Welcome back to The Queue, the daily Q&A column in which the WoW Insider team answers your questions about the World of Warcraft. Adam Holisky (@adamholisky) will be your host today.
You know what I can absolutely say? That this Queue is original content, insofar as question and answer columns are original content.
Now that we've got that out of the way...
Demon Within asked:
What was the reason given as to why we cant cage wild caught pets? Id love to be able to give some of the ones I've gotten away to guildies who are just starting out in pet battling.
Blizzard wants you to go out and find pets, not just sit on the AH and buy them all day. You can still grab max level pets that way, but if you want to really get into it you're going to have to go out in the wild and search for them. Not just sit in a city all day (which was one of MoP's founding ideas).
Personally I like that there are things that are not able to go on the AH. I wouldn't mind even more world exploration and forcing people out into the open. It makes for quite a fun game.
I Know Why Blizz Lost 1.3M Subs.
Because of Wrathion's Legendary PvP quest.
What exactly the #@$% were those guys thinking? I know I am like, wayyyyy late for the party - but then I start my QQ when the damn thing starts biting me in the butt.
No. That quest might not be your cup of tea, but I'm sure that any significant number of people have not left because of it. Additionally there's not just one reason why people have left WoW (and it's not like the game is dead... some 8 million odd people play it), it's a bunch of small reasons for each person. I know some who have left simply because they don't have the time in their lives anymore, and others who are sick of the guild drama after eight years of gameplay.
It's not possible to just point to one thing and say "This. This is the thing that has damaged WoW." Because that one thing might be it for you, but it's something else entirely for the next guy or gal.
Also keep in mind that a game has never entered the territory that WoW is in right now. It's an eight year old game, millions upon millions of people are still playing it regularly, and they have no legitimate idea of what the population upticks and downticks are going to be like. Thus, they can't really play on things, except for the simple act of continuing to make WoW the best game it can be.
Don't let anyone fool you here either -- the only thing known is that more people will leave WoW eventually. No one, not even Blizzard, knows for certain how much or when. People can run statistical models, they can use cutting edge math and systems to predict rises and declines, but at the end of the day, only time will tell.
We all need to stop focusing on the face 8 million is less than 12 million. Those numbers, quite literally, make no different to the vast majority of the people.
Hey Adam, say something controversial for tomorrow's Queue.
Chris Metzen doesn't like the Alliance.
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