Everyone who has not won at least 3 nationwide competitive-FPS-tournaments is not entitled to an opinion on the ICC buff or any other topic anyway! – Rem, somewhat ironically when discussing this topic with me.
I had a draft post nearly formed and ready to go earlier. On signing up for raids. But then something happened in the WoWcraft Blogosphere. A hot discussion about the ICC buff.
It’s a controversial beast. People argue for it, and against it. And it’s caused some seriously heated discussions. Tam argues for Blizzard to give us the choice. And I agree with Tam. Totally.
Why? Because we’re in the same position. We both want a challenge. A decent challenge. We want to feel we’ve worked at what we’ve done. And we have both noticed the difference between the 5-10% and the whopping great 25-soon-to-be-30% buff. It’s the difference between being given a slice or half the fecking cake. A slice is nice, but eat the half, bet you’ll be sick. At least if it’s this one you will be…
No. It’s not that. It’s the comments that the post received that prompted this. The attitude that “If you haven’t cleared it and kicked the Lich King’s butt, you’ve got no right to complain about the buff or demand a choice”.
That actually makes my blood boil. We don’t have the right to say that? Because we’re not running our raiders ragged 6 nights a week to clear content? Because we’re not up there ranking number one on our server? Because we’ve not been playing WoW since it started and should have been there, raiding ICC on the day it came out? Because we’re “casual” and don’t want to penalise our guildmembers?
“If you haven’t cleared it, you don’t have the right” is an argument that doesn’t take into account the guilds who’ve recently formed. Or newish players. People who’ve only just reached that content. Or guilds like ours, who play “casually” but with passion and are equally serious about their raid time as “hardcore” players. Why should that decent family man who has to work shifts and gets a chance to play every 2 weeks NOT have a chance at experiencing a challenge in the raid content? Tell that to THEIR face. Because if you’re a hardcore 6-day-a-week raider, with a family who don’t play, I can assure you, I know where my respect’s going and it’s NOT your way.
“If you haven’t cleared it, you don’t have the right” is an argument that suddenly injects an elitist, holier-than-thou attitude. It forgets that the first and formost reason we play is that we want to enjoy what we do.
Like Tam, I enjoy a relaxed guild run, where we’ve had imperfect team composition, and a small buff. We’re in that bracket where we can run quite competently without when we don’t. I’d even say we’re competent enough to face the heroic versions of some of the encounters. We have used the buff to our advantage. But without choice it’s no longer such. It’s a ridiculous faceroll when it’s on, and when we’re screwed for replenishment etc, or we have lower geared folk, or we simply fancy a quick and dirty run up to Putri or Val, then it’s not so fun when it’s off.
Like everyone else I pay a subscription fee. For people to tell me that I have no right when I pay the same fee as they do is laughable. At the end of the day, I am a consumer too. I have JUST as much right as the next person to complain about things if they’re impeding my fun in a raid. And I WANT CHOICE. I WANT THE CAKESLICER DAMMIT!
“If you haven’t cleared it, you don’t have the right” It’s right up there with “I know what I’m saying, I’ve been playing this game for five years” as an argument.
Don’t get me wrong. I respect the work that people have put into getting where they are. But remember, just because you may have put in that work, it still doesn’t mean you’re paying MY subscription, or playing MY game, or dictating MY fun. Or the fun of my guildies. Your situation is not the same as mine. And if you want to exercise your right in using “If you haven’t cleared it, you don’t have the right”, then I will exercise my own right in thinking exactly what I will of you.
And it probably won’t be ladylike.