A little fun for Friday....I saw this article over at CNET this morning called Warcraft: A world in transition and I found it a great read, especially for a WoW players like myself. You can read the article for yourself, but if you aren't familiar with World of Warcraft, it is probably the single best game ever invented. It is played online with other players of the 8 million worldwide ones - the best description I can give you is Dungeons and Dragons set in a beautiful, 3-D online world where you can socialize while you do quests to get experience, treasure, and fame. Most of my gaming occurs after 9PM and has totally replaced my TV viewing and sometimes posting here.
The article talks a lot about how Blizzard, the makers of WoW abandoned the "older" version when they released their expansion pack last month called Burning Crusade. I think CNET is making too much of a big deal about the release leaving the original game behind; however, they do have a point at level 60 and above. Here's my take:
- Between levels 1-60
- the game is pretty much the same. My son wanted to play with me and the two of us started new characters in the old version, and it is still VERY enjoyable and I noticed no change in playability
- there are still plenty of players in the non-BC areas
- while there was a great rush in the new low level areas, it has finally leveled off
- Levels 60+
- The game has changed. The older high level areas are now pretty much empty. I visited one that used to be packed and it was EMPTY
- There is better treasure, better graphics, and plenty of players in the new area; the story line is also a lot more interesting
- The guild I'm a part of has been surprisingly barren since the start of January. All of the original players are still there, they just haven't been online with the characters in the guild
- I haven't checked the player versus player areas, but I'm guessing the older areas are a little thinner too
Personally, I'd like to finish some of the older instances because I got to level 60 only 2 months back, but everyone is in the new area. One of the happier changes to the older areas when BC was introduced, is a lessening of the lag that would occur in heavier populated areas.
As a whole, I don't think they abandoned the old game because from 1-60 you have to spend your time there unless you want to play one of the two new races. Things have changed, but if you hit level 60 and don't pay to upgrade, well then you are really missing out and the game is really over for you - stop complaining and drop the $30....