My journey through World of Warcraft went something like this: As a noob, I rolled a human fighter and learned the ropes leveling up in my PVE server (strictly Carebear here) with my friends until I reached about level 35. Then I had an important realization: Only squares roll Alliance. So I started back at the beginning with a face-melting undead priest who never healed anyone but herself. But I had to go back to level one and start from scratch. I know what hardship is. Also, I had to walk to school 10 miles through the snow.
Kids today, though, have everything handed to them on a silver platter, and soon won't have to sacrifice to switch sides. Blizzard has announced it will allow Warcraft players who mistakenly chose Alliance to switch sides and play Horde. For a fee.
It might be awhile, though. According to Blizzard:
There’s still much work to do and many details to iron out, but the basic idea is that players will be able to use the service to transform an existing character into a roughly equivalent character of the opposing faction on the same realm...The number of variables involved increases the complexity of implementing this service, but we plan to take the time needed to ensure that it lives up to expectations before officially rolling it out.
Like most World of Warcraft innovation, if you want to be first on your block to see how it works, check out the public test realms, where pieces of the faction switching technology will be rolled out gradually.
Personally, I'm against the idea. What good is choosing sides if you can just go back and forth between them with ease? What do you think? Is Warcraft faction switching a good idea or lame? How much do you think it worth?