Author's note: The word "you" in this article does not refer to a single person or multiple people.
Let's talk about ingratitude. You opened how many treasure chests which you didn't technically pay for during this event, making a public mockery of the hard working people who spent real money to buy and open a few chests (so you could mock the contents)? You ranted and raged because the criterion for being a Creator changed, but you don't feel that you were made aware prior. You complain because supposedly a three hour stream is worth the same as someone's self-proclaimed art post (who has time to even watch a three hour stream?!) Anything else? Happy thanksgiving to you, too.
Being in the Creators Faction is a gift, an honor. Those who have been in it (and some who still are) know what is required of them to "earn" monthly. You're a Creator, but that doesn't mean you "created" the Creators Faction, nor does being a Creator earn you divine privileges such as to dictate to Pocket Gems how Creator rules should be. If I remember correctly, all Creators signed an agreement (a long one) to become a member in the first place. So, if you had a beef about the rules, you should have argued with Pocket Gems before signing the induction document. Perhaps you didn't even read it.
Changing the earning aspect of the rules without letting Creators know beforehand could be a big pill to swallow, though. Many Creators have been posting content for months or even years expecting the same merits today as in the past. Recently, I've heard from some Creators that the expectations of them changed. Honestly, I saw that coming, and warned a few folks back in October. No one believed me, but that is to be expected because who is Alleviates anyway? Some moofmaker who is barely into garnet dragons, playing a mere 2 years and 2 months with not yet even 30k medals to her name and spending virtually no real money of her own for her solitary account (Gosh, sounds like maybe she has a life outside the game? A job even? How boring.) Anyway, I saw the "shift" (love that word by now) coming, and no Creator believed me. That is their problem.
I'm one of those people who, like her mother, buys extra supplies in the event of disaster, keeps an emergency apocalypse kit close by in her house and car at all times, overcharges everything, has solar everything from chargers to watches. After 9-11, I even carried around anti-anthrax kits Mom had sent me, just in case. That said, I'm kind of a girl scout I suppose (only because being a "boy scout" wouldn't technically work here). Hoarder, worrier, over-achiever, that's me. Once I realized this October that the Creators were about to be on more of a reality show than the Mickey Mouse club, I started taking extra precautions to make sure my work was still over the top.
But some have called the Creators selfish, needy creatures starved for gems thus posting garbage in great quantities in order to cap in rewards monthly. I can't attest to the above statement, especially because of my reasons for applying in the first place, and also because I've personally helped a number of people work towards and get accepted into the Creators Faction. I'm proud of them and each of their very unique contributions to the game. I don't think any of them are selfish gem hounds. I actually have confidence that those few folks I helped in have "real" lives but make extra time to invest their gifts into helping players, from academic resources to art promotion to tutorial video content for newer players to base building assistance for all. And heck, maybe we helped a few players, too, with our measly little 50,000 viewer per week website. Ya think?
Do I think the Creators Faction could be improved? Sure, anything can, as there is no perfection in this world anywhere. I don't think dictating the ideas to Pocket Gems will result in anything but animosity. From my viewpoint (a very distant one, kind of like the smallest fish in a fish bowl hiding behind a fake little castle watching the bigger fish thrash around and fight), people should first of all be grateful for what they have, not just in the Creators Faction, not just for the game, but for their lives. Many of you in the USA just enjoyed Thanksgiving. Some didn't, myself included, but we could still be thankful without a big dinner. We could privately say our prayers and thanks, maybe jot in a journal, light a candle for someone far away whom we still wait for to come home, or be grateful in other ways than exhibiting thanks in flamboyant methods. I didn't hear a single Creator thank Pocket Gems before the holiday; maybe some (like I) did so privately. I hope some people did. I purposely thanked PG privately because I didn't want to be the viral afterthought (oh yeah, thanks from me, too, and me, and me...). I wanted certain folks at PG to know I was thankful for what they give us, not just Creators, but for the game. Yeah it is a job to them at PG, but some people don't just work places because they have to. Some work places because they're passionate about what they do, and they love the work. I felt that when I visited San Francisco in October. People with action figures adorning their desks have to be the coolest people in the workforce, right?
On that note, ever heard of a little play called "Hamilton?" It is kind of famous, but I don't expect many of you to know of it because you're playing a game called War Dragons during most of your free (and some not free) time. Anyway, James Monroe Inglehart who played Thomas Jefferson and the Marquis de Lafayette in Hamilton won hearts almost overnight and freaking loves his job. Recently, NBC interviewed him in his dressing room and asked him about some of the things inside. One item is a sign, "Leave me alone, I'm busy (pretending to work)" sign. Inglehart indicated that the sign is his biggest secret, an inside joke. He says he would do his job for free, he loves it so much. When I was at Pocket Gems headquarters in October, I got the same vibe about employees I met there (I already had the vibe on Pixxel). How many of you can say you love your job so much that you'd do it for free? Those are thankful, giving people.
So, before I criticize, I have a habit of thanking or commending. That is because of years of conditioning I went through first as an elementary school teacher, then as a college professor for many years. I was taught that you should always commend before giving someone a criticism. So, thank you Pocket Gems. Next, hey how about them prizes? I mean, do we really need so much rune dust in the season prizes? It would be so cool if hey, you could replace them with pearls! And once again, great job on that new event!
It is called class. It could also be called the golden rule, and I know not everyone has or practices either. But if you're new, here is how to try the latter ... do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Simple! Don't like being ridiculed? Try another approach! Don't like your work being stolen? Don't steal from others! Don't like being insulted? Don't insult! Don't like the game? Play another one, or work to make it better in a constructive, civilized, and thankful manner. The game didn't invent itself, and it doesn't solely remain in existence because you or I play it.