Ghostcrawler is leaving blizzard, you can read about it here, and it makes me wonder if it is time to do the happy dance or not?
My response to that question might come as a surprise to everyone that reads here, but does not read between the lines. No, it is not a reason to do a happy dance. The loss of ghostcrawler could set the game off in the wrong direction.
For as much as I complain about him, call him out of touch with the player base, and basically crap on most of his ideas, I have always agreed with his "steady and strong" approach and have even often said that I do not envy his job because it has to be one of the hardest jobs in gaming, the face of warcraft.
Ghostcrawler had a vision and it was long term and he stuck with it through thick and thin and that means something, that says something. I am not the only one that bashed him, I am not even the most vocal about bashing him. If anything I am kind of subdued with my complaints about him compared to the vast majority of the players that have publicly, in one way or another, lashed out against him.
Many of the problems the game has now we can trace back to when he took over and it is easy for us as armchair quarterbacks to associate the problems with him. In truth, it probably was his fault. He is the reason stat inflation went all haywire. I've said it before and I will say it again, he never quite grasped the concept of an upgrade is an upgrade and we would be happy to get 20 extra of a main stat, we did not need it to be 800 between tiers like it is now for us to want it. It was his desire to make upgrades feel powerful that let things get out of hand. But it was also his decision to fix his own mistake, even at the risk of losing customers, for the long term betterment of the game. We all make mistakes but it takes a big man to push the go button on a fix like that knowing that there will be a lot of back lash because of it. You have to give credit where credit is due, that had to be the hardest decision he ever made.
He made a lot of wrong calls, I can go on all day about it, but he always stuck by them and attempted to do his best to rectify the problems they caused, not always to great effect, but he tried.
Why do I think the game losing someone that was at the root of all these problems is a bad thing? Because he is also the person that knows the problems and is in the best position to fix those problems.
If I broke my dishwasher I would know what I did to break it, so it makes the most sense I call the repair man to come fix it because I can tell him how I broke it. If the little lady calls him she will just tell the repair man it is broken and it would make fixing it that much harder.
The person that breaks something is usually the best person to fix it. So I think he would be the best person to finish cleaning up the mess he left behind.
The one good thing is that he is basically doing just that. The stat crunch is coming, reversing his biggest mistake ever, and a new expansion is coming with new things and those things will become someone elses problem from the start so maybe they would be in a better position to fix them as they will see it from its inception.
I still do not look forward to life without ghostcrawler because he was very approachable. He was not only a face of the game but a main focus of the interaction between us and the company even if his comments often got him heat.
So it is time for the happy dance?
That is for you to decide but I can guess one type of player will not happy. Mages are going to be really pissed now. They have been #1 since GC took over and it was always joked at that they stayed #1 because he played one. Lets see what happens with him gone now. I can see a lot of mages being really pissed having to sit in the middle of the pack or the bottom for the first time in, well, forever.
Do you think him leaving will be a good thing for the game or a bad thing for the game?
I think it will be a really rough transition unless he had been grooming someone already because there is currently so much going on. As much as I might have complained about him, he was good for the game over all and will be missed. Good luck whatever you end up doing Greg, you are going to need it because your track record in the gaming industry is not looking very good right now.
As a friend said to me when we talked about GC leaving last night (yes, yesterday, just a complete coincidence), "Maybe that is exactly what the game needs, someone to breath new life into it."
I guess we will find out.