So Children’s Week is over. None of my characters did any of the achievements, except for my levelling rogue who did the Orgrimmar quests as a cheap way to get some xp and a neat pet. Of course, as soon as ‘rage’ popped up in the title, it should have been pretty clear what the topic of this post was.
School of Hard Knocks killed seasonal events for me. After trying for it in my first year playing and discovering that it was a cruel, vile, unrepentantly disgusting excuse for content, I started looking at any achievements at all and the holiday achievements in particular not as a rewarding goal, but as a series of ridiculous hoops that lazy, stupid designers dropped into the game. The violet drake reward for the meta becomes essentially a symbol of debasement, where genuine enjoyment of the game has become secondary to enduring ludicrous horseshit.
This achievement is the worst piece of design that I have encountered in WoW. Tying it to a year-long meta devalues the meta and is insane and unconsciable. Were I the person who decided to do this, I would be wholeheartedly ashamed. Also paralysed with terror each night that someone might find out and the ravening hordes would descend on my home in a frenzied orgy of vengeance and bloodlust.
I am not worried about this person’s family. This person orbits so far out in the void beyond rational thought that I doubt the concept even means anything to them.
Reading the comments on articles on WoWInsider, I see a few fairly common themes.
- People who finally got it after the third/fourth/nth year.
- People who got lucky and got it within an hour because the enemy decided to co-operate. Generally telling other people not to whine so much.
- People who will never, ever do this and want it removed from the meta.
- PvPers who hate the selfish, frustrated mindset dropped into their BGs.
What don’t I see? Anyone at all who actually enjoyed it. Idi fucking Amin has more fans than this achievement. There are* people out there who will defend the slaughter of millions in the Stalinist purges of the early 20th century, but no-one wants to touch this thing with a 20 foot barge pole. There are more people who want to visit war-torn hellholes like Lebanon or Afghanistan than want to take part in this PoS.
I did the Pilgrim’s Bounty meta for the first time at Cata release, when Blizzard screwed the horde over by putting the Teldrassil table out at the far end of a city filled with elite lvl 85 guards when the level cap was 80, out over an expanse of water where the horde had no way to get other than somehow fighting through Stormwind to the harbour or taking a chance with waterwalking since the boats from Kalimdor had been removed and there was no old-world flying yet. It was difficult and caused a pretty severe bout of discontent at the shortsightedness of its implementation, but it didn’t turn me off holidays wholesale. SoHK did. It’s simply that bad.
* admittedly bugnuts insane