Raise your hand if you're sick of seeing posts about people sick about seeing posts about people sick of WoW and are quitting.
You can put your hands down now. I can't actually see you.
I can't quite remember the first angry ranting quitting WoW sucks post I saw. But it was not recent. It was not this year. Or last year. Or even the year before. Hm... angry quitters, as far as I can tell, seem to have been around since WoW began. I remember in vanilla when Blizzard was going through a series of much-needed class balancing and tuning patches, changes on a scale you'd normally expect for expansions, or that recent kerfuffel over aggro. Every single one of this patches was destroying WoW. Every class that had a patch was ruined. Every other class was ruined as well. They were dark times, a sure sign that WoW had fallen from the Golden Days of, let's say, two months before any given time.
My point is this: angry whiny veterans being angry and whiny about WoW are not new. Sometimes they have something worth saying. Sometimes they don't. But I am certain of one thing: they aren't going to stop any time soon, whether you scold them or not.
It's a bit of a mirror situation, I believe. The angry whiners write angry whiny posts and other angry and whiny people rally around them to be angrily whine. The loyalist tells them to shut up and quit if they're so angry and whiny, which in many cases they have done already, and a lot of other loyalists rally around expressing loyalty. It is ultimately just an arbitrary tribal activity. For the King! Or God! My God, to be specific, not yours, because my god is better than your god because mine is God! Also, shut up or be burned at the stake.
Yes, I am suggesting that people who criticize the endless angry whining are the same as the Spanish Inquisition, except more expected.
But dammit, what am I doing, except whining about the whining about whiners? Does that merely loop back around and put me on the enemy-of-enemy side and make me a whiner or am I a meta-whiner? I'm not sure I object to whining as a general principle, but maybe only in these specific cases. Except even then, I'm not sure I have a problem with the original whining, perhaps only the whining about whining. In that case, maybe it is the hypocrisy that bothers me? But who am I to criticize hypocrisy when I am so often myself? That would be hypocritical. About itself.
My head hurts now.
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