Even though I’m not playing WoW at the moment, I have been attempting to keep pace with what is going on. And there have been a few interesting developments this week. The first is the general player moaning with the constant state of balancing in the game. It seems that Blizzard is on a constant mission to retweak core abilities from one week to the next, leaving players scratching their heads when trying to work out their rotation.

The other development is the news that the two old Zul raids are to be repackaged as heroic 5 mans. Most bloggers seem to be looking at this as scoring a full 10 on the lame-arse scale, something which I myself would not disagree with. It smacks of desperation on Blizzard’s part. Could it be that Blizzard are purposely fiddling with balancing abilities to keep us distracted from the fact that there is very little end game content? In Burning Crusade we simply concentrated on the raids and trying to make our way through them. In Cataclysm we seem to have to concentrate on what our abilities are doing this week as opposed to making our way through the end-game. One of these is fun, the other is not.

To be honest, as far as the three new rogue abilities go for this expansion I couldn’t name all three of them for you off the top of my head. The only one that I can positively identify is ‘smoke bomb,’ and I use that about as often as I see my dog brushing his teeth. There comes a point where you simply have too many abilities to choose from. Fluid gameplay goes out the window as you struggle to remember not only when to use these abilities but that you actually have them at all. Why does Blizzard have to keep introducing new abilities anyway? I mean, if they go on like this, in another couple of expansions you’ll probably have to buy a specialist keyboard just to bind them all.

Smoke and mirrors, my friends, smoke and mirrors. Keep them blinded and dazzled with the smoke and mirrors to disguise the fact that there isn’t really very much at all. The whole thing smacks to me of a once great gaming organization having been taken over by the bean-counters. I’ve got nothing against bean-counters per se. Only that when I become supreme dictator they will be the first ones up against the wall.