01/28/2011 1:36 PM
Posted by Bashiok
That's nice that trainers and auction houses are in those cities now, as they should have been all along; but that presupposes that the primary reason players used portals was for those two things, when that is not the case.
Listen here city slicker, ridin' into town with yer silver tongue ready to make ginger water flow from the wells! I reckon you got them words from the back of a soap box cause I ain't never herd them afore, and I ain't never seen soap neither! HEE HEEEE!!
I have said it elsewhere and will say it here as well: removing the portals was not a wise decision because it disregarded how game flow is being utilized by a significant portion of the vast variety of players, and especially players who frequently farm for herbs, skins and ore that are not available in other places.
That's not a bad thing. We should have portals so people who want to farm up materials can do so more easily? No, that's ok.
It's quite possible to get around the inconvenience factor by mailing your stuff to a bank alt, or by paying an additional monthly fee for WoW Remote. Making changes to discourage doing it the old-fashioned way without mules or extra fees isn't necessarily a bad thing, but it's not necessarily a good thing either.
It doesn't even take into account that some opt to switch crafts, which are now even more time consuming than ever because of the convenience having been taken away, and how I'm not likely to help someone lower in level when getting there is arduous.
I don't understand your meaning. So you're 85 and decide to drop something and pick up herbing. You herb up to skill level with the Azeroth 1-60 areas, head into outland and herb there, fly out and head up to Northrend, herb there, then hit Stormwind/Org for portals to Cataclysm areas.
Are you saying the single flight to the dark portal, and then the single flight back out to a boat ride to Northrend is arduous?
You're assuming people will grind this out in one long play session instead of gradually over time, while keeping up with dailies and the other activities of a level 85. It's not arduous, but there is additional travel time associated with running back and forth between areas that the portals used to help mitigate, but don't anymore.
What's more, nothing prevents anyone who wants to from taking the "scenic" route if they wish to do so; but when this impedes many others ---for no justifiable reason when considered in its proper context--- it does nothing to reinforce what used to be reasonable and fun.
I may not be a smart man but... wuh?
I don't really think portal removal was intended this way, but... in my opinion, it's unethical to demand that other players be negatively affected to enhance your own play experience. There were other reasons for removing portals, but at least to some degree it was seen as the demands of some players for "immersion" negatively affecting the ability of other players to travel around the world of Warcraft.
Now we have lag-choked cities and nearly empty ones, an unequal compromise and sad situation, to say the least.
*Now* we do? That has always been the case sir.
One of the selling points of portal removal was to get people out of Dalaran. It worked, but those people all moved to Stormwind and Orgrimmar instead. For people who were expecting it to revitalize the other capital cities or get people out in the world, it didn't really work out the way they were expecting.