Last night a Guildie linked into chat some of the items she'd managed to pick up on the Timeless Isle for her Shaman. She had the Ordon Legend-Keeper Greaves of the Impatient and the Ordon Legend-Keeper Bla Bla Bla Bla Bla and suddenly my brain just quietly went into meltdown. This was probably more to do with the fact I had a 4am start yesterday but I was then aware of the UTTERLY STUPID naming conventions we appear to have strayed into in 5.4. It is as if the Devs have run out of Epic to use, what with it being the end of the Expansion and all, and they've decided to hoard all of the good and inspiring epithets for next time.
I feel it is time for the game to stop being silly, and go back to basics.
I suspect the obvious change not simply in naming conventions but suffixes is an indicator that work is already well underway for when the NEXT Expansion rolls around and we can see Decimator and Wavecrest on L1 items. It makes sense in my mind, if there's an item squish coming (and I think we can pretty much agree it is going to happen now) that every item will finally be standardised and you'll know from the word go that Savant = just Mastery and Pious = just spirit, and so on. Standardisation is actually more of a big deal than you might at first believe, but I'd like to hope it's on the cards across the board. However, big names = hard to remember. Suffixes make things even worse. Simplicity is the key, which is why I feel Blizzard should be working towards a 'less is more' strategy whenever possible.
|SIMPLE FTW :D|
I've suggested it before, but this would be the MOTHER of all Contests. Blizzard could ask people to enter their own names for gear, and the best ones get used in the next Expansion. I guarantee they'd be absolutely inundated with entries. It would be a great 10th Anniversary Celebration to boot (see even thinking ahead for you there.) Feel free to have this one on me with the Professions do-over, no charge. You just need to add The Alt:ernative Trinket to the list of Names To Use, and we're golden [*] :D
|And there's a serious point to all this, eventually.|
What this does highlight however is the fact that, more often than not, it is really hard to work out whether an item is a suitable replacement for another, especially when procs come into play. Although the stat comparison tool in game is a useful way of making sure all your red stats show as green upgrades before you equip, it is becoming pretty much de rigeur to have a programme like Mr Robot at your disposal to do all the complicated mathematical equations for you. Far be it from me to suggest that sites like this should be made obsolete, but I think Blizzard could take this opportunity to make the process of understanding what does what and where a little easier for the average player to grasp. If you can tie that to being able to say to a Priest when levelling 'yes make sure you use anything with spirit AND you pick up any 'of the Pious' green items lying around in game...' and then make sure the same names get used FOR PROFESSIONS ITEMS too INCLUDING WEAPONS. I think we might need less randomly generated items too, especially at the lower levels. If you can do guaranteed use for quest rewards, maybe it is time to stop having unnecessary or pointless stats on other things too.
Oh, and if we're redesigning items and gear? Time to start giving personal loot bags with specific items for your spec and class out from the first dungeon you walk into at L15. JUST SAYING.
|I love it when a plan comes together :D|
I think we can all agree that, given a choice, simple pretty much beats horribly long and complicated (with the obvious caveats.) When it comes to gear, having only to remember a few things about what you need is FAR more preferable than needing to carry an A4 laminate around of all the options you need to consider when an item drops in your bag, especially at lower levels. Making the names easier is just part of a larger issue. I hope somewhere in Blizzard HQ, on an interactive whiteboard in a conference area, this point's underlined several times.
We don't need more complicated. Keep it simple, and make it fun.
[*] I wish, but in the unlikely event you'd also need Flavour Text, try 'For all your faffing needs.' :D