Our Top Five Takeaways from the World of Warcraft Micro-Holidays Announcement
One of the highlights of online gaming is when a special event occurs in-game. Players look forward all year long to the usual seasonal events (such as Christmas and summer) as well as other special events that are unique to an online rpg. The usual pattern of such mmo events is that they offer some really great rewards that players can earn while doing tasks for the length of the event itself, which is normally two to three weeks. However, the usual pattern is being altered by Blizzard in their recent announcement of their new World of Warcraft micro-holidays. Personally, we think that this is a neat idea, and we have some thoughts on these new in-game events. Here are our top five takeaways from World of Warcraft micro-holidays.
The first of our top five takeaways from World of Warcraft micro-holidays is that they are a really great idea. The gist of these WoW micro-holidays is that the mmorpg will feature small themed events throughout the year that last from a single day to several days. So far, Blizzard has announced eight of these WoW micro-holidays, such as the Spring Balloon Festival and the March of the Tadpoles, with more to be added later. We love the idea of a quick event that lasts just for a few days. Plus, the developers don't have to worry about coming up with huge storylines or epic gear to hand out for such a short event.
The second of our top five takeaways from World of Warcraft micro-holidays is that grinding will no longer be needed to complete such events. While playing most mmo events is a lot of fun, it can get tiresome if you have to do a lot of grinding to accumulate enough capital to gain the event's rewards. Some of the events found in online games require players to spend weeks of daily grinding to get the goodies. However, such grinding is not really possible for an event that only lasts one or two days. The result is that taking part in the WoW micro-holidays will not feel like a chore, which many mmo events eventually turn into.
Giving players something to look forward to is another of our top five takeaways from World of Warcraft micro-holidays. The reality is that playing our favorite online games can become somewhat of a drag or grind as we endlessly repeat the same daily tasks and quests in order to accumulate faction favor or tokens to finally nab that gear we've been after. The standard mmo events we look forward to only happen a few times a year, but the new WoW micro-holidays allow special events to occur on a much more regular basis. The current schedule has two events upcoming in April (March of the Tadpoles and Volunteer Guard Day) and two in May (Spring Balloon Festival and Glowcap Festival). For those players who are looking for something different to do, as well as provide a spark of additional fun, these new events are definitely something that they'll be looking forward to. Every three to four weeks will see something new and interesting popping up for players to enjoy. Another facet is that the short duration also means that if an event is not to your liking, then you won't have to suffer a long time before it goes away.
The fourth of our top five takeaways from World of Warcraft micro-holidays is that such events allow for greater immersion into the game's virtual world and lore. Blizzard has done a tremendous job over the years in creating a deep and intricate lore for the game, and the setting has gotten more detailed and rich with every year. The new WoW micro-holidays can further expand the game's setting by highlighting specific aspects of the game's lore during the events. An example of this is the March of the Tadpoles micro-holiday where the Winterfin murlocs allow their tadpoles free reign over their village. Players can make a difference by adopting their favorite tadpole, feeding it, and protecting it from predators. This specific micro-holiday focuses on a greater examination of the murloc race within the game and one of their sacred events. Blizzard can use these WoW micro-holidays to allow players to dive deeper into the game's rich lore and explore different facets of the setting by having some fun for a few days.
The last of our top five takeaways from World of Warcraft micro-holidays is a concern. While we absolutely love the idea of these new events, we do worry a bit about their short length. While the duration of these WoW micro-holidays is a definite plus when it comes to grinding, we do worry about players missing out. Some of the events last three days, which allows players plenty of time to check them out, but quite a few are just for a single day. It's these single day micro-holidays that are a concern as we know that real life can dictate that logging into the game on a specific day may be impossible. Perhaps you have to take a business trip or you're traveling to visit family for grandma's birthday, but having a one day event can mean quite a few players missing out. However, this is the only negative we can think of concerning the new WoW micro-holidays. The good news is that the next one is usually just two to three weeks away, so it won't be the end of the world.
There you have it, our top five takeaways from World of Warcraft micro-holidays. Overall, we really love this idea as it gives players something to look forward to throughout the year and provides a welcome respite from the daily grind for a few days. We also like the fact that the new events can bring new areas of the game's rich lore to the forefront and allow players greater immersion. The only concern we have with the WoW micro-holidays is that some players may miss the single day events. However, the sting of missing them is assuaged by the fact that there are no huge rewards for the events and that the next one is just around the corner. In the end, we think that micro-holidays will be extremely popular with World of Warcraft players.