Legion’s Honeymoon is officially over.
This happens every Expansion: you’ll have a brief and lovely period where everyone’s too busy to post or complain, and it’s all smiles and fun, and then (undoubtedly) comes a catalyst that sets a ton of people off on a rant. Last night, it was twofold: a bunch of people got banned for exploiting something that (guess what?) was indeed an exploit, and then there was some kind of issue with a hidden artifact appearance… and then, I’ll be honest, I got cross and went to bed. Today’s MMO Games article, when it is published, is my reasonable and non-reactionary response to all those people who are now informing me that the game’s got problems, and I can’t just keep being falsely optimistic about stuff, because that’s counter-productive. I’m not allowed to attack or hold other people’s indignation up for ridicule, because NEWSFLASH we’ve been through this post-Expansion stupidity (counts on fingers) SIX FUCKING TIMES BEFORE.
No. I’m sorry, but the buck really stops here. I’m not doing this any more.
If this was life or death, you’d have reason to get upset. If you think that you’re owed something, then the last thing you ought to be doing is using social media to make noise about it. If you want your shameless, formless posturing to have real significance, I’m not the one you complain to. USE THE RIGHT PLACES TO DO SO. Write a blog post, send a tweet to @WarcraftDevs, post on the appropriate Forum Post. WRITE BLIZZARD AN E-MAIL. Talk to Customer Service. Make a sensible, well-thought out You Tube video or Facebook Live post. All of these are infinitely more sensible than a series of 140 character rants at a bunch of people who already know how pissed off you are and can’t do anything to help you. This is the moment where, if you really want things to change, you don’t just put your hand up and say ‘+1’ you DO THE WORK.
The same is true for the real life meltdown happening outside your door. I was accused by someone after the US Election of being ‘delusional’ by suggesting anyone can afford change unless they’re orange and worth millions. It is really not true, but if you continue to perpetuate your own hype by believing you’re an oppressed, un-listened to gaming minority? People will stop listening, and not because you’re refusing to be optimistic or positive about the game you’re playing. They’ll stop because you’re not fun to be with, and when you’re trying to keep your head above water and enjoy the few things you have to relax with? Nope, I don’t wanna hang around with people who don’t seem to care that maybe, this is all I have right now, and maybe you could stop pissing on my attempts to enjoy it, such as that is.
It’s like that e-mail this particular company keep sending me because I took their one year’s worth of free stuff and now I don’t want to pay for it: you make the most of the moment, and live through that. No, I don’t care how much you want me back, or how important it will be that I pay my money so that someone else can’t take my name. They can have that online, I have no desire to be influential any more. I’d just like to be happy, and help people who feel the same, and enjoy what remains as the best Expansion this game has ever produced. I do not need merchandise, or indeed kudos. I really don’t give a flying fuck at this point about anything except the opportunity to make things better and to dictate my own path, and I can do both of those really well without anyone else telling me how it’s best performed or why it’s broken.
I’m also getting fed up of waking up in the morning and feeling these posts need to be made, and so this morning I realised that I’m the problem there too. Inevitably I get cross at other people’s stupid and react to that, but if I want to afford long term change? It is time to now stop listening. Unless you can provide me with a well-reasoned, sensible argument for why Activision Blizzard have fucked your class without resorting to name calling, personal abuse at Devs or using the words ‘I no longer enjoy playing X’ I am not interested. I will not be listening to you telling me I can’t have an opinion, or if you think I’m an idiot, because I know I’ve never been allowed the former since I’m a woman and the latter must be true or else I wouldn’t still be here, banging my head against this fucking wall. You may now insert your passive-aggressive/victim card here.
Stop with the shit, people. Just be better. Honestly, how hard can it be?