Andronica and Avandia
Mark Kaelin is a CBS Interactive Senior Editor for TechRepublic. He is the host for the Microsoft Windows and Office blog, the Google in the Enterprise blog, the Five Apps blog and the Big Data Analytics blog.
Having no involvement of any kind in WoW, I am curious as to *why* there is a celebration of a holiday, especially in a virtual world? Is it truly a "holy day" (the origins of "holiday"), just an excuse to give in to appetites that are otherwise held in check, or perhaps is it done just because that is what other cultures have done in the past and the WoW "culture" is great at being a mimic, or is there another reason?
The Feast of the Winter Veil has a back story and there are quests that give players a chance to reveal it. In general, it is a celebration of life (even if it is merely a virtual life). From the outside looking in, it is timed to coincide with the common religious and secular holidays taking place in December.
As for Christmas being a holy day, I don't know what planet you live on, but it hasn't been a holy day for a LOT of years. It's a commercial holiday to sell crap, just like any other holiday to sell crap. Why not celebrate in a virtual world too? What's wrong with it? It mirrors what we celebrate in real life (friends, family, and shwag). Don't make me send Terry Tate to your office....
Why all the attention on WOW. Guild Wars does the same thing, but better. Entire cities were decorated with large candy canes, snowmen, nutcrackers and strung holiday lights were everywhere. Special quests were developed just for the weekend and one could collect candy cane shards to have a weapon, armor, etc crafted with candy cane. Way cooler than WOW.
That may all be true, but I don't play Guild Wars and TechRepublic does not have a guild in Guild Wars. We do, however, have a guild in World of Warcraft -- Technologia on the Duskwood server.
I don't play anymore, but in years past the cities were all decorated and there are tons of quests that holiday based and are only available around the holidays.