Hey, at least they’re persistent

http://azeroth.metblogs.com/archives/images/2007/04/Screenshot_3-thumb.png Is it just me, or does the current April Fools “joke” fit just well into that corporate “our users are losers” Blizzard climate of late? Guess 9 million customers are rarely contributory to corporate humility, but this time… So far, Blizz’ reaction to much any legitimate question lately and complaint has been a condescending “QQ more, nub”. Let’s see…

Users: Blizz, please fix Druid range bug.

Blizz: QQ more, lrn2notbecat


Users: Blizz, please fix Mage blink bug

Blizz: QQ more, lrn2notblink

and then, there’s…

Users: Blizz, the Druid “fix” is a bad nerf,
itemization is not up to par with other classes and will lead to a
situation as pre-2.0 come Karazhan.

Blizz: QQ more, nublet, Durid is b 4 heelz.

and, finally, today:

Users: Blizz, why did you disable cross-faction inspects and then introduce the Armory, which produces well-formed XML which can be easily downloaded and – using a 24 line Ruby script – turned into a feed for an addon which basically pre-loads all Arena teams in my Battlegroup and lets me “inspect” them in-game?

Blizz: Here’s a tinfoil hat, troll. Shed more tears, will ya?

… to wit, the “tinfoil hat” is made from “troll tears” and allows users to “see the truth”, which they “can not handle”.

In short, maybe I am overreacting. But to brand everyone who had issues with the Armory as a “crying troll” and prescribe a “tinfoil hat”, basically dismissing all concerns about the Armory, is … well … not very customer-oriented corporate. Or, maybe, Joi will have to rewrite his “Wisdom of Rob Pardo” and rename it “Lessons why it’s bad to hire a bunch of untrained Everquest no-life raiders to define your corporate culture, especially if some of them were the worst trolls and tear-shedding server-crashers in EQ history themselves”.

6 Comments so far

  1. WhinersSuck (unregistered) on April 2nd, 2007 @ 2:46 pm

    QQ more Troll, learn to tak n aprli foolz joke lolz

  2. trollzftw (unregistered) on April 2nd, 2007 @ 2:53 pm

    QQ more. I’m sure that blizz will announce a public apology for those that were offended by their April Fool’s Joke. Lord knows they have to cater to the whiners of the world.

    Learn2sukitup n00bsauce.

  3. Jonas M Luster (unregistered) on April 2nd, 2007 @ 2:57 pm

    Does your employer, Aspyr, know you’re defending Blizzard’s design decisions, Whinerssuck?

  4. LOSERSSUCK (unregistered) on April 2nd, 2007 @ 2:58 pm

    And why are you commenting as two different people?

  5. The Dane (unregistered) on April 2nd, 2007 @ 5:18 pm

    I actually thought it was kinda funny. I thought it was too bad that so many who weren’t fans of the Armory also weren’t skinned right to enjoy a harmless joke at their expense.

  6. Jonas M Luster (unregistered) on April 2nd, 2007 @ 6:55 pm

    Joke is great. Remember the anti-Raider pranks on Everquest’s April 1st site? They were hilarious, even as they painted raiders as no-life losers who need a life and girlfriend/boyfriend.

    I didn’t think this one was funny, but that’s beside the point. What isn’t, is that this is the _only_ communication from Blizzard concerning legitimate questions.

    Not so much the “dey dook errr privacy” whiners but there were many a poster (me included) who wondered WHY precisely Blizzard removed /inspect cross-faction, when the same data can now be downloaded and used to seed an addon’s savedvariables, again. Other than that, I am a huge fan of the Armory, I love it.

    I am not a fan of Blizzard restricting its communication with the player base to calling them trolls and whiners. If, say, someone from Blizz had been on the forums, conversing, I’d still not found it funny, but at least didn’t think Blizzard just considered its 9 million users worth only a joking insult.

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