You’ll pardon my silence these few days. Seems I have found myself plague-a-fied but good. I haven’t had the chance to enter Azeroth, but I have been reading when the energy and time permits. Those two things have not been as often as one would like. At least I’ve finally watched The Hunger Games now. Alas, I’m getting horribly off-topuc.
Robin Torres of WoW Insider posted a Community Topic on Sunday that stirred me enough to sound off. The question was simple: “What’s Your Biggest Disappointment With Warlords of Draenor?” Now, I need to just interject that I’m a fan of Robin. Always enjoy her writing, the discussions she creates, and she even did me favour in 2012 with the Transmogolympics. Having said that, are you kidding me?!?!?
How is this even a subject? When last I checked, this expansion was announced two weeks ago, not released. The context of the question suggests three are issues with Warlords of Draenor and the opportunity is presented to air the one that bothers you most. This is a great question! When the game is actually out! I understand the vehement concern the blog community has over the lack of strong female character representation. That’s been discussed thoroughly, from both sides, and with passion. I’m not going to go out and give Blizzard the benefit of the doubt here or anything, but once more we haven’t actually seen who the prominent folk are. Should one of the Warlords have been female? In all cases, absolutely. But I’m not going to rule out us actually seeing some strong Draenei and Orc ladies in Draenor. Also, please don’t take me as downplaying this issue. Whatever my position may be in the grand scheme of that discussion, I completely understand the passion and concern for this issue and do support the want for more ladies of power.
So that discussion aside, what is there really to gripe about? Something that may not even end up the way it was previewed at BlizzCon because Beta testing resulted in an “oh damn, that was not supposed to go lack that?” Some crystal ball prognostication of a feature that’s in the game that we don’t know about yet? I genuinely have no idea at this point.
If you haven’t gathered thus far, my biggest disappointment in Warlords of Draenor is that we’re even having this conversation. To me, it reflects negatively on the community as a whole because we’re already complaining about something that we barely know anything about. There’s no need to have this discussion, this early in the process. Don’t get me wrong, voices need to be heard to keep Blizzard (ideally) on the right track with WoW. But none of us have played the game yet, save for a handful who got a small taste at BlizzCon and that’s nowhere even remotely close to a finished product.
I fully expect to have this conversation again, not long after the game is released. It will no doubt be a “what do you like most/least about WoD” topic and I’m completely fine with that. We’ll be able to answer it honestly and with some actual physical proof and experience. But until then, I simply do not see the productivity in having this discussion now.