Howard Beale: I don’t have to tell you things are bad. Everybody knows things are bad. It’s a depression. Everybody’s out of work or scared of losing their job. The dollar buys a nickel’s worth, banks are going bust, shopkeepers keep a gun under the counter. Punks are running wild in the street and there’s nobody anywhere who seems to know what to do, and there’s no end to it. We know the air is unfit to breathe and our food is unfit to eat, and we sit watching our TV’s while some local newscaster tells us that today we had fifteen homicides and sixty-three violent crimes, as if that’s the way it’s supposed to be. We know things are bad – worse than bad. They’re crazy. It’s like everything everywhere is going crazy, so we don’t go out anymore. We sit in the house, and slowly the world we are living in is getting smaller, and all we say is, ‘Please, at least leave us alone in our living rooms. Let me have my toaster and my TV and my steel-belted radials and I won’t say anything. Just leave us alone.’ Well, I’m not gonna leave you alone. I want you to get mad! I don’t want you to protest. I don’t want you to riot – I don’t want you to write to your congressman because I wouldn’t know what to tell you to write. I don’t know what to do about the depression and the inflation and the Russians and the crime in the street. All I know is that first you’ve got to get mad. You’ve got to say, ‘I’m a HUMAN BEING, God damn it! My life has VALUE!’ So I want you to get up now. I want all of you to get up out of your chairs. I want you to get up right now and go to the window. Open it, and stick your head out, and yell, ‘I’M AS MAD AS HELL, AND I’M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE!’ I want you to get up right now, sit up, go to your windows, open them and stick your head out and yell – ‘I’m as mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore!’ Things have got to change. But first, you’ve gotta get mad!… You’ve got to say, ‘I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore!’ Then we’ll figure out what to do about the depression and the inflation and the oil crisis. But first get up out of your chairs, open the window, stick your head out, and yell, and say it: “I’M AS MAD AS HELL, AND I’M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE!”
And so much is true now as it was back then in 1976. Many of you were probably not even born yet. And so much of it is true even in our gaming world. There is a great deal of depression around the whole expansion, around the waiting for word on when we may see the next expansion, 3 months, 6 months, 8?, A year? We only have the September date, and years of comments that we will ship when it is ready.
We look at the level of new content being the value of our $15 but not at the game as a whole, there is still 8+ years of content waiting for anyone looking for something to do. If you said to a new player, here is 10 years worth of gaming for $15, they might think it a bargain. And yes it is crazy, and we don’t leave our Garrison anymore, because it’s safe, and we can make gold and never have to leave and go out into the scary world.
I don’t know what to do about the game and the story line and the Raiding and the PvP. All I know is that first you’ve got to get mad. You’ve got to say, ‘I’m a GAMER TOO, God damn it! My TIME has VALUE!’
Don’t be afraid to write what you feel. Don’t just tell yourself that someone else will write it better than you. Don’t believe that they don’t care about us, that the bottom line is all that matters. Be a voice for change. Praise what you feel is great, criticize politely what you may feel is not perfect, suggest ways to improve, encourage others, be a voice for a better gaming world.