Oogh, I keep trying to write a post about how players seem to frequently demand less challenge from MMOs than they do from other games, but it is just making me cranky and really Syl already approached the ideas of challenge and restrictions in a much more even-handed way.
I have sworn off Blizzard games for a while, personally, but if they offered a $5 forum-only account I swear I would get it just because there are so many PEOPLE BEING WRONG on the internet there. The hot topic on the official WoW forum now is adding a third “easy mode” raid for people who, and I am not making this up, are too lazy to gem and stuff. It’s like.. someone demanding an easier mode for the new Deux Ex installment because figuring out how to spend their Praxis points is too time consuming. Look, I am all for having content for small groups or folks with limited playtime, but these arguments frequently boil down to “Please make this game simpler because I don’t really like playing it.” It boggles the mind.
(And do not even get me started about all the people on the RIFT forum this morning complaining about their +XP, +Prestige, +Valor birthday gift vials that they merely had to log on to receive. “Oh em gee, Trion, now I am quitting because your free bonus items that you were in no way obligated to give me are not ponies.” Oh, for a way to poke people in the eye over the internet.)
Two things: first, you may notice a slight site redesign. I am still keepin’ it texty, but the old design kind of hid the list of blogs I read and it is a good list that deserves to be seen! Go visit one of them fine folks!
Second, I am giving away an owl! It’s an in-game owl pet for RIFT, and it looks like this:
I haven’t used my code yet myself, but I am fairly certain that this pet will be BoA and not BoP. This pet was only available from the Trion Community Party at PAX. So how do you win? Easy:
- Do not be in my guild. I love you all, mes petits choux, and I have a second code to give away just for you guys.
- Post a comment to this thread with what shard you play on and why you like RIFT.
That’s it! I will randomly select someone in a week, on Friday the 16th. Please be sure to leave an email with your comment (it is hidden from everyone except me) so I can contact you.