I always hate it when my fiction turns to time travel for plot devices because it’s so rarely done properly. Blizzard recently revealed its new World of Warcraft expansion called Warlords of Draenor. In a tinfoil hat edition of Know Your Lore, Matthew Rossi delves into what he believes the expansion means for the manipulation of time we’ve seen in WoW. I have a bit of a different take on what the new storyline means and how time travel within WoW works.
Have you ever noticed how much better Guild Wars 2, The Last of Us, and Assassin’s Creed look compared to World of Warcraft? It’s because the artists at Blizzard are lazy! They could have updated all of the old character models by now if they just put in a little bit of effort. I also think we should have advanced character customization similar to Saints Row or Mass Effect. Also, all of the current armor looks terrible, so they should spend a few minutes fixing that, too.
Are you cringing yet? If I were reading that paragraph in a comment, I would be.
Updating the old character models is a monumental task. Last time, I covered the basics of what a model is. Today, I’m going to be telling you about the things Blizzard does that makes a model update more complicated than most players think.
Want to make me cringe? Make a post on Blizzard’s official World of Warcraft forums, or a fansite’s WoW forums, and demand that Blizzard updates the character models for WoW. Say that updating the models is easy and the artists are lazy. Be sure to mention how other games like RIFT, Guild Wars 2, or The Last of Us have much better looking character models. Then, include a wish-list of things you want to see on the updated character models.
I cringe because nearly everyone demonstrates a complete lack of understanding of how WoW’s models work, let alone character modeling at large. Updating the models is a monumental task. There is a lot going on under the hood. There isn’t some magic button the artists can click that instantly upgrades everything to a higher polygon count. (Even if there were, there’d still be quite a bit of work to do to get the models ready for use in-game!)
Updating character models isn’t going to be an easy task. First, let me try to explain what a model is. We can get into updating the character models later.
This week on WoW Insider, the Community Blog Topic is, “Is leveling too easy?”
The topic for this week’s Community Blog Topic is whether servers should be merged. This question hits a little close to home for me right now. Blizzard is having a sale on character services this week. Character customizations, faction changes, and server transfers are all 50% off. It was announced last night in trade chat that the top Horde raiding guild will be moving, making my guild the new number one. I was shocked.
My guild is not a progression guild. We have talented people but we only raid one night a week and we are very casual. If we truly become the realm’s top Horde guild, my apprehension for the state of my server will reach a new high. The economy is already struggling, and I fear this sale on server transfers may have far reaching consequences.