The goal of any good game, especially an MMO, is to keep you playing. Even more so when they can happily charge you a monthly fee to do so. They want you logging in, usually daily, to keep you entertained and basically “hooked” on their product. It is not unlike a fast food restaurant or a food manufacturer. Is there a code of ethics they need to follow? Or is all fair in love and Warcraft?
I ask this question honestly. Back when Mists of Pandaria came out, I had to ask myself some tough questions. I was overwhelmed with content. By nature, I am an altoholic–this means that I play many different characters, usually on a daily basis. With all the content they had designed, it was rough on players like myself. You simply couldn’t play like you had during Wrath or Cataclysm. I was miserable for a few days, maybe even a week or two. Finally, I said F- it, and I slowed down and played “my way”. This means I fell way behind the “curve” as far as gearing my max level characters. I continued to level alts slowly, and run the farm on a few characters.
The tactics: Daily quests, profession cooldowns, weekly point caps, and weekly raid lockouts are some of the tools they use. With Warlords of Draenor, they have the Garrison producing more reasons to log in and check them every day. Follower missions, that reward all kinds of items, gold, and experience. Mines, that offer ore, an herb garden, and let’s not forget those work orders! There are a few dailies, but not even a fraction of what we had in Mists.
No one “makes” us log in, the Garrisons are a lot less hands on than the farm was in Cata, still, if you are an alt-lover, you probably find yourself logging onto a handful of characters and grinding out “chores” on your Garrison. Is this fair. Is it ethical? Is Blizzard on the up and up or are they using dirty tactics to keep us going?
To me Wrath and Cata were probably the “golden age” for many players. Whether you had one “main” you played or a bunch of alts, there was really a lot of freedom in your playstyle. You could run Wintergrasp all day and send tokens to your alts who then could buy gear. If you wanted to catch up on reputations, simply put on a tabard and run some dungeons. Could be 1, could be as many as you had time for. One of the biggest things, they implemented flying for your other characters, which you could purchase from your max level toon and send it to any alt. Originally it was 1000g and let them fly at level 70. Later on it was dropped down to 68 and learned at the trainer.
So how do you feel? Are you cool with the way Blizzard keeps us logging in or do you wish things were a little more forgiving if you miss a few days? Feel free to leave your thoughts in the space down below!