- Rant mode is on. You have been warned. And without me cussing, by the way. I'm showing a great deal of restraint all things considered.
- I recently read an excellent post over at Wolfshead Online where he sounded the call to arms over scaling MMO content. It's a cause I can very much support. Scaling content would do so much to prevent the endgame from splintering into the weird permutations we see today. It's not so easy as he seems to imply, but it's not the insurmountable challenge so many developers make it out to be. Some future game will get the idea right, then someone else will steal the idea and put it in a better game, and everyone will argue about whether it matter who was first, but eventually we'll have an endgame for everyone from soloers to large guilds.
- All this was going along well until I saw this:
To further illustrate the epic villain problem I present to you Arthas. When the dastardly Lich King is defeated by the first guild sometime in 2010, only 25 players will be required. Just think about how preposterous that reality will be: a mere 25 players will be able to vanquish the Lich King — up till now the most powerful being in the Warcraft universe.
- I'm picking on Wolfshead here because this is the most recent example, but this is a sentiment that has been shared across the MMO blogging community. But the problem is that this idea is idiotic. Let's take a look at what the players who will be vanquishing the Lich King will have accomplished before setting their purple named boots into Icecrown Citadel. Such a player will have:
- defeated the children of Deathwing: Onyxia and Nefarian;
- banished Ragnaros, the Firelord;
- overcome Illidan as well as his lieutenants, Lady Vashj and Kael'thas Sunstrider;
- laid the smackdown on Malygos, the leader of the Blue Dragonflight;
- completely wasted two of the Old Gods, C'Thun and Yogg-Saron;
- knocked the heck out of Kel'Thuzad (potentially twice);
- thwarted the summoning of Kil'jaeden, the leader of the Burning Legion;
- as well as obliterated so many trolls that I have trouble believing there are any trolls left in the world.
- So, yeah, I'd love to take part in a 200-man raid to take down Arthas. However, 25 heroes of World of Warcraft caliber should be plenty for the task.
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