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The Queue: The greatest improvement to WoW

Adam Holisky

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.

We'll get right into the Queue today with a good question:

Blaze asked:

In the eight years of Word of Warcraft, what has been the single greatest improvement to the game?

I feel strongly that it's the random dungeon group finder and the looking for raid group finder. Think of what WoW's experience was prior to those inventions. Before them, you had a static amount of dungeons you could run in a day, and you had to go to sometimes great lengths to even run one. It'd take a half hour to find a group to just run a single instance you wanted. You were limited to your own realm, and you weren't able to really replace anyone easily.

With the LFG and LFR tools, you're now able to get a dungeon run whenever you want, you're not limited to your realm anymore, and replacing a bad player is mostly trivial. More so, the content in dungeons and raids are now opened up to an entirely new group of people that before were not interested in the guild experience. All the content WoW offers is now more accessible. It has radically altered the way the game is played.

Further, any new MMO that doesn't have these features? It's a joke. Yes, that's a strong statement, but it's true. Star Wars didn't release with a random dungeon group finder, and that was one of the major reasons it failed.

Positive asked:

Why doesn't WoW run with a higher framerate? The game is eight years old.

I'm not sure if you're trolling or if this a real question... but hey, why not.

WoW's graphics are not eight years old. The original zones that were destroyed in Cataclysm, yes, those are eight years old. Everything else? Those graphics are new. The graphics engine itself has been upgraded many many times, and that means the entire virtual world looks very different than it did eight years ago. Shaders, bloom effects, view distances, etc... all that is substantially better than it was.

And because all of those things are better, they're causing your graphics card to slow down, especially in the newer zones and when a lot of people are around. In fact, when you get in a raid with 25 other people, you'll need a pretty damn good graphics card if you want to have settings at anything other than low and mid-low.

Now granted there are room for upgrades. I'd like to see some Skyrim-like grass and wood work. And then there's character models (which by the way, Blizzard again last week reiterated that they were working on). So they're not done with graphics upgrades (they never will be), but the graphics are not eight years old.

Jenkins asked:

Is the a strategic reason why people price goods on the AH far below the market? Or are people just not paying attention to the market at all?

It's a fire sale and they just want to move their goods. I've done it many times myself when I've got my bank alt full of crap I'm not going to use and I just want to get gold for it. Put it nicely below what others are selling, and it'll go crazy fast.

Have questions about the World of Warcraft? The WoW Insider crew is here with The Queue, our daily Q&A column. Leave your questions in the comments, and we'll do our best to answer 'em!

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