Sometimes I'd like to take the opportunity to abuse this blog to vent some nerdrage. Nerdrage is supposed to be rambling and incomprehensible, so I'll do my best.
With every patch there are a couple of things that will annoy me more than other things. Usually Blizzard bust their asses off to fix these things first, but in some cases I just wonder what the heck their up to since nothing has been done. Every new patch I quickly sift through the notes in the hope of those wonderful words saying "we've finally fixed this guys, no need to be annoyed over it anylonger". And everytime I don't find them I get a little more raged over the fact that Blizzard aren't addressing the issue. In this case I mean "not adressing" as in both not fixing it and not even mentioning that it's a problem.
I am talking about two things. Let me begin with the one from which I named the post. For some, unfathomable, reason Blizzard have made it so that the sound of the "Play" button on my launcher plays at what seems to be a ten times higher volume than anything else on my computer. That means that everytime I press the launch button without thinking, and trust me I do that alot considering I have been pressing that button several times a day for a couple of years without thinking and it's kind of difficult to just stop doing it, my speakers explode with the roars of the launch sound. Or even better, for the times I use headphones I can hear my own ear-drum shatter. You know cartoons when someone gets their head smashed between two cymbals or the like and their head vibrates from the blow? Well that is how I feel when this happens.
Admittedly I haven't been searching high and low for any words from Blizzard about this. Honestly I shouldn't have to. In my opinion this isn't a small problem. It's a huge problem. Listening to anything else on my computer usually requires that I keep a moderate volume and if I don't remember to turn it down way low before I push that button I get a shockwave of sound in my face, which just can't be good for my ears or my speakers. I shouldn't have to remember to turn my speakers/sound off everytime I push that button! The extreme sound is there for no good reason at all and I shouldn't have to adapt myself at all to protect myself from it. It's like if McDonalds had a policy that you got to suit yourself if you didn't wear protective shoes from the CALTRAPS THEY RANDOMLY LEFT LYING ON THE FLOOR, HAHAHA! (Disclaimer: McDonalds doesn't actually leave caltraps or any other hazardous items randomly on their floors.)
Seriously Blizzard, I'd even accept an extended maintenance if you just fixed this already!
So... on to the second thing. I wrote about this one already - the extremely slow death gryphons. Nothing makes me happy after a wipe like having to very, very slowly fly inside again on that slow-ass thing. Or if you're ganked just outside the entrance. Sometimes, if you're lucky, you'll be alive when spawning by the graveyard, and if you're even more lucky there won't be someone of the opposing faction camping the graveyard for easy kills. I first wrote about it three weeks ago and they have still not done anything about it. Or even said they will.
Surely this can't be intended. If it is, it is the worst attempt at forcing us players into a time-sink that I have ever seen in the game. Forcing us to grind for emblems for cool gear, gather items or fly all over the world to complete quests is one thing. But this is just taking it to the absurd and demeaning to our intelligence (maybe not to some puggers that I've mets intelligence...). I fiercely refuse to believe that Blizzard would sink to such childish levels, when they're generally smart designers of this game. I do believe you need time-sinks in a game, I accept them. But don't make them this obvious! No... no... it's all just a programming error and it will be fixed "soon".
Maybe I should be happy that everything isn't extremely slow in the death world. I mean even when things are bad they could always be worse? Although it would be interesting to see people actually fear death just because it would be so extremely tiresome and tedious to recover your corpse. It really would alter peoples playstyles methinks (bye bye random pug). That could be something for another post!
I think I'm happy with my nerdraging now, I got to vent a little anyway. That this won't in any way actually help the situation doesn't really matter, we never whine to actually do something about it, right? It's just to make us feel better. Ahh... I feel better already.