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Expectations September 19, 2012

Posted by Ben in Uncategorized.
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Expectations are killer. Especially when you have trouble meeting them.

The in-game event for the launch of Burning Crusade lasted…one week. The Dark Portal broke open and demons were flooding through. We had to try to hold the line. However, with that many players in one spot and a limited number of npcs, completing the quest was a matter of who had the best and luckiest AoE.

The in-game event for the launch of Wrath of the Lich King lasted about a month. It slowly ramped up from a few suspicious crates to a full-blown Zombie Apocalypse. It was disruptive to normal game play (which despite whining of some players, was kind of the point) and a hell of a good time to role play either trying to fend off the attack or to spread the plague. Add to that ziggurats assaulting high-level zones, the discovery of a cure in Shattrath and the full assault on Stormwind and Orgrimmar by the Lich King, and you have the standard by which all other events are measured.

By comparison, the Cataclysm was a yawn. Most of it happened while the servers were down for the patch. We didn’t get to see places destroyed, they just were. There were elemental invasions in places that didn’t ultimately change that much. And then there was a week of special boss fights that were pretty cool, but forgettable. I’d hoped that we’d see the gradual change of the world in a few weeks before the expansion began. Maybe we could have tried to stop the flooding of Thousand Needles and/or try to rescue the survivors

And now we have the Theramore scenario. It’s fun, but not particularly impactful. From the Horde side you see the bomb drop, but not the aftermath. And there is absolutely no story introduction. But I can’t help but wonder if the disappointment so many express has as much to do with wanting a bigger catalyst for the new expansion than what they’ve been given. And maybe we’d been waiting so long for something new to do, that we had set up expectations that weren’t realistic.

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