Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Gotta Catch Them All!

So I have been feeling a little under the weather lately, but this has given me some time to think about how I want to approach some of the information that was released from Blizzcon. To be honest there was so much information given out from the panels and interviews being conducted between the segments that I felt it would be best to look at the major portions individually. So today I want to talk a little bit about the announcement of the Pet Battle System.

I have to admit that I like this concept. I am going to openly admit that I have a few of the Pokemon games for my Nintendo DS. I actually use to take this into my work and would play some of my co-workers on days where things were slower. It was a lot of fun. The thing I found the most fun in was trying to collect all of the hidden Pokemon. I remember in one week, we created something like twelve games in order to share all of the starting Pokemon via trading. It was something that was so simple, yet was a lot of fun. I truly hope that fun experience can be brought over to WoW's version of this game. As a parent, I like that there will now be something for my son to do with me when he is online. We can go out and hunt for wild pets or spend our time online together training our pets against one another. I also want to say that I understand why Blizzard is making this move. It makes perfect sense for them to do this. They have a very large player base with entire sites designed by fans for these pets. For some of these people, this is the only thing that they do. They love to collect their pets and work on their achievements. This simply adds another layer of the game to this core group of players.

I know there has been some criticism against Blizzard in regards to things such as stealing ideas from other companies or adding more useless features, but I do not see it in that light. If we look at almost any game that came out after WoW became successful, at least in terms of MMORPGs, you will see that the companies took what they considered to be the best parts of WoW and added to them as they saw fit. It is an evolution of sorts and there is nothing wrong with this. In terms of adding useless features, Blizzard has to address the millions of players that it has, not just the vocal minority. Blizzard is monitoring a lot of data, not just in terms of the game play but also in terms of why have all of these people left the game recently. My own belief is that many of the features revealed at Blizzcon in relation to WoW are a direct result of the questions you are asked when you cancel a subscription.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Such A Long Time

My goodness I cannot believe how long it has been since I took some time to post something around here. I truly miss writing, but right now I just seem to not have enough time to do everything. That simple truth means that I have to start cutting back on the extra things like blogging. The good news is that things are normalizing (for lack of a better word), and with that comes a little more free time here and there. So hopefully in the near future we will get a little more regularity around here. Now that being said, who is excited for Blizzcon?

I find that I am a complete geek and love everything about it! One of these years I am going to have to actually go. Oh well, until that happens I am content to hang out at my house and watch the event happen on my monitor. Every year I look forward to the Lore Panel and the eventual Red Shirt guy moment! The other thing I love is the streaming of the actual tournaments for both WoW and SC. I am blown away by the level of skill of some of these players and how quickly they not only can process everything that is going on, but also how quickly they react and seem to know the perfect counters. Simply amazing!

Well, I know this was just more of a quick note than an actual post, but I hope all is well for all of you and I will see you next time around!