I know it seems a silly thing. That’s the whole idea of “straws”. But nerfing Findle’s Loot-A-Rang was the last one for me. Here was an item that was fun, had good utility, and was not game breaking in any way. Furthermore, NOBODY was complaining about it. And the World of Warcraft devs decided to restrict it to Draenor in the upcoming Legion expansion. For those who may not know, the Loot-A-Rang was a device that allowed looting at a distance. It also allowed looting mobs that embedded themselves in boulders or trees when they died, or fell halfway down cliffs with no ledges, or remained floating in the air, or in any of a number of circumstances where normal looting was difficult or impossible. It was fun and useful. It was the one item in addition to bags that I made sure all my alts had. And in Legion it will be restricted to the continent that I would like to forget even exists. Continue reading
A planning session for upcoming shows devolves into an argument between Dr. Chris and John over whether the Legion expansion of World of Warcraft is worth bothering with, and many of Warlords of Draenor’s deficiencies are examined. The facts are undisputed, but we get a good look at just how low John’s bar is and how much he’s willing to put up with in a game. Dr. Chris, as you might imagine, demands a lot more from a game before he’s willing to hand over his money.
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World of Warcraft lost 100,000 subscribers in Q3 2015, bringing the total to an almost 10-year low of 5.5 million. The announcement of the next expansion, Legion, last August almost certainly helped to reduce losses. It was also probably no coincidence that flying in Warlords of Draenor was finally implemented in September, as Blizzard has a long history of releasing patches on the last month of a quarter. Still, many, including myself, were somewhat surprised by this low sub loss. I had been expecting a drop of a million or more. Blizzard fans cheered this news as an indication that the horrendous losses over the past 2 quarters had finally stabilized.
But there is a far bigger story than the sub numbers themselves. Blizzard announced that they will no longer be releasing those numbers after this quarter. You read that correctly. Blizzard announced that they are no longer going to tell us how many subs they have. Instead, they are going to use some as yet undisclosed metric to indicate the health of the game. This has 2 very important implications. Continue reading