It was a grand performance of failure
Symphony sounds more grand here than performance, YMMV.
The bullies of our virtual playground taunted ragequitters relentlessly, as if taking on a personal challenge. Watch how fast I can make this one fly off the handle.
Since you are describing the challenge immediately prior to stating it, formatting wise it looks better as: The bullies of our virtual playground taunted ragequitters relentlessly, as if taking on a personal challenge: “Watch how fast I can make this one fly off the handle.”
The first signs were the rubber banding.
Since the term “rubber banding” is a single effect/thing (even though it occurred frequently) it would make sense to make the tense singular: The first sign was the rubber banding.
where was work they were promised.
“where was the work they were promised.”
They knew as well as we did that the bullying gamer mentality would thrive and prosper if not checked, a volatility management strategy.
I’m a bit confused here; are you saying that leaving the mentality unchecked was volatile or something else? Either way volatility is being used to describe the “management strategy” and it doesn’t read properly. I’m guessing it should be “volatile management strategy”?
Whether you like or not,
“Whether you like it or not,”
In an attempt to curtail online volatility,
Was this on your word of the day calendar? Lets try “hostility” here.
the QQ that followed was a rainstorm not seen since Vanilla.
Rainstorm sounds bland, how about “deluge”?
Never once did we stop to consider that perhaps their changed stance was the right thing to do, and would have taken place whether a sea of tears had flooded the forums or not.
I don’t think that it would have gotten changed without the amount of public outcry that was the result. As you pointed out, we weren’t talking about virtual impacts on 1s and 0s here. Would Blizzard have changed their minds at some point? Maybe. But I think that if when they implemented RealID and there was positive or even negligible response from the community it would have stayed (not an edit, just observation).