I told myself I was just going to stay out of it. Just let everyone shout and yell at the top of their voices and just get it out of their system. But It has reached a point where I feel like I need to say something in an adult voice.
First. I would like to formally appologise to any designer, artist, developer, that works at Blizzard for any comments I may have made over the years about design, art work, armor models etc. It is not my place to criticize the work you put in to making a product. I can either like it, or not. That is my choice. I play your game for many reasons. Reasons I am sure that many others do not share, or even can comprehend. I come from a different time than a great deal of people playing. So if I have ever said anything that has come off as hurtful or condescending to anyone there, I am sorry.
For all of the players. You should all just stop. Stop with the threats, stop with the demands, just stop. Let me try to make this as simple as possible.
This is a ball.
You can play catch with it, you can play kick ball with it, soccer, dodge ball, any number of different things can be done with it. It is a ball. Yelling at it does not make it a Baseball, or a Football, or a Rugby ball. It is simply a round ball. And that is what WoW is. WoW is a game. It is our choice to do with it what we enjoy doing. If it has a hole in it, we can say “Hey, I found a hole”, and they will patch it. So if we find a broken quest, an item that is not working correctly, something that is broken, we bring it to their attention, they check it out, and fix it. Yelling at them “I don’t like this ball!!!!” Why? Because it isn’t the ball I played with yesterday, I wanted a blue one, I need one to play Baseball, it does not matter. This is the ball they are giving us to play with. Period. End of debate.
We have pushed them so far into a corner, they have, at least to my eyes, reached a point where they have had enough. However, they are partially to blame by encouraging us over the years to comment about likes and dislikes to a point where we feel if we all say it loud enough they will change it. And I think we have reached a final line in the sand where they have said, enough.
Blizzard makes a wonderful game, one that 10’s of millions of people have played over the years. It is successful for some magical reason. I just wish we all, as players, would stop flinging our poop at it in the hopes that they will change things to suit the way we want to play. We can analyze and theorize how we interpret what we are supposed to do. It is a process of learning and thinking. When we do not grasp the concept or refuse to do it the way they want us to, it is partially some fault on their part by not outlining exactly what they have envisioned, but mostly it is on us for not thinking differently. We look to web sites to tell us how to play, what gear to choose to do the best, what stats have priorities, so that we can play to the absolute best. But that is just us looking for someone to tell us what to do. And the answer is just the interpretation of a few people looking at numbers.
There is a feeling in playing you get. A method of playing that feels right to you. Is it going to be the optimal? Probably not. I think a lot of the feeling has left the game on both sides, everyone is so focused on the minuet details that they are all missing the grand picture. We have become obsessed with getting that last 0.01% that we are forgetting to have fun. And we lash out at the most trivial of things.
I think it would do everyone a world of good to just stop for today. Seek out a favorite Blizzard employee(s) and just say, I am sorry, and thank you for all you do.
For any folks at Blizzard that may read this.