Thursday, May 10, 2012

On Vanilla Nostalgia

In my own opinion, Cata is far more fun than vanilla. As being a player who has played since Vanilla (but couldn't raid because it required too much time), Cata is far and away the most fun the game has ever been, at least for me. I don't have lots friends who play this game, and I've had a busy schedule since starting College at the launch of Wrath, so I don't really have time to find a guild and raid with anyone. The game caters to casuals, and, shockingly enough, that's the vast majority of the player base. The vocal minority of prozone raiders are correct, in that this game is a lot easier now, but I would have it no other way. The game is fun constantly now. There are so many different things you can do at any given moment. I just think that people who say Vanilla is better are being nostalgic for that time, not actually looking at the game that existed. If Vanilla WoW released now, it would bomb.
  1. Lack of Endgame content 
  2. No dungeon finder/raid finder 
  3. No Dual specs 
  4. (this is really old) but no connected Auction Houses 
  5. Reputation was impossible to get
  6. No Mounts till 40 
  7. Gold was very difficult to make 
  8. No Achievements (debatable if this was good or not) 
  9. BG queues took forever (and you had to run to the battlemasters to join) 
  10. Sunken Temple was impossible to figure out to navigate 
  11. Have you ever tried to coordinate 40 people to do anything?
Cata is the only reason I've convinced my friend Dan to play, as he tried WoW many times before, but got bored with it. He plays now, because it's fun. I trust Dan's taste on everything (music, movies, TV shows, video games) and so I'm inclined to value his opinion on this too. So when people talk about how Vanilla was better, I'm a little hesitant to believe them.

Rose tinted goggles, yo.

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