In Response To Blizzard:September 15, 2008
Hey, I know you’re all jittery about WAR coming out and wooing 4-year-vet players like me to its folds, but the desperation is starting to smell awfully strong. When you’re all but jumping up and down on Warhammer’s launch week going “Our expansion launches in two months! Hey! HEY!”, it’s like the little kid who goes to his friend’s birthday party and then gets in a snit that the presents aren’t for him.
Sure, it’s business, and sometimes a very cut-throat industry. But there is such a thing as tact and grace, and we’re not seeing it from you lately.
In vent tonight, our guildies were comparing how many level 70’s in WoW they had. 2. 3. Even 5. Dozens upon dozens of alts. Does anyone regret leaving them behind to start anew in WAR? Any plans to go back to those orphaned toons? Not a one. Sorry, but we’re just having too much fun. It’s not just the newness of a game, which is always a whirlwind experience, but that we can see that WAR’s entire game, including the end game, offers far more variety of experiences than WoW’s e-sports/hardcore raiding philosophy does.
WAR’s a good game. We’re having a blast, and we can’t wait for everyone else to get in. 1.5 million copies of WAR are being shipped to retail shelves (though that doesn’t guarantee sales, of course) — does that give you pause, Blizz? It should. Mythic might be acting all “aw shucks” humble about its chances, but they are preparing for success. If you’re one of the players starting up this week, and you are enjoying the living snot out of the game yet reviewers or bloggers or sites are out to make you feel bad that you’re liking something that’s obviously “not revolutionary” or “just a WoW clone” or whatever tired phrases they drag out, you have full permission to ignore them. Ignore me, if you’re having too much of a good time playing to stop and read a nattering little blog. Just play, rave to your friends if Warhammer is worthy of it, and be confident in your decision.
This is our week, Blizzard. So bug off.
The Voice of WAAAGH!