The Bad Boyfriend
A couple of my defining traits have always been my passion and my loyalty. When I get into something, I am all in, I am all present, I am absorbing and utilizing all the information I can. At the same time, I hardly look in any other direction, because what is in front of me has all of my attention.
I am this way with relationships, and I have realized I am this way with gaming.
So it seems to me I have been quite the Blizzard fan-girl/girlfriend for the last few years, without even realizing it. I have been very focused and passionate and loyal in regards to World of Warcraft.
My hope is this post does not make me a hypocrite, because it is more a manner of me taking on a new point of view.
Because the purpose of this post is the fact that I really feel let down. I feel dumped. Like a bad boyfriend, Blizzard has failed to meet the predetermined expectations of a relationship between a gamer and her game – expectations of content and customer service and appreciation of time and money.
I cannot help but feel duped, because I bought into every flowery word Blizzard said. I even decided that my loyalty was worthy of a bigger step than a monthly fee – it was worthy of my promise of a year’s worth of playing.
I signed up for the Annual Pass, and I signed up for it on both of my accounts.
It seems that was the breaking point, though. The relationship got to that “too comfortable” stage, and Blizzard shrugged off everything because they knew I would not be going anywhere. They make grandiose promises with MoP Beta. They placated me with D3. But ultimately, they stopped trying.
Blizzard, you don’t buy me flowers anymore.
Blizzard and I are more just roommates now, and I am left wondering if there is anything left here to salvage, or if it is time to move on.