I’m going to echo Larisa a bit today and talk about the events leading up to Cataclysm release and player reactions to them. As most of you probably know, Blizzard has made a series of events and quests that ramp up to the actual Cataclysm. We will actually be able to see it happens before our very eyes! I mean, how exciting is that!
Not very much according to some. I keep hearing and reading about how it’s only screen shakings, loot-less elementals, easy bosses and errand quests. What should be a really exciting time turns out to be yet another day at the job for them and I find that very sad.
The Cataclysm event
So what does this event do? Or said another way, what is it missing? Let’s look:
-World changing, story line quests Check
-Interacting with lore characters Check
-Accessible quests Check
-In-game events(Invasion, earthquakes) Check
-Special bosses(4 of them!) Check
-Loot upgrades(iLevel 251 items) Check
-Seeing the world change before our eyes Priceless
For years I’ve seen people ask exactly for that kind of event and it’s exactly what’s going on right now!
We ought to be super excited and yet I still hear complaints. It’s normal, after all it’s missing a few important
-Making me better than everyone else Missing
-Changing to game completely so it fits my every desire Missing
-Be a new MMO Missing
It’s all so clear now…
Yes, we are customers. Yes, we pay 15$ a month and as such we are right to expect continuous commitment from Blizzard to improve the game.
This is exactly what they have done with these events. It might not be the epitome of perfection but Blizzard get’s a perfect score for effort from me. They clearly put some thoughts and effort in all of this and to me it’s disheartening to see so many complain about this. They are missing a truly great event and they only have themselves to blame for it. Ask yourself a simple question. Ultimately, does these events improve the game, or make it worse? I truly believe that no matter how underwhelming someone might find them they do not make the game worst. Once that’s established… why not simply enjoy them for what they are, a fun way to experience the changes to Azeroth.