ask not what World of Warcraft can do for you

To paraphrase quite a bit of Kennedy’s acceptance speech.

And so, my fellow Azerothians: ask not what World of Warcraft can do for you — ask what you can do for World of Warcraft.

My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what Blizzard will do for you, but what together we can do for the betterment of the game.

So much can be looked at in that speech to how we as players should look at our world.

Finally, whether you are citizens of Azeroth or citizens of the world, ask of us the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which we ask of you. With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love

In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I do not shrink from this responsibility — I welcome it. I do not believe that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this endeavour will light our country and all who serve it — and the glow from that fire can truly light the world.

And we are.  We are defending a game that we all love.  Long have we just let it slide further and further into obscurity, let it just go to pot.  We yell and scream, give us this, give us that, we demand, and yet what do we “Give” to the game.  Our $15 a month? If you are able to farm gold enough to buy tokens even that?  There was a time when the game was new, when no one had anything, where you had to work not only for your own gains, but you had to work together.

Now the trumpet summons us again — not as a call to bear arms, though arms we need; not as a call to battle, though embattled we are — but a call to bear the burden of a long twilight struggle, year in and year out, “rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation” — a struggle against the common enemies of gaming: apathy, hatred, discrimination, segregation.

So let us begin anew — remembering on both sides that civility is not a sign of weakness, and sincerity is always subject to proof. Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate.

It takes very little effort to brush someone away, to just ignore a question, a request, a plea for help.  It takes greater strength to step up, to be a better person, to offer help when asked, to step in to help where you see help is needed.  To be a decent human being.  TO long have we isolated ourselves, hidden in our solitary banking guilds, avoiding interaction with others because we just want to be left alone.  Certainly there are times when we need some peace and just want to go off and do things alone, but in order for this game to survive, we need to rekindle a flame, to bring it back to life.

We dare not forget today that we are the heirs of that first revolution. Let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of gamers.

A great many of us have played video games from the beginning, we had Pong, we had the Atari 2600, we spent hours in arcades playing games.  Gaming today is worlds beyond what we first saw, and in 20, 30, 40 years from now will look nothing like it does today.  What will remain constant is the people.  How we chose to behave in our virtual world, should be a reflection of how we are as a person.  Being kind, supportive, helpful, should not be terms that are foreign to anyone.

Sportsmanship; fair play, respect for opponents, and polite behavior by someone who is competing in a sport or other competition. 

@Gloriaboboria has come up with a grand idea. #WarcraftWelcomeWagon calling on all of us to be there, to be there as new players to the game enter the world we live in for the first time.  She is asking that over 2 weeks, we all take some time to venture out to those initial starting zones, and to be there, to answer questions, to offer help, to give someone brand new to the game a great start on their journey.  And I plan on spending some time in the starting zones.  I am planning on spending an hour each day just to be there, to say welcome to new people, to hand out 14 slot bags, to offer any advice, to answer any questions, and to try to be a positive experience as hopefully 10’s of thousands of new players start their journey in a game we all have played for many years.

I hope many of you will also.  We have just accepted that Blizzard will do what ever it can to keep the doors open.  Now it is our time to say, thank you, and lend a hand so that they know, we do care, we do love the game, and we are willing to work to keep it alive.

3 thoughts on “ask not what World of Warcraft can do for you

  1. I’m glad I’m not the only one that mashes historical moments with gaming. I am glad you actually took this out of your gray-matter and put on e-paper. I’ve had a couple of these over the years that are gone forever, simply because I didn’t think anyone would find the humor in it.

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