Cross-dressing rogue and I were discussing the new nature of Azeroth the other day, and I imagined three homunculus—one was the Artist, one was the General, and one was the Bean Counter. The artist says things like, “How can we make it fun again? How can we make it beautiful?” The General asks, “What can we MAKE THEM DO?” And the Bean Counter asks, “Ah yes, but what is it going to cost us?” These three interplay and I believe, if you sense that some decisions for the new expansion were arbitrary, ‘throw them a bone’ and some were “we better get this right or else,” you’re right. Remember, game designers are human, and have to counter their passions and motivations in a work environment just like the rest of us.
I know that’s disappointing to hear.
But — for me, I am in a pretty happy place in Azeroth. I have more to write about this (I always do, don’t I?) but for now, I’ll just share a beautiful shot of me and baby dragon:
Many players have been feeling the way Bear describes in his post, Color Me Unthrilled, and as always, it’s not what he writes as the grand discussion he sparks in his posts. This is shameless poaching of another’s content, but I share it in the name of spreading the good word. Two of Bear’s commentators really hit the target for me, and I wanted to capture their ideas: