After my recent rant about Richard Bartle, I didn't think my anti-Bartle-ire would be stirred again so soon. But it was.
Dr Bartle, Lord Professor Extraordinaire of MMO-Diku-MUD-backgammon-checkers game design, has descended once more from the mountain to enlighten us with his words of wisdom.
This time, he's telling us all about the wonders of Stranglethorn Vale. This is one of the more widely disliked zones in WoW. I'm not even going to do a blow by blow, as Syp and Scott have already got that covered.
I just want to put it out there. Richard Bartle knows squat about game design. Of course there is the distinct possibility that he actually knows ALL about game design, but since we're not one of the
"20 people in the world right now to whom this makes the kind of sense it makes to me"
us mere mortals could not possibly understand.
"I don't know if I've succeeded in any of this. However, I do know that if anyone tells me MMO design isn't an art form, I will strongly disagree."
Oh, it's an art-form my friend. You're just not an artist.