I have been seeing a significant amount of discussion around end game content and exactly what constitutes end game.
It seems that a portion of the player base believes that raiding constitutes end game, and therefore they question whether or not a game actually has end game unless it contains raids.
A couple of salient points from wikipedia on raiding:
- A raid is a type of mission in a video game in which a very large number of people (larger than the normal team size set by the game) attempt to defeat a boss monster
- Usually a boss is strong enough that it cannot be defeated by a team smaller than the designed raid size parameters for that boss. For example, a normal team size might not exceed eight people, but a raid for a particular boss may require 40 or more people. A normal team size wouldn't be able to survive the amount of damage that the boss can do.
- Item drops from raids are often very rewarding, and may include unique items or items that grant exceptional stats and abilities, thus giving players an incentive to participate. Other rewards may include large amounts of experience and in-game currency. The high rewards often come at the cost of high risk to the players. The large number of people in a particular raid group increases the likelihood of individual errors (including executing an action at the wrong time, or failing to execute an action when required) that could be detrimental to the raid as a whole, possibly contributing to the total failure of the raid.
However, I have some questions regarding the number of people who actually raid and/or would consider themselves to be raiders. I have seen statistics from WoW which indicate that only 1.5% of the player population completed Firelands on normal mode. And when LFR (looking for raid) was introduced, there was signifcant discussion about whether or not the time and effort that went into constructing raids was justified in the small number of players that actually participated in them.
So these questions are designed to explore the raiding experience of this particular community. Ideally, this would have been a poll with multiple sections, but that format isn't possible.
*** If these choices do not fit OR if you would choose multiple responses, please elaborate in the comment's section. For example, you may have cleared a raid on heroic difficulty but no longer have the time or the desire to do it. The tools for polling are somewhat limited.
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