With as many years as warcraft has been around and having seen countless holiday events, patch releases, expansion launches and other major events come and go it still amazes me how completely oblivious to the obvious the people that create this game can be.
Once more winter's veil is upon us, a day meant to represent and celebrate good will toward man (and orc too I guess) but we end up filled with frustration as we quest to see what greatfather winter has thought kind enough to give us this gear.
Setting out to the tree to see which gifts are under it with our name on them we are filled with excitement and joy only to find ourselves met with people on giant mounts using toys and gadgets to make themselves even bigger. They stand, in packs, on top of the tree and all the presents below it. You hope there will be a few with your name on it, because you have been a good little boy or girl, and you start playing with camera angles zooming all the way in trying to see that one with your name on it to collect your present.
Maybe you are able to get to it and have mastered the click on the item under the huge mount dance but many don't. Either they have not mastered how to manage to still to click their gift among the gathering of huge mounts or they get too frustrated too quickly and give up and resort to anger or even rage.
People yelling at others, people being jerks and standing on their huge mounts having fun by the process of annoying others, people that just go in and get their stuff and leave having to be subjected to the ill feelings being thrown around by both the frustrated ones and the halfwits on mounts. It makes for a good time for none, except for maybe the person who wants to watch the world burn.
You would think after all these years that blizzard would get it right, just once, and put the dismount aura around the winter veil tree so this would not happen. So that this time that was meant to spread cheer and good will toward man would not turn into spreading hate toward your fellow gamer instead. But no, once again blizzard has failed, as they always do, to make what is intended to be a fun event that grants happiness to those that participate into another thing that not only shows how toxic the community is sometimes but actively encourages the community to behave toxic.
It makes one wonder, when this has been going on for so many years and blizzard knows it goes on and does nothing to fix it, what are their true intentions. Does blizzard actually want a toxic community? Because when push comes to shove not putting in a dismount arua around the winters veil tree can only be for two reasons. Blizzard either wants to create a toxic community, which if that is the case they are doing a wonderful job, or the failed once again.
Either way, what was once again meant to be a happy season of presents and joy turns into an unhappy one of anger and frustration for many.
Perhaps one day blizzard will open their eyes and stop being willfully blind and ignoring easily corrected problems, even if small, like this one. That is my winter's veil wish for next season. That blizzard reads this post and learns, for once, and never lets this happen again.
My advice to those that have not mastered the zoom and click would be to wait until later in the week to get your presents. Greatfather winter will wait for you and they will still be there for a little while. Do not let the jerks on large mounts and blizzard troll you. Enjoy the season and the day and stay away from the winter's veil tree.
Merry winters veil all.