Recently, Blizz announced that raiding content in MoP will be gated, which is to say, on Day One there will be no entry to raid instances.
This, of course, is regarded as a bad idea by some people. Not, mind you, people that I am in general agreement with.
On September 25, 2012, Mists of Panderia will go live. For most of us, that means lots of new content. But to a small subset of people, a sliver on the Big Pie Chart of WoW Subscribers, it means that they need to race AS FAST AS POSSIBLE to level 90 so they can start wiping on the first raid boss. This triggers the start of the race to World First boss kills.
Now, the reason I don’t see eye to eye with these people is because it seems to me to be abjectly stupid to pay for something that you’re not going to use most of. And, if you’re ever followed my angry tweets, you know that one thing that really gets my kilt in a twist is abject stupidity.
Now, if you’re at all engaged at this moment, you’re probably wondering why I give a damn what someone else does with his or her life. And that’s a very good question. Best I can explain, I’m just sick and tired of enabling the foolish and entitled people of the world. I’m just over that. Time and test cycles are best spent elsewhere.
Yes, I realize this comes down on what is considered the lesser side of the casual v. hardcore debate. I don’t really care. The opinion of those that feel entitled to a leet hardcore experience, at my expense at times1, is something I just don’t give two waggles for.
I’m glad to see Blizzard finally getting just as tired as I am of this sort of stuff. It’s as if they’re saying, "Fine, you want to ignore all our hard work and go straight to endgame? Be our guest. Next week, after we’ve stabilized things enough to care about .05%2 of the player base’s complaints about how the endgame content isn’t juuuuust right."
Maybe you feel I’m being harsh. Well, I know what harsh looks like. Have a look.
At least I haven’t insulted anyone’s mom.
At any rate, I think it’s a great idea for keeping the anticipation going as we3 may or may not bump up against the gate. Maybe there’s an achievement for a full clear of the previous raid’s Heroic content before the next comes online. Maybe they’ll tell a story4 as part of the gating. Whatever it is, I insist on having fun doing it,and feeling not the least guilty about not being in the top one percent of the top ten percent, or whatevers.
I hope that doesn’t offend anyone. But if it does, feel free to call me out on the forums. Or, here, if you want an actual response.