Five years ago --hell, try two years ago-- I'd have not blinked an eye about a 1.5 hour (each way) day trip and then walking around a humongous vendor/demo area for several hours, playing games and soaking in the atmosphere. I could have gone back for more without hesitation, or sat up and talked about the experience for hours into the night.
But now, all I want to do is take a nap.
I suppose it's only natural that as time marches on, people change. When Soul and I started this blog back in 2009, I knew very little about MMOs and WoW in particular, other than the standard jokes about "Warcrack" and "people who make RPGers look like they have a life". But throughout the life of this blog, I've learned a lot about MMOs, and more importantly I've learned more of what I don't know.
It's very easy to sit back and start grumping like an Old Man hanging around the Dal fountain, but without purpose all it does is seem like whining.
I realize I've sounded a bit like a Negative Nancy the past few months about things, but a lot of that is driven by my need to look at things with a critical eye. When people zig, I zag. I am the "yes, but..." hovering around the edges of the MMO blogosphere, fully realizing that I can't buy into the hype and remain honest.
"Mists is gonna be the best thing evah!"
"TOR is gonna be so awesome that it'll have sprinkles on it!"
"TOR sucks major donkey dongs! It's an unrelenting piece of trash!"
"EVE is full of people who think that Lord of the Flies is a good learning experience!"
"GW2 is chock full of awesomesauce!"
Things are never cut and dried, black and white. People who tell you otherwise are missing the point.* Every game has pros and cons. Some people like games that others detest; is one right and the other wrong? No, both are right, because opinions about games are just that, opinions. A post about what I think about a game is subjective while a post about something independently verifiable, like mechanics, can be objective.
Most of what I write is subjective, because I think it important to explore that hazy grey area between what the game provides and what I believe.
For example, I've not been shy in my opinion that I dislike Warsong Gulch. I've spent way too many hours being farmed by Rogues and one-shotted by Hunters on Adelwulf to have a high opinion of that BG. It's a game where one person going AFK or getting DC-ed can be all the difference in a win or loss. However, I do know of other people who absolutely adore that BG, and consider it WoW's crowning achievement in the development of the PvP battleground.
Who's right? Everbody, because these are just opinions about the BG, not independently verifiable data.
However, what is really important about opinions is how well they're defended. Any ol' Blood Elf can pipe up an opinion, but there's an eternity's difference between "It sucks!" and "It sucks because..." Does the "because" portion of the opinion make sense? Does it hold logical water? Can you appreciate the position in spite of disagreeing with it? This is what sets the intelligent "Yes, but...." apart from other net pontifications.**
What I'm hoping for is to provide a reader with some actual understanding of my position on whatever it is I post about. I realize all too well that I can be obnoxious and stubborn when I want to be, and I have to constantly fight that tendency when I write. Others have put the bar so high that it'll take me years to even approach it. Still, this is a journey, and I'm in this for the long haul.
And my highly biased, totally undefended opinion about Gen Con? It rocks. Seriously rocks.
|There were a few Old Republic fans present... ***|
And I finally found one WoW cosplayer! There's Vanessa VanCleef at 6:20 in the video clip.
*Or they are NPCs populating an MMO.
**If you want examples of really well thought out and defended opinions and speculations, go see Rades' Orcish Army Knife and Cynwise's Warcraft Manual. Just be prepared to read; both can be very thorough in their arguments.
***From Nerd Approved's Flickr account. Unfortunately, I couldn't decide just how many Blood Elves were actually cosplaying Link and his girlfriend. There were plenty of folks in attendance wearing WoW themed t-shirts, however.
EtA: Added a reference to the source of the pic.
EtA: Cleaned up some English. Oy, my old English teachers would kill me....
EtA: Added a video clip for a WoW cosplayer.