Kchow! ~whueee

So I wandered out to Netherstorm in search of an old enchanting recipe that I’d never picked up. Whilst trying to find the vendor who sells said recipe, I took the time to browse the goods of the various vendors hanging around the Stormspire. There’s a lot of really good stuff out there for the transmog enthusiast, but this kinda grabbed me.

It’s a really great model, almost worth playing a hunter for on its won merits. But then there’s the sound issue.

Take this as coming from someone who has at the very least been around most types of firearms when they’re being used and has no issue with the real thing: guns in WoW sound bloody awful. It’s like some horrible 8-bit relic crept from the depths of the NES into a world-class MMO.

Oddly enough, if you’re hordeside and visited the Krazzworks, there’s a quest that requires the player to operate a turret loaded with literally anything to hand. At least hunters don’t have to contend with the array of squeaks, spring-effects and gameshow-cues that said turret produces.

The title of this post is actually a sort of onomatopeia for one of my favourite projectile weapons ever – the Quake 2 railgun. It has a visceral thunk as it fires, followed by a (seemingly endless in deathmatch) slight whine as it recharges for the next shot. Another of my favourites, along the same lines, is the sound of the Gauss rifle in Fallout 2 – which I’m not even going to try and explain, it’s too odd. Again, though, it’s a very solid, distinctive sound. If only the tech-styled guns in WoW had some similar sound…

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