The Tyranny of DailiesJanuary 20, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Posted in General | 1 Comment
Tags: bad hawley, choice, game design, World of Warcraft
I wasn’t playing World of Warcraft when Daily Quests were introduced.
I was in the middle of one of my frequent breaks from the game, but many of my friends were playing, and they all told me that Dailies were fantastic; they were lucrative, fun, and a great thing to occupy the time between instances and raids.
Gone was meaningless grinding or farming; Dailies were the way of the future.
I felt like such a party pooper when I restarted World of Warcraft, saw my first dailies, tried a few of them, grunted in a similar way to my “I’ve probably just woken up, so until I’ve had a lovely cup of tea I’m not going to be impressed by anything to do with you” sort of way, and then went back to farming nodes and having fun my own way.
Yes, they’re useful for farming rep and cash, but there’s something about the fact that you can only do so many of them per day, and you can only do them once each per day, that really annoys me. If I want to get something done, I want to get it done now; if I’m going to pull a plaster off, I’ll rip it off in one move, rather than a quarter of an inch a day, every day for 3 months.
And they’re so disgustingly “hardcore” in nature. I think this is one of the few things that really, really annoys me about them so much.
To get anything from dailies, you *have* to log in each day and do them. Even if that’s *all* you do when logged in. They punish the weak and feeble who choose to do something else, because usually the main rewards, those sexy, big, pant-tightening rewards from any chosen rep faction can only be achieved through that daily grind. Every day missed is another two days waiting, and there is no catching up.
At the moment, I’m trying to limit myself to the Cooking daily. Whilst I can applaud the use of wearing Tabards to gain rep when in instances and dungeons for most of the rep factions in ‘Clysm, I find it really disheartening that I have to do the daily cooking quests to be able gain the cooking currency to buy recipes to first of all level up, and then to allow me to go raiding without handing over a honking great pile of cash on the auction house.
Ach, it’s a minor gripe at best but I suppose that, to me, they’re one of those things where the game really feels like a grind, and my dislike of repetition doesn’t help. To me, each instance or raid run feels different, whereas each time I do a daily, it feels just the same as yesterday…