Ask Massively: You're missing the best part of the appearance tab news edition

Eliot Lefebvre
E. Lefebvre|08.25.11

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Ask Massively: You're missing the best part of the appearance tab news edition
I keep thinking I'll get tired of using this image when I want to make a point about WoW, but I don't.  I really don't.
I've made no secret of the fact that I've long since fallen out of love with World of Warcraft, but I think people are missing the best element of the whole addition of an appearance tab. Sure, it's something that players have been asking to get for years on end without receiving a response, but the best part is that its addition essentially invalidates every single answer we've received to date about why it can't be done. That amuses me to no end.

This week's Ask Massively has nothing to do with that news, however; instead, it covers the excitement of upcoming games, the lack of upcoming games, and the relevance of functions within games. I'd promise a zebra as well, but he had places to go. As always, you can leave your questions for a future installment in the comment field or mail them along to, whichever you prefer.

SiML asked: How can anyone judge WildStar for better or worse at the moment?
The same way we can judge anything we haven't yet played -- with equal measures of faith, logic, and hope. Thus far, it's possible to judge the visual style of the game, what the developers are promising will be in the final game, and the mix of ideas represented in gameplay videos versus the ideas floating around in our heads from the first two. Given all of that, players can produce a remarkably coherent picture of what they're really hoping the game will turn out to be, even if that doesn't necessarily sync up too closely with what the game actually is. The whole animated Firefly aesthetic really gets people excited, it seems.
InfinitasX asked: Jumpgate: Evolution is/nearly is vaporware at this point, being stuck in the legal quagmires as it is, and barely anything official has trickled down the pipes. Petition for removal?
When we get an official announcement that it's gone, believe me, we'll pull it from Betawatch. Until then, there's still the hope. Speaking as someone who came very near having to eat crow with a public answer, I generally err on the side of caution.

(What? The answer was correct. We didn't hear anything that year.)
xKingdomHeartsx asked: Why bother having the jump function in point-and-click MMOs?
No good reason. I honestly don't miss it if it's not there. For some people it's a big deal, but I don't find a whole lot of point to it myself.
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