Faidian Slip: Winter Veil is coming. I could try to post up something about preparing for it but I think Cold did a great job here, I highly recommend you look at it.
As I mentioned in my previous post, I'm selling Personal World Destroyers. The price right now is roughly 4.5k when I post them on the AH, I offer them in trade for 4k. (The mats cost me about 600g.) I've sold a few, but for every one person that buys one twenty people tell me "lol its just a pet its not worth anything" or something of that sort. My working theory is that they're just sad they can't afford it and are trying to deflect. Regardless, holding that opinion about vanity pets is their prerogative.
So I'm advertising these pets in Trade on one screen while blogsurfing on my other. I came across Kaliope's brag board post, where she invites everyone to celebrate their server firsts. (I'd like to say once more that her posts were paramount to my success at my own realm first, and she deserves major props for all the work she did!) A little way down the comments, I see this:
Honestly I don't see the point in this "realm first" nonsense. It doesn't give any kind of benefit and (besides gathering professions) usually mean a waste of huge amount of gold. It's rather silly than awesome.
I don't really care about the zomgGevlon/Marcko Blood Feud drama; apart from thinking it was a bit douchey to publish someone's full real name and e-mail address on a public site without permission, the actual argument I could not care less about. I am not a loyalist to either, as I've seen some claim to be. But that opinion's starting to change after seeing Gevlon come in for no reason other than to shit all over everyone's good time. Regardless, this post isn't about Gevlon or Marcko or Kaliope.
It's about the value of in-game items, gold, achievements, and experiences. Why is it that people feel the need to devalue the activities and interests of others? There's one player on my server with every vanity pet available to American servers, including things like a Mini Tyrael. Would I spend that much time/effort on my vanity pet collection? No. But am I going to tell her that it's not awesome, is silly, and is a waste of money? Hell no, it's obviously something she very much enjoys, what harm does it do to me to let her enjoy that unmolested?
I'm constantly trying to make gold. I don't talk about it often in-game but if something like a First Mate Hat drops and no one else seems to care I'll often pipe up and say "If you don't want that I'll take it, I can sell it for a lot of gold on the AH." (Yes, I'm honest and it probably bites me in the ass a lot.) I've had friends seriously sound very annoyed at the fact that I'm trying to make more gold, saying I can't possibly need more, why am I still doing this, etc.?
I guess my main point is that if a person doesn't value an achievement, or a pet, or a mount as highly as someone else does that doesn't mean they deserve to have something they enjoy shit all over for no reason. It must take some pretty big balls to seek out a post you don't care about just to post about how much you don't care about it; an activity that serves no purpose beyond trying to show off how "superior" you are to others because you don't care about our stupid achievements.