and that alone is quite a difference. i’m not a graphics snob, i don’t have the best gaming rig in the world, but as an artist i can certainly appreciate good graphics. hmm, let me put this another way, warcraft is relatively low in polygons, shaders and the like compared to more modern games and upcoming titles in the same genre. however, as opposed to some games, the artists at blizzard have a long-developed sense of style that allowed them to do good things without all the bump-mapping and the like. their sense of color is vivid, sometimes bordering on candy, but is still attractive all the same. It can be really tempting to always shoot for hyper-realism, but if often fails no matter how good your grass textures are.
i’ve heard enough stories about people sort of losing their lives to these sorts of games to have been wary of them enough to never play them before (i’m at 32%; why a dating site runs that last link is a mystery). as i said, i like videogames, and can easily whittle away a day at them if i allow myself (and I rarely do). instead, i shoot for controlled bursts of gameplay at the very end of the day, after a long day of work, if i’m able.
but w.o.w. has managed to accomplish something in creating a game i don’t particularly want to play for 8 hours straight. mainly, the world is huge. from a content standpoint this is fantastic as there is lots to see and discover. on the downside, you spend a lot of time basically walking from point a to b. this invariably causes me to get tired after not too long to the point where i just log off. this of course is in blizzard’s interest in that it keeps my account active longer so they can get their subscription fee (i’m not that well connected!). it also has the downside of probably being the reason i eventually stop playing entirely. that, and battles are unnecessarily slow and sometimes unexciting as a result.
i can’t understand why these things couldn’t have been sped up, or quests made to require less walking. though i’d “get through” the game sooner, i’d be more likely to create a different character and start all over again rather than perhaps just get bored and quit.
in any case, i’m enjoying it so far after a pretty slow start. and it’s comforting to know i can write off my subscription fee!