I love the yearly events; I really do. My favorite is probably… well, I’m having a hard time putting my finger on just one of them. I like Midsummer Festival a lot; I like the dungeon boss, the fires, the theme of the whole thing. I like Winter’s Veil, too; I think it does a good job of providing an Azerothian version of a real-world holiday, though I wish there were more than just the Christian themes in it. Still I’ve enjoyed it a lot.
But more and more recently, the events are getting stale. When comparing WoW to more modern games like Guild Wars 2 or The Secret World, the constantly-repeated, not-very-updated events begin to really pale in comparison. In the earlier years, there were always new aspects each year, but in the past few years, not much has changed; they’ve given the same stale junk out with little to no changes in the event itself except, occasionally, the level of the bosses.
So the world events are starting to be a bit lackluster. I realize they’re developing these amazing new expansions, planning new continents and new timelines, envisioning new lore, but the little changes throughout the year helped glue together the larger content explosions in the same way that the emerging storylines in GW2 and TSW do the same.
I realize, of course, that just asking for more and more content isn’t really “fair.” They’ve got limited staff and resources, and putting those towards new expansions benefits the wider player base than just adding small new things to the world events. Still. They used to do it, and they’re a bigger company now, and they don’t. So I don’t really feel it’s out of the question for them to pick these small additions back up and add them in. They may argue that not a lot of people do the holiday world events, but part of the reason is because we’ve done them over and over and nothing’s changed in the past few years. If things started changing, I suspect a lot more players would be involved.
Of course, they can’t please everyone all the time. People complain about the Children’s Week (another of my favorites) battleground achievements. People complain about the bonfires being all over (and the candy buckets, too). Some people just can’t be pleased, but I’d be happy with more new options whether they involved the new battlegrounds, new pets, new costumes, or new – really – anything. The same-old same-old is starting to taste a bit like stale leftovers.
On other notes, my parents are visiting, which always leads to “lively” discussions, like my father saying, out of nowhere, about 10 times now (since Monday night) that “We’re not giving up our guns.” Keep in mind this is not in response to anything anyone has said, just a verbal provocation to try to start an argument. He’s just lovely, really.
I did show my mother Card Hunter, which I think she’ll like. I showed my father, a survival nut, DayZ, and we ran around Chenarus a bit looking for food and water. I played on a no PvP server to have an easier time showing him around, and while I explained what that meant, once I armed myself with a crowbar, he kept telling me to kill every survivor I saw and take his stuff. He’d fit in well in the EVE community, I think, if he could operate a computer game.
I’ll be taking of Friday, most likely, so if you’re in a place that’s about to celebrate a holiday, enjoy it! If not, enjoy your weekend!
Stubborn (and thinking about hopping back into TSW because of Rowan’s many excellent posts about it)