be a big jump in healers and tanks that will bring down heroic groups and LFR groups.
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#8 Jan 18 2014 at 8:56 AM Rating: Excellent
I'm ok with the new insta-90. It only gets to be used once. I'm also ok with there being an option to buy it more than once. Or even a super buff that last you until an XX level (Like maybe one dungeon's worth of EXP would level you 3-4 times, basically allowing you to level up a class in 10-12 hours).

I used the insta-80 and have never played the class. It was a class I was going to try out, had leveled her to like 15 or so and decided to use the boost so I could just use her as a bank-alt. And then later I PLed Inscription on her. Here she is (NSFWish, her name is an abbreviation of another name that just happens to mean something else), still in the same gear they give you when you boost. Gear shows up as green, but I thought it was Blue or Purple when it was 1st gave. You also got a few bags, I do not think cooking and 1st aid were leveled (Like DKs start off with 1st Aid leveled up some).

I am A.O.K with the insta-90. Have friends who may join the game for the 1st time. They may wish to skip ahead after getting a few hours in to learn the basics. I would probably use on another class I've never played but kind of like to have (I'm thinking mage, as I still want to actually play a Priest and a Paladin someday). Leveling is just as boring now as it was on my 2nd-6th characters. I'm having a real hard time even leveling my new druid who is now lv 43, because I HATE lvls 40-58.

Why join a game to play with friends if 1st you have to spend 2-3 weeks of casual play to get to their levels? I mean I would roll new toons (as would 2 others) to play with, but holy crap we have already done that so many times. Skip them to 90, get the show on the road. **** yes. If/when they decide to level another character, they will then have to decide: buy this other option or actually see what you missed/skipped over.
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#9 Jan 18 2014 at 9:58 AM Rating: Good
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My issue is compound.

1. The ability to pay for a premium service that is a pretty massive advantage to players (essentially 1-2 months of additional time at cap).
2. The fact that this is being used to bypass bad content. Bad content motivates people to purchase the boost, and punishes those that don't. That not only ensures they aren't going to fix the problem, but adds an incentive to NOT fixing it.

If Blizzard wanted to say "***** it, the content isn't going to be repairable at this point - fast track it" they could put an in-game mechanism in place for it. Add a quest chain somewhere near endgame that lets you create level 90 characters, so people who have experienced the content don't need to do it again. And new players buying WoD get a free 90, so it's not forcing them to experience it anyway.

But I'm not okay with it being a P2W item (which it legitimately is - there's no other term that would fit an item that lets one player access content a month or more earlier than another player).

Frankly, that's NOT different from selling actual gear in practice. Assuming they play the same amount, the player who buys the boost is going to have an additional month or two of gearing padding their ilvls compared to the player who didn't pony up the cash. Unless the luck rate for drops between them is INSANELY skewed, they will not have the same level performance until they are both BiS. There's no way that's not P2W.

Leveling content is in effect a gating mechanism here, and they're selling a premium item that lets some people bypass a 1-2 month gate.

That's just ridiculous.
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#10 Jan 18 2014 at 10:17 AM Rating: Excellent
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The time investment to bring a new character to 90 is too great at this point, even with heirlooms and such, which not everyone has. For a new player who doesn't know the most efficient way to level, doesn't have money for gear, and can barely get a dungeon, you're probably looking at 2+ months of casual play with nobody around to talk to/play with. For someone who has been playing for years and has likely seen the content more times than they can count, it's a question of whether or not that new toon is worth redoing all the content they don't like, since leveling is pretty linear. I loved Wrath, I loved the zones, the story, the art, the quests, I loved it all, but I've done it so many times I have to force myself to sit down and play through it. BC, which I didn't like, and I've played through even more times than Wrath, has actually stopped me from playing toons because I don't want to go through it again. I can go from 58 to 68 just in HFP, but I absolutely ******* hate it.

In the past few months I've dumped over $250 transferring toons to a new server simply because I couldn't stomach leveling another **** toon. I've leveled at least 40 in my WoW history, and there are only 1 or 2 classes that I enjoy enough to stomach doing it again. A straight boost to 90 will be a deciding factor as to whether or not I stick around, and it will also be a deciding factor as to whether or not new players join the game, and whether or not lapsed accounts return. If Blizzard doesn't want to continue hemorrhaging players with no hope of new ones, it's the only option they have.
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idiggory, King of Bards wrote:

Frankly, that's NOT different from selling actual gear in practice. Assuming they play the same amount, the player who buys the boost is going to have an additional month or two of gearing padding their ilvls compared to the player who didn't pony up the cash. Unless the luck rate for drops between them is INSANELY skewed, they will not have the same level performance until they are both BiS. There's no way that's not P2W.

Leveling content is in effect a gating mechanism here, and they're selling a premium item that lets some people bypass a 1-2 month gate.

That's just ridiculous.


Selling gear and paying to level to 90 is nowhere near the same thing.

Also I'm not sure where you think there's some competition here, but you're making up an argument to support you side that simply doesn't exist. It's a boost to 90, not a boost to top tier raiding capability. If you don't already have a toon at 90 at this point, you clearly aren't in a position to be competitive anyway.
#12 Jan 18 2014 at 12:08 PM Rating: Excellent
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I wish they had insta-85s back when I did a lot of my alts (I have 22 characters on 2 servers, all Level 90).

The last 5-6 were a complete pain but I did it because I needed the crafts, or because Pandaren/Monks were added and I wanted a Panda Monk..... but when I got to 58 I was like "Ugh.....I......hate.....outland........"

Then I got to Northrend and I was like "Hey, mom how about you let me use your character to haul mine through dungeons?"

From 58 to 78, I leveled my Pandaren Monks solely by using her Paladin to drag my pandas through 5mans and I did the same for her Pandaren Monks.

That, and Cooking/Fishing Dailies in SW/Org. And the Darkmoon Faire quests.

Yes, the questing experience is horrible. But how exactly are you going to change that and make it NOT horrible? Do you have any suggestions that don't involve spending 2-3 weeks of grinding? When you're a dude with Lv90s and you want to get a friend to start WoW... they're gonna be like "Man I wish we could have fun doing the REAL content!" and you're going to be going "Ugh... leveling a new character sucks, I already did all this several times."

It is a Lose-Lose for both people involved.

Now, said friend can boost to 90, you take em out and you teach them how to play the game for a few hours and then you jump right into Heroics, Reps, Lv90 Dailies, etc.

Beats slogging around in Lv10, 20, 50, 60, 80 etc areas for weeks.
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idiggory, King of Bards wrote:

Frankly, that's NOT different from selling actual gear in practice. Assuming they play the same amount, the player who buys the boost is going to have an additional month or two of gearing padding their ilvls compared to the player who didn't pony up the cash. Unless the luck rate for drops between them is INSANELY skewed, they will not have the same level performance until they are both BiS. There's no way that's not P2W.

Leveling content is in effect a gating mechanism here, and they're selling a premium item that lets some people bypass a 1-2 month gate.

That's just ridiculous.


Selling gear and paying to level to 90 is nowhere near the same thing.

Also I'm not sure where you think there's some competition here, but you're making up an argument to support you side that simply doesn't exist. It's a boost to 90, not a boost to top tier raiding capability. If you don't already have a toon at 90 at this point, you clearly aren't in a position to be competitive anyway.


If one player is able to access content 2 months faster than another player, when putting the same time and effort into playing the game as the other, simply because they payed to bypass content, then yes, it's still a P2W purchase.

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The time investment to bring a new character to 90 is too great at this point, even with heirlooms and such, which not everyone has.


I agree with you that this is a serious problem. It's also a problem that should be solved. And it's absolutely ridiculous for them to use this problem as a motivator to make an additional purchase to access content that doesn't suck.

Because that's exactly what this is. They COULD go ahead and multiply experience awards for quests/mobs under level 90 by 10x and expedite the leveling process. They COULD go ahead and make a "straight to 90" path built into the game, so that the only people who are accessing the broken content are the ones who actually want to. They COULD have made character creation default to level 90 for anyone who owns WoD.

But instead they're using this serious design flaw to sell what is, in every way, a P2W item.

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Also I'm not sure where you think there's some competition here, but you're making up an argument to support you side that simply doesn't exist. It's a boost to 90, not a boost to top tier raiding capability. If you don't already have a toon at 90 at this point, you clearly aren't in a position to be competitive anyway.


Everyone who is purchasing WoD is getting a free 90, which means that this service is only going to be interesting to people who want ANOTHER toon to cap, which makes it highly likely that they're the type of player who intends to access level-capped content with that new level 95 character.

And because it takes a time investment to level characters, which not only means 2 months invested into a new character, but also a whole lot of time that COULD have been used accessing endgame content on their current level-capped toon (because, again, they're already getting a free one, not to mention whatever toon they already had).

So, yes, it's an EXTREMELY valid scenario. And it's obvious that these don't need to be concurrent events for the point to be valid. What Blizzard is selling is the ability to shave 2 MONTHS of play time off of the gating period to access endgame. That's what this product is. That's what they've comodified here.

And because they've comodified it, it now has a direct value for the players regardless of whether or not they're purchasing this service. So, yes, it's a valid example. Because the player who does not purchase it is, in every way, the loser. They're now paying $30, and two months worth of game time, to access content that someone else pays $15+the service fee+ very little game time to access.

Yeah, if they're a SUPER hardcore player, and the other person is SUPER casual, they might end up accessing hardcore content in about the same amount of time. But that's incredibly unlikely for the vast majority of WoW players.



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To be clear, if the fix to the broken leveling is to allow players to bypass it, I have no problem with that. What I DO have a problem with is them allowing people to bypass broken content by paying an additional fee.

The fact that the leveling experience is terrible now is a design flaw, and it's absolutely unacceptable for them to be using that as leverage to get people to pay for an "optional" service, when the alternative is to spend literal days

If they still want people in those zones, running content, then they need to make quests stay current way longer, vastly increase experience returns for quests/kills, etc. I should be able to skip zones entirely when moving between questing tiers - go from Darnassus straight to Ashenvale, etc. The breadcrumb quests exist in lower-level towns anyway. If they cut the time investment from 80 hours down to 10 to hit 90, then there's no need for a paid service. That's not a bad investment at all.

The reality here is that they're much happier using that slog to motivate players to spend more. And that's a ******** business model, and it's insulting game design. This is more egregious, to me, than TOR only giving F2P players 1 action bar, originally.

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If one player is able to access content 2 months faster than another player, when putting the same time and effort into playing the game as the other, simply because they payed to bypass content, then yes, it's still a P2W purchase.


The purchase isn't providing the purchaser anything that the non-purchaser cannot obtain, meaning it isn't P2W. And since these two players aren't in competition, the P2W argument is not only pointless, it's simply wrong.


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I agree with you that this is a serious problem. It's also a problem that should be solved. And it's absolutely ridiculous for them to use this problem as a motivator to make an additional purchase to access content that doesn't suck.

Because that's exactly what this is. They COULD go ahead and multiply experience awards for quests/mobs under level 90 by 10x and expedite the leveling process. They COULD go ahead and make a "straight to 90" path built into the game, so that the only people who are accessing the broken content are the ones who actually want to. They COULD have made character creation default to level 90 for anyone who owns WoD.


It's not a problem in a sense that it needs to be fixed, it's a problem in a sense that it's a progression style game that's showing its age. You could speed up XP, but to what extent? Eventually you speed up XP to the point that forcing people through the content no longer has a point. And if it's sped up enough, you lose the connection between zones and quest hubs until people are just mindlessly wandering around looking for questgivers.

You could add a "Quest to 90" like you mentioned. And this would ensure that the only people who play the old content are the ones that want to, but that's no different than buying a 90. Based on this argument your issue is with the micro-transaction, and since your P2W argument is false it's just that you don't want to pay the fee. I get that and I understand it, but don't hide it behind a bogus argument.

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Everyone who is purchasing WoD is getting a free 90, which means that this service is only going to be interesting to people who want ANOTHER toon to cap, which makes it highly likely that they're the type of player who intends to access level-capped content with that new level 95 character.

And because it takes a time investment to level characters, which not only means 2 months invested into a new character, but also a whole lot of time that COULD have been used accessing endgame content on their current level-capped toon (because, again, they're already getting a free one, not to mention whatever toon they already had)...


At each expansion the "progression" is reset, so there's no difference between a monetary investment and a time one. The only difference is what the player finds to be more valuable to them.

Also, since the progression of Player A has no impact on Player B, the competition argument isn't valid.
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The purchase isn't providing the purchaser anything that the non-purchaser cannot obtain, meaning it isn't P2W. And since these two players aren't in competition, the P2W argument is not only pointless, it's simply wrong.


Invalid counterexample.

P2W does not depend that it be the only route to the highest level of power - that's just a false argument. P2W means that you are able to pay for advantages. Being able to access content two months earlier is an advantage. Having an additional two months of seals from running your dailies is an advantage.

How is this different than if they sold someone a two-month supply of seals that could be traded in for goods? Your "it can be obtained without it" argument isn't really going to hold weight then, is it.

The point is that, if I want to make a new character, I need to make a decision to invest two months slogging through broken content, or I can pay a fee and access the actual content I want two months faster.

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It's not a problem in a sense that it needs to be fixed, it's a problem in a sense that it's a progression style game that's showing its age. You could speed up XP, but to what extent? Eventually you speed up XP to the point that forcing people through the content no longer has a point. And if it's sped up enough, you lose the connection between zones and quest hubs until people are just mindlessly wandering around looking for questgivers.

You could add a "Quest to 90" like you mentioned. And this would ensure that the only people who play the old content are the ones that want to, but that's no different than buying a 90. Based on this argument your issue is with the micro-transaction, and since your P2W argument is false it's just that you don't want to pay the fee. I get that and I understand it, but don't hide it behind a bogus argument.


Again, in no world have I EVER seen a P2W label being used exclusively for exclusive power levels. In any game I've ever seen that was P2W, RMT was letting you fast-track your way to power, not the exclusive way to access it.

Plus, I'm going to argue that it's just wrong that this isn't a problem that needs to be fixed. Blizzard is adding this option because there's demand for it, and there's demand for it because 1-90 content isn't fun. It's painful, it's terribly balanced, it's slow, it's unexciting (talent system and ability level changes greatly exacerbated that).

The fact that this content is so unenjoyable is what is their motivator for designing and implementing a payed "skip it" button, thereby heavily changing the landscape of their business model and the way players approach new content. They're adding it because they expect it to be the route a substantial number of people take when creating a new character, and they judge that potential profit to be well above what they lose by ******* off people like me.

It's BROKEN content. The content is meant to be enjoyable and interactive - it's a subscription-based game, and this is something they expect you to spend two months on. The fact is that the content is bad content, and they're using that as a motivator to get people spending money to bypass it and access the good content.

It's not just "showing it's wear and tear." The fact of the matter is that Blizzard is failing to provide a quality experience 1-90, and they're choosing to use that to push RMT instead of fixing that problem.

And, same as above, your counter-example can't exist in a bubble. If this was newer content that people wanted to skip because it was "showing it's wear and tear," would you have no problem with it? If people were bored gearing up ANOTHER heroic raid-ready character, would you be fine with Blizzard offering the ability to create a level 95 toon at ilvl <whatever> so you could jump right into the hardcore content?

That's absolutely the same thing. All we've done is moved the point in the timeline to a later date. It's no different investing time and effort in your character to get them up to level 90 and geared to take on new content as it is to get them to 95 and geared to take on new content.

You're approaching it differently because you WANT to consider that different. Logically, it isn't.

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At each expansion the "progression" is reset, so there's no difference between a monetary investment and a time one. The only difference is what the player finds to be more valuable to them.

Also, since the progression of Player A has no impact on Player B, the competition argument isn't valid.


Yeah, if we're going to zoom our perspective out to a level stupidly far disconnected from human experience. And the EXACT SAME THING can be said of weapons. There's no value to an ilvl difference, because come new expansion that's just not going to matter.

The point is that, in the here and now, the choice of whether or not to buy a character boost up to level 90 is a really big factor in the quality of my play experience.

And it's absolutely not okay for them to make players make that choice.

Either make the zoom to 90 a standard feature, do the once-and-done WoD thing, whatever. Keep it equal.

But no RMT purchase should EVER have a major potential to affect my real time enjoyment of the game. And this one definitely does.

I have no problem with RMT purchases that affect the enjoyment of the game in very minor ways - a non-combat pet, a mount, an appearance change. I have no problem with services that carry fees for good reasons, like realm transfers.

This is VERY different from those.
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P2W does not depend that it be the only route to the highest level of power - that's just a false argument. P2W means that you are able to pay for advantages. Being able to access content two months earlier is an advantage. Having an additional two months of seals from running your dailies is an advantage.


P2W requires competition, hence the "win" portion of pay-to-win, either against other players or against the content. This doesn't provide a competitive advantage over other players because the competition doesn't exist, and it doesn't provide a competitive advantage against the content because it starts you at the beginning of the progression curve. Heck, even that's questionable since most people would argue that the progression curve doesn't even start until you've reached max level (max level being 95 since this is a WoD feature, despite the potential early launch).

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How is this different than if they sold someone a two-month supply of seals that could be traded in for goods? Your "it can be obtained without it" argument isn't really going to hold weight then, is it.


Buying two months worth of seals can be done at a point where people are in competition. Buying a 90 vs. leveling a 90 may allow the purchased 90 to enter the progression curve sooner, but those two characters aren't in competition.

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Plus, I'm going to argue that it's just wrong that this isn't a problem that needs to be fixed. Blizzard is adding this option because there's demand for it, and there's demand for it because 1-90 content isn't fun. It's painful, it's terribly balanced, it's slow, it's unexciting (talent system and ability level changes greatly exacerbated that).

The fact that this content is so unenjoyable is what is their motivator for designing and implementing a payed "skip it" button, thereby heavily changing the landscape of their business model and the way players approach new content. They're adding it because they expect it to be the route a substantial number of people take when creating a new character, and they judge that potential profit to be well above what they lose by ******* off people like me.

It's BROKEN content. The content is meant to be enjoyable and interactive - it's a subscription-based game, and this is something they expect you to spend two months on. The fact is that the content is bad content, and they're using that as a motivator to get people spending money to bypass it and access the good content.


1-85: Run around, collect quests, listen to stories, do tradeskills, progress through the game. 85-90:Run around, collect quests, listen to stories, do tradeskills, progress through the game. It's the same thing. What makes it broken is that there's nobody around to play with and it's become obsolete. For someone who isn't burnt out on it, assuming there were people around to play with, they would enjoy it just as much as we enjoy relevant content. I just went through it with a Rogue a few months ago without any problems other than extreme boredom. It's not broken, it's obsolete. They tried to make it relevant again with Cata and the community lynched them for it, so they're giving players the only other option they can think of, and that's to skip it.

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And, same as above, your counter-example can't exist in a bubble. If this was newer content that people wanted to skip because it was "showing it's wear and tear," would you have no problem with it? If people were bored gearing up ANOTHER heroic raid-ready character, would you be fine with Blizzard offering the ability to create a level 95 toon at ilvl <whatever> so you could jump right into the hardcore content?

That's absolutely the same thing. All we've done is moved the point in the timeline to a later date. It's no different investing time and effort in your character to get them up to level 90 and geared to take on new content as it is to get them to 95 and geared to take on new content.

You're approaching it differently because you WANT to consider that different. Logically, it isn't.


Newer and current aren't the same thing. This is an MMORPG, and MMORPGs are about progression. Prior expansions are no longer relevant in regards to progression, they're simply a necessary evil of the game design.

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The point is that, in the here and now, the choice of whether or not to buy a character boost up to level 90 is a really big factor in the quality of my play experience.


Whether you pay for two months worth of subs to level that toon, or pay a flat $30 to boost the character, you're paying for it one way or another. As I said previously, the only difference is whether you value your time or money more.

If the content were relevant I would agree with several of your points, but it's not. It's an obsolete timesink.
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The Recruit-A-Friend thing is already limited to certain players, so I don't see this as a major ethical issue. If anything it's more fair than the RAF feature since everyone can use it if they have the cash. I can't use the RAF feature (and get the mounts) unless I move to another country.
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No, it isn't. Your entire point is false. You've made it abundantly clear that you don't play.

You haven't been satisfied with the game for several expansions and spend pages arguing about what the game should be. Stop trolling.
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No, it isn't. Your entire point is false. You've made it abundantly clear that you don't play.

You haven't been satisfied with the game for several expansions and spend pages arguing about what the game should be. Stop trolling.


I don't play because of this reason. As in, the content they are selling passes to avoid being so painful that it literally keeps me from playing because I don't want to deal with it. Most of my WoW career was leveling alts, not accessing current-gen content.

And they're choosing to sell passes to bypass that content rather than just fixing it. I fail to see how that's NOT a problem.
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I have 6 level 90 guys a 86 monk and many 70 somethings and yes the content is repetitive and boring as ****. I think they tried to fix the old content with Cata introducing many new quest lines. and the only toon I got on RaF I don't play at all. im lost with him as mentioned before. after reading all of these comments I only oppose the purchasing of the auto lvl 90 character. The content is there while boring (not sure its broken, hasn't changed much since vanilla) but defiantly boring IF you have done it as much as many people have done(for me at least 10 times). right now im on a break of WoW and playing EQ again and im finding enjoyment in boxing a ranger and monk from the beginning. like WoW there are zones untouched that provide viable and fresh scenery and ways to level.


In WoW I would love to see them take a page out of EQ's book once again, and make an expac like serpents spine and have the entire expac content available from 1-max lvl. In other words you wouldn't need to leave the confines of the core of the expac to level to max if you didn't want to. maybe at that point say at 59 you would crave some BC content...
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One problem will be trying to find groups for pre lvl 90 content in the game. People who don't wish to pay (or cant afford it) will be punished with longer queue times for PVP and dungeons because of this.
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Not buying it. You go on and on about what you hate on any given day, go back and read the last few years of your posts. This is the thread that buys you soapbox time, so this is your hate of the moment.

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You got called on not playing, so you're reinventing your position to say that you don't play because you don't like old content and somehow the boost to 90 is relevant to that. It isn't. SoR and RaF already allow boosts that are contingent in some way on money, either by reactivating an account or buying a new one. A guy who can multi-box also receives an advantage based on his ability to pay for the accounts, power use, game time and hardware. Talk of allowing extra boosts to 90 is nothing but recognition that the same folks who already have the money to get around time sinks would be able to just buy multiple copies of WoD.

They "just fixed" leveling content once. Cata. I wonder why they don't want to repeat that experiment? A large slice of the fan base, I'll term them that because many seem to be critics who don't actually play, complained loudly about how they had been cheated out of new content because dev time had been spent on something other than cranking out max level stuff.
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I think a lot of people here are missing Blizzard's argument as to why this is something they're considering:

They feel that with the instant free 90 people would get with WoD, there would be a significant amount of players buying multiple expansions and opening multiple accounts, and then using multiple character transfers to bring those multiple "free" 90s over to their main account. My impression is that Blizzard wants to cut out the middleman here and just sell the 90s for people who are going to be doing this anyways.

If I recall, a similar "cutting out the middleman" argument was used in favor of the Diablo 3 RM AH back when it was first announced. Though in that case the middleman was crappy shady third-party sites.

Let's assume this goes through, and you can buy level 90 characters. Keep in mind that it still may not, but for argument let's say it does. Are there restrictions you feel would keep this reasonable? Say, only eligible to have one character bought from the store per account? Or maybe putting on a cooldown of six months per perchase? Something similar?

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One problem will be trying to find groups for pre lvl 90 content in the game. People who don't wish to pay (or cant afford it) will be punished with longer queue times for PVP and dungeons because of this.


That is my only big concern for this. With the technology to scale gear now one way they could fix it is to give higher level players the option to run the old dungeons through lfg but scale the gear depending on the dungeon you get. Like you can set Classic, BC, Wrath, Cata or MoP dungeon groups and it will put you in an appropriate dungeon at an appropriate level. To sensitize it more they could have it so you get a bonus on your reward if you run the whatever the expansion theme of the day is. For example, today you get extra justice for signing up for a Classic random, the next day it is a Cata random.

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Not buying it. You go on and on about what you hate on any given day, go back and read the last few years of your posts. This is the thread that buys you soapbox time, so this is your hate of the moment.


Yeah, no, altitis has always been the most significant part of how I play the game. In Wrath, I ended up with 2 DKs on the same server, just because I wanted another one. It's possible I'm not as bad as Maz, but the number of characters I've deleted in the 30s-40s level range is pretty high.

When I quit the game in Cata, it's because I couldn't tolerate leveling my Druid up anymore. I hit Northrend, and I was so burned out from the long slog through the leveling content that it just wasn't worth it anymore. And I had intended to level more Worgen than just the one.

With MoP, the first time around, I made a Pandaren, but once I cleared the (chore) that was the Wandering Isle, it was painfully obvious that the next few months just weren't going to be fun. The content just sucks until you hit Wrath.

Then recently I actually bought the expansion, hoping that the endgame stuff would be enough to entertain me and keep me playing, without the alts (since I knew leveling a new character WOULDN'T be fun), and it wasn't.

But by all means assume you know exactly how I play the game, even though you weren't posting here for the majority of the time I was even an active player (Vanilla through Wrath). Smiley: rolleyes

And also continue to pretend that whether or not I'm often mad has any bearing on whether or not I'm right.
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