It’s Fashionable To Hate World Of Warcraft
Aion has a pretty lively General Chat channel on my server and one of the topics that seems to crop up on a regular occasion is World of Warcraft. Usually it’s initiated by someone saying something like “Aion is way better than WoW”, “go back and play WoW”, “WoW is for care bears” or the witty “WoW sucks”. Suffice to say it’s enough to cause a storm in the chat channel as the few people who actually seem to like Warcraft try stick up for it against vast, insurmountable odds. It seems like everyone’s a WoW hater these days. I guess it’s no surprise considering how WoW has so few subscribers compared to the other MMORPGs out there. Oh wait.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m not trying to sit in an Ivory Tower condemning everyone who speaks out against World of Warcraft. Not at all. In fact, I’ve had my fair share of pot shots against Blizzard and WoW for years and certainly used to harbor resentment against it for being unoriginal and “dumbing” down the genre. Still, I recognise that it’s a good game, well crafted and well thought out and I do find it enjoyable to play. The thing I just find strange though is that it seems to be popular right now to slate WoW just for the sake of it. It’s like Blizzard is the new SoE.
SoE used to get a lot of slack (maybe they still do) by gamers for almost everything and every time I tried a new MMO, people used to rant about them. I even recall people cursing SoE for developing Vanguard and making it rubbish and used to take great glee in informing them that SoE had nothing to do with the creation of VG and in fact stepped in to save it from oblivion. Today Blizzard is SoE and hating Warcraft is the new fashion – some might even call it an old fashion but all I can tell is that it seems to be growing. Tim Gunn eat your heart out (and if you get that reference please resist the urge to send me emails telling me how gay I am).
All of this is very ironic considering that the people who rubbish WoW in Aion are likely the ones who either have or presently do contribute to it’s player base and I can’t help but wonder if they’re doing it just because everyone else is. No doubt the WoW haters will flock back to the motherland of Azeroth once Cataclysm releases as if their relationship had never been sullied.
So there you have it. If you want to hate WoW, hate WoW, just don’t do it because it’s fashionable