|No Fly Zone!
The first concern Bashiok seemed to address was the ganking issues on PvP servers. My first thought was, "why play on a PvP server if you're mad about getting ganked?", but then I realized, some people do like that level of WPvP you get on a PvP server, but this becomes a nuisance when a person trying to level up is repeatedly killed by a max level character over, and over, and over... you see where I'm going. Anyway, the blue post replied:
"... A few changes coming in Warlords are going to help you out, we hope. First, a new expansion means lots of new people leveling, and without flying mounts you'll finally be able to approach people face-to-face instead of having to drop on them from above. No more feeling forced to gank people unceremoniously by swooping down on lower-level players from a vantage they themselves don't have access to. ..."
Completely understandable. The next piece I will post involves questing.
"... Our goal is not to make travel time consuming or painful, and with players on ground mounts we know we'll have to do more to try to ensure people can get to where they want to go quickly… BUT being able to lift off and fly over content compromises many of our goals in how the game world is approached, how it's played, how it's consumed, and how the content is designed to account for those factors. ..."
I do have to agree with this one. The questing experience is very much shortened/cheapened with flying mounts. You can skip over most of the mobs, kill the quest objective guy, then fly back and turn in the quest. There is a good example on the forum post, but I'm not going to link that here. While there are some of us who love to quest, there are some people who absolutely don't. They want to fly through it as fast as possible to get to max level then work on other things. I'm just wondering how many of those people who are complaining about no flying sit in the city, waiting for their queue to pop, while alt+tabbed out of WoW.
I am not a Vanilla player, but I started in Burning Crusades. I leveled 1-70 on my mage with no flying. I remember the moment I hit Hellfire Peninsula I died... a ton. I also remember spending countless hours at level 70 trying to wall climb in Winterspring to get to Hyjal and the Dancing Troll Village. Exploration was and still is my favorite part of the game. While I can now easily fly to any place I could ever want to explore, exploration felt a bit more special back then. I remember spending close to an hour swimming around Silithus to get to the little abandoned Tauren Camp. It's no longer there anymore, but the cave is, and now it's inhabited by a dragon.
|Old Tauren camp south of Silithus in BC
That being said, I think I would eventually like flying in the game, maybe in the first patch like they originally said. Most people will probably have their mains and favorite alt leveled up by then, and would have experienced most of the questing content. If flying is never added, I think I will be alright. I might have to change my play style around a bit when herbing or mining, but I think things will work out. I'm not getting upset over something so minor in a video game... plus I get a chance to use some of my favorite ground mounts again. That's always a good thing. It's too soon for me to say that I hate it or love it. I think I will reserve my judgement for Beta and when the game is released.
Once again, I want to thank everyone who talked with me last night about it. You guys rock, and if you have any other comments about it, feel free to add them below. Please remember to be respectful since everyone has different opinions on the matter. Now go and enjoy your weekend both in and out of Azeroth! /kiss