I’m pretty tired of people who whine about things and then put their hands on their hips and stroll off acting like their work is done.
Well Chris Dahlen at Slate has written a decent article about the grind of World of Warcraft. He makes some very good points about how limited the variety of quests are. Kill this. Get that. Blah blah blah. He also points out that you don’t get a strong sense of being part of a story.
Mr. Dahlen wants to see the world evolve. He wants cities to rise and fall. He wants to see more events like the gates of Silthilus. He wants player profiles like MySpace. He wants people to be able to own land like in Second Life.
All this sounds fantastic, but in terms of development its really World of Warcraft 2.0. If you think about it this is quite a compliment to Blizzard. They made a game that was so compelling that people are asking for features that have never been well implemented in MMORG’s. While I would like to see many of these features, I would be happy to get more quest variety and to fly around some of Azeroth on a flying mount.