I've never played pokeman. Never even had the slightest interest in it but the moment I saw pet battles announced I knew it was a warcraft version of pokeman. So, of course, I am not all that excited about it.
That was until more information was released about it. You see, even if I am not all that interested in pokeman I am a collector at heart. I collect titles, achievements, gear, pets, mounts, you name it. If there is something to waste your time getting in wow I usually waste my time getting it.
So being there are wild pets to catch, achievements to earn, levels to level up and challenges to win it seems pet battles have suddenly peaked my interest. I'm starting to look forward to something I had really no intention of giving a crap about.
There is one thing I am a little worried about however. Even as a person that loves hunters, 6 at 85 currently and another 6 at various levels, I have still never got a spirit beast. Ever. Not one. Nor have I ever even seen one.
See, I like to earn things, I like to play the game, I like to do whatever needs to get done to get things but I do not like standing in one place for hours on end waiting for a mob to spawn. I always have a BM spec when leveling just to catch one should I come across it but I have never once in my life stalked one.
Same goes for achievements like frostbitten. I'll pass by known spawn spots if I am in the area but I am not going to spend my time hunting them down or waiting for them to spawn. That is just not me. I am a doer, not a waiter.
As odd as this sounds, when I play the game I want to actually play the game. Standing in one spot waiting for something to spawn does not exactly come across as playing the game to me. So I've never tamed a spirit beast and I still need half the mobs of the rare mob achievements in BC and wrath. If they are there while I am actively playing the game I will tame/kill them as applicable but I am not going to wait for them.
Reading about all these rare pets that we can tame for pet battles has me thinking what type of rare will it be? Will it be rare like low level rare mobs now where they always seem to be there and if they are not then wait 10 minutes and it will respawn or will they be rare like spirit beasts where I've leveled many hunters and spent countless hours in their areas farming for materials and have never seen one even? On any character, not just on hunters. Never seen one ever on any character. Yeap, that rare.
If it is the former, I can see me really having fun getting into pet battles and catching them all but if it is like the latter I might as well give up before I start and say screw it.
I want to play the game. I don't want to waste the time I have available to play waiting for something to spawn for hours or days or weeks on end. There are some people that love that challenge. I am not one of them. That is time better spent elsewhere. I could be soloing old instances for drops. I could be working on rep, gathering materials, running dungeons, running raids, on multiple characters instead of standing in one place like a fool waiting for something that might never come.
I can't wait to hear more on it and to see it in practice. If the rare pets are something that can be attainable without massive amounts of wasted time doing nothing but waiting then I am surely going to catch them all but if they are going to be like spirit beasts I will treat them just the same, screw them, I'll go play the game instead of wasting my time.
If that turns out to be the case then pet battles will not be something for me but at the moment it looks like something I might very well be interested in. It has defiantly made me look forward to it. I guess even if they are hard to find I can still play some and just catch them if I come across them like I do with the rare kill achievements but that is about as far as I would go. I am a collector and a completest. If I do not have a reasonable chance at getting everything I won't even try. That is the same reason I do not have many PvP achievements. I knew I would not be able to get them all, so I never even tried to get the ones I could. If I get them I get them, if I don't, who cares.
I live by a great motto I heard a long time ago...
Anything worth doing is worth doing right.
If I am not going to do it right, it is not worth doing. This means pet battles hinge on one thing for me. How hard are the tames to get. If they are attainable in a reasonable time frame then pet battles are worth doing, if not, they are just another useless feature in the game to me.
At least I am now interested in it for the first time whereas before it just seems liked a pokeman knockoff and I had no interested in it whatsoever.
I can see this mini game becoming something like a facebook game app for warcraft. It seems to be the way they are moving lately. Trying to expand past the main game. So you will be able to log in and battle your pets from your iphone or android. Mark my words, I assure you, it is coming our way soon.