Hello people of the internets. Yes, it’s been a ridiculously long time since I posted, around three weeks in fact. I do apologize for that, but I do have what I consider to be a reasonable excuse. During the last few weeks, I’ve taken a big step back from blogging, simply because everything essentially blew up, and I’m not a fan of third degree burns.
You all know what I’m talking about. The Real ID war with blizzard has been all anyone has been able to talk about, and I felt that since every blogger in the WoW blog-o-sphere was all over the topic, I could probably leave it to them.
I just can’t bring myself to ignore the topic all-together though. It would feel like a betrayal of the unwritten contract of bloger-dom. Thus, I am going to speak of this matter ONCE and only once. Here and now. And, Blizz-willing, I’ll never speak of it again.
Clearly, I’m not a big fan of the changes, I just plain don’t like them. I wasn’t too thrilled with Real ID in the first place, but I wasn’t up in arms over it. Only one of my “Real” friends still plays WoW, and he’s just returned from a very long absence (like since BC). It simply wasn’t a feature I thought I’d get much use out of. And that was fine with me.
If people wanted to use Real ID- more power to them, it just wasn’t my thing. BUT- things got a whole lot worse than that, as I’m sure everyone is aware.
When Blizzard announced the insanity that was the Facebooking of the public forums, practically every blogger out there exploded with rage. I could tell you it was a bad idea, poorly thought out, just plain dumb, etc. But you all have heard that a million times already, so I’m going to say something that some bloggers may consider blasphemous.
Look at the other side of the story.
I’ve just sat back and let all this craziness unfold in the last few weeks, and I feel that *maybe*, just maybe, I’ve become a little objective about the whole thing.
Let’s assume for just a minute that Blizzard actually had good intentions at heart. Let’s say that at least a couple executives were in favour of the change simply because they wanted to clean up the forums.
I’m not saying that’s the real reason for Real ID, but it could have been a part of it.
I’m not gonna sit here and defend Blizzard though. I’m NOT in favour of the things they tried to do to our game, and I’m not sure I entirely believe their motives were pure (Hell- I know they weren’t). But the point I’m trying to make here is this.
I feel like I’m posting after a fallout. After some kind of catastrophic war, where I’m the guy who somehow survived and now has to go take a look at all the damage. I feel like no one really won here. And all this insanity is not a good feeling.
Something you should know about me- I hate drama. I have enough of it in my ‘real’ life. I don’t need to deal with it in a game I play as a hobby. This whole thing, in my opinion, should never have happened. People on both sides of the divide should be taking steps to ensure stuff like this just doesn’t happen.
I agree, that if we’re gonna choose our battles, this was a good one to pick, it was something a lot of people didn’t like. BUT- next time guys, can we please keep the casualties to a minimum? Let’s all maybe take a step back, turn off the nerd-rage, and breath for a couple of days. I’m not just talking about players. Blizzard should do the same. They should really consider what they’re doing, before they cause another disaster like this one. A lot of accounts have been canceled, a lot people don’t trust Blizzard anymore, and that’s a real shame in my opinion.
Hopefully Blizzard can make up some of the damage they caused with Cataclysm lead-up, and Starcraft II. But there’s no guarantees there.
Stuff like this doesn’t always just go away.
There! My ONE and only post about Real ID. I’m done. Seriously. If there are comments I’ll respond, but that’s it. I am NOT gonna let this thing eat up more than one post.
Let’s look forwards to the happy future! Onwards! To Cataclysm! To raiding! To… Stuff!
(Yes- Stuff gets a capital “s”- it’s just that important).