Friday, March 11, 2005

For honor

World of Warcraft is going to be instituting their new honor system soon. I was reading about it today, and I'm convinced that it's pretty stupid.

"...if the number of Dishonorable Kills escalates to such a degree that it hampers general gameplay, we may well step in and institute a penalty for Dishonorable Kills."

Hmm. I thought that the whole point of the PVP honor system was that they realized that this was already a HUGE problem. I thought that they were going to try to fix this. As it stands, they're just giving players even more incentive to kill other players at random. My level 45 character could be killed by someone in the low 50s and they would still get an "Honorable Kill," even though I don't have the slightest chance of putting up any fight. This is just going to make playing on a PVP server suck even more.

There are some neat things about the new PVP honor system. It finally explains what the members-only areas in a couple of the major cities are for. And, Epic Commander's Mounts, though sound cool: an Epic mount for roughly the price of a normal one, usable only by the top PVP players.

I don't know. It hasn't been deployed yet. Maybe it's not as bad as it sounds; maybe a 53 killing a 45 will count as dishonorable, though it doesn't sound like it will. The way I see it, there is nothing Blizzard needs to do to increase the amount of PVP combat happening in the game. The game is already rank with PVP, and it needs no encouragement whatsoever. I would have hoped that they would do something to reduce the ganking.

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