I don't normally bad mouth Blizzard when it comes to World of Warcraft, lord only knows I spent near 800 hours so far (according to Xfire anyway) playing the damn game. But Blizzard just announced their big 2nd anniversary contest and prizes for the contest. One has to question whether or not Blizzard even thought this one through. The prizes for the most part are laughable, really. Here is the poop from Blizzard on the contest:
Do you remember the first time you set foot in Orgrimmar and saw the watch fires burning on the parapets? What about the first time you heard the echoes of death in the halls of the Undercity? Or even the first time you saw the hot molten iron flowing beneath the catwalks of the city of Ironforge or gazed at the towering statues of the heroes of the Alliance in Stormwind? It has been two years since players first entered the world of Azeroth to forge such memories. Friendships have been created, battles waged, and mighty dragons vanquished.
To celebrate the second anniversary of the launch of World of Warcraft and to show our appreciation to our community, we will be awarding prizes over the next five weeks! Your support, enthusiasm and dedication have made us the #1 MMORPG in the world and we couldn't have done it without you!
During the week of October 30th, we'll be awarding 2 lucky winners per day a $100.00 Jinx Gift Certificate.
What? A $100 Jinx Gift Certificate? What? Now, if you read the rules, they do list other prizes. Yes, Blizzard will award ONE winner per day for 5 days in late November a 1GB Geforce 7950 and then ONE winner per 5 days for an XPS dream machine. So two prizes are actually "worth" it, the other prizes? Seriously, for a company making untold millions every month from the 7+ million subscribers, you would think Blizzard would offer more "interesting" prizes, or at the very least like every other popular MMO when they reach an anniversary offer some nice in-game stuff like bonus XP pots or whatever. A Gift Certificate?
Remember, this is my opinion. That doesn't mean everyone who reads this news post has to agree with me, and you are certainly entitled to disagree with me on this. So, what do you folks think? Should Blizzard offer more prizes, better prizes, some in-game prizes? You tell us.