Why, what a perfect opportunity to plug our new daily blue roundup column, The Daily Blues!
Now that's out of the way, I think they've gotten significantly better. Ghostcrawler's posts are some of the most informative insights we're likely to ever see into what goes into designing a major video game. He has done an amazing job at bridging the gap between game designer and professor; his posts have really elevated the community and their intelligent discourse about the game -- even though some folks have problems with him (you can't please everyone, after all).
The other blues are contributing more often to meaningful conversations it seems. I'll tip my hat in particular to Zarhym, who doesn't shy away from giving a long diatribe about game concepts and community perceptions. This is the kind of involvement that many felt was lacking in blue posts for a couple of years.
There are places where they could improve, of course. But overall, at least from the standpoint of a WoW.com Editor, the blues have really been doing a great job as of late.
...and before the trolls begin, let's not bother saying I'm a blind Blizzard fanboy. I have personally been very critical of some of their stuff in the past; I just have no problem with pointing out when they're hitting the ball out of the park as well.
"Do you think that Blizzard will ever change their mind and include gnomes in cinematics? If not why not cut us out of the game?"
I think Blizzard will eventually include gnomes prominently in their cinematics. Something tells me the cataclysmic battle that we might be facing at Gnomergean would be a perfect time for this.
"I know Blizzard is making the game and end content available to everyone, and I agree with it. What I would like to see is something that an individual player can do that leads to a title or item that they can be proud of. Maybe through a very difficult quest line or something. The Battered Hilt is cool but that's something anyone can go and buy, and that takes away from it. Will Blizzard ever do something like this? I see those vanilla titles and such I missed out on that, and I don't see anything like that around today, unless I'm mistaken"
Some of the really really really difficult and long grinding activities in Vanilla WoW have gone away -- and as someone who attempted a few of them, I hope they never come back. But Blizzard has made a lot of content available to the individual player, including some of the game's ultimate achievements. Hollow Leviathan left a great comment with a list of titles you can obtain by yourself in solo play:
Brigwyn asked... "We have 3.3.3 and hearing about 3.3.5 what's in 3.3.4?"
- The Diplomat
- the Exalted
- the Explorer
- Salty* (you can fish up the raid bosses by yourself)
- of Darnassus/Undercity
- of Exodar/Silvermoon
- of Ironforge/Sen'jin
- of Stormwind/Orgrimmar
- of Gnomeregan/Thunder Bluff
- of the Shattered Sun
- Bloodsail Admiral
- Guardian of Cenarius
- the Argent Champion
- the Insane
There's no evidence to suggest patch 3.3.4's existence yet, although it could be inferred by the numbering scheme. However, Blizzard does skip numbers occasionally, and inferring things about patches can be a dangerous game.
So with that said, we just don't know anything about 3.3.4 right now.
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