by: Michael Grey
Attunement an Outmoded Model for MMO Maneuverability?
I'm a big player of Skyrim and Oblivion, but all I see in TESO are sub-Skyrim graphics and combat and the opportunity to be griefed while experiencing them.
Bioware's yard, Bioware's rules. If they don't like it they can leave.
I wouldn't be surprised. I used to be an Assisstant Manager at a GAME store in the UK, part of the EB Games company, and that was standard practice for our stores, to 'accidentally' mix up pre owned games into the new game ssection. When you consider that a store can have a 50% profit margin on a used game compared to 20% or less on a new you can see the temptation.
Nerfing such a central part of the game just dumbs it down for anyone.
I was a warrior tank in WoW, and perhaps I flatter myself but I considered myself a good one, and threat generation was as simple as knowing your abilities and using them accordingly. If threat was pulled it was either because you weren't doing your job or the DPS wasn't doing theirs. Simples.
Tanking, and healing, isn't seen as sexy as DPS, and possibly because they're more difficult and need the player to be on the ball, but that's exactly why people like my gravitate towards those classes.
As for tank being in demand, yes we are, but that's generally because good tanks get to be known and I dind't have to join LFG, I was invited by people I'd grouped with before and knew I was reliable.
In short, if you wnt a tank, know your class, group often and don't be a jerk.
I use Steam pretty much exclusively, and the lack of Steam support for the only two games I'm buying this year (Battlefield 3 and Sweater) pissed me off big time. I will still buy those games, but have deemed to do so the cheapest way possible and will not be forced into using Origin, which is basically a poorly stocked Steam-wannaba bloatware.
While I will buy BF3 and TOR any other EA purchase is purely discretionary, and not being on Steam will be a deal breaker for me, as well as others. EA are basically trying to force people away from Steam and onto Origin by blackmail, rather than providing a superior service. This can only backfire in the longrun.
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