Yesterday was a major patch day. The release of patch 7.2.5. I had read all of the Patch Notes and while I was frustrated about the lack of change for Shadowpriests, a whole 2 lines, there was at least one thing that caught my eye that I was interested in.
Darkmoon Faire Rocks
The forsaken band Blight Boar has invaded the Darkmoon Faire! Every hour on the half-hour, the band will rock out with a death metal tune. Battle the Metal Knight to earn achievements, consumables, and a monthly chance at a brutal helm or killer guitar mace.
Oh yeah. The Guitar Mace. How awesome would it be to have that on my Priest. But when I had a chance to look it up last night, I saw what I feared, and had been mentioned as a possibility. The Mace is a two handed weapon. And Priests can no longer equip a two hander. /sadface. All of the other new features, the Pet Battles, the Transmog stuff, the Dance studio, none of it holds any interest for me. And Chromie? Yeah, I gave it a shot last night, I died not even part way into the first part. Because the little Mage has a death wish. While I was easily avoiding mobs, she was making a concerted effort to pull each and every one. I never made it through half of the first cave. Consider that quest abandoned. I could care less about another title, or an armor skin I wont use. And 40 Million AP? That is a joke. I can get that doing a few things in the world in a tenth of the time.
What really got my knickers in a twist was seeing Patch Notes June 13th Not even a day, even half a day, a few hours after they had brought the servers up 6 hours early mind you, there was already a massive list of tuning changes in the works. And that was just a final straw for me, and I logged out of game.
Some where in these past few years it feels to me that the Blizzard Mission Statement has fallen to the way side. Gone is the Commitment to Quality,
At the end of the day, most players won’t remember whether the game was late — only whether it was great.
In favor of keeping to the schedule for releases, get content patches out on the same day other companies are releasing titles, try to stay relevant and in the gaming news, just get it done, patch it up later. I personally wouldn’t have cared if we had to wait an extra week. Sure people would have grumbled and complained, but how much more complaining and frustration is there because an unfinished product was cut loose, all in the name of the master schedule.
Something else caught my eye in the Mission Statement.
Every Voice Matters
Great ideas can come from anywhere. Blizzard Entertainment is what it is today because of the voices of our players and of each member of the company. Every employee is encouraged to speak up, listen, be respectful of other opinions, and embrace criticism as just another avenue for great ideas.
And it feels to me like that may have been true years ago, but now the perception is that only those at the top of the game, those Twitch Streamers with 10’s of thousands of followers, those that run the big 3rd party sites, are the ones they are paying attention to. Your average player that has played for 2 years or 12, is just brushed off, their concerns or comments ignored because they are a tiny voice shouting into the void.
More recently, and over the years, I have had points where I was frustrated with the game, in how I played, in how it was pushing me to play in a way I did not enjoy. Yesterday was a bad day for me. And I chose to walk away for some time so that I would not do something rash like close my account. As it stands, I will certainly log in once a day to send out missions, to check up on things, and do a world quest or two. But no more tabbing out to read while logged in. No more holding onto quests for months on end that I cannot complete. No. I am making my dissatisfaction known by the only means they will take notice. Through data, lowered Monthly played time, more registered quests abandoned, less participation in current content. They will not listen to a little voice yelling, but they cannot ignore data showing a dip in the account.
And that is about all I wanted to say.