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You (will) have earned the achievement [A Fool for Love]!

February 25th, 2009

This is one of the most exciting undocumented changes on the PTR I’ve heard yet.

From Zarhym’s blue post:

The “Be Mine” achievement now only requires one to obtain six of the eight candies. This change will be retroactive for anyone who obtained at least six of the eight candies last time the event ran.

I’m so excited!  I tried every hour I was awake and home that weekend to try to get this achievement, but the RNG would just not give me that one last candy.  I think it’s a good compromise by Blizzard, saying that you still had to be lucky enough to get some, but you didn’t have to get all of them.

Now I know there’s going to be lots of “that’s unfair!” whining coming up.  “I worked so hard to get all 8 and now you’re making it easy for everyone else!” Blah, blah, blah.

Honestly, I HATE that kind of whining.

First of all, it was not a lot of WORK to get the title, it was a lot of luck.  Sure, you may have gotten up every hour to finally get your 8th candy.  But someone else may have gotten all 8 on their first try.  And someone else may have gotten up even more hours than you and still never saw that one last candy.

If you already have your title, it is not taking anything away from you.  It’s not like it’s a unique title, there are still already LOTS of people with the title.  All it’s doing is allowing more people to get the title.

While we’re on the subject…

If there’s one thing that really bothers me in this game, it’s this anti-sharing attitude.  It is ever present when Blizzard nerfs raids and dungeons when they are nearing the end of their lifespan, the people who cleared this content at full-strength chime in.

Yes, you worked hard and got your loot.  You downed a lot of extremely difficult boss fights.  You got to do it before a lot of people could, and you should feel a sense of achievement from that, and be proud of yourself. While there is obviously some competition in this game (PvP) it is mostly a TEAM game, especially when it comes to raiding.  Co0operative. Working along side others.

So why do people get so angry when someone else gets a chance at something they could not previous achieve? They aren’t taking anything away from you.  You got there first, you were able to do it on the highest difficulty.  Now this other person, maybe they aren’t as skilled or don’t have as much time, and they were unable to do it at the level you were.  But they still want to enjoy all of the game.

Why do you want to take that away from them?

How will that directly affect your game?  It won’t.

To those people, I say this: Do not be so weak as to let others’ progress affect your own self worth.  Be stronger than that.  Be happy with who you are and what you’ve accomplished, and be glad for others when they get the chance to have their own achievements.

I apologize for what was supposed to be a quick note about the PTR becoming a full on rant, but… that’s how it goes. :)

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7 comments to “You (will) have earned the achievement [A Fool for Love]!”

  1. I completely agree.

    Especially for the Be Mine achievement, it was just people getting RNG screwed – how can someone object to people who worked just as (if not harder!) than them at it, but didn’t get the candies, getting the title?

    For raids though, I think it’s a bit of an elitist thing. People liked knowing they were so much better than the rest of the “drooling masses”, so are unhappy when such masses get to, y’know, experience the game.

    Faulsey’s last blog post..Faulsey’s Truncated PTR notes, as much for his own benefit as anyone elses


  2. I agree with Faulsey’s comment regarding the elitist attitude towards raiding.

    It irritates me when people behave like that. Big deal, it’s a game, have fun in it!


  3. I was lucky and managed to get the achievement at the time but I do understand how happy this will make people.

    So GZ on your future title! :-)

    Eresin’s last blog post..Eresin The Valorous


  4. OMG! You have made my day! I was having such a rough day at work today until i read your post. I was really beat up over the valentine’s World Event. I was like you trying over and over, hour after hour hoping to get just one more bag of candy, for that last little piece of candy to get the meta achievement. When it ended and i still hadn’t got it, I felt so slighted that I put in a ticket to talk to a GM. To no avail though, they basically said that since its an achievement based on luck there is nothing they can do, and better luck next year. BETTER LUCK NEXT YEAR?!!! That really pissed me off. I guess enough people got stuck like us and enough brought it to Blizzards attention. Thanks for making my day! :D


  5. Korixys – Glad you’re in the same boat, it certainly made my day yesterday when I heard about it!

    Now hopefully I will have all of my holiday achievements done by the end of next Lunar festival!


  6. I’m glad that they’ll be changing it. Even though I was lucky enough to get all my candies, I know the frustration of trying and trying to luck out (trick or treating? hello) to get something and it’s just not in the cards.

    Anea’s last blog post..In which Hymn of Hope is lost


  7. I have to whine cause I had 5 out of the 8 candies, so I even miss out on the retroactive reward! I seriously stayed up all night for 3 straight nights to get a flippin’ bag of candy and into the morning the event was over and Nothing. I got tons of the “rarer” drops. Well ok this is boring and whining is over, let me go do more Heroics to keep my mind off it!