It all started with Starcraft, 10 years ago. After being wholly addicted to the demo, I mowed the lawn and cleaned the house for two weeks to get the 30 dollars I needed to buy that battlechest. Then came the Warcraft 2 Battlechest, and finally I got around to Diablo. I think it was Diablo 2 that officially sealed the deal for me to be a full Blizzard fanatic instead of just a Starcraft fan. Since then, they've only released three more games, but since one of them was World of Warcraft, there's no shortage of opinions on this company. Am I biased? Yes. Am I totally justified for being so? Also, yes.
Here is the part where I explain.
At first I thought it would be tricky to explain why I'm biased toward Blizzard, because having a bias is usually a pretty irrational thing, and the average review scores of their games would indicate that being a fan is a pretty rational choice. Still, there is much dissent and controversy across the internet when it comes to Blizzard, and here's where I come in. I can use my bias to show you (with reason!) why Blizzard does no wrong. By the end of this, I'll have you non-believers agreeing that love for Blizzard isn't even a bias, it's just simple logic.
Since Starcraft 2 just came out, let's start with:
THE 3 STARCRAFT'S FIASCO
Hater's argument: They're just trying to make more money by selling one game three times.
The Truth: Did you ever play Warcraft 3? Frozen Throne was great, but the storyline in Reign of Chaos was so rushed. It was supposed to be this insanely epic battle of demons and undead princes and pissed off elves...but by the end, the whole thing felt a bit flat. I'm glad to see Starcraft 2 is getting a well fleshed out story, and also WE GET TO HAVE THREE SEQUELS WHY ARE YOU COMPLAINING!? To top it off, there is such an insane about of content in Wings of Liberty that even at 60 dollars, the price is nothing but justified.
(Did he just criticize Warcraft 3? Isn't that a Blizzard game?
SHUT IT. Moving on.)
Soaking your disposable income is:
THE STAR PONY!
Hater's argument: Real money for a fancy mount? What's next, real money for gear and arena points?
The Truth: This mount is cosmetic. All it does it look cool. It's basically the equivalent of buying a cool statue to put on your desk so you can stare at it and show it off. Same thing, only virtual. If they did ever give the option of using real money for in game advantages that would be a huge problem, but I think Blizzard listens to it's fans enough to know better. Which brings us to...
My name is on the internet? OH SHI-
REAL ID AND SUBSEQUENT TURNAROUND
Hater's argument: I can't let people know who I am, STOP IT BLIZZARD! Oh, ok you stopped...asshole.
The Truth: Blizzard had an idea. While it was in the idea phase of being an idea, people HATED it. So they changed their idea to please their fan base. That's pretty cool right? I think so. Yet they get bashed for saying they listen to their fans, like the whole thing was some kind of PR stunt...*sigh*
And finally we have this gem:
I HATE WARCRAFT/STARCRAFT/DIABLO BECAUSE IT STOLE (X) YEARS OF MY LIFE
Hater's argument: What? No, it's not my fault my life is a mess. It's this game.
(Alternate: I hate that fucking game my boyfriend is always playing!)
The Truth: People think Blizzard should be more responsible or something, like they're up to no good by creating a product people love and really get into. If you or someone you know is in a downward spiral because of a Blizzard game, or any game, it's pretty simple: Get a fucking grip on reality and leave the scapegoats behind.
World of Warcraft alone causes enough shit storms to write pages about, but I'm going to have to end this article at some point. I invite you in the comments to bring up new point's and try to stump me. Perhaps one day, my love for Blizzard will be a truly irrational affair, but for now, I think anyone who truly has a gripe against Blizzard is the one with Teh Bias.