The Problem Is Just That No One Likes Tanking Or Healing
Over a year ago I wrote a (slightly provocative) guest post for World of Matticus entitled “Tanks And Healers Should Get The Biggest Rewards“. Everyone went ape shit. Fast forward 14 months and it turns out though that I’m no mere mortal blogger but rather some sort of Nostradamus-esque visionary as Blizzard announced there intention to reward tanks and healers for using the random Dungeon Finder tool. I’m expecting a royalties cheque in the mail any day now.
Plenty of bloggers have written great articles on the subject already, covering a variety of views and opinions, so I’ll try to keep mine brief. Essentially, I don’t really have any issue with the concept of “bribing” certain classes into stepping up to the plate because, well, it’s a game and WoW is already filled with billions of types of incentive-reward-actions so why should this be any different? I do feel slightly sad (and a little perplexed) though about it how it affects the non-hybrid classes as it’s not like those poor souls actually even have a choice of tanking or healing if they wanted to. Sucks for them, I guess. Maybe will Blizz will offer free class changes to compensate? Ha.
Anyway, what I find the most interesting about this huge scale social manipulation is that Blizzard have decided to slap a band-aid on the issue (lack of tanks and healers) rather than address the core problem, that being that no actually wants to play those classes. Surely this demonstrates quite clearly an underlying flaw in the structure of the game and the entire Holy Trinity model? So why aren’t we trying desperately to fix this issue at it’s heart rather than try to force a weird type of social engineering through bribery?
Of course the lack of tanks and healers isn’t an issue solely reserved for WoW as it’s something all MMOs experience although I do get the impression that it’s proportionally worse in Warcraft than anywhere else. Regardless, maybe it’s just time we woke up from our dreamy state of denial, put our heads together, and came up with an alternative to the Holy Trinity that resolves the fundamental problem once and for all.