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As a former WOW subscriber, I recently bought 30 days of game time to see if MOP was going to be better than Cataclysm, & maybe worth playing again... Blizzard implemented a "feature" shortly before the MOP release called "Cross Realm Zones". Many did not feel it was a feature at all as it brought a wagonload of gamebreaking bugs & gameplay issues, and there was/is no way to "Opt-Out" of it. I personally will not re-subscribe or buy MOP as long as CRZ is live in WOW, and there are SO many others who feel the same. We have been told it is here to stay, suck it up. Thoughts?
Has it cost Blizzard MOP sales & lost subscriptions? I think so. To what extent, I am not certain. There are several threads on this issue with 20,000+ posts detailing issues & requests to Blizzard to remove CRZ entirely. There is a "Remove CRZ" petition out for folks to sign at: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/blizzard-please-remove-cross-realm-zones-from
Links to the 20,000+ Remove CRZ Posts:
Here is one ex-WOW-player's feelings on CRZ and the state of WOW/MOP:
When I was 9 yrs old, our neighbor’s wife brought home a young puppy. It was a shepherd/collie mix, happy & eager to please (I know this because she let me play with it & bring it home on occasion). Her husband didn’t like dogs or was (looking back now) unhappy or just plain sadistic.
Long story short: the husband began keeping the puppy outside 24/7 tied to a post. At first, he gave the puppy a chain that was pretty long, and the puppy learned how far he could run to greet me without getting stop-choked. Well, the husband would occasionally shorten the pup’s chain by 3 or 4 feet, then wait for him to happily race to someone for pets or food and choke/flip as his paramaters had been altered and more of his freedom was just gone. He would laugh every time.
This is how WOW feels to me today. During BC & Wrath, we were given portals in Shatt & Dalaran so we could spend less time traveling & more time actually enjoying our game time. As groups were not always easy to find, quests were made more soloable and our enjoyment grew. Rares and Spirit Beasts were added for taming and , yes, good drops. It was a challenge even then to tame them, but OH was it ever something to look forward to!!! We were out exploring, taming, gathering, BGing questing, dungeoning, raiding etc. Our choice of servers meant a great deal to us. There was something for EVERYONE and we had CHOICES in how we liked to play the game we were paying for.
With Cata, someone decided we would have to spend most of our game time traveling (20 min to Northrend) etc. as they took away our portals. Look! They made a whole new beautiful world to explore, but everyone MUST stay in the home cities ALL THE TIME, because that was “moving forward”.
Come CRZs & MOP…We will force group questing & lower your xp gains, we will present the ILLUSION of populated realms, we will smile as you reach for that node or rare that is phased (you really can’t touch it as it disappears when you get close), we will laugh as you get flagged & camped involuntarily on PVE only servers, we will change time zones & realms randomly without warning and impassively watch you lose the chance to turn in or accept dailies, plan an event, participate in the Darkmoon Faire (because in your new time zone it is already gone). Fishing tournaments don’t work anymore because someone from another realm fished up the winners on their realm & turned them in on yours seconds after the tourney started, or you got a winner and can’t turn it in because on the random realm you are playing on now, the tournament is over before it began? We will disable the fishing tournaments!!! We will chuckle as the passenger you carry on your 2 person mount is rudely dimounted & falls to their death at each invisible CRZ crossover border. We will see that each quest takes 15-30 minutes to complete because all of the drops/mobs are dead, and you will continue to spend 20 minutes traveling to northrend because you don’t get the portals back! So get OUT into the world & enjoy the game. Huh???!
This is working as intended according to whom again???
My Dad went next door and talked the neighbor into letting us have that puppy. We had him for 13 years & he was my dear friend until the day he passed. Thankfully, WOW is just a digital form of entertainment that I can abandon. I will not pay to be stop-choked.
And to those in charge who think Cross Realm Zones is a good idea and WILL STAY, we say, GC & cohorts, if you are burned out or you simply hate puppies, PLEASE, hand the job over to someone else! This is NOT moving forward