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.