Op/Ed: Basic Training, WoW-style. Is it enough?

No newbie left behind?

No newbie left behind?

Our editorial theme across the network this week is "back to school", and WoW @ Ten Ton Hammer staffer Greg "Doogmeister" Wood weighs in with a critical look at how Blizzard treats new World of Warcraft players. Are tutorial pop-ups and "breadcrumbing" quests enough, or is there room for improvement?

"Right from the start, the game is offering you useful advice in the pop-up boxes. For example, telling you how to find quest givers, loot corpses and engage enemies. As new experiences come up in the game, there continue to be pop-up boxes giving you instructions. Even in the later stages of the game, pop-up confirmation text (eg. when you will change an enchant/item improvement) reminds even the more experienced players of something they may have overlooked."

Click here to see what else Doogs has to say. Giving noobs an education could take on a whole new meaning!

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