WoW is not designed to be a teaching tool, or an avenue of personal improvement. It is not intended for use as a source of self esteem.
...Most games are supposed to give you challenges you overcome to feel good about beating them. If you don't feel good playing games why are you playing them?
I don't get this argument.
Also; A game based entirely off grouping with other players should indeed be teaching it's players how to play properly. MMO's have a different air and stigma to them than single player games; I know it sounds elitist as hell but the past week I've had to teach more players how to play their class at max level in challenge modes than I have in the year and I'm frankly tired of it when the solution can lie in Blizzard.
A miniature tutorial in game on key-binding and class quests that teach you basics is more than enough.
Anything more comes down to if the player wants to up their game or not.
I don't get your argument. First guy you were responding too had it right...a game has two purposes....be fun and make money for the company. Everything else is secondary to those goals. Ignore it, smirk at it do whatever...doesn't change the truth.
Feeling good about a game doesn't have anything to do with self-esteem. You can be happy and its not a measure of your self esteem at all. I play all types of games...including shooters...when I'm blowing people away with a rocket launcher and watching body parts fly - I'm enjoying myself because the game is fun to me, I'm not thinking at all about self esteem, you think I have good esteem about blowing up people in computer game? (tip: the answer is no, no I don't).
Honestly I think the most significant problem today in terms of games anyway, is today's breed of gamer simply don't know WTF it is that they want! They are never satisfied, they are endless complainers.
WoW has pretty much already proved that point - if you were here since the start...I mean back then raiding was very challenging, in fact so much so that VERY few people ever saw end game....people cried for more accessibility, Blizzard gave it to them....today its funny because I feel all the folks crying for challenge in the game were the people before earlier in the game crying that it was too hard.
People cried for more options in the early days of wow, so over time new classes , races, bgs, arenas, etc. were all gradually released and added to the game. BAM! Here we are today...look through the forums...go for it right now....look at the level of !@#$% and moan people have...everyone's complaining about the content and everything blizzard does is just never good enough.
Now I know its a forgone conclusion I've earned myself the "apologist" title with this view point, but ahh if you only knew me -- I really don't care much about peer pressure or what others think when I stand by what I'm saying....never did...even as a kid..never gave a damn about peer pressure.
All that aside, there's things I hate about this game from time to time and there's stupid stuff (IMO anyway) that blizzard does...but the overall game and direction I usually can understand why or what blizzard is doing something for and I largely agree with them.
For instance I think accessibility is great. The fact that more serious raiders AND people that just pop in and out of the game on a whim can BOTH enjoy raid content now...that's fantastic, is what games are supposed to be about -- fun and allowing all to partake.
That's what I think...and I got to tell you - I don't know how blizzard folks stay sane and focused....because they can just never do right.