Bait and Switch

I’m the Queen of Useless Gestures and as such I have just written Blizzard a Very Stern Letter. Yes, some spotty teen in a customer service centre far away will just bin it, but at the time it defused a bit of aggression.

I would be terrified to admit how much I’ve spent on MMOs over the years. I’ve been playing Warcraft off and on since 2005. When I say off and on, I mean that I usually kept my account active in case I wanted to play. For a year or so I kept two active subscriptions. I’ve paid for many character transfers, faction transfers, name changes, pets, mounts, etc. If I added all of that up I would have to cry as I could have had a very swank holiday somewhere at the very least. It’s always been worth it because gaming is my release, but no one can deny that it can be quite an investment.

In any event, recently I signed up for the Annual Pass just because I wanted MoP beta access (and Phil was going to play Diablo 3, as I wasn’t interested). I haven’t even been playing, but I’ve been paying for that damned Annual Pass because I agreed to, and one should keep their agreements. Unless one is Blizzard, that is. We should all have done the math, actually. Over one million people signed up for the pass. One Million. A server can hold an estimated 10k players. Everyone who invested in the pass would presumably want to play. Are they going to bring on the hundreds of servers needed to let everyone in? Of course not. And so I, like quite a lot of other players raging on the forums right now, haven’t been invited and probably aren’t going to.

No one likes to be slighted, or feel like a fool. No one likes to be ripped off, which is basically what has happened. They could have brought the extra servers on. They could have stopped selling the Annual Pass once they knew that they weren’t going to be able to handle their half of the bargain. But no. And that is what really pisses me off.

Poor show, Blizz. Very poor show.

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