The One and Only Deadgye wrote:
I can't see where your coming from with that statement. Vertical progression does not favor choice. If you want to do old content, nobody else does. You're forced to go with the mainstream. Let's say you didn't want to do the new content, say you liked what you were doing, let's use camping kings in ffxi as an example. Einherjar comes along, you can still do kings if you want and you don't have to do einherjar. Whereas in WoW when BC came along nobody would go do the level 60 raids with me anymore because they were worthless, nobody would farm rep with me in old areas because "it was worthless".
That's the problem with being stuck in the past...you place yourself in the minority. There's nothing stopping you from exploring old content aside from whether or not you can find a group to do it with. That's a restriction created by the players, not the developer. When you start asking the developer to introduce restrictions by emphasis on horizontal progression and then add in the restrictions created by the players you end up with a dead game. Kinda like FFXI.