When you write potentially contentious stuff, there’s always the possibility in this game that people will get offended. Who am I kidding, it’s a cast-iron certainty someone in Azeroth will decide you’re dogfood, often without the faintest idea what you’ve written.
Last night, it was indeed just that, and was a salutary reminder that women can be as toxic as men when it comes to abuse. In the cold light of day, however, my mate Sparty’s words are what I want to repeat, because this is the last word that’s needed on AP and its significance currently.
Expecting special or preferential treatment, moaning that only top 25 teams ever get spoken to by the Company, assuming that because you’re Mythic that everybody else is somehow less important… this shit has been going on for over a decade, only the difficulties have changed. Ironically, those that never learnt before still have their lessons to grasp now. Someone thought that telling me they’d wiped 400 times on Archimonde is impressive. No, it’s really not. These things do not make me somehow impressed at your persistence. They simply reinforce that some people take this game far too seriously.
Ultimately, the bigger casualty in all of this is humanity. I’ve done progression, and I understand only too well how it changes people, accentuates both the good and bad in players. It makes you a different version of yourself: less caring, more angry and definitely increases arrogance, because you need all of this stuff for self-belief. At the fringes of ‘success’ (whatever you judge that as) can be the most dispiriting and depressing place to exist on certain days. You don’t believe anybody’s listening, that you’re shouting into a vacuum when there’s a complaint to be aired. Other people seem to get all the attention, and accept all the plaudits, and then you wonder why you’re bothering and what the point is.
Today I’m here to remind you to love what you do.
Failure is a vital part of life. You have to sometimes be prepared to give up everything for a moment of glory, and often that acceptance alone is enough to teach the lesson. However, unless you can learn to accept failure, and understand it makes you stronger over time? It has the potential to warp your humanity, and stop you realising what matters more than success. You’re playing a computer game, people. That’s supposed to be a fun, enjoyable waste of your time, a vital distraction from the pressures of real life. It isn’t supposed to BE YOUR LIFE, and until there’s money to be made downing Mythic bosses? There’s only prestige to be won. Expecting respect because you play long hours and work hard on things other people seem to do without effort or that get more attention for than your efforts garner?
That’s not how this works.
Most importantly of all, you won’t get this shit changed in the timescales you want. It’s certainly not going to happen in a Hotfix, that’s for damn sure, it won’t even be considered when there’s catchup mechanics already in the pipeline. Also, this is your daily reminder that moaning about it on social media is counter productive, depressing and likely to garner even less respect than you’re currently afforded.
We get you’re aggrieved, but you’re only a part of a large and diverse player base. I think for everybody’s sanity, it is time to move on.