This Post Has Been Authenticated!January 11, 2010 at 5:22 pm | Posted in General | Leave a comment
Tags: account theft, authenticators, hawley loves froggy, World of Warcraft
I miss Shaman Herewerd.
There, I’ve said it.
I don’t feel dirty for saying it, and I certainly don’t feel ashamed.
The strange thing is, whilst I miss playing a Shaman, I don’t particularly miss playing World of Warcraft.
At one stage I thought the Random Dungeon Generator would suck me in, but then again I’m not sure that I’d be happy levelling alts through it, bearing in mind the twin barbs of too many of the pre-Burning Crusade instances take longer than I can really afford now, and Cataclysm looming over proceedings.
I’m hoping that with the delicate and sensitive remodelling of Azeroth, there is a similar delicate and sensitive remodelling of the instances contained within.
Of course, rumours of Blizzard making the use of authenticators mandatory for all accounts is something that wouldn’t bother me in the slightest.
I was going to write something that was scathingly sarcastic, wherein I demand to know how dare Blizzard charge me for an authenticator to make my account safe with money that I could be spending on a panda-pet? Or did they not realise that use of an authenticator would delay my logging in for *at the most* 60 seconds? Or even how they are de facto making me tidy my desk, or risk losing the pesky little security device of ultimate gaming evil?
But we all know that scathing sarcasm really doesn’t work in print, so I won’t bother. Someone would only take it for a rant, anyway.
Bear in mind that I’m so foolish that I thought a Battlenet account required an authenticator, so I’d already come to the point of acceptance when it comes to using an authenticator.
What’s so wrong about authenticators anyway? In the course of my work I’ve used the little algorithm-crunching little fellas before, and I’ve had no issues for complaint. If they were so easy to lose, or went wrong so often, then I’m pretty sure that such large, busy corporations and multinationals wouldn’t use them.
And as for the cost? Well, gawsh. I’m pretty sure I’ll *not* buy a pizza this week, and have saved enough money to buy one. Mmm. Pizza. Not only will my waistline thank me for saving it from the doughy-cheesey goodness, but I’ll have something to show for my money that won’t be an empty, soiled pizza box. I’ve argued the case before that MMOs are easily one of the cheapest per-hour hobbies to have around, even when you factor in the cost of a pc. It’s certainly the cheapest hobby I have, and I have many. So the added cost of an authenticator is peanuts.
Of course, all this authenticator malarkey is in the future. Unless you subscribe to the “The year 2000 is The Future!” philosophy, at which point we’re already there. Please enjoy your aluminium jumpsuit and your flying car.
During a period of time that is now The Past, MMOs weren’t the huge business they are now. Enterprising individuals selling 100 Plat on Ebay were far more likely to be enterprising individuals than a farming operation employing botnets and Romanian post-graduates.
Back to The Future, and here we are with crime more likely to target what’s on our hard-drives, rather than what’s in our homes. Just as I lock the doors and windows in my home, why shouldn’t I lock the doors and windows in my games?
The other thing is that I wonder whether a small doohickey that spits out random numbers every minute is worth any of my ire? Likewise the company that wants me to use one?
Blizzard are a company. They’re not a charity; their aim is to make their shareholders rich beyond their wildest dreams. And yay for them.
As long as they provide a happy gaming experience for me, I’ll give them my money. And if an authenticator will provide some security and peace of mind, then that will make my gaming experience happier.
When Cataclysm releases, I will most probably be there. If I need an authenticator, I’ll get one. The reason I don’t have one now is that I’m lazy. And because I realised that I wasn’t going to be renewing my account that last time, so getting one was pointless.
I’m also looking forward to playing Shaman Herewerd again. To the extent that I might even try out enhancement!