It is probably the ultimate irony that in a week that has seen more weirdness in social media circles than I can ever remember, Blizzcon secures the bloke who was born on the same day as me (seven years earlier) to front the closing concert on November 5th. This announcement got met with more joy and anger combined than I can recall from any previous year: what surprised me the most were those who felt that Yankovic isn’t ‘representative’ of the Blizzcon ideal for a closing act. I hate to break it to you kids but, like it or not, this guy is an intractable part of your game’s history.
What this also serves to highlight is even the most ‘sensible’ of people can, at any point, hurl common sense and humanity out of the window before chucking the mother of all hissy fits. Everybody, regardless of who they are and what they do, has the capacity to be toxic. Maybe you didn’t have enough coffee before opening Twitter, perhaps the joke someone else made you didn’t get, or maybe that tweet simply got misunderstood. It happens. However, what is most often the case is that you just open your mouth and say summat before thinking through the ramifications of the words. Once they’re out there, the capacity to retract is pretty small. Mostly, as I grow tired of telling my kids, it is best never to say the thing in the first place. Some thoughts should stay in your head and never see the light of day.
I’ve already made this point in the week, but today I wanted to reiterate a disturbing trend I’ve seen amongst players in my sphere. Over the years I’ve worked quite hard to communicate with the people around me, hoping that this would foster an environment of mutual understanding. What has become apparent in the last week is that, for whatever reason, tolerance seems to be at an all-time low. Maybe this is a reflection of world events, perhaps it is just that for some it is only now that their true natures are being highlighted. I’m not sure why, but honestly, these are only pixels. This wouldn’t be a suitable subject for a Warcaft blog post either, were it not for the fact the game is acting as a much needed escape from the stresses of the real world.
I’m not hiding in Azeroth, however, and that’s a significant step forward. So, when you tell me how unfair it is you can’t get to do X, Y or Z or that I shouldn’t feel jealous because I can’t do what I’d like? That isn’t the problem here. The issue is that I know full well just what I’m capable of and would just like the chance to do so without being judged or a fight breaking out. I just want to play. It is not a life or death situation, I won’t leave however fucking bad you think it gets, and if I embrace your moaning about any of this the real efforts I’ve made to try and remain positive will end up being for nothing. Mostly, I’d like people to try and understand that if you’re trying to be mentally positive it’s impossible when the people around you don’t give a fuck.
No, that’s unfair. I know there’s a lot of very caring people out there, and had ample proof of that last night. The problem is that to care takes more effort, and when you’re already running on zero fucks? Maybe this is the bigger lesson to to take. The best friends are the ones who understand regardless of your situation. They’re the people who hug and simply make do with the circumstances you have. Mostly they are the ones who are happy with compromise if it means that you get to do it another day. Thank you Julia, and Liz, Hannah, Myles and Duncan for being those people.
This is therefore your reguarly scheduled reminder that Azeroth is supposed to be FUN and ENJOYMENT. If you get that from moaning about how you can’t do shit and it’s not fair that the other people on your feed have the time, inclination or ability? You’re doing it wrong.
That’s not the point of playing this game at all.