Cataclysm PvP… A Catastrophy… A Follow Up
The amount of mail that I received in response to the Tol Barad PVP issues raised in one of my recent blog posts was staggering, divided and passionate. Similar to opinions of Hillary Clinton or Sarah Palin, the polarization is decisive and clear, there is no middle ground. While I certainly expected the passion both for and against my stance, I was surprised at the number of people who apparently took advantage of the exploits and but maintained that they did so to make a stand, to protest and to enact change… really?
Have you convinced yourself yet?
I can only imagine since I did not partake in the exploit myself, that this justification is nothing more than a thinly veiled excuse used to convince a range of exploiters that what they did was right. To be fair, I do want to make one additional point. I suspect that a not insignificant percentage (but not the majority) of those engaging in this abhorrent behavior are not the same cheaters we see AFKing every day in BG’s, going on follow during trash pulls because [insert lame excuse here] and that generally and consistently try to get as much “stuff” as possible for the least amount of effort. No the rewards for exploiting this time around were great, arguably the highest yet seen in game. Because of this, I do believe that some otherwise semi-honorable players were caught up in the “exploit fever” and convinced themselves that while they benefited just as much as the lowly leecher, that they were sending a message.
News flash, you were not any better that day. Protesting for a cause never yields personal gain and in fact the two are diametrically opposed. Once you gain from the protest, it no longer becomes a protest. Let me give you a strikingly similar real world example. Cable companies charge upwards of $100 dollars or more for me to simply receive a signal that they are already sending out to my neighbors.
Protest – Go without cable, call cable company. Write my congressman complaining about the monopoly they have. Create an anti-cable company website. Picket their building.
Lazy Exploit – Tap into my neighbors cable and enjoy the service for free.
The cheaters will use the “it’s a game argument” or “Blizzard is not really impacted financially” but they would be inaccurate and are just further deluding themselves. If even one person leaves the game once they get curb stomped in their first rated BG by a legion of fully geared PVP players with 2500 resilience gained through exploits, then in fact these cheaters are impacting Blizzard financially.
It might be harder to see the impacts, but they exist nonetheless.
So do the right thing… if you stood on that bridge to get your gear, delete it, you will feel better.