I have been attempting to put in writing my World of Warcraft column for weeks now and simply have not been capable of do it. My ideas and emotions about all of… properly all the pieces, has simply been an excessive amount of of a tangled ball for me to have the ability to do it. To not point out I used to be severely reconsidering if I wished to maintain taking part in or write about WoW in any respect. I’ve landed on deciding to maintain taking part in retail for now; my six-month sub had simply renewed at the start of July anyway, so stopping or taking part in proper now could be type of moot. I am additionally going to maintain writing as a result of that is how I enter the world, and I really feel like I must preserve at it. For now, no less than. So, what follows is a quick sketch of my ideas about all the pieces we have realized over the previous couple of weeks. Spoiler alert, I’ve no distinctive perception or something to supply right here. I am simply one other pissed voice within the crowd. If you happen to’d slightly skip to the later sections the place I speak about a few of the 9.1 content material, go for it. I simply felt the necessity to put a few of this on the market.
The Penny Drops
For most individuals, the submitting of the gender discrimination lawsuit towards Activision Blizzard got here as an entire shock. Not simply the extent of it, however that it was a factor which had existed in any respect at an organization some individuals nonetheless considered as a pleasant firm who made enjoyable video games. Certain, there’s been a ton of different issues over latest years which tarnished their status a bit, but it surely nonetheless appeared like, for essentially the most half, individuals have been content material to look the opposite means. I used to be at BlizzCon 2019 when the entire Hong Kong challenge occurred, and for essentially the most half, it was a nonissue. Most people who “protested” actually solely gave the impression to be doing it as a performative motion slightly than it being one thing they really cared deeply about. Nevertheless, there was one man at one of many fountains holding an indication and silently protesting 24/7. I by no means noticed him eat or drink throughout that point, however he will need to have in some unspecified time in the future, proper? Forty-eight hours is a very long time to face on the market.
For me, the shock was extra on the depths of how fallacious all the pieces had been. What’s described is the type of stuff you’d see in a loopy film; you would not assume it truly would occur in actual life. Besides, I had been warned a couple of years again. Two completely different acquaintances independently instructed me to not pursue getting a job at Blizzard as a result of it would be a nasty expertise. I did not doubt them, however I believed they meant the traditional ranges of sexism which aren’t solely ubiquitous within the gaming business, however I’ve additionally seen first hand within the varied industries I’ve labored in over time. I by no means, ever thought for a second it was that dangerous. It is unimaginable. However then we do not have to think about it as a result of it occurred.
At first, I used to be fairly certain I used to be finished with WoW; all the pieces simply felt so rattling tainted. The idea of loving the artwork however not the artist is not new to me, and I’ve struggled with it for a very long time. Nevertheless, this goes past having horrible opinions, which may hurt individuals and barrels proper by way of to has adversely affected many individuals and ruined no less than one life. The extent of abject failure right here is incalculable. What’s maintaining me in proper now could be my guild and pals, who I’ve identified for years. I do not know if I’ll renew my sub when it runs out. I hope systemic change is coming, and harassment of any kind will likely be out the door quickly, however I really feel prefer it’s telling that probably the greatest statements concerning this complete factor got here from Jeff Strain, who left Blizzard years in the past.
Korthia is nice, truly?
On its face, Korthia is all the pieces I usually hate about add-on zones in WoW. I dislike dailies as a result of I like taking part in different video games too, and discovering the time to do all of the dailies is commonly a ache. I do not usually like farming for something, so I often do not get pleasure from farming for rares to get mounts or pets. I additionally are inclined to get pleasure from vibrant and alive zones, filled with every kind of nature, and Korthia is type of lifeless and torn aside. Nevertheless, I actually get pleasure from spending time in Korthia and sit up for doing the dailies and hitting no matter rares are there when I’m.
The largest purpose I’m having fun with Korthia a lot is, it is just about my alternative if I need to spend time there and do the dailies or not. Again in BfA, a big issue of why I disliked Mechagon as a lot as I did was as a result of not solely was the zone to not my tastes (which by itself could be high-quality), however I additionally needed to go there and do the dailies as usually as potential in order that I may unlock flying. Because of this, days, the place I could not make it to do the dailies in Mechagon, felt like a waste as a result of it delayed me from flying. In distinction, there is not a lot must do the dailies in Korthia as a result of I am not being saved from something if I do not do them.
This is not to say the Archivist rep would not matter in any respect, but it surely simply would not really feel pressing. To start with, I loved the questline of saving him, and discovering the relics to deliver again to the cave was enjoyable to do with out trying up all of the details about it. The preliminary exploration and discovery of what was in Korthia was a blast. Getting from Rank 1 to 4 was additionally very easy and did not really feel prefer it took a lot time in any respect. After that, although, it slowed down rather a lot. Nevertheless, not having Rank 6 with the Archivist is obstructing me from upgrading gear previous 220. Nevertheless, since I am not pushing leading edge content material, not doing that is not an enormous deal both.
That mentioned, the best way upgrading gear is locked is a bit odd. The upgradable gear which drops in Korthia has six potential ranks to it. There are six potential ranks of rep with the Archivist. So, I might have anticipated upgrading the gear could be in lockstep with my Archivist rep. As a substitute, to improve to rank 5 gear (226 ilvl) I would like rank 6 with the Archivist, which is not sensible in any respect. It is notably irritating as a result of I’ve a few gear items I’m utilizing as a result of I have been unfortunate with drops. That is notably irritating as a result of I presently have over 15,000 cataloged analysis and nothing to spend them on. It is a peculiar alternative, so it bothers me.
One other factor I cherished seeing was everybody working collectively find Maelie. At first, there was plenty of confusion about how usually she’d be accessible, if she was up for everybody on the identical time or not, and the way precisely all of it labored. Nevertheless, every time individuals did discover her, they might submit the situation for others. There have been fairly a couple of occasions after I’d be a part of a map, and somebody would submit the situation for me, and I would at all times return the favor. There was one time she was on a hill with a really circuitous route to succeed in her. I could not determine the place to begin with it. So, I requested and was invited to a raid group the place somebody put raid markers and confirmed individuals the best way to get there. It was simply fantastic to see. Now that I’ve her as a mount, I want I may nonetheless see her out on the earth so I may nonetheless assist others. I do know it would not make sense, however I like to assist individuals.
Anyway, that is about it for this week. I’ve rather a lot I would additionally prefer to say about Torghast and the Raid, however I will reserve it for subsequent time. Hopefully, by that point, we’ll have had some excellent news concerning all the opposite issues as properly.
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