So, of course we have an Australian-themed offer and pet rescue, as we do every year. I know I brought this up a year or two ago and was obviously ignored, so I won’t rehash the entire argument. You know it already.
What I will reiterate is that an Australian game still continuing to run nationalism-themed events on Jan 26 feels at best, to put it very charitably, in poor taste. And before some idiot comes in to tell me to keep politics out of GoW because it’s irrelevant, the better question is, why have the devs inserted politics into the game in the first place? Why actively make this kind of statement on a contentious, sensitive issue, that’s completely unnecessary and doesn’t need to be in the game? GoW isn’t taking a neutral stance, it’s continuing to normalise something that is hurtful to people who are already marginalised, just for the sake of a cynical cash crab. I’d say taking the politics out of the game would be a great move that’s long overdue, not to mention it would make GoW more welcoming to more diverse players by avoiding the whole “white pride” vibe and the message that sends to indigenous gamers.
To be honest, this game has given me (a VIP 5 player) enough reasons to quit over the last few months:
- the increasingly paywalled troops/weapons/resources - it often feels like they’re actively screwing over people like me who spent a lot of money to support the game in the past instead of waiting until now
- the poor QA leading to frequent buggy updates
- the constant repetition, tedium and let-downs of big new “features” that ultimately don’t change anything or amount to more than a dull grind
- doing nothing to address the godawful guild wars meta that has essentially killed the fun of that event in high brackets
- the absurdly incremental and unrewarding nature of the few remaining forms of progression (e.g. kingdom levels that will take years to actually give us anything back) - just, astoundingly bad game design that goals do not even feel achievable or like we’re ever making a dent in them
- of course, maybe worst of all, the obsession with anything new only being obtainable from gnomes or the vault - which aside from being infuriatingly RNG-prone even over a span of months of attempts, also skirts major legal and ethical bounds since the relevant appearance and drop rates aren’t published.
I’ve already stopped spending money as my form of “protest” against the direction GoW has taken in the last year or so (yes I know they don’t care but I still won’t support it), but the bad taste this leaves in my mouth might be enough to just drop it entirely. There are games out there that actually respect my time and the money I’ve spent on them, and don’t make me feel gross just by playing them on a particular day. It’s really time to start doing better.