If you have ever run a world, you’ve probably seen one of these threads. Heck, if you have only ever played or even just visited a forum or two, you have seen it. Someone starts a thread pointing out the design “failures” in the world, except that the failures they are pointing out are not failures at all; they are just not suited to the player’s taste. I’m not writing about the situation where the player appreciates what the designer was trying to do and perhaps actually made a mistake. I’m writing about the situation where a player is asking for classes and tank/rogue/nuker/healer raid instances in a classless world about puppies. What the player is really requesting is that you change your core design and turn it into something else. These days, that something else is likely to be WoW.
Heck, you’ve probably committed this sin at some point in the past. I know I have and I give my apologies to those I’ve annoyed in the past by doing this.
What made me think of this? A little Onion video. A link to that is a great snarky reply to any of those “turn your game into something else” threads.