idiggory, King of Bards wrote:
If you think the average WoW player is logging in for more than 2 hours a day, you REALLY need to spend less time in a gaming forum echo chambers. No, really.
Do you have any sort of hard data that says otherwise?
"Burden of Proof lies upon the accuser", afterall. You're the one saying that "average wow players play 2 hours a day or less". You care to back that up?
And the biggest joke here is that you think we can narrow down the population for whom a boost service would be appealing to a very small niche group of hardcore players. That's what I'm most enjoying here.
I'm narrowing down the number of people who would actually care
about Level Boosted Characters. Your Average Joe who buys a Level Boost probably doesn't care if other people had done the same. What group of people are doing the most whining about this Level Boost feature? It sure isn't the Average Casual Joes, that's for sure.
We need to consider who the target audience of the Lv90 Boost really is. Not your casual Joe who only logs on for an hour a day average (this type of person would hardly be interested in Endgame as he wouldn't have enough time to devote to it), but rather the guy who has 4, 5, 6 alts and doesn't feel like leveling another.
The boost service is JUST as attractive to "I can only log in 3 times a week" guy as it is to "I log in every day" guy, since their playtime isn't a serious consideration when they're deciding whether or not they want to invest over a hundred hours doing something they don't really want to do just because they want a new class at cap.
Again, sure, the Average Joe might be tempted to get Level 90 now. But then if it is his first character, he might want to see the levelup process at least once, too. Given the fact you get a FREE Level 90 boost upon purchase of WoD, I'm willing to say that MOST people who BUY a Lv90 Boost are on their 3rd character+.
I don't know too many people who'd plunk down $60 on a third level 90 who are casual enough that they only play 2hr/day average. Why would you plunk down $60 on a Level 90 when you're so casual you'd probably never get past LFR?
And, again, why the hell are people trying to play a game of "well, to THIS population..."
If your argument depends on you narrowing your population down to a specific group, your argument sucks. No exceptions.
Again, I was narrowing down who is doing the most whining about the Level Boost feature. The Average Casual Joe group usually doesn't care. They just play the game. The people who are doing the most whining are the Elitist and Hardcore crowds.
But then I don't get why they're whining; it isn't like you get a Cloak handed to you and it isn't like anybody is going to recruit a level boosted character into a Normal+ SoO guild, and it takes a fair bit of Timeless Isle grinding to get into LFR SoO.
The only crowd that has any business whining about Level Boosted characters are PvPers in Random BGs, and LFR ToT groups. But then, myself and several other people on oboards have noted that many level boosted characters play better than the overgeared players do. I actually saw Horridon with 350mil after Amani Door this past week. I've never seen that happen, ever. More than half of the DPS in the raid were Level Boosted characters, as were 2 of the healers yet it was a Flawless Horridon run and all it took was a simple "Adds > Boss" raid warning.