For The Love of The Game
Well, I’ve been watching a lot of the Olympics. As a badminton player, you can imagine I’m glued to the streaming feed from Beijing around 10 pm in the US when the event rolls around. It’s a good thing there’s a 6-hour break so I can sleep too. It’s been pretty exciting to watch, but that means no playing WoW late at night unless I’m raiding.
It’s amazing to see everyone from around the world be focused on one city for two and a half weeks. It kinda makes me consider what if there were some sort of short-term event in Azeroth that involves the participation of every player, Horde and Alliance working together. I’m not talking about world events like the one that happened before Burning Crusade was released and the upcoming world event that may occur before Wrath is released. This kind of event has happened before during the Ahn’Qiraj War Effort. Both Alliance and Horde gathered war matériel to prepare for the opening of the Gates of Ahn’Qiraj. You could say the Shattered Sun Offensive was similar, but both types of collaborative server progression are limited.
For one, rewards are individually based. There is no reward for one faction to have completed an achievement before the other faction. The lack of group identity makes the whole idea stop short of a true collaboration.
What if a collaborative event broke up each racial faction separately? Alliance competing against Alliance. Horde competing against Horde. Sure, people might complain about imbalance of the number of people playing each race, but what about the difference between the larger and smaller countries participating in the Olympics? It’s about the pride one has for his/her own country. Why not have some pride in your own racial faction? A rivalry between Night elf druids and Tauren druids. Deciding which faction is more worthy to have a paladin class. A place where the best of the best can compete.
It can incorporate both PvE and/or PvP elements to accommodate all different server types.
We’ve all loved the game so much that we learn the ins and outs of it. It’s time to put it to the test. After all, some healthy competition is always good. Heck, I think this would be more worth of a [Gold Medallion] than winning a battleground, which is often clearly lopsided.
What would your idea of a world event like this be?