We all have very short memories, when truth is told. All those people who petitioned for ActiBlizz to create Legacy servers who fucked off this weekend to play an illegal version of the game because they can’t get what they want anywhere else will forget trying to belong in the whole. The players who shout as loud as they can about what they consider is broken and completely ignore anything except getting that changed will continue to do so until they feel justice is served, then it will be forgotten for the next cause célèbre. The game world seems to lurch from one flashpoint to the next, often with no grasp of what this level of indignation will do to people’s ability to deal with issues. Mostly, the result is disconnection, and that’s becoming increasingly apparent as we head towards Christmas.
Does it really matter when anything happens any more, just as long as progress is a constant?
I was having a discussion at the end of the week about whether it is the right time to be sticking the Nighthold into raiding progression when so few guilds are done with Mythic content. The opinion was split: many players are ready for new bosses, and don’t seem to care that much about the bleeding edge. Others think that it’s just a symptom of the game we now play: that you never have enough time to finish anything, and with the counter to this as months of content that never changes? Which would you rather have, given the choice? What is a constant however is the instant, almost knee-jerk indignation that takes place when anybody tries to suggest that their point of view isn’t the only one that things can be seen from. I’ve stopped reading certain places as a result of the same, almost predictable whine that appears the moment it is apparent that things aren’t as some would like.
This is only a reflection of the extraordinary real life circumstances we currently find ourselves within.
I don’t play this game the way it should be played. I used to, but don’t any more, and the longer I extend that ‘break’ from serious content, the more apparent it becomes that many players simply think that this is the only way. When I broke a timer on Mythic Plus content in the week, for instance, people congratulated me as if this somehow meant I now understood how do the game properly, and I’d be going on to do just that. Honestly, I don’t care about the mount or the achievements, I was just there to finish the quest for 4 Mythics (which ironically I have yet to do.) There’s not some huge plan here to suddenly git gud and pronounce to the World I’ve had an epiphany. I’m not bothered. I play with my husband and spend most of the rest of the time boggling at just how spectacularly clueless and/or arrogant vast swathes of humanity remain over what this game is supposed to be about.
Warcraft is whatever you want it to be, people.
To those of you looking for Elysium, it’s here, but as they’re being DDoS-ed, it might be a while to get what you hope for. The rest of us who are more interested in a metaphorical Elysium? The only way to get your wish is to look past the noise and fuss, anger and selfishness and realise that, like it or not, sometimes you just have to trust the people who make the game to do the right thing. In a World where nothing seems to be going to plan, that can be a tough ask, but unless you try, you’ll never know.
Maybe, just maybe, you can find happiness with what’s on offer.