Changes Abound For WoW: Mists of Pandaria at G-Star 2012

WoW: Mists of Pandaria lead encounter designer Ion Hazzikostas speaks about the new features and changes of the latest patch. For our recap of G-Star 2012, head here: http://l.gamespot.com/UryMfw

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voyadine007
voyadine007

I only loved the vanilla version to be honest, when it really looked appropriate. Once TBC came out, there was an option to play Age of Conan, which had much better graphics compared to TBC WoW so i quit.


Finally, after many years i discovered that there was a private realm (called Feenix or WoW One) which offered a server called Warsong with Blizzlike Vanilla WoW, where i still play. However, because i have to work now, i wasn't able to amass large amounts of gold, so i always buy some from http://gold4warsong.com when i am in a need.


For anyone looking to experience the real Vanilla WoW, make a google search for "Feenix Warsong Server". GL!

Simonus18
Simonus18

When I haven't had played with WOW back in the time, I imagined the world as was in warcraft 3 cutscenes and videos, fantasy-like (and with today's shader technology more possible to create) and then, at one day in 2005 as I looked at the world I was like: not bad, but could be better, then as these expansions were coming out one after the other, it was obvious that dear Blizzard is just about to get more money, no matter what, players and (sorry for that) nerds will buy it, and continue playing it, and it's just sad how corrupted a big respected company can become. So they just dropping shitty models, ugly designs (just look at the Blood Elves, wtf?) so out of "warcraft's character". And the other thing, this tipical MMO style, that you click on the object, and tapping the damn buttons from 1-9 and etc., even Diablo had better system, it's more real, it's more deeper, even if it's simplier, wouldn't be a hack 'n' slash style more better? But of course I understand it's an old game from now (2004), so many things have been improved technology-like, and just we're looking at it and ... damn, this could have been so much better. So, my Idea: Single player mode, Crysis-like graphic, same sized world, but with so much better fantasies, and hack 'n' slash (like Rune and Dark Souls combined). I just wanted to write this, adios.

theron27
theron27

i hate this expancion , i dont like panda, 

Speranza318
Speranza318

Amazing how there's nothing novel in this game (or the expansion) but so many people continue to play it...bravo Blizzard you captured crack in a video game.

Simplythebest12
Simplythebest12

What a ugly and childish boring MMO. When Blizzard is going to stop milking this cow

Eraldus
Eraldus

Oh, so WoW has10 million subcribers? Please tell me more about how many of these subscribers are still playing it.

Blagstock
Blagstock

Push that microphone any further into his face and it'll appear out the back of his head.

MR_TUBBy
MR_TUBBy

Every time someone writes "10 Million subscribers" in retort to "WoW is dead"  I read it in Dr. Evil's, voice followed by cackling.

chibi-acer
chibi-acer

The guy holding the microphone looks bored, LOL

 

So far I'm enjoying MOP, but I'm still making raid boss progression with my guild.  I'm sure I'll get bored of it eventually, but for now I'm just enjoying hanging out with my online friends.

TheOnlyConan
TheOnlyConan

I bought two weeks after it came out. I have been playing off and on the whole time. I finally could not take it anymore. Fun memories, but it is just more of the same. Nothing really new. I started playing Eve Online. So much better and I am not looking back.

arsefacey
arsefacey

why does jonathan look kinda scared of the guy? lol

AlmaDanny
AlmaDanny

Oh oh another blizzard video clip. Let's express our hatred towards WoW and Diablo III haha

Savoritias
Savoritias

WOW is not a bad game. It just did it circle and needs to move on. If Blizzard keeps holding WOW more than it should then things go downhill. And it does not help to just revise the game graphics like Starcraft or Destroy it all the way like Diablo 3.

fa11en1134
fa11en1134

the whole pandas and pokemon arena stuff definitely isn't for me personally, BUT, I saw a poll recently that showed this game is very successful with 8-12 year old Chinese boys, nerds who live in their parents basement, and furries (people who do it in fur costumes) cant wait to see what the next expansion is!!

flipsthebird
flipsthebird

At one time I used to spend more time on the PTR than most people did in the game. It was crucial to be at least server first. But then I just got sick of raiding. I played for a while doing old school raids by myself or another. collecting parts for legendaries, or just doing the gates questline. Then cataclysm came out, and the game was not for me anymore. I'm not bashing the game as I really do like the changes he mentioned, it is just it is 2 years too late for this guy.....

stailcookie
stailcookie

/random chance of getting access to a huge new piece of content...  gg blizz everyone loves their chances with your /randoms.

Mega_Loser
Mega_Loser

the cgi is so surrealistic.

they are trying to market and convince that a panda can excel in martial arts with a stick and inspire fright in any battlefield.

it's a laughable sequence i think.

linksfire
linksfire

It should be...i don't care if it was warcraft lore or not i mean come on pandas really??

_el_Greco_
_el_Greco_

 @Speranza318 I agree.  I still respect Blizzard because of its history and what this company meant for me as a gamer over the past 2 decades (especially in the 90s).  But WoW has certainly corrupted this company.  It has been both their triumph and their downfall.  It brought them financial success beyond their wildest imagination, but clouded and confused their vision at the same time.  In a way I can't blame them for keeping such a profitable game alive...  But there comes a time when you have to look in the mirror and ask yourself if that is who you want to be for the rest of your life.  I wonder what the veterans at Blizzard are thinking when they see Blizzard's reflection nowadays...  If WoW had no happened, we might have been lucky to see a different Blizzard today.

_el_Greco_
_el_Greco_

 @Simplythebest12 I generally like the handpainted textures in the game, but the fact that it's so low-poly makes it look borderline ugly for today's standards, I agree...  WoW should have stopped at Lich King in my opinion.

chibi-acer
chibi-acer

 @TheOnlyConan I personally thought Eve Online was more boring than WoW reputation grinding, but to each their own.  I'm hoping for a lot more out of Chris Robert's Star Citizen.

jhr77
jhr77

 @arsefaceyLOL was thinking the same thing or he is totally checked out and not interested in what he has to say. It is WOW he's talking about just more of the same.

Kickable
Kickable

 @fa11en1134 if you want to distance yourself from furries & basement dwellers you should hide the 9.0 score you gave Star Wars MMO.  as Chewbacca would say "wwwwrrrraaaaaaaaggggggghhhhhhBULLSHIT"

Tython34
Tython34

 @flipsthebird I'm with you. My guild imploded after Cataclysm came out. People just got tired of the same old crap. I played the 10 day trial of MoP and I just felt like it's still world of grindcraft. It's not a bad game at all. 10 million subscribers is huge but the fan base is young kids who like Pokemon games; not the hardcore raiding crew anymore. I just found more to do in life than collecting 10 cow butts...

sigmact
sigmact

 @flipsthebird many people are whining in MoP because its no longer the same as cataclysm though

 

Wango_Tango
Wango_Tango

 @Mega_Loser

 To be fair, they're also marketing the existance of magic, dragons, time travel, immortality, ghosts, giant spiders, etc. Oh, and gnomes.

Tommy7600
Tommy7600

 @JIMDOG4442002

While I've stopped playing WoW many months ago for various reasons, I find nothing wrong with the fact that other people still enjoy it and choose to keep playing it. Stop being petty and understand that the only person childish here is you by making statements like this. Grow up.

SteamyPotatoes
SteamyPotatoes

 @JIMDOG4442002 Except the video compression kills fidelity making anything out of date look even more out of date.

insane1888
insane1888

 @JIMDOG4442002 Yea you are right, is the same as kids still playing games like CoD cause they like to play toy soldiers. This is sad how ppl judge by graphics instead of gameplay, if ppl only looks only for graphics no wonder why every single year they buy CoD series, "checks this out, new weapons!!!", not only in games "look bigger screen!"

arizothwow
arizothwow

 @JIMDOG4442002 lol you are funny by this time you probably know or should know that graphics its only part of a good game and wow its a great game dont you ask how it has manage to standout even to high end graphic mmos like conan, LOTRO, starwars this games have better graphics but none can compare to wow at least not yet.

 

Darnasian
Darnasian

 @linksfire Pandarens have been in the Warcraft Lore for ages , they were even before Warcraft 3 came out

Savoritias
Savoritias

 @SamehH99 the can't leave because their friends are there. It is the same like facebook. No one leaves despite the crappy platform because their friends are there.

fa11en1134
fa11en1134

 @Kickable

haha  is that the best you could think of???  I "liked" your comment anyway buddy :)

Mega_Loser
Mega_Loser

 @Wango_Tango 

i don't understand your reply, the things you mention market themselves, they are standard in a setting of fantasy. you can try to market the notion of time travel or immortality to a pragmatist but you don't need to for a crowd of casual gamers.

but you do need to market the mental image of a threatening martial arts panda and expect to be taken seriously.

gufberg
gufberg

 @Darnasian  @linksfire Yes - but they were only seen briefly and meant completely as an easter egg. It does not qualify them for expansion material in my opinion.

Tython34
Tython34

 @Winterstrikes  Another teenage nerd with Internet courage spouting sewage from his mouth. Mommy ground you for too long little Timmy?

cablemodemx2
cablemodemx2

  @SamehH99 Well, given that the majority of them are likely Chinese gold-farmers, I'm not sure they'd understand if he told them that... well, without a translator.

_el_Greco_
_el_Greco_

 @Darnasian  @gufberg  @linksfire I am not here to argue with you whether or not the Pandaren are a justifiable race for Warcraft.  If you personally like them, that's fine.  If you don't like them, that's also fine.  Everyone's got their preference and opinion.  But what I want to do is correct you.  You said that they were around long before Warcraft 3.  That is not true.  The Pandaren as a Warcraft race were conceptualized (vaguely) during the development of Warcraft 3 and only appeared as a mercenary unit hired at a tavern in Warcraft 3: The Frozen Throne.  It's also important to note that at that time they were never developed to the extent that other races like Humans, Orcs, Night Elves, Undead, Eredar, etc were.  They began as a potential race in a lighthearted way simply because one of Blizzard's chief artists loved drawing pandas in battle gear.  This is why they seem out of place for a big chunk of the fanbase and why some fans don't consider them canon.

Darnasian
Darnasian

 @gufberg  @linksfire Well , that's your opinion and I respect it , however I do not see them as just an "easter egg" since they were in the story before , they weren't seen in the games before , but that doesn't change the fact that they existed imo.

gufberg
gufberg

 @Darnasian  @linksfire Correct. That still doesnt change the fact that they were only seen briefly and mentioned as part of a blizzard 'joke' as i said before. An easter egg does not qualify as expansion material in my opinion. 

Darnasian
Darnasian

 @gufberg  @linksfire Dude , you got it pretty wrong there. Pandarens were long before War 3 RT came out in the Lore. Lore=/= The games themselves as a whole. The Pandaren in War 3 was just a cameo , but they were long before mentioned in the Lore countless times in many books , comics , stories etc.

They qualify as expansion material whether people like it or not. They are 100% legit and people should inform themselves before commenting shit like " PANDAS?!?!?OMFG BLIZZARD IS HIGH!"