For a change, here's a non-food related post. World of Warcraft stealthily sent out statues to people that have maintained an uninterrupted subscription since launch over 10 years ago. I was one of the lucky and surprised recipients. Amid this wonderful moment there has been some pretty intense crying and gnashing of teeth about the 'injustice' of not receiving this gift. Many people have been playing a long time and have felt they deserved the gift as well. I don't know how many received this statue but I assume the number was not that high as creating and shipping something of this quality and weight couldn't have been cheap.
The haters are the loudest voices so I thought I'd say something from the typical silent 'happy' camp. While a complete surprise, I really appreciated getting the statue. I'm alliance and a total girly girl, so an orc wouldn't have been my first choice but I still love it despite it's general lack of rhinestones. It's just so thoughtful and beautifully crafted.
I don't know where the time and almost $2000 went but I've had a hell of a time over the years. With my coworkers at EA, I formed my guild Eternal Destiny in the first hour of launch. It was desperate times trying to get that 10g together. Someone might have sold the shirt off their back ;)
I recruited my husband (then boyfriend) into the game and we had one of our first and most memorable New Years Eves running around as newbies. He's been as fanatical about it as I have been so it's been a great thing for us to bond over. He continues to be my partner in crime.
For as much as people mock the intangibleness of the game I've made friendships along the way that are stronger than many of my 'real world' ones. These people have shared pictures of their babies, stayed at my house, and shared hundreds of hours of laughs and stories. I've enjoyed all the content and raided hard mode on all of it. For me, the $15 was never a question for value. I loved the game and continue to love it.
The team that's doing High Maul with me is like a "reunion" team with players coming back from different expacs. That's the real gift.
I hope that the kind gesture isn't drowned out by all the negativity. We live in a society where people want everything for nothing and it makes me sad that we don't maintain the sportsman values our parents and teachers taught us as kids. Be happy for other people and to say THANK YOU!
I put my "Nerd Lifetime Achievement statue" on our shelf. Thank you Blizzard. Happy Anniversary.