When I originally made my “@ Chris Metzen & Alex Afrasiabi” on the World of Warcraft forums it received over 39,000 views and over 330 replies. Within the thread I made one reply, addressing some of the posters comments. Since I think it’s relevant to the first post, I’m posting it here….
As Kisirani, and other developers have mentioned in the past, within development there is a metaphorical “table”. It’s crowded and limited in size, and the goal of any thread like this one is to have Blizzard ask, “Should we make room for this issue?” Blizzard’s resources may be large, but, at the end of the day, they still have a limit. Therefore priority must be made.
“Immersion through Acknowledgment” is not a concept that must be implemented in one fell swoop. Priority within the concept itself can be made, and quite frankly, should be made.
There is past content.
There is present content.
And there is future content (in development).
Several posters have pointed out that “Immersion through Acknowledgment” is already being experimented with and exercised in current and future content.
Much of the debate has been over whether to implement it in past content.
While this would be great, I’d like to point out that there is a fourth category of content that has yet to be directly mentioned.
While it may sound cheesy, I don’t know how else to say it: Timeless content.
Thrall, Rexxar, Tirion. The faction leaders. The class mascots. The celebrities of WoW. These are the characters we experienced in the past. Experience now. And will experience again in future expansions. If you were to pinpoint where “Immersion through Acknowledgment” is still most needed, this would be it. Thrall should know who I am. (;))
Adding acknowledgment from these key characters, not only makes them more believable, relevant, and vibrant; it strengthens the game’s story and affects all categories of the game’s content. Past, Present, and Future.
Start with this, then go from there. Through prioritization within the concept it self, it’s easier to find space on the table.
Thanks again for the overwhelming response. And as an old-school druid myself, Kisirani, it’s great to see you here.