Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Blizzard stops taming of the Ghost Wolf...Idiots.

Gaming: This is purely a WoW rant. But during the last patch, a quest came up where hunters could tame a ghost wolf as a pet, it was pretty hard and mostly luck with help from other players. At the time, Blizzard said they were impressed with the ingenuity of the players who within the game design mechanics were able to figure out how to tame it. That didn't last very long as they hotfix it so it can't be tamed anymore.

Through a hotfix we’ve recently removed the ability to tame a Grimtotem Spirit Guide. Players who have already gone through the trouble of taming the creature will be able to keep them unchanged. This hotfix only removes the possibility to tame this creature from here on.

The removal of the spirit guide has been debated within design discussions for a while now as to what impact the pet and its precedent has on the game.
The unintended nature of the taming, the undead status of the guide, appearance of the wolf in relation to the feel of the hunter class, and the complex processes of taming were all issues touched upon and discussed.

Ultimately the discussions brought us to the conclusion that this should not be a permanent addition to the pet selection available to hunters; however, those that have already tamed them should be allowed to keep them due to their efforts in obtaining one.


Unless it was screwing up the game, why bother fixing something that wasn't causing anyone a problem? Instead of sitting around yapping about a ghost wolf, the design team can haul their behinds over to the AV part of WoW and remake that into a fun viable battleground again. Before that how about designing some better looking animals for hunters to tame with some variations in abilities, how about fixing the leveling so it won't be such a grind if someone wants to level up a low level pet to his/her lvl 70 character.

Out of all the things you could be sitting around talking about, fixing the Ghost Wolf wasn't and should not have been anywhere near the top of the list. How about for once damn it you start listening to the people who are paying to play your game and would like to see improvments here and there. It seems too many game nerds are in charge who have forgotten about the customer.

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