Patience is hard. In a world where everything is “faster faster, nownownow” we aren’t exactly encouraged to look at anything long term anymore. Corporations look at the next quarter instead of 5 years ahead, everyone shopped with credit to get their gadgets right away, not to mention you can buy almost anything with the click of the mouse. That blockbuster movie? Don’t wait for it to come out on DVD and download a camrip instead. And god forbid you have to do any real work to beat the boss and get your shinies!
In this internet-powered world of instant gratification, waiting is ever more difficult as you get used to the breakneck pace and instant availability of everything. When that starts to get annoying, then it’s time to take a deep breath and remember what it takes to get some of these things.
One big example was Blizzard’s April Fool’s Day patch notes for WoD. I kept cracking up as I read most of these… classic Blizzard humor(Chakra, when the walls fell!) with those couple of ideas that might actually be cool someday. And then when I go to check the comments on MMO-C to see who else got some of those, what do I find but people bitching that they wasted time on what probably wasn’t more than an hour’s worth of work that could easily have been done during breaks. Not only that, but it was probably their web team, which has no effect on the speed that WoD is coming out.
Apparently people couldn’t put aside their- yeah I’m gonna sue the word, because if the shoe fits- entitlement to laugh and enjoy some jokes, they’re taking a game way too seriously. Yeah, Fall is a long time. I might unsub myself for a few months depending on if we keep raiding or not. A couple WoWless months isn’t the end of the world!
For my part, I’ve also got a couple pieces of art that I’ve been waiting for also. One isn’t going to be posted here because reasons, and the other is one I been waiting on a while, but I knew that artist had a huge backlog that she’s still working through. I’m actually finding it harder to wait for the one I’ve been waiting a shorter time on, but there’s two factors there: I actually had a specific image in mind from the start, and with that artist he doesn’t have a publicly available waiting list.
Even if you’re near the bottom of the list, it’s still somehow easier when you can see just how far down you are on the list. It’s like a visual reminder that yes, it is coming.
I’m also waiting on another artist to re-open commissions, and again the same factor here helps with the waiting. They have a public list of the commissions on their list and how far they are, so it helps with the waiting… but also makes it a bit more intense as it gets close to time.
Either way it’s time to- as they say- hurry up and wait!