Now, you might not have noticed this yesterday, but I was just a touch cranky after I got in to work.
Hey, it’s work. Lately, I start getting a headache and my neck starts to hurt as I’m driving to work, ailments that mysteriously go away as I walk out to the parking lot at the end of the day.
It’s a mystery to me. I certainly couldn’t possibly be getting stressed out. I love my job!
Just keep swimming, just keep swimming, what do we do, we swim, swim, what do we do, we swim, swim…..
I got a little crankier after my article went live over at WoW Insider.
I didn’t get any hater comments (at least not yet), but instead what I got was a bunch of Paladin lovers posting in the Druid column about how awesome all-Paladin runs are.
And of course, further down, someone notes how Druids are going to be OP because they are getting melee equalized in Wrath, so it’ll be even more unfair and we’ll see even more all-Druid runs in the future because there will be less need for other classes.
Seriously, am I the only person that sees a string of people gloating that all-Pally runs are easysauce in my Druid column as being an asshat move?
And am I the only one that wants to slap the confusion out of the person that, after reading those gloating all-Paladin run comments, still feels the need to complain that Druids will be able to someday do the same thing?
To my friends who play Paladins… seriously. Have you forgotten how much your class sucked to play prior to BC? Shoot, and I thought Druid tanks were unwanted. I am delighted you guys rock now, since I feel that no class should be made to feel useless or unwanted. I want each class to feel, in their own way, that they kick ass. And I love playing with Paladins. Morthog, Graimerin, Ishvi, Gerolan, Paracelsus… no, I don’t enjoy playing with Paladins. Not at all. Never! lol.
But come on guys, could you somehow get your fellow Paladins to tone the gloating down a bit? Do you REALLY want to get nerfed? What the Blizz giveth, the Blizz can taketh away. You’d think everyone would remember that from pre-BC by now.
I can’t even imagine going into a Paladin column post and gloating about an all Druid run. Why would I? I’m not a Paladin. Why would someone do that?
Anyway, got home and had a nice dinner, watched some Junkyard Wars and No Reservations on the TiVo, and then went downstairs to mine Cassie some more ore.
She needed two more Hardened Adamantite Bars and two Living Rubies to craft her new Goggles.
As I’m mining, flying around, I immediately get cheered up by guild chat.
Everyone seems to be having fun, Graimerin is organizing a BRD run to get another group of folks attuned for our Molten Core run coming this Saturday, Suvon has just come back from his honeymoon (congratulations again, Suvon!), and there is much whooping and hollerin’ going on.
Guild chat. My anti-drug.
And out of the blue, I get a whisper from someone whose name I just don’t recognise.
I do a quick check, and it’s from a 70 Shaman named Zest in Kinsmen.
Okay, I don’t think I know anyone in Kinsmen, but a 70 Shaman in Kinsmen is a far cry from being a gold spammer, so that’s a good thing. Now what the heck does someone from one of the very top raiding guilds on Kael’thas want with me?
Oh, not much. She just had a quick question for me about something totally non-blog related, and then we chatted for a bit while I was mining.
Oh yeah, and while she was in the Sunwell clearing trash. Ho hum. Just another day in teh Sunwell for Kinsmen. Lol.
I just had fun flying around talking to someone new from out of the blue, and chatting with my guildies, and getting ore.
A nice, quiet evening before Alex starts Kindergarten in the morning.
It’s that kind of thing, talking to a total stranger that turns out to be very cool, or having fun chatting with guildies while doing nothing in the game of any real consequence, that totally revitalizes the game for me.
Anyone else ever get that feeling?
It’s not raiding or questing or grouping in instances that refreshes my batteries nearly as much as just floating around mining or herbing or fedexing a quest chain and chatting or listening to chat.
Marketing and Public Relations folks like to say (sometimes) that perception is reality. But it’s not.
If you go by the Trade channel and the vocal 1% that are nasty there 24/7, then the perception is that the average palyer is just like them. It’s what you see in Trade day in and day out in Shattrath or any other major city.
But they are NOT the rule, the average, the norm. They are just the 1% that have nothing better to do than sit in Shatt and spam Trade. All day long.
The majority of players aren’t like that. They are the ones that are actually out there, like you, playing the game.
Remember the bad old days prior to the LFG tool? When it was the LFG channel that they all lived in? And if you weren’t looking for a group, you could just shut them off?
Everybody begged Blizz to get rid of the LFG channel… apparently, the concept was, remove the LFG channel and the worthless spam would all go away. Yes, we saw how they all went meekly into the General chat tab so you could safely ignore them, didn’t we?
No, they just moved to another channel that people want to have available all the time, the channel where you would be hoping to find a good deal on items or gear. The one place you don’t want to shut off if you are at all interested in the economy of your server.
And if you want to be open to a good deal, or to sell your stuff quick… they get to mug your eyes.
If they stayed in General, you could just shut it off. That’s not what they want. They desperately need attention. They NEED you to see them. So of course they moved to another channel that most people do not want to turn off.
What is it that they say? That any attention, even negative attention and hate, is better than being ignored if you have no feeling of self worth? Because if you are hated, at least you’re forcing someone else to recognise you exist?
I wonder what the game would feel like if you never enabled Trade chat on your account, or visited forums.
If the only in-game interaction with people you had was with guild members, and people you met while in a PUG formed from the new Burning Crusade LFG mechanism.
Well, and random whispers in Stormwind near the mailbox from level 30s begging for gold.
What if, for example, your impression of the game community came from friends and random encounters with people who played the game, instead of from morons camping in Shattrath spamming Trade.
Based on my experiences, I’d have to say you might think WoW players were among the nicest and most fun people in the world. In person, most folks tend to be very nice. Okay, there are exceptions… but really, most folks I actually meet in game seem to be very nice.
Of course, that is life on a care bear server. For people who are on PvP servers, who know that it’s only the people on YOUR faction who are cool, it’s gotta be totally different. The other faction needs to get ganked. It’s a moral imperative. Those bastards!
Hey, it was justifiable homicide! What?
Hey, he was asking for it! He’s the one that rolled Horde, not me!
Wait, did he just /taunt me? Oh, that’s it. Now it’s on!
I keep thinking it would be fun to make an alt on a PvP server and try it out, just to see what it’s like to always be in that ‘hunter or prey’ environment while questing… and then I come to my senses.
But to return to my point, I would like to ask Blizzard, just one more time, for a massive, unlimited Ignore list that can be shared across all my characters. Then when I saw an asshat, I could put them on Ignore, and after a while, Trade chat would be delightfully free of anything but the occasional seller of goods and services.
Because I would automatically Ignore anyone that advertised their guild there, too. Just saying.
A Trade channel that was only used for one thing… to look for trades.
What a concept.