I grant your argument that only a small % of the players get "prestigious things" but uhh... that's kinda the point of prestige, it's irrelevant if everyone has it. I mean that's why no one really cares about the caster legendary that came out in Cata, because SO MANY PEOPLE HAVE IT. Previously, high-end recognizable items such as PvP shoulders, legendary or high-end epic weapons, special mounts like the armani warbear, server first titles, etc. etc. stuck out to people that didn't even really know how to get those items BECAUSE they were rare. (Oh hey, I've never seen that mount before, how do you get it?)
Originally Posted by Toypop
The second point you make is that only a small amount of people CARE about prestige. I think you're wrong. Granted neither of us will ever be "proven right" b/c there's no way to really find out, but in my experience players of all walks of the game can at least respect that you accomplished something difficult. Years later I still get comments about my original amani warbear and grand crusader title. Even rare mounts even if they're still attainable, there's still an amount of respect to achieving those that people at least acknowledge, even if they wouldn't spend the time to do that in the first place. Just like I would personally consider training to be an equestrian a waste of my time, I have no idea why I'd even bother with it, and I would argue that a very small amount of people have the prestige of being a world class equestrian and few people actively care about attaining that prestige, but that doesn't make the prestige irrelevant or ignore the fact that I still have an immense amount of respect for people that are world class equestrians. It's hard work and I respect it.
Furthermore, EVEN IF, you argue that the "heavily invested" is the qualifier for this, the black market still only affects those that are "heavily invested" and would actually care about prestige because it takes a lot of time and effort (and hopefully a bit of luck) to get some of the black market items. People who care about prestige are the exact people that this effects.
And another point, Blizzard really hasn't "pandered" (no pun intended) to the "casual player" until some things recently... I mean they put the majority of their dev efforts into raiding, which (as you admit) very few people even do. So how did they get 10.2 million players if they've been spending 7 years generating content that the "non-invested player" cares about? How do they hold those subs? Just because it does "affect the majority of players" doesn't mean blizzard shouldn't be implementing it.
I've said the only company that can kill Blizzard is Blizzard itself. If blizz up and decided "you know, raids are too much effort, we're not gonna put out raids any more" I can guarantee you WoW would fold up and die. But why? If only a small portion of people do it, who cares?
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