“So comes snow after fire, and even dragons have their endings.”
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit
Exciting times in the World of Warcraft. Watcher dropped a flame-me bomb that we probably won’t be flying in future expansions. In eight days he will offer a live Q & A to the players to discuss patch 6.2 but everyone thinks he will account for the no flying stuff.
With Blizzard Developers and Designers all on twitter and a public forum with Community Managers, more players are getting access to behind the scenes. Every time you look behind the curtain, you will be disillusioned — the Wizard of Oz was just a man pulling levers. Go to a sausage factory and see how it’s made, you will be grossed out! The inside knowledge that you gain is not worth it; my advice is to simply play the game.
This is one of those Life Lessons.
When I went to Grad School, the students were in an uproar; they felt that the faculty was keeping them from doing what they wanted. The faculty were the enemy! When I was on the faculty, I learned that everyone was dedicated to serving the students, it was the administration that was keeping us from resources; the administration was the enemy! When I got into School Politics, I met the Board of Trustees — they were trying their darnest to give the students the best education and experience possible. The farther I got into the system, the more I understood that everyone is working towards the same goal.
Two sides of the same coin.
The other side of the coin is that we are surprised when people are not all pointed to the same goal. You can join a church and everyone is so happy and helpful. Until you meet that one person who views the people as a resource to serve their own goals. It is the same in school, there will be one faculty member with an agenda who says “it is for the students” when all they want is something to go their own way.
We, as players, do not have all the information. We don’t have much information at all! I don’t think we should know the future plans for expansions. I think Blizzard does a pretty good job via the PTR to let is glimpse what is to come. As a player, I don’t want to know that the butler did it. I don’t want to know how the game will play before I get to play it. I don’t read the last page of a mystery novel before I start at the beginning.
We all have ideas. If we can’t fly in the next expansion, I’d populate Azeroth (where we can fly) with random world bosses. But, y’see, I don’t work for Blizzard. I can offer an idea or feed back but they won’t and probably shouldn’t use my ideas. Just because I have access via twitter to the designers does not mean I have a say in shaping how the game is designed.
If I was Picasso’s janitor and suggested that he add a little more Dark Blue to his painting — would he take my advice? I don’t think so!