I kinda cheated and announced this on Twitter (in a manner of speaking – you know, there were no tooting trumpets, or blowing horns, or anything like that. Just a little note chucked in there, somewhere, surrounded by all the other Sar babble) well before I decided that perhaps it was a good idea to say this here after all… and of course, in typical OMG wall of text!!! fashion.
I’m officially on hiatus. For an undisclosed length of time. It could be a few weeks. it could be a year. It could be forever. While I haven’t played in months, I finally took the scary step of freezing my account a few weeks ago, and, I must admit… I haven’t looked back.
So, here you get it, a final dose of everything I think about the game I no longer play, the community I am no longer a part of, and the blog I will no longer write on.
Firstly, knowing full well that no one from Blizzard will ever ever ever read this… I have a few words to say to them anyway. Then, some things for the blogging community. Then, most importantly, you guys that actually bothered to read my drivel for the last however long (really, let’s not think about how long I have been doing this for. It scares me).
Of course, I have to say thank you. Thank you for creating such a wonderful, immersive game experience. Thank you for making said experience affordable, accessible, and entertaining. Thank you for somehow, magically, creating something that I was willing to passionately argue for. Fight for. Wax lyrical over. Ditch numerous social events for (wait… is that a good thing? /shrug)
But, with all the praise and the glory, of course there comes some criticisms. I just can’t thank you for making the game more ‘casual friendly’, or less ‘time sinky’, or however you want to put it. I’m sure you didn’t intend to spawn a giant batch of angry drooling gearscore quoting gremlins of doom, but, well… you kinda did. And it wasn’t fun. Suddenly, the quality of a player wasn’t judged by the person behind the keyboard (unless, of course, they were somehow so misguided as to how to play their class that they selected spells at random, clicking frantically with their mouse [keybinding wot?] all over the screen like a drunk guy trying to undo a girl’s bra but failing oh so miserably and spilling his drink down said girl’s front instead).
I’m ever hopeful that this has been fixed in Cataclysm, but the loss of immersion in Wrath was strange and horrible for me. Oh sure, the quests, they made sense, they tied together, they linked everything up comfortably. Then, all of a sudden, raiding just went weird. ToC? Really? Your rationalisation for that was weaker than a Jenny McCarthy argument (oh yes, I totally referenced something people haven’t been talking about for months. You guys are really going to miss the cutting edge controversial nature of this blog, no?)
Yeah, yeah, it was all about sorting the weakest from the strongest, the wheat from the chaff, etc etc. Since, for some reason, they wanted to kill off all the weak ones, and send in the strongest… while, in the meantime, the Horde and the Alliance got to engage in some idiotic pissing contest while Jaina wept about all the mess on the floor she’d have to mop up later.
Two words: Cannon fodder.
Why would it be tactically sound to kill your weakest soldiers? Use them as distractions! Send them in to get annihilated! Surely they’ll achieve some small goal while they are at it, and if not, they would serve as a great distraction.
They should have started with the gearscore gremlins.
Finally, well… heroic and normal mode. Yes, I know you guys liked it. And we all know I hated it. We all know I was the only person in the whole damn universe to hate it as well, so I guess we’ll just ignore this whole passage. See, when there was just one mode of raiding, well… you beat your face against the wall. And you beat it some more. And more again. And then, eventually, you damned well got it down pat. And you felt awesome.
Instead, now, we have some weak arse watered down version. With minimal head beating. You get it down, and you put your game face on, and you walk into heroic. You beat your head a little against the wall. Then, lo and behold, all of a sudden it’s ‘too damned hard’, and everyone whimpers and whines and you go back to farming normal.
This is not a good state of affairs, people! sure, it wasn’t everyone’s experience, but it was some. I know you guys won’t fix this… so meh.
To the Blogging Community
You guys were, in some ways, the biggest reason for me sticking around for so long. Even when I felt like the game went to shit (or at least, my experience of it took a turn for the sewer), I loved the fact that I was part of a close knit, wonderful community. In the other blogging I have done, I have never found anything quite like the WoW Blogging Community. Hell, the ‘general life babble’ blogging world is like some weird horrible desolate land compared to the oasis that is WoW blogging, and that is entirely due to the wonderful people in this community.
I hope that you guys can keep up that sense of community. Helping each other out, talking about things with each other, and, for heaven’s sake, not letting things get too serious. I can see some of this crumbling away at the edges, and that scares me a little… but I think you guys will make it through it anyway.
You guys all know the people that influenced me, that helped me out, that made my way through this vast blogging landscape a little easier. Sure, a lot of them have done exactly what I am doing now, and that makes me sad and happy… which, frankly, is weird. But some of them are still around, writing away. Some of them were important influences and faded away from my blogging outlook as our views diverged, some of them became more inspirational every day.
So, who or what was important to me over my blogging career?
Blog Azeroth: I stopped hanging around there a long time ago. I didn’t have time, I was lazy, all those things. However, it was this wonderful place that got me started, that allowed me to meet people, get a better grip on the whole blogging thing… and, of course, let me into the infamous BA Chat (a place where, in its day, moved so rapidly with masses of conversation that one could not look away for more than 2 seconds without missing half the conversation and getting confused). BA Chat has been and always will be the absolute highlight of my time as a WoW Blogger.
Twisted Nether Podcast: I’ve talked about these guys time and time again. If you want to see what caring about the community is all about, this is it. Personified.
Every gosh-darned Warlock blogger out there: really. I love you guys. Nib and Hydra get a special mention, for the mere virtue of having been around longer than me, and thus being the only two Warlock bloggers I can think of who have blogged about ‘locks the whole time I have.
World of Matticus: when I started blogging, Matt scared the shit out of me. I had a serious case of ‘Oh my muffins, this guy is so damned good at what he does that he makes me babble like a nervous idiot’. Then, I got to know him a little better, and he scared me slightly less. Now, of course, we have a totally different outlook on blogging and all the stuff that goes with it, but Matt is still a little inspirational. And intimidating, although he’d probably deny it. More importantly, I made some great friends out of his blog… who, I swear, I totally will have drinks with next time I’m in the US. Pinky swear.
The only blogger to make me honest to goodness cry: When Fulguralis said I was an early influence… yeah, I’ll admit it. I wept. Like a Mage who just looked at the damage meter.
Stop: for being my poor, long-suffering Blizzcon room mate, who had to put up with me sleep talking, sleeping in, and being drunk and so not going to sleep. That’s a whole lot of sleep related suffering right there. I would not have blamed him in the slightest for trying to push my bed outside so he could just get some rest!
So, guys, I will miss you all. Seems we hardly ever get to talk, and what with me not writing and therefore causing mischief, well… I’ll admit there’s a big damned hole in my life.
Remember: WoW blogging isn’t about numbers, readers, hits, or blog-epeening about how many people read you. Seriously, who gives a fuck about any of that?
It’s about celebrating the fact that we are a bunch of WoW loving nerds who aren’t afraid to don a writer’s cap and talk about the game!
To My Readers, Wherever They May Be
When I started blogging, I figured that, if I stuck with it and didn’t totally suck, I might be able to get, oh… 50 readers or something? Such an amount seemed far too large to hope for, but that was my foolish goal, and I was carrying it.
Now, at least, if Feedburner can be believed, there’s something like 500 of you. Still small taters, blogwise, but amazing to me.
I feel like I know some of you from your comments left here. Others may not have commented, but hey, if you kept coming back, we clearly have something in common. Which is amazingly awesome. Fantastically astounding even. I mean, to think… there’s 500 people out there who like some of the things I like, think in a similar way to me, and who don’t object to my extensive and rather ridiculous use of parentheses!
Thank you for reading. For raging at me when I write something inflammatory and making my little trollish heart happy. For supporting me when things have seemed difficult. For pointing out the frequent flaws in my logic, my math, my reasoning, and everything else I manage to screw up. For your unending generousity. And, of course, for reading and giving this place some sort of purpose.
So. This is goodbye. But, never fear, I’m leaving you a present! You only have to listen for about 30 seconds (although it’s worth listening to the rest, even if it is totally irrelevant to anything here), and … if you don’t think of your favourite Hunter (or something… I know it makes me think of Hunters) you’re doing it wrong.
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