Once the BfA pre-orders are announced on Tuesday (I’m gonna look pretty lame now if that doesn’t happen) there will be a sudden rush of large-scale interest in Azeroth again. Major news sites will announce the move, journalists who haven’t played the game (publicly) since launch forced to get out their 110’s and work out what changed since they last logged in. Streamers who are already complaining they were too slow with their Alpha videos will complain further that there’s not enough time to get everything done AND carry on with their Mythic progression. Mostly, a lot of people will complain.
Maybe this Expansion we could stop that and try something else.
I am continually amazed at how few people know how to offer criticism constructively. I wonder if the artists in my Twitter feed who are constantly praised sometimes wish that people would offer them areas to improve: I know I am grateful for those who will DM me and point out typos or incorrect word usage, or suggest that I try other ways of presenting topics. Yes, it does happen. That’s why I listen to the trolls and look at what is said because sometimes there are things to be learnt. There was one particularly vicious Troll who wanted to try and wind me up over a particular form of punctuation use but has ended up curing me of the issue for good. I’d thank him, but he’s still blocked because he’s a sociopath and I don’t need that.
With a new bunch of content appearing, maybe we could practice the Feedback Sandwich a bit more. It is very simple: say a nice thing to start your Twitter post, add the criticism you wish to make, and finish off with another nice thing at the end. You should call this a Criticism Sandwich (coz filling is the key) but maybe then people would just toss the insides away and simply eat the bread. Sometimes you don’t need to hear the answer you want, what has to be said is something else. Just being overtly pleasant and positive is great and all that, however… There are moments when it would be better for everybody concerned if all that flattery was dispensed with and people kindly and positively just told the truth.
It will also matter quite a lot where you say these things: Twitter is great, but you’re likely to get more attention in the Official Forums or piggy-backing a known Warcraft Influencer. I’m going to do a post on space tomorrow (not the thing with stars, but where things live in inventories) which, on consideration, is my biggest issue currently in-game. After that, I don’t have any real complaints. I’m not going to stamp my feet if they gut my favourite classes (again) or end up destroying my notion Class Fantasy because that writing has been on the wall since Legion launched. I’m certainly not going to blame a specific designer for it, or indeed throw shit at anybody in any team for their efforts to locate a Holy Grail for players that has never existed and never will. I know full well why so many people cite Classic as ‘peak Warcraft’ and that’s Tuesday’s blog post sorted as well.
As ‘excitement and pride’ in my class is a World no longer revolves around competitive content and I’m more interested in collecting Hunter pets than using them, my feedback this time around in that regard will be, I suspect, largely irrelevant. However, I can give constructive criticism on typos, quest complexity, Professions changes and world glitches. I have a relevance to help with game development, should I choose to do so. Everybody has the ability to offer and contribute in a positive fashion, should they desire.
Now to see who does this, and who doesn’t.