|There’s a reason this meme’s been so popular… ^^|
There’s a lot of salt on Social Media at present. If you’re not aware of the use of the word in current parlance?
|The ayes have it :P|
The anger seems to fall into two distinct camps: those who think that 6.2.3 is not enough, and those who think people like me should shut up and be nice, because whenever Blizzard announce anything? We become a bunch of whiny, cry babies on social media who simply find a reason to complain because that’s just what we do. Yeah, about that?
@AlternativeChat So don’t play it?
— RetPallyJil (@RetPallyJil) October 15, 2015
If you actually take the time to read my post yesterday, you’ll see I won’t be taking up raiding to get a Moose. I’m here first today to point out that if an individual believes something is lacking, pointing that out is perfectly acceptable. What does also seem to have come out of yesterday’s quite animated discussion regarding this Patch is that many people think that plot really is secondary to just getting rewards. Now I’ll grant you, this is a game, and that means there’s a way to play it and win. Except hang on, everybody knows there isn’t just one way to do that in MMO’s. That’s not how this works, you keep playing for a decade and never truly reach the end, just keep beating stuff and walking a path… but then I have to ask, why exactly are you playing to begin with? I raided for many years, it’s not like I don’t understand the mentality set that’s associated with this, and after all that time I’ve grasped that you need to be able to tell others what you think they’re doing wrong so that everyone can get it right.
The trouble at present is that an increasing number of people don’t like to hear or see this happen.
|So you define ‘criticism’ HOW, exactly?|
That whole ‘why did you take flying away’ debate seems to have become a tipping point for a lot of issues. Blizzard now won’t tell anyone what’s going on until they’re TOTALLY sure they can commit to it. A lot of players won’t entertain anyone having a ‘problem’ with anything that the designers present, especially if it re-introduces stuff they want back into game play. And I think I know (at least in part) why this is: I sense that these people now feel if there’s too much complaint, Blizzard will take those things wanted that others don’t away, and then everybody loses out. I actually gave up counting the number of people who told me to shut up yesterday, and yet that ‘opinionated’ blog post has been the single most read thing I’ve written for almost three months. It could be, quite possibly, that Blizzard have identified areas of game play where genuine differences of opinion lie. It’s also possible that players have now become so used to things happening a certain way, that it is impossible to imagine then happening otherwise.
Mostly, I sense a lot of people could do with taking a deliberate step backwards.
|To those of you who don’t get the point.|
In the end, I write here every day because that’s what I want to do. Every so often, as was the case yesterday, what I think is lucky enough to intersect with a large wave of current opinion. I didn’t sit down on Thursday morning and think to myself ‘oh I must write summat that’ll get thousands of people all riled up with emotion’ that just happened as a by-product of me making my point better than on most other days. Someone asked me yesterday why I bother writing at all when it seems so many people’s opinions get lost in the vastness of the player base’s spread and location, and the answer remains as it always has been. I write because I can. This time, I got lucky. Does it make the point I made any more or less relevant? Of course it doesn’t, but what it does do is make other people think about why they are here, and perhaps realise that their viewpoint isn’t just theirs alone. Belonging in a Community is really rather important. Everyone wants to be the
cool secret agent the centre of attention sometimes, right?
Actually, no. But sometimes everybody wishes they weren’t the only person thinking what they do.
|This is here because I like it.|
Somebody asked me yesterday what it’s like to feel vindicated. As a point of order, if I was genuinely looking to feel that way, I’d be expecting a Blizzard Dev to write me a personal e-mail explaining why they’ve given up on plot completely in this Expansion. Because that would be a personal gesture, I’d not share it, and the feelings that resulted wouldn’t ever make it out into the Real World to begin with, and here’s the bigger point that needs to be made. I’m not here to be right, I’m here to have rights. If you don’t like what I say? Stop listening. If you don’t like the Blog? Don’t read it. If you think I’m polluting YOUR social media with ideas that are wrong? That’s what the Unfollow button is for. I have the right to speak because, as yet, my country does not restrict my ability to post on the Internet, and as long as that still exists I will be here, sharing my views and discussing the consequences. Does it matter that not one fucking thing changes because of this? NO. Am I being a part of the Community in the hope that Sensai Blizzard will notice me? FUCK NO. This is not my bid for an NPC because I ‘contributed’ or the hope I’ll somehow get a Community Spotlight, because that’s not why I keep making such a noise.
I do that because I can. And I’ll keep doing it until I decide it’s time to stop.