BAST stands for “Blog Azeroth Shared Topic”. Now you know.
This all started when ex-Intern Intern Andy (that is what they call you, right?) over at Rogue’s Eye View took a shower. Like many men, he feels that things like showering and pooping are largely complete wastes of time (pardon the pun). However, where as I purchase a laptop and bring that into the bathroom with me when a bowel movement is needed, he chooses to think.
So think he did.
It’s going to be a WoW killer!
Many have claimed that whenever a new MMO comes out. Some, such as Tabula Rasa, have very few advocates for it’s Blizzard murdering promises; others, such as WAR, have a seemingly endless fanbase of rabid idiots with terribly geared hunters.
Now all of these MMOs have either filled in some niche WoW hadn’t, or folded up and died. Not one of them has even been capable of taking a firm swing at WoW.
I could go on and on about all the excellent features WoW has as an overreaching game, but that seems largely pointless. If you’re reading this, chances are you already play WoW or PORN PORN PORN PORN RULE 34 ASIAN got here by googling something strange.
Instead, I will simply highlight one facet of WoW that causes it to trump many MMOs from the get go.
Essentially, it’s the little things that count.
For example, the Auction House. It’s logical, incredibly easy to use, and retard friendly. (Which, judging from trade chat, is a good thing.) Don’t think WoW’s Auction House is all that great? Check out the AH system in Pirates of the Burning Sea. I can wait. Your tears of frustration will be delicious.
Or how about WoW’s combat system? You don’t notice how fluid and smooth it is until it’s gone. One of the biggest barriers to me trying out Warhammer is all the reports I’m getting of a clunky, arse first combat system.
Sorry, if the very foundation of your game’s… well, game play is borked, I’m not interested. See my rant on Age of Conan here. I haven’t played AoC in months, it still boggles my brain into dumb founded silence just thinking about it.
And Fury? You might have missed it. It was this little MMO that came and went without doing much of anything. It was intended to be an MMO centered completely around PvP, and had plenty of things going for it. Things like having few spells actually have a cast time, resulting in a much faster paced environment.
Goodness gracious me, the clunkiness and bloat that game had. Imagine if you had six different talent trees, each with 95 individual talents. And then you had 400 spells, of which you only needed about 8 and the rest were simply weird mutations of those original 8. Oh yeah, and nearly all of those were pointless.
LOTRO has probably been the only other MMO to come out that didn’t have stupid flaws and issues within the game basics. But even that is missing nearly all of the random silliness and whimsy that makes WoW so loveable for so many of us.
I guess it’s telling that LOTRO, at it’s foundational level (that is, combat system, UI, that kind of thing) looks and feels like it was copy pasted from WoW.
Even WoW’s patching system is relatively easy and painless. I can hear you scoffing from here, Mr. 150 addons, but consider: a patch for the Southeast Asia version of Hellgate: London deleted every single player’s characters. How’s that for patch day?
There are literally thousands of little things that make WoW what it is. It’d be cliche to refer to it as “heart”, but really, that’s exactly what it is.
You see a rat. Aww, look at the rat. It’s kinda cute. Other games *cough* Dungeon Runners *cough* involved in epic struggles with rats. In WoW? That rat is going to get eaten by that wolf over their. Lookit that wolf. He’s kinda hungry. Oh look, he killed the rat.
Or how about the /afk animation for druids in tree form? Just the druid rocking back and forth in the breeze?
When you really get right down into the nitty gritty, any MMO is fine as an MMO.
But WoW is one of the very few that feels lived in, if that makes sense.
Waltz into a house that was just moved into, and you can tell. Maybe some boxes aren’t unpacked. The walls are barren. The coffee table is empty.
Check out a house that’s been lived in for a while, and you can tell. There are decorations. Throw pillows. Little page a day calendars on the kitchen table. Birthday cards on display. Call ’em “nicknacks” or “piles of unidentified crap that nobody can bear to throw away”.
It’s these little things that make WoW what it is. Maybe it’s the little decorative candle that somebody made in grade 2. Maybe it’s the fact that dwarves think crushing steel with thighs is sexy.
Whatever it is, WoW has it, and most other games don’t.