This is a new series of posts I’ve decided to start called Tantrum Thursday. Basically, it’ll be my day to rant about everything and anything in my life, the gaming world, politics, whatever I can come up with. I hope you enjoy them. They should be fun. 🙂
#1: Stupid Friends
Okay, Josh and I have two mutual friends (we’ll call them A and K) who are dating (again; and that’ll come into play later on). Currently, they’re living with us (again). They have been nothing but problematic in the year-ish they’ve lived with us. I’m so fed up with their empty promises, drama, and all around annoyance in my life. Both are nice enough people on the surface; but they’re so full of shit when it comes to honoring promises and agreements that I want to throw them both out of my house with all of their shit on the front lawn. And then tell them both to go fuck themselves with rusty spoons.
A moved in with us and then K moved in after her. It was okay for awhile. And then, shit hit the fan. Promises got broken about things that were going to happen around the house. Example: the garage is still full of shit that neither mine nor Josh’s and he wants to park the car in there so it doesn’t get damaged by the elements. Which, since he pays for the house, is in his own right. Their shit has been in the garage since A moved in with the furniture from her apartment, and then all the stuff that K brought from her place. Then, there’s the solarium. It’s a beautiful area of the house, with lots of windows for great natural light painting. But I can’t use it. Because there are boxes upon boxes of stuff that doesn’t belong in there, and doesn’t have a home currently in our house. I’m sick of having it all over the place. I want a space to paint that isn’t going to be in the way; where I can feel safe and can leave stuff out if I want to and not have to clean up each time. It’s infuriating.
So, late last year, both A and K moved out of our house. Most of their shit is still in various places around the house. I’m annoyed, but they’ve both “promised” to get their stuff out of the house in short order. Finally, I thought, Josh and I have the house to ourselves again. A month or so went by, and we found ourselves back in the same situation. Welp. The peace didn’t last long. A had a huge fight with the person she had moved in with, and got kicked out of the condo (that’s another story). K called me freaking out from California asking us to take A back in. Fine. UGH. We do out of the goodness of Josh’s heart. Not terribly long after this happens, K comes back. There’s lots of drama surrounding this event that I’m not at liberty to discuss. Suffice to say that it’s a big fucking mess and I’d rather not have any part of it. Before K came back, there was a long discussion about how things would change; and it still hasn’t. I’m pissed about it. Now they’re back living with us. I hope things change soon. Or I’m gonna end up in a mental ward for having a breakdown.
#2: I hate the Proving Grounds (World of Warcraft).
As I’m sure most of you know, if you follow me on Twitter or here (as I’ve posted about this before), is that I HATE the Proving Grounds and everything about it’s current incarnation.
When it was was just something to do in the game; I didn’t mind it so much. It wasn’t a part of the game that I minded having as it added an additional challenge for players who were bored with the other content of the current expansion. Never, in any of my wildest dreams, would I have imagined that this aspect of the game would be such a point of frustration and tears for me. Believe me, I’ve cried a lot over this game.
It’s infuriating that Blizzard wants to keep some players from having access to some content that was freely available in previous expansions. Players have always had the option to run normal or heroic dungeons of their choice; with no restrictions on them other than being of a certain level. Which, from what I understand, made a lot of people happy. I know it made me happy to have the choice to run whichever level of dungeon that I wanted.
By making this change, they are making the game that much harder to advance in for players who don’t have the time to dedicate to raiding and pvp, but still enjoying doing 5-man dungeons (normal and heroic). Because, some of us don’t have guilds that are always available to queue with for heroic dungeons. On the other hand, we may not be in a guild, which makes it all the much harder to find another player to queue with. I don’t understand why Blizzard would alienate a huge percentage of their player base: the casual player. These people, while not hardcore raiders or pvp’ers, still make up a huge portion of players that can’t access the parts of the game they were able to before. This will turn people off from playing, I’ve seen it happen. When you can’t get gear to meet the minimum ilevel to queue for LFR because the only way to get better gear is to run 5 man heroic dungeons, and you can’t do that because you can’t get through the Silver level Proving Grounds. There is a definite lack of forgiveness in being able to run different content.
With subscriber numbers down since the launch of this expansion; one would think that Blizzard would take a hard look at the reasons why people are leaving the game. Whether it’s content gating, lack of raiding tiers, frustration over the Proving Grounds… Something has to change Blizzard. Or you won’t have anyone playing the game by the next expansion launch.
I’ll see you all next week with another episode of Thursday Tantrums.