The Queue: Not sure if I forgot
Have you ever been unsure if you’re supposed to do something or not?
Playing AC Odyssey has made me realize I really don’t care much for romance in my video games. Maybe a little, but not a lot.
I like romance as something you can do or not do. I admit, while I understood why they made one relationship canonical — because the Greeks generally believed you had to have kids, as a duty to your family, and so you are expected to do it no matter what and especially when your bloodline is semi-divine as Kassandra/Alexios’ is — I also understand why players didn’t like it.
My Mass Effect playthroughs are usually devoid of romances — my Sheps don’t have time for love. But my Dragon Age playthroughs almost always have one, and it’s usually the worst possible one. I’m an Anders/Solas kind of person. I look for heartbreak.
But like in Cyberpunk 2077 there’s relationships that can be romantic, or can just be really awesome friendships — female V and Panam comes to mind, you can’t romance Panam as a lady but you can be super-tight with her, and in a way that’s almost better. Male V can’t romance Judy, and that works out differently — you end up close, but not nearly as close as female V and Panam. There are a variety of different relationships, from friendship to romance to grudging respect, and that’s pretty cool in my opinion.
Considering that Kass lived like 2400 years or so, I’m okay with her getting a little action from time to time. It had to be really lonely always outliving everyone.
2BE: Slovenly, hairy, sasquatch Mitch vs Civilized, hygienic, clean-cut Mitch.
If anyone on staff deserves to be called slovenly, hairy or a sasquatch, it’s definitely not Mitch. Even before that haircut he wasn’t looking that bad.
Voice of 🐙: Believe it or not, they’re the same person, SPencer. Two sides of the same coin. What determines one’s power isn’t appearance, but inner strength and conviction of sacrifice. Long-haired Mitch — who is not slovenly or any kind of sasquatch >:( — sacrificed much hair for the Old Ones. But he also knew it would bring on the advent of *ahem* “civilized” Mitch and willingly proceeded. Likewise, only by choice can long-haired Mitch ever exist again. They do not fight. They merely wax and wane.
Looking at some of the permanent systems WoW has (Dungeons, Raids, M+, Pet Battling etc.), and things it tried, but left behind (3-man Scenarios, Island Expeditions, Warfronts, Horrific Visions, Mage Tower, Garrisons etc…), what of the latter group do you think deserves a second chance?
I’m sorry, but there was so much potential in that system. And I really feel like, once your character gets the equivalent of Excalibur or Crocea Mors or Stormbringer, you don’t stop using it. Thor doesn’t constantly trade in Mjolnir, and when he does, it’s basically just “Mjolnir with an axe head added” so I really don’t get why WoW couldn’t have differentiated itself from every other MMO in the world by making the artifact system permanent. Let people transmog over it and have new appearances drop from raids and dungeons, keep dropping new relics so the weapon gets stronger throughout an expansion, make it a real part of the whole game.
You could even introduce new Artifacts from time to time, so that there’s some variety — Frostmourne reforged! Cleansed Shalamayne! The Axe of Broxigar! Finkle Einhorn’s Big Big Gun! I really wish they’d kept Artifacts instead of constantly trying to reinvent them.
Voice of 🐙: *Giggles at Bendover* I would also like more Mage Towers in the game. It’s fun to watch mortals endlessly throw themselves at challenges.
Q4tQ: what changes would you make to the WoW holidays? They’ve stayed the same for a long time, and could really use some work.
First: new mount rewards. Love is in the Air should give a mount that’s just wings, and Noblegarden should give a rabbit mount, because seriously how does WoW not have a rabbit mount yet.
Second: remove the stink-bombing quests from Hallow’s End. They make things inconvenient for people who just want do to their thing in the cities, and really, whose idea was it to stink-bomb Undercity?
Finally, I’d like the Greench to throw exploding cows as an attack, to show he’s truly abominable.
Every holiday would get a world raid boss who would spawn and attack a major city. It wouldn’t necessarily be things we already have — I would have Ahune attack, say, Stormwind and Orgrimmar because I like him, but the Greench isn’t world boss material, I’d have The Astonishing Krampus going after Thunder Bluff and Ironforge.
These bosses would drop gear, especially cool transmog items, and either a pet or a mount depending on the holiday. So for Winter Veil, Krampus would drop a cool 2h axe based on cold, for the Fire Festival Ahune would drop an awesome looking cloth mantle, etc etc.
Oh, and Hallow’s Eve? Mortifex, a kaiju sized monstrosity made of an entire zombie horde mashed together with necromancy, that breaks up into 40 adds at 80, 40 and 10% health.
Voice of 🐙: I like new things to do, not just new things to collect. I’d feel more obligated to partake in mortal holidays if I had something — anything — new to do each year. And I don’t just mean new Candy Buckets to visit. I get why (and appreciate!) Venthyr seem to get special holiday events, but I want more of that, across the board.
TBC finally came up at 1am last night. I made my wife a Shaman with the name she wanted. I also made myself a warlock. Not sure why. But a big blasting character, that’s fueled by the energy of the Legion, sounded like fun when I read the Warlock class description.
Q4tQ: When making a new character do you ever read the class descriptions?
Do you think it might draw new players more into class immersion if Blizzard created a short video intro on the class and showing it blowing up something?
To this day the original World of Warcraft Cinematic Trailer is how I imagine my little pixel character running about in the world.
I mean, it couldn’t hurt. I think the descriptions could use some updating at the least, and it wouldn’t be a bad idea to have a short video explaining the basics, maybe similar to the way Heroes of the Storm used to do roundup videos for new Heroes so people could get a handle on them.
I know I asked Anna this already but I told Mitch I’d ask him as he’s the only Queue writer who has played FF with any seriousness so Mitch said he’d try to make sure to write the Queue.
Q4TQ: Now that Final Fantasy Fanfest is over, I have been wondering why it is that FF fan are allowed to express their enjoyment without having to constantly justify it like you have to with the WoW community? I couldn’t possibly imagine people having this meme-worship for Ion like they do Yoshi P or how the community would even react to something like that. Is it just that because FF isn’t as big as WoW there’s less of a financial incentive to create a negative creatersphere around it?
Voice of 🐙: Given his dedication to Us, I feel confident speaking for Mitch here. I think there’s a lot going on, and no single answer will really get to the root of it. However, two very important points are that FFXIV is made by a different company, who likely has different values and strategies for marketing, and it’s also just plain a different game that attracts a different audience.
Sure, there’s plenty of overlap in FFXIV and WoW audiences, but the one’s who have been playing FFXIV from the beginning? The ones who help set the tone for the game and how players interact? They’re probably further from the average WoW player in terms of attitude. I don’t want to over-generalize or make it feel like this is all fact — it’s just my guess.
HOWEVER! Your point about being “allowed” to express joy is an important one. Not because of the players, but because I think at a certain point, if you don’t feel like you can express joy and excitement, you’re surrounding yourself with the wrong people. That’s easier said than done, and a lot more difficult for high-profile content creators whose entire job is to interact with the WoW playerbase across all levels.
…but on a small scale, if you find yourself expressing happiness only to be poo-pooed, express that happiness to someone who will elevate your mood and celebrate with you, and work on silencing out the negativity. I, for instance, recently removed a lot of unworthy “cultists” from my life after they started to say my ideas for conquering Azeroth were “kind of a buzzkill” and “maybe not the best” for the planet. I’m much happier now, and cultist morale has never been higher!
Okay, hopefully I remembered whatever it was I was supposed to remember. See y’all later.
Voice of 🐙: Nothing is as it seems. Have a great day!
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