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Looking for What?

Posted Mar 26, 2010 by Jon Wood

Looking for What?'s Player perspectives columnist Jaime Skelton spends this week's column re-considering her position on the World of Warcraft Dungeon Finder feature.

Jaime Skelton

When the Dungeon Finder (aka the Looking For Group tool) was announced for World of Warcraft months ago, I took my stance in the “this is going to ruin the community” camp. I admit, I was grateful my druid would finally be able to find groups, since her server was notorious for a thinly spread population at higher levels. Otherwise, I was sure the system was going to prove to be ruinous to the server environment.

Months later, I have come to admit that I was wrong.

The Dungeon Finder tool in World of Warcraft (for those of you who have avoided the game) is an in-game interface which allows you to select your role (tank, healer, or damage), what instances you're interested in, and then places you in a queue. The system will then automatically put together a group from across multiple servers. Blizzard also threw in a small, but not inconsequential, bonus for using the system. The idea behind the system was to remove the hassle of putting together a group manually, while expanding the pool of available players.

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