Oh man, it’s Friday evening. Crap! I am contractually obligated to rage about one (1) thing per week on Sacred Duty and I completely forgot to rage this week. How fortunate that I have such a great topic today. I have an annual pass, and I didn’t get a MOP beta invite yesterday. Time to rage, right?!
No. I am not in the beta yet — and unlike about half the Blizz official forums, I totally understand why.
Well, first of all, I was a little late on my Annual Pass subscription…
When I heard about the annual pass, I was in the audience at Blizzcon hanging out with some of my favorite people and friends: my guild. We were watching the announcement of Annual Pass together. I looked around at my friends and thought, yep, I will play video games with these people for a year easily. So I figured I would sign up for Annual Pass right there, in the audience. I pulled out my phone and started navigating to Battle.net.
I was so close to signing up right there.
Well, if you were at Blizzcon or watching, you know what came next. They announced the new expansion. That video. I actually enjoyed it. I thought Blizz was playing a pretty sweet joke on us– I giggled at a whole lot of it. April fool’s come… six months early? I waited for the punchline. And waited. And waited. And then it hit me: they weren’t trolling at all. They were serious.
PANDAS. WOW. REALLY?
I sat there with my jaw on the floor. PANDAS. PANDAS. WHAT. I do not think I have ever nerdraged about anything as badly as I nerdraged about the MOP announcement. I was pretty much furious. Fortunately a couple of my friends were raging right along with me although others (NOT NAMING ANY NAMES HERE) were obnoxiously and gleefully excited about becoming a panda shaman with beer keg totems. Blegh. You can take your beer keg totems and shove ’em. So I raged and raged, Annual Pass plans completely forgotten.
A month or two later, I thought about it, and sighed. Time to have an honesty moment. Pandas are pretty much irrelevant. WOW could have Expansion 10: Hello Kitty Island and as long as there are raids and my guild is raiding, I will be online ready to go 3 nights a week. I like raiding and I will continue to raid. No quitting for me. Might as well. So I signed up.
Fastforward to March 2012 when I heard the beta had been released.
Here’s the story. I was at work. I heard beta was out. Oh boy!Now, I still despise pandas, but there is something I despise more: poorly tested content. I am a raider and you better be damn sure that I think raiders should be testing their raid and dungeon content. So I very much want to be in the beta to test that stuff. Also, betas are cool and fun and I want to be there.
So, like millions of others, I checked my Battle.net account. I didn’t have access. I was sad, but I wasn’t too surprised. Ah well. I’ll be in some other beta wave, that is nice to know, I’ll see it sometime. I wonder when they’ll invite me? I was about a month late signing up for Annual Pass. My wow account dates back to (late) vanilla, but I’ve only been consistently subscribed since 2009. I do not fall into the category of Beta Wave 1. I wonder what wave I’ll be in? Ah well. I sadly went back to work.
Yeah, that was it.
Wait, Ana. Why aren’t you raging?
I’m disappointed, but whatever. There are more waves!
However, apparently there is a brand of people who are so very disappointed in their lack of beta access that they have gone back and convinced themselves that they were promised DAY 1 IMMEDIATE ACCESS.
All I have to say is…. What?
It’s a beta. A beta. You don’t all get in at once. That is not how a beta works! Have any of these people ever seen a beta? Do we realize that the point of a beta is to beta test? Did anyone honestly think we were going to get into the beta all on the same date? If Blizz sent out one million invites on the same day, that would be a pretty fucking shitty beta. That would be worthless. I cannot understand how anyone wanted them to do this, and I cannot understand how anyone is angry that they didn’t do it.
But oh boy, are they loud. Go read Wow Insider’s post on it or go read one of the 400 forum posts. A bunch of super expert people who are jealous they’re not in beta have picked apart Blizzards wording at great length and found vague quote #2958 / vague advertisement from last year / something scratched on the wall in the bathroom at Blizz HQ where someone who words there vaguely said the word “release” or “live” and so we were all promised 100% of beta from day 1.
I am sure there is tons of proof and I’m advised that there is actual legal proof of it somewhere in fine print. Way to go, loophole experts. You win? And common sense loses.
Every argument that quotes the Terms of Service or features photos of random advertisements or argues to me about the meaning of the word “live” just makes me facepalm harder.
Here is what I thought I was promised with my own annual pass. Betas happen in waves. What I was promised (along with diablo 3 and my mount) was that knowledge that when the Beta goes live and the waves start happening, in one of those waves, my name would be included and I would become a beta tester.
And to people who are arguing that Blizz promised day 1 access: Well… I’m sorry you are so jealous but let’s have a bit of patience here. We’ll all get into the beta eventually.
Oh my god Ana, stop telling me I don’t have the right to be mad.
Oh, feel free to be mad right now.
I am a little mad. Even though I hated on MOP, I still want to see the beta of the game that I play so much. After all, beta access will allow me to precision target my hatred. We annual pass subbers who don’t have access, we are jealous. We are jealous beyond belief. I want to stab my (beloved awesome) guildmate Omega (who is a good friend) in the face every time he talks to me about his beta access (which is quite often). I love you Omega but it’s true, you talk about it all the time. And I am jealous beyond comprehension. That goes for the rest of my twitter feed too and all you damn MVPs and news sites with access. (It’s OK Omega, and the rest of my twitter feed, keep telling me about beta…)
So yeah, I’m jealous. Let’s all be jealous together.
But let’s agree to stop doing something retarded. Let’s all agree to stop complaining that Blizz was legally obligated to give us access on Day 1. I know how you feel. I’m jealous too. I’m raging too. But I’m not trying to convince the world that I was promised something that common sense would dictate would never in a million years happen.
Just as an aside, I really like that Blizzard promised us Annual Pass.
I love it. It was both a great marketing decision and a very intelligent game testing decision. Annual passers are exactly the people I want in the beta. We represent a wide variety of players whose common attribute is that we are hooked into to the Blizzard I.V. of MMO Crack for 12 months. We are the rabid fans. We are often very vocal in our respective communities, and we love WOW enough to commit for a year. We are pretty much exactly the crop of people who I want to be in the beta.
So they stuck it on there. “You’ll have beta access!” YES! Awesome. We ate it up.And now it’s a customer service nightmare because jealous forum trolls are raging hardcore. This is why we can’t have nice things. This is exactly why.
Well. I like it when Blizzard tacks beta access onto a package that already included a mount and a free game. Regardless of what their very ill conceived wording was. I like it when Blizzard makes decisions like “Who makes good beta testers? Annual Pass subscribers! PERFECT!” I like it when Blizz gives me a guarantee that I’ll eventually be in a beta wave… I know I’ll see it and that’s what I was promised.And yeah, I think we have a right to watch closely how long it takes Blizz to send out those waves, and I welcome people to rage about whether or not they’re in beta. I support rage. I am an expert rager.
You are welcome as usual to also rage at me in the comments section about how wrong I am to insult you for your Day 1 Beta belief.
But I still think you are silly — and trolling. And I will happily tell you so.
And if you disagree? If you bought Annual Pass for the beta? For DAY ONE 100% OF THE BETA access? If you think Blizz cheated you out of your moneys? Well, you can call Blizzard and complain and I’ll bet you’ll be able to cancel your Annual Pass if you feel that you were not provided with something that you paid for. And frankly: good riddance. If you are mad enough about Beta Day 1 to post novels on the forums screaming at Blizzard, then you are the troll that I do not want on my Blizz forums. I not so respectfully submit that I hope the door does not hit your ass on the way out.
The rest of us will get our access to the beta. In a beta wave. Like how betas have always worked.
Which is exactly what we were promised.
(I hope it’s soon because wow, I want to be in the beta.)
(Also, GC… still waiting on that pony.)