RealID and it’s withdrawal

So recently, some few of you may have heard of Blizzards plan to display our full names whenever we posted on the official forums. This was not met with approval from the community. The two uber threads on the EU and US boards showed a variety of reactions to the announcement, but most of them were of outrage that Blizzard would do this, that they would betray the playerbases trust in them.That it was an unethical move that threatened peoples safety I have no doubt, especially not after reading this. I don’t know how the originators of that idea thought it was a good one, but the amount of information that can be gotten from a name should be proof that it was terrible.

The main thing I felt though, and judging by the myriad blog posts I’ve read about the matter, others felt similarly, was shocked. Shocked that a company that I have always thought of as not being a company, more a bunch of guys working on games they loved and trying their best to improve them so that more and more people could enjoy their creations, would so blatantly put their business decisions ahead of peoples personal privacy. I mean, I’ve read plenty of posts with people saying that RealID is not that bad, but I have read very very few where people actually support it and say that it’s a good idea.

When I think about the shock this produced in me I’m reminded of this post by Larissa over at Pink Pigtail inn, I think more than the Celestial Steed(which I shamefully bought), more than the remote auction house, more than Lil KT or Lil XT, this RealID forum debacle has really shown me that Blizzard is not some benevolent bunch of fun guys, it is a business. A business that is doing very well, partly because of the trust the community has in them. They have abused that trust now, and even though it is no longer going ahead, it has tainted many peoples view on Blizzard and their business policy. I know that I for one no longer really trust them to put fun ahead of greed. It has made me leery of the future, I can only hope that they never stumble this badly again.

Burnout and Guild Death

<Generic Guild> is a 10 man raiding guild that I started on the Anachronos server. It has cleared 6/11 in ICC 10, Trial of the Crusader 10, and Onyxia 10. However, due to various factors, it is ceasing all raiding and effectively shutting down. Not everyone has come online yet to see that this is the case. I expect a mass exodus when they do. It saddens me a little, seeing something I created die like this, and some of the people I will miss in time I’m sure. All things must come to an end though, and to be truthful, the main emotion I’m feeling now is relief.

That may seem strange to some of you, but I’m sure those who have been involved with leadership in guilds might have an insight as to why this is. The long and short of it is that it was too stressful for me. I couldn’t deal with all the problems that plagued us as a guild. The people who didn’t show up for raids, those who were unreliable, those who were whiny. I had begun to resent and dislike everyone in the guild, I hated logging on, I was burning out faster than a fire lit in the Mariana’s Trench.

I was finally given a break when one of our officers announced via forum post that he was no longer interested in playing WoW, he too was feeling stressed. With him leaving, I knew that I didn’t have the energy or the inclination to keep the guild going, so I decided to call it quits. Being a small 10 man guild with few members, I knew that with the loss of a top DPS and the best geared tank no one would want to take over from me. So I logged on and told the guys, they took it allright actually, I think most that were online had seen it coming. Unsurprising, given how strongly my burnout symptoms had begun to manifest.

Stuff I’ve learned from this

When burnout begins to set in and you want nothing more than to just pretend WoW doesn’t exist, it can be hard to see past the responsibilities you have to your guild and the people in it. “Oh but they need me to tank, if I leave it all falls apart” or “But I’ve always been there for them, they’ll hate me if I leave them” This is bullshit, you have to realise that it is a game. If you are not enjoying the game, then it is selfish and immature of other people to expect you to continue on purely for their benefit.

Treat everyone like adults and admit that you’re feeling burnt out, or that you need a break. If you keep it bottled up you’re going to lash out in annoyance and frustration, and you will make yourself and everyone around you even more unhappy.

Do yourself a favour and ask yourself, Am I still having fun?