|Priorities. Gotta post about them. Wanna hear it? Here it goes!|
Some days, I find myself wondering if I'm playing the same game as other people.
Whatever you might be focussing on right now; whether you're going insane over Dailies or trying to be first with Tier content or simply seeing how many of Item X you can farm in an hour... its your choice for a reason. Many of those motivations will be game related, but many more will be dictated from elsewhere. It is a difficult task sometimes to balance everything, as I am sure many of you know. I could at this point go into a long an detailed discussion about this but a) I've done it already and b) there's really no point because you already know how this works. The fact is, your enjoyment of any experience is going to be limited by your current mood. Don't play angry kids, and if you decide to use the game as an excuse for your ire... ^^
I try and be a Good GM (TM) wherever I can but it's hard work when everyone has their own personal set of priorities. In the end therefore I am faffing a lot, whilst at the same time getting stuff ready for the Serious Business. I have my Flask Alchemist ready to maximise Lotus usage. I have a maxxed JC-er whose trying to learn as many recipes as possible. I have a couple of stacks of Normal Banquets in the Bank ready to feed people who start their progression in 10 mans, whenever that may be. Eventually, enough people will be in a position for us to try the End Game and we'll be off, but until then... well, you need to have a sense of proportion. Pushing people to get ready in an environment where most of them log on as a pleasure is never a good idea. I learnt that to my cost a long time ago.
A lot of people spent quite a lot of time making this game for you to enjoy. Don't blame them if you're not, unless you can prove its their fault. Don't spend hours moaning unless you're willing to be both constructive and impassive. It is always the easy option to accuse without qualification, after all. Taking the time to question WHY something has been done the way it has is more complicated and inevitably more time consuming. It can also cause us to have to take a cold, hard look at ourselves in the process, and that is often a symptom of the bigger problem that we alluded to back in paragraph one and which I'm being dragged back towards with a saddening inevitability. The bottom line is simple: if you want to keep playing and you don't like what you're being asked to do, something has to give. You can either choose to blame Blizzard, the Conservative Party, Simon Cowell or whoever your personal figure of hatred might be and move on or simply just accept the fact that, EVERY TIME A NEW EXPANSION COMES STUFF CHANGES FOREVER. I can't believe anyone really wants to go back to Cataclysm as a benchmark, but I heard someone say they missed the way things were today. Each to their own.
Again, for those of us who remain, I'd ask you people to consider the very real possibility that by moaning that your game isn't as much fun as a) another game b) anything else or c) life in general you might actually upset those of us who not only enjoy themselves here, but attempt to resist the desire to become a wanker at every possible opportunity by being kind, thoughtful and understanding whenever possible. You belittle the experience we enjoy, and frankly that's not good.
Frankly, there needs to be more respect and less moaning all together...