A small mental exercise

Over the past few years, I have written several times about WoW’s player groups, often asking the question, “Who does Blizz think their player base is?” Although lately I have accused Blizz of designing only for elite and professional players, I really think it’s more the case that they don’t have a clear idea of … Continue reading A small mental exercise

Leveling retrenchment, sort of

My last post listed some of the top complaints about Patch 8.0.1. There were five, but since then, complaints about two of the topics (full screen mode and personal loot) have taken a back seat to the explosion of irate forum posts about the other three. I think I can confidently say the top three are … Continue reading Leveling retrenchment, sort of

Aaaand we’re off!

I am pronouncing Legion officially ended. Oh yes, I know technically we have months to go in this expansion, and lots of people are still totally engrossed in it, but for all practical purposes it has shifted from a windshield view to one we see in the rear view mirror. Battle for Azeroth is now … Continue reading Aaaand we’re off!

Legendary follies continue

There are times when you almost have to admire Blizzard’s steadfast commitment to major blunders. Even when they publicly admit certain designs were mistakes, their response is usually to not only keep the bad design but also double down on it. (Think of WoD’s garrisons as a perfect example.) It’s like there is a corporate … Continue reading Legendary follies continue

Well, that answers that question

A couple of days ago, I posed the question, "Who is this game for?" I am pretty sure I now have my answer. Official Blizz announcement: This Tuesday, February 9, at 3:00 p.m. PST, tune in live at Twitch.tv/Warcraft to watch several top World of Warcraft streamers, YouTubers, and personalities from Europe and North America … Continue reading Well, that answers that question

Who is this game for?

If you have ever taken a class in writing, public speaking, any form of communication skill at all (including manufacturing and the creative arts), you know that one of the first things you learn is to define your intended audience. You simply cannot communicate effectively if you do not know who is on the other … Continue reading Who is this game for?