Monday, June 22, 2009
The future of WoW twinks
Twinks used to be a general term for second characters in a MMORPG being overly well equipped thanks to the help of the first character. But in World of Warcraft the term is more often used for a particular narrow sub-group, second characters of level 19 or 29 using their uber gear to PvP in battlegrounds. While that is certainly a fun thing for the person playing the twink, it is obviously less fun if you happen to be a "real" untwinked character and face unbeatable opponents in a battleground.
So when Blizzard announced plans to make character gain xp in battlegrounds, a first common reaction was that this would be the end of BG twinks. By winning battlegrounds due to twinking, you'd gain xp, thus eventually leveling up to 20 or 30, and falling out of the BG bracket. Cheers from the people who didn't like BG twinks, loud protests from those who played them.
In the end Blizzard went for a compromise: You will now be able to pay 10 gold to turn off xp gains. So everything is back to how it was before? Not quite! Because if you turn off xp, you'll only be paired against other people who did the same in battlegrounds. Thus the twinks will have the choice of either turning xp off and only facing other twinks, or leaving xp on until they are ejected by leveling. Subtle! Because of course the twinks can't admit that they had fun ganking less equipped players, and always claimed it was all about the skill and challenge of PvP. So they can't possibly complain about being forced to face only other twinks. We'll see if this new system leads to BG twinks dying out, or becoming a major sub-game of World of Warcraft.