The Ranter

Posted: March 9, 2012 in Bioware, Cataclysm, rant
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Following the post by Gazimoff and Pewter, I will also give my thoughts about The Annual Pass that I signed up to. I have to admit, I didn’t sign up immediately when they announced it at Blizzcon last year. I was tempted, because everyone knows I’m a sucker for stuff like that (free mounts woot!).  I knew that I was going to play Star Wars, but after talking it over with the husband, we agreed that I could afford playing two mmo’s for a while. When Swtor started though I wasn’t that interested in wow any longer and I felt a bit of buyers  remorse. Was I ever going to really get into WoW again?

Luckily for me, I stopped playing Swtor. Don’t get me wrong, I do love the game; the story is amazing and I love the immersion the game provides. Levelling though is horrible and I just can’t do it on any other alts. In other words: I returned to WoW and I’m actually quite happy running around, levelling new alts all to prepare for mists.

Thinking about it, I do think I would sign up for the pass again. I might still take some little breaks now and again when something new comes out (Guildwars 2, Mass Effect 3, etc) but I somehow always seem to return to WoW. The pro’s about the pass for me are as following:

I love getting into beta’s. It will give me a chance to check out the class changes in the game and see if I’d still like to play my class or if I want to switch it up. I am very curious what the monk class will be like and if it will be worth it to make it my main.

I love it that I can play Diablo 3 when it comes out and I don’t have to go to a shop… I guess that feeds my laziness  and I do like Tyreal’s charcer, even if it has short legs and remind me more of a pony.

Now for the con’s: I am never a fan of long contracts, except perhaps for my marriage. I’m a very fickle person and a game I could love for a few months, could loose it’s shine in a few more. I especially notice this with mmo’s and signing up for a year to WoW was somehow a big step for me. In the end it’s working out alright. I am still enjoying WoW so far.

I’m alright with paying for the things I’m getting; mount, beta, free game, then I see the new features for the Scroll of resurrection….and I’m not quite sure how I feel about this. It’s great that people get a reward that pretty amazing for returning to wow and I am also happy that the person who sends out the scroll gets (yet another) mounts.

Call me selfish and greedy, but where is my reward of being a mostly loyal customer for 7 and a half years now? Ow that was the annual pass? That I had to pay for? Yeah…thanks. Ow wait, you also gave me a free copy of wow, tbc and wrath. That’s great! Ow… I would also have to pay for the subscription for that second account? Never mind then. I am a little bit bitter about it. I’m sure Blizzard could look at all the accounts of long time subscribers, see how many months through all the years they paid for WoW and give them a reward depending on how many months they have paid already. I’d like a spectral tiger please… with a pretty bow around it’s neck. Thank you, Blizzard. (ps. If you team up with your nemesis Bioware and make me a Garrus mount, I will love you forever.)

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Comments
  1. Nightwill says:

    my thought was to give us ‘points’ earned per month. Make the rewards out of print card game items. You would have a steady flow coming in as they deem them ready. make some things account bound and other BoE so you could sell em for some gold if you like. Bliz gets happy customers with little time invested and their customers get to have things they have dreamed of but couldnt dump irl cash onto ebay for.

    • antlergirl says:

      That is actually a really smart thing! It would be a bit like the points your earn on loyalty cards in shops.

  2. MMO GurL says:

    I totally feel this rant! Even Rift has a reward system and it’s only been out a year..It’s mostly vanity gear, but also some cool things like portable banks, money trinket, etc. I signed up for the annual pass too and am totally regretting it now. What I want to know is if it’s possible to back out of it. I would rather play Rift I think as Wow just gets me so mad when I consider how much money I’ve wasted on it and they can’t even offer me free transfers – I’ve probably spent something like $500 on them alone since 2004, maybe more. Makes me want to cut and run especially with the big dogs coming out soon like GW2,Tera, and the many others..I should go look into what they can do if you cancel. If I don’t get into the beta, big deal..I’d rather save the money for the months I don’t play, ya know?

    • antlergirl says:

      I know right! Don’t get me wrong, I still love playing wow, but I can totally get where you’re coming from. A little bit of show of appreciation on Blizzard’s side would be nice. :/

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