Does Bioware gamble on building up a strong community or ensuring that players get to see and play content. WoW chose content. They made raids PuG'able, they made dungeon groups-cross-server (and soon cross-faction??? -That's me guessing). Every change made to wow in this regard, has been towards players getting easier access to content.
Players must be allowed to see as much content as soon and whenever they want to.
That seems to be the mantra for wow.
|Even jenkins will get to all the content|
Is it a bad thing? No. Not necessarily, but it does lead to players like me, getting sick and tired of LFD. Because. well.. I think anyone who has ever had bad pugs in wow, know the type of player I am thinking of.
If they aren't: AFK, ungemmed/ungeared/un-talented, lost or abusive, they either yell "GOGGOGOGOGOGGO" or queue as tank so a friend can get ahead in queue. It is an alternative of the Dickwad theory : If you are not imidiatly held accountable for your actions, some people will act out in their most inner dickishness. And you don't have to spend a lot of times in WoW's LFD in order to experience this. After I ran out of free time to raid, I stopped with wow because of people acting like agressive arseholes. No content is worth getting abused over... unless of course the abuse comes from a raid-leader whom deep down (sometimes very deep down) loves you, and respects you. He can shout abuse at me, when I fuck up.
But we are going in circles here, because I still don't have time to raid.
So what does SWTOR do? Do they follow WoWs formula? the only formula that has proven to generate millions of subscribtions for any lenght of time? No.
Group Finder: They will be introducing Group Finder in 1.3. This will work for missions, flashpoints, and operations. It will be single server only. Community is very important, and they don’t want random pug dude who goes AFK And doesn’t care about his reputation – you avoid that when more people know each other. - from askajedi.com
Personally I love love love this. I'd rather be a part of a strong community, where your rep matters. Where your guilds rep matters. If your actions have consequenses, dicks will behave better. And I like my dicks welbehaved... wait.
Erhm. In my eyes this is great. Personally I'd much rather spend 15 minutes looking for groups and maybe only doing 1 or 2 dungeons a night, instead of the 3-4 I could do in wow. If it means avoiding moronic dickheads, or egotistical-phallos-swingers. If I get (like I used to in vanilla wow... ahh vanilla) groups of people who chat, who talk about bosses, who *plan*. instead of charging then wiping the quitting. I'm going to stick to SWTOR.
But I may not be the majority. I fear I am not