‘Tis the season to give content, tra la la la laaaa….

So here we are, rapidly approaching another holiday season, surrounded by yet another bounty of games, for both consoles and PC.  Between Rock Band, Crysis, Call of Duty 4, Orange Box, The Witcher, EQ2’s Rise of Kunark Expansion…. the list goes on and on and on.  And so we yearn, and our wallets quietly contemplate suicide by spontaneous combustion as the most painless way to end their tortured lives.  And on top of that, we have to go and get gifts for people other than ourselves… the thought is truly daunting, not to mention irritating… how the hell are we supposed to PLAY all this electronic goodness when we have to keep tromping out to the malls and stores and buying meaningless, mass-produced crap for everyone else???  Thank god for online shopping.  But I digress;  the real reason I am writing this post is because there is one gift we can give many people, that won’t cost a thing, that will be greatly appreciated and remembered, and in fact will take little effort.  It’s content in games, specifically MMO’s.

Think for a moment if you would the first time you entered a raid zone;  I’ll use WoW as an example because it’s currently the one I have the most experience with, and many people will be able to relate to.  I’m going to say that I got into Molten Core probably in late 2005/early 2006.  Definitely not one of the first to be in there, but not the last by far.  When I started, only 3 guilds on our server had successfully killed Ragnaros.  Over the course of several weekends, we spent many a late night learning content, working our way through, and on one late Saturday night, at 3AM EST, finally getting to beat Ragnaros.  It was an amazing accomplishment for us, and as fun as beating the bosses was, an almost bigger part was being able to say “you know, we’re seeing something that not many people will get to see, perhaps ever in their gaming lives…”

And now, the very concept of raiding a zone like MC,  BWL, AQ or Nax is pretty much preposterous, given the inferiority of that low level gear and time it would take to run people through.  But what about all those people who never got a chance to see that content?  For those of us who’ve been there, it’s pretty much old hat.  Walk in, pwn, get loots, shard it, leave.  But what if by just running that content, you could show someone something they’d never be able to see on their own?  All the old raid zones are still 40 people… and odds are you can 15 man a fair amount of MC if you know what you’re doing, level 70 and decked out in uberpimp gear.  So why not run 20-25 people through MC that have never been there before, and give them a chance to see endgame content?  I’m not suggesting you just grab 25 people at random and give them a free ride through the zone;  that’s just stupid.  But everyone has a friend that doesn’t have the time to raid, or never got into a raiding guild, or who’s guild was too small to be able to run these instances.  If for just ONE night, you put aside raiding Black Temple and Karazhan, and went back into the good ol’ days of raiding, you could open up a whole new avenue of gaming to some players, even if for just that one night… doesn’t that make it worth it in some way?  Sure, all the gear is useless to your particular group, but if someone who never had a chance at an epic can walk away with a piece of Tier 1 or Tier 2, you better believe a lot of people will be very happy, even if it’s not as good as what they currently have.

The holiday season is a season of giving.  What better way to give than by doing something you love, having fun with your friends and guildmates, and giving a ton of people the gift of seeing new content, and maybe a shiny new thing for them to enjoy?  Sounds like quite a present to me, and you don’t even have to leave the house… or your chair.


~ by trollonfire on November 19, 2007.

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