|Not just the visuals need work...|
Player models have been a thing for a while: in fact, every time we get a new race, they rear their heads, torsos and other assorted body parts. The emergence of the 'updated' Gryphon and Windrider in 5.1 has also reminded people that old models can be reworked sympathetically, and we know that right now someone in Blizzard HQ is doing just that. The problem comes, of course, with when we'll see them. I suspect it won't be until every race is complete and part of me thinks that will be a major selling point for the NEXT expansion. However it's not just the visuals that need work.
My husband thinks it's time Blizzard held a Joke Contest.
Some of the /silly emotes are, let's face it, as much a part of the game as Dailies or 5 Man Instancing. However, if the models are going to get a once-over it seems only logical that the things our characters say should do too, and it would be fabulous to get some jokes that not only reflected the changing environment of Azeroth but the real world outside the game. After all, it HAS been eight years... I really think it would be great idea to make this open to the public for entries. Looking at the excitement the current Mega Bloks Contest is generating (everyone wants the Warcraft CE, guys, it's the lure of a Murloc and a Panda) I doubt you'd have any shortage of entries...
However, its not just the jokes that could use some work. There is a lot of scope for new emotes too (come on, who doesn't want to see a /fistbump when you so summat particularly awesome in a Raid?) but why stop there? How about an emote for setting up a Campfire? (Insert obligatory Warchief quote here) How about a random comment or two when you're Fishing? These wouldn't need any work with animations, after all... The biggest change for me, and it would be an overwhelmingly positive one, would be the possibility of introducing a SCOTTISH ACTRESS to voice the default Female Dwarf. There was genuine celebration in this house when I heard Hilda Hornswaggle in Krasarang being portrayed by someone who REALLY SOUNDED SCOTTISH.
As we have several Female Scots in my Guild this also made me wonder... how about Blizzard made this as a contest too?
I know several people who have given their vocal talents to characters in Video Games. What would be more awesome for a fan of the game to become immortalised forever as the voice behind their race of choice? I'm betting they'd be inundated with entries too, and I'm betting their would be those willing to impersonate the current crop of race 'accents' for a chance to become a permanent feature... Surely it would not be beyond the realm of possibility to get people to recording studios in the US and Europe? Maybe even the wonders of the Internet and Skype could capture people's voices for use in the game? It would also be amazing if you could pick a voice for your Dwarf too, maybe from a set of three or four possibilities... no additional animations required here either, just more beautiful Scottish accents!
I have to say I'm pretty happy with the way things are both in terms of models and emotes, but it would be wonderful if the visuals are getting an upgrade that we could see everything move with them. If you're reading Blizzard, this really would make for one helluva Contest. I'll bet you'd have no shortage of volunteers in-house for judges...