First the links:
MMO Melting Pot’s roundup (which includes a lot of other excellent articles, the following are just what caught my eye)
…and then there’s my reaction:
Pandaren don’t bother me any more than the other silly anthropomorphic races in the game. I think there are more furries than human-like humanoids. So, sure, why not more? Beyond that, the game has never been all that serious. Haris Pilton and Wowpo can coexist.
Monks? Sure, why not. I won’t play one. I played without auto-attack in Allods Online, and I just didn’t like it. I do like that Monks are full hybrids, though, able to fill any trinity role. I’m not surprised they went that way.
Pokemon-ish minipet battles? Seems like a silly thing to dev spend time on, but maybe it will work out for them. I did love Pokemon back in the day when I had tons of free time, so it’s not like I’m opposed to it. I’m just not in that “time rich” bracket any more, so it won’t do much for me.
Talent tree amputation is a little strange, but hey, if it results in a system where players can respec talents on the fly for free, that’s a step closer to what I’d like anyway (full respec on the fly, all the way down to class choice), so I’ll call that a cup half full.
No, all the big controversial stuff doesn’t matter much to me. The part that bugs me far more than I expected is a little throwaway line:
“No flying until max level”
Yeah… I’m hoping that’s only in Pandaren territory. If it’s worldwide, well… color me displeased. Really displeased. Flight is a marvelous tool for exploration, and I don’t want to have to buy the latest expansion to access flight. I know, I know, some have argued that flight trivializes ground-based content, and there’s some truth to that. Thing is, flight is freedom, flight is exploration. Losing those don’t sit well with me.