Some of the comic today exaggerates, but not as much as you’d think. In the new World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria expansion there will be pandas, there will be pet battles, there are free 80s to be had, and if we all cry “TIGERIA” loud enough I believe we can make it happen.
Blizzard had this idea for World of Warcraft called a “Scroll of Resurrection.” The reason most people play MMOs is because their friends do, so what better way to keep you in the game (paying the monthly subscription) than if you could invite back your friends who had left? Your friend gets a month free of play and then is likely to continue playing with you.
Now the Scroll of Resurrection comes with a free level 80 character. It doesn’t even have to a character you already created, you can make a new one and instantly have it go from level 1 to level 80. To put this into perspective, in the early days of World of Warcraft you might log into your level 50 character, play all day, and hope to gain one level in your session.
I’m all for new ideas on how to make the game more fun, but my heart needs whimsy. My heart needs tigers.