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Originally Posted by Nezralix
People are simply not entitled to see artwork just because they bought the game, even if it based on events they saw in earlier RTS Warcrafts. Certainly not at the toll it would take on the game. Entry-level raiders deserve unique content that is manageable to their guild, and which facilitates future raiding endeavors. Hardcore raiders deserve unique content that meets their guild's ability conquer difficult content. Making these overlap is a very large time investment for the content developers, and really doesn't gain much except letting people say "hey, I beat WoW!!!"
If you think it'll take two much effort to make that overlap, screwing over the hardcore raiders instead of catering to their wishes would seem the obvious choice as WoW has developed.
Hardcore raiders are the minority that invests most time in man-hours AND devours content the fastest in calendar-hours - in a game where people pay on a monthly basis and a lump sum per expansion pack, they are amongst the most expensive players to support. Remind me, again, why exactly they are entitled to the substantial development time needed to develop content that only they and a few non-hardcore raiders (compared to the playing population) will see due to its difficulty level? Remind me why the desire of these hardcore raiders trumps the desire of the entry-level raiders, the not-optimized-raiders, the social-guilds-who'd-like-to-raid, the we-cannot-devote-10%-20%-of-our-life-to-WoW to not get stuck on progression because they are not hardcore raiders and never will be?
Taking TBC as an example, if you spent the time it took to develop Black Temple to develop a truly superior Outlands fishing event with bells and whistles and fun rewards to put the Stranglethorn fishing contest to shame by its magnificence it would be played by many more people and, over time, quite likely have more time invested in it by players than the Black Temple ever will.... And that's said as a person who really, truly, hates fishing in WoW.
If the choice is between having a few saying "hey, I beat WoW!!!" while the many say "realistically, I'll never beat WoW or even the parts you few completed months ago" and having many saying "hey, I beat WoW!!!" while the few say "WoW sucks, it is too easy, raiding should cater to hardcore raiders, I quit for an MMORPG that really understands that raiding is where you EARN stuff, because there's no free lunch, and raids should be HARD, a true test of skill", I'd choose the latter every time. Not because I do not understand the sentiments on those who are good players, play with good players, and have plenty of time, but because, realistically, they are in a minority, and just about all players want to see all (or most) content. Entitlement doesn't come into it - satisfying player wishes does.