I'd like to start this post by talking about something not game related. Namely indoor plumbing. I would hazard a guess that very few of us alive in this day and age remember a time when we did not have indoor plumbing, unless you happened to live in a very rural area or were a member of the boy scouts. Indoor plumbing is something we take for granted, it has been with us our entire life, or at least been with most of us our entire life.
We have never had to get dressed to go outside in minus 30 degree weather in the middle of the night because we had to go to the bathroom. We have never had to put on our shoes when we walked to the bathroom. We have never had to deal with possibly running into a racoon or something worse while on a trip to go relieve ourselves. The simple ease of our bathroom being inside of our house, protected from the elements, and hopefully racoons, is taken for granted. It was a quality of life improvement that is no longer seen as special or a luxury as it might have first seemed when indoor plumbing first became all the rage.
Flight in warcraft is like indoor plumbing in life. It is a great quality of life improvement that we have become to take for granted. Flight has been with many of us our entire life playing the game, or at least the majority of it. There is a reason for that. The reason being that we, as a people, do not move backwards, we move forwards. Things that at one time, perhaps even in your lifetime, where considered luxuries or special and for only the few who could afford it are now things people can not live without. Why should we expect our gaming lives to be any different? We expect improvements over time, additions that make our lives better.
There was a day when only the rich families had cable television and everyone in the neighborhood would go over to watch movies. Now, everyone has cable and the people that do not have it want it because they feel it is "required". The same goes for a VCR, which has been replaced with the DVD player over the years, as an improvement, but there was a time when the people that owned one were few and far between.
I remember when having a computer was a big deal and that one person that had a connection to the internet, which wasn't even the internet yet, but they were the king of the hill. I'm pretty sure you all have internet connection now if you are reading this, so it is surely another things we take for granted. Lets talk about something that the younger crowd might understand, the cell phone. There was a time when no one had one and when they first came out they were more the size of a shoe box than a cigarette pack and only the rich and/or corporations had them, now in this generation can you imagine life without a cell phone, for most people at least? I am sure some people would enter into an instant panic attack and not be able to breath if someone told them they were removing cell phone from the real world.
Things are generally introduced into our lives, both in real life and in game, to make things better. They do not get subtracted, they never do, because they shouldn't. They were added as a quality of life improvement and they have become part of our every day life.
Warcraft used to be no different. They added more and more quality of life improvements each and every patch. Even the 6.1 patch that we all joke about as being without content came with a myriad of quality of life changes. Something even as simple as the "all" button when placing work orders was an amazingly good quality of life improvement. Simple quality of life change matters, to all of us, even if something like that might even go unnoticed.
Flying, as I see it, was the single largest quality of life addition the game has ever seen. It is like indoor plumbing. No one wants to start using an outhouse again and I hold no fault to anyone that does not want to run around on the ground again. I fully support the people that want flying back because it sets a negative trend to start removing quality of life improvements. One I do not want to see blizzard keep on with.
What could be next on blizzards chopping block? More things there were added to the game for quality of life reasons, to make the mundane things easier and more enjoyable, like flight was added to make the mundane task of travel better.
Do you think the day will come when we have to press the start work order button 21 times again instead of just once? Do you think you will need to start carrying around stacks of devout candles, symbols of kings, ankhs, and the such? Will hunters once again need to carry around ammo?
What other quality of life improvements is blizzard going to remove for no reason what so ever?
Well, there is one I actually wish they would remove. The quality of life improvement for druids where all travel forms were combined into one button is horrible. I want my land, sea and air options to be separate. This is the one rare, extremely rare, case where I believe a quality of life improvement was a bad thing. All other times, I am actually pretty supportive of all the quality of life changes.
And all in all, I am really upset that blizzard has decided to lower our quality of life by removing the single biggest quality of life change in the history of the game, flying.
Removing flying is no different than making priests need to carry around candles to cast their buffs once again, and making the buffs go on only one person at a time, and for a much shorter duration. Unless you are willing to carry a bunch of candles around again and buff every person in the raid one at a time and more often thanks to the lower duration, you can not say you support no flying. Because supporting no flying is the same as supporting needing devout candles again, and for that matter, it is the same as supporting removing indoor plumbing.
I can't speak for anyone but myself, but I like using my bathroom indoors and I like flying in game. These things are no longer special or a luxury, they are something everyone should have.
I don't want blizzard removing more quality of life improvements like flying. They should be adding things to make the game better, make the game move forward, not removing things to make the game worse and move backwards. But hey, they know best right?
What else are you prepared to lose? If you do not fight against the removal of flight, maybe next time what they take might be something that matters to you, and you will have no right to complain because you let them take this without a fight.