I was writing a comment in this post over at Baking Cupcakes, but it grew too long, so I decided it deserves its own post.
So yesterday word spread that there was a hunt at Magika. Magika is a store that I really really like, and I was bummed that people were telling me that the hunt was going to be over last night. I had a party to DJ, and I knew afterwards I would be doing something else. How lucky for me that someone was sweet enough to drop a notecard with the locations on me! The hunt hadn't been on more than 30 minutes when it was given to me. I quickly passed it out to my group, because we LIKE hunt cheat sheets. Of course, I attempted several times to go to the sim, but it was full every time. I figured that this hunt was just simply not going to be happening for me. I realized that even if I COULD get into the sim, I would be lagged out beyond belief, and I was double happy for the locations notecard because at least THAT way I could hop from place to place happily. But I never did get in, and pretty much forgot all about it a few hours later.
Cut to early this afternoon and my adorable friend Laleeta was saying that the Magika owner had changed the locations due to the fact that Baking Cupcakes had posted the hunt locations on their blog. Although she was not the one who posted the locations, she was the one to take the flack and do the apologizing. She's cool like that. There were a bunch of [of COURSE anonymous] comments bitching about how boo hoo, the blog ruined their experience by posting coordinates.
To this I ask... What. The. Fuck?
Ok ok, you know what? Some of us have LIMITED SL time in which to waste on hunting. Sorry about that, but it's true. Not to mention a great many of us are hunted OUT. We're oversaturated with hunts and we're still weeping with joy that we ever managed to finish that insane Ghost hunt. Also, some designers delight in hiding their gifts in such weird and out of the way spots that it really really frustrates people to the point of them just leaving the store. Not to mention the fact that 75% of the people who show up at these hunts come wearing 10,000 prim outfits, super flexi laggy hair, 15 face lights, clicky ugly boots, and scripts up the wazzoo, so even if you CAN get into the sim, you can't move due to all the lag people are creating. And hey, I have a pretty good video card. A lot of people don't so it's hard for them to move in some stores on a regular basis.
I don't understand why people scream about having the hunt locations posted. Guess what? No one's forcing you to click on them. And it is VERY freaking unlikely that you can look at a SLurl and know EXACTLY the location. If you do, then YOU need a life because you obviously spend too much time in a certain location. If you can look at this: http://slurl.com/secondlife/NoobersBoobers/100/69/25 and immediately think, "Oh yeah, that's in the northwest corner right next to the 2nd plant on the left," then you really better get your head checked.
Designers, get this straight. No matter what you say, people are going to help each other with these hunts. Maybe the coordinates are not going to be posted on a blog, but they WILL be on a notecard somewhere, passed out to someone, who will pass it out to someone else. There will be someone standing in your store who has completed the hunt who will be telling people where things are. There will be group chats open with people asking where to find a certain prize. There is NOTHING you can do about it, other than get that kind of prize thing that moves when someone gets the gift out of it. And honestly, that kind of thing will piss off your customers.
I am deeply disappointed that the owner of Magika did not go directly to the writer of the blog post and privately ask her to remove the coordinates rather than make a big deal about it in the blog. It is a store that I have sent many people to when they ask me where I've gotten some of my cool hair, but I no longer feel right in doing that any longer. I don't like it when designers get pissy over something this small, so it's not a store that I feel like I will be returning to. And that's a true shame, because I did enjoy the products there.
And to the other anonymous commenters who whined that their fun was ruined - Get over yourselves.