Well…it didn’t take long for me to finally have that one conversation that forced me to write this post. This is not a bad thing…actually it is quite freeing. Finally I get to write what I have been keeping in my mind for so long. So…buckle up…this will be a long post. Also…I know you are wondering…and yes my title is referring to the song from Rent (Link here) ***Special note…these are my feeling…my ideas…my opinions.
I have been playing Wow (on and off) since launch. I started on a PVP server (Stormreaver I think) and got ganked as soon as I ventured out into Darkshore. It was a fun feeling but man I felt like that was unfair. So…I packed up and went to a PVE server (after reading about the difference between the two). After landing on a PVE server I took my time and leveled up to 60. I played a warrior. Me and my warrior had so much fun leveling, but I wanted to try tanking. My first instance was Lower Blackrock Spire. I went into the instance with a two handed sword and got laughed at. After leaving the instance I went and bought a one -hander and a shield and started leveling my weapon skills (if you remember those).
While I was having so much fun leveling up the skills…I rolled a druid. A class that can shape-shift…awesome. Next thing I know….I am at max level and had little to no interest in tanking any longer…I wanted to heal. I decided to heal a couple of instances and I had so much fun. So much fun that I decided to try something called progression raiding. I started raiding about 4-5 hours a night for 3-4 nights. We raided things like MC, etc. It was fun. I thought I had finally found my niche.
Well….I found me a pretty lady and my priorities changed. No more late night raids….just leveling toons. Remember these were times before LFR…so raiding was off for me during BC. I spent time leveling and just running dungeons. It may not have been the most fun…but it kept me interested in the game. Now…in a blink of an eye…the WOTLK expansion was being teased….maybe I could find something called a casual guild?
When WOTLK dropped I decided to play a hunter. I thought they were really cool and I like the pets. I remember rushing through the content just to get working on heroics. Those DPS queues…ick. Well…then we started raiding. We raided 3 times a week for 2 hours a night. It was amazing. Wife was happy….I was happy…and I felt needed. One night the raid leader asked me in vent to level up my druid and play balance for them. I was so excited because I felt needed. Once I got my boomkin up to speed…we were rushing through TOGC, Naxx, LK. It really was the sweet spot in Wow gaming for me.
Well….Not really much to say about Cata and Mop. Things just fell apart. Cata was the destroyer of all casual raid guilds (generalization) and Mop (with the inclusion of LFR) saw most causals just stop raiding normal. I found myself looking at all sort of guilds for WoD. Casual, hardcore, alt runs, etc. Anything to find a place to call my home.
This just about gets us to now. I finally found a guild….a place…a home…but what exactly does that mean? It seems that true happiness, at least for me, comes at a price. I found a great group of people to play with…but not raid….really to do nothing with. There, of course, are tons of raid groups out there…but since I am so far behind there is no reason to stress raiding now. So I spend my time leveling alts and listening to music. So yes….I am a silly casual looking for casual people like myself.
3-16-2016 ( The tipping point)
As most of you already know…I am a pretty positive person. I give people warm thoughts and hugs when needed…I’m just “there”. Today was not an exception to the rule. I woke up…did my morning rituals…things were fine. I logged into my normal wow streamers and watched gameplay….but something was off. One of the major streamers made a comment. This comment proceeded to trigger me like I have never been triggered before. This brings us to what happened on twitter today. A comment was made about the few amount of people that were on the alpha server. Of course….when you have thousands of people watching your stream you are just begging people to react (see reactions to water striders and haste “removal”). And that is exactly why I got triggered today.
So…as a triggered scorned Wow player….I gave into the rage. I wrote some tweets today that may have been “not me” but I am glad I wrote them (maybe should have used some different words though). Look. Blizzard has their own way of doing things…and that is ok….I don’t have to like them. I can have opinions…I can voice displeasure. Now…I will be a big boy and back my ideas up. If you remember I wrote in a previous blog about the perceived groupings of wow players (Just some feelings.)…and I believe these exist and are causing an irreversible rift between players.
Today was a great example. After making some points earlier, the Mythic raiders vs Casual comment came up. Now…if you have been around for awhile….you probably have heard this debate / conversation about a hundred times. But the simple fact that this conversation is one of the first things that comes up shows us it is on people’s minds. Lets be honest….the divide is there….but there is nothing “wrong” with it if it is taken care of and no special treatment is shown. At a glance you can look at how Blizzard has handled their Legion Alpha and see there seems to be some special treatment…which causes this divide to grow.
When alpha was announced we had information from multiple 13/13M guilds saying they got into the beta. Now…there is nothing wrong with that. I understand that these guys need to get in and start testing, etc. They are the unofficial best of the best according to Blizzard. What was interesting was it wasn’t just the raiders…it was the whole guilds who were getting in. Interesting. We also saw a whole bunch of people who had their accounts lapse get invited…which I still scratch my head about. If a person isn’t actively playing your game why would you invite them to alpha? Maybe to entice them to come back? Who knows. Now…these were not the only people who got in…there were some random people who got access and another up-in-coming group known as the content creators / Friends and Family.
Now…I understand Wow has a list of F&F that get invited to almost everything..most companies do. I rather not mention names because I see how they react to anything written about them on a daily basis. I do, however, wish that these F&F guys were put under a strict NDA. I mentioned before about the haste “removal” earlier. One F&F streamer got his stream so upset about the changes that they started going to twitter and actively tweeted at the devs. Had this mob had waited about 30 mins….the misinformation was explained and cooler heads prevailed. This….This is why we cannot have nice things. The same people who call others phlebs, casuals, etc….this cult / mob mentality stems from these privileged F&F’ers (Friends and Family and not F’ers like the cuss word).
There is no way to stop this. This gap exist. No one can fix it….it is there and will remain. The question really is…how do we keep this from growing? How do we keep blow ups on twitter from happen regarding this topic? I believe the answer is open communication. Tell us how you invited people, tell us who your friends and family are, be open with your intentions. If not…then lock all of this information away from the general public and NDA everything until open beta. If not…you will have situations like today where a streamer complained that there were only a couple people on….while he had 4,000 people begging for access. Stop shooting yourself in the foot Blizz….you don’t owe us anything. Also…please stop with the “its just Alpha” talk….because we know that is farther from the truth. Blizzard puts out their Beta when its like 90% done….and only need small changes.
Lastly, I am human. I feel and bleed just like the rest of you. Yes I put my heart on my sleeve but damn I love Wow. I will play it until they shutdown the servers….it is my passion. Please don’t ever question my loyal to the people playing the game or the game itself. I am passionate about my gaming and feel it is necessary to talk about what is happening with the Wow community. Understand I am not calling anyone out….I am simply making observations and trying to set some boundaries.
TLDR: I have been playing this game a long time. I love this game…I love you all….but if you cannot accept that I will have opinions and am willing to fight for what I believe…then look elsewhere. I do not fling hate towards anyone but I cannot stand the divisions the Wow players have been separated into. To anyone who felt offended…sorry. To anyone who think I took it too far today….sorry. But I am not sorry for what I said…and am not sorry for what I believe. Please respect my opinions and ideas just like I respect yours.