Want To Get Into The Cataclysm Beta? Cancel Your Subscription
Regular readers will know that my brother, the MMO noob king, cancelled his WoW subscription the other week after 8 months of loyal play, citing his reason for leaving as being , I quote, “other players are immature assholes”. Yep, it appears that my fraternal friend had reached the limits of his patience with some of the less desirable elements of the Warcraft community and decided to pack it all in, giving Blizzard what for and voting with his wallet. Until, that is, a special little email wound its way into his inbox…
That’s right, two weeks before his account was due to expire Blizzard decide to invite my brother to partake in the Cataclysm beta. Lo and behold, a few rabid schoolboy emails to me later and he was logging into the world of Azeroth once again, this time as a Worgen Rogue (even though he swore he’d had enough of WoW for a good long time). Furthermore, seeing as one needs an active account to take part in the beta, he’s now contemplating re-subscribing solely to keep playing it.
Blizzard, you cunning bastards.
Of course this whole thing could just be one big coincidence or it could be a perfect ploy designed to keep unsubscribing players hooked into WoW for longer. I suppose there’s only one way to be sure which is to cancel my account and enter into a game of subscription chicken and see who breaks first. Tempting, very, very tempting.
Yet, I’m probably not going to do it. Not because I couldn’t live without WoW (in fact, I haven’t had much of a chance to play it recently what with my awesome busy social life and all) but actually because I don’t want to spoil the expansion for me. I’m trying to keep the whole thing somewhat sacred and fresh so I can indulge myself fully on release day and not feel like it’s just another day on the farm.
Not to say that I’m not slightly jealous of my bro – I am – and also kinda annoyed that now everytime he phones me I have to stick my fingers in my ears to avoid him blurting out horrendous spoilers all the time (I now know something quite dramatical about the Worgen starting experience which I’m not very happy about). But c’est la vie, I suppose.
If anyone does have the balls to cancel their account and see if they get an elusive beta invite afterwards please let me know and I’ll post the results.