Yes, in my opinion there are people out there who are challenged enough to not be able to perform these actions and it would be tragic if they were unable to continue to enjoy the game if this were implemented.
You're right there are probably some. And white guys occasionally make good gang members.
Let me ask you this: How many people do you think have this inability to comprehend drawing something that play WoW? It can't be much. You're looking at, what like 10 million subscribers to this game right now? I would say probably 200,000 people are incapable of passing at the most, probably not even that much. So what you're saying is because of this 2% of a playerbase that can't pass a test that we shouldn't implement it. You want to talk about the whole picture don't you? I say any solution to any problem that helps out 98% of the community is better than not doing something about it just to satisfy the 2%. If you can't play the game you can't play the game. If you can't meet the requirements you can't meet the requirements.
What's next? You're going to demand that nerfs the begeebies out of heroic raid content so that 2% can also experience "heroic" raids, get the achievement, title, gear and mounts?
Honestly the argument is crap either way you look at it. I sincerely doubt they are even 100,000 players incapable of passing the test. And if they can't actually pass the test how are they even playing WoW, or even learned to get into a BG for that matter? I'm sorry, but when I think of a person being incapable of following the instructions to draw a square I can't help but assume their method of playing WoW would be literally slamming their keyboard, and requiring aid to even log onto the game in the first place.
Learning disabilities are one thing. Incapable of reading a sentence that says draw a square, and being incapable of drawing a simple object (ie: square, triangle, circle) is entirely different. Pretty sure I could give those instructions to a 6 year old and get a correct answer. So what you're saying is this type of system would affect all the players under the age of 6. Which I'm sure is just a staggering % of the playerbase.
Another fun fact: Of the number I threw out...that's assuming they all PvP. Hint: Not all of them do.
I don't mean to sound like an !@#, but I just feel as though your position on how this would impact well meaning, but challenged players abhorrent.
And I think you're grossly overreacting.
Again, when you consider the issue in the aggregate, that's millions of players spending 15 seconds every BG they play.
Irrelevant. You have a minute when the BG starts to sit there and do nothing. Maybe if nothing else the test doesn't happen if you enter a BG in progress.
I'm more than aware of what captcha is and how it works. I also have a decent grasp on "computer knowledge".
Thus far you haven't proven it. You continue to say it's not possible, and that botters will, without a doubt, find a way around it. The way technology tends to work, and stopping bot programs, or hackers, or computers from accessing something only a human can access is it being a repetitive system.
Human creates website. Computers are made to sign up. Humans don't like this and create captcha. Computers can't get past it. Computers are designed to get around it. Captcha is made more complex. Computers can't get past it. Computers are designed to be better at getting through it. Eventually a new method gets created, and we start the process all over.
My point is this: the people who make these bots make A LOT of money off selling the pathing programs. You think that Blizzard will introduce captcha or some other screen and these companies are just going to throw their hands up in the air and go out of business? Not likely.
When did I say they would just throw in the towel and say we had a good run? They will work to try to get around it. And some will succeed. But guess what? Any of the companies that sell bots that succeed aren't going to share it with their competitors. You would kill a lot of bots by doing this.
Captcha isn't 100% effective, but it requires time, resources, and technology advances. Some of these companies aren't going to have access to it all, and yes they will see a hit in sales, and some probably will go out of business (not really sure how many companies are out there, I only know of like two popular ones).