Someone Struck a Nerve

Do you read The Daily Blink?

They have had a cool redesigned website for a while, one that allows you to visibly comment on their comics.

Normally, the number of comments left on a per-comic basis is scarce. Are scarce? Is scarce. Hrm.

A few, a trickle, a drib or drab. The comics are awesome and stand alone great without needing folks gushing over their salutiferous brilliance.

The comic for July 27th? That one sparked some serious debate.

Go check ’em out and read the discussion.

Rarely have I seen such a blatant attempt at spin control.

You see it other times, sure, but check out how many commenters try to assert the following in their statements;

1) The comic is funny, and most of your statements nail people good, haw haw, yes, well done.

2) There is a problem with just one example, this one right here, it was perhaps not accurate,  or it overstated the case, but otherwise well done.

3) People who feel the way that one example depicts are really the ones who are right, you know, not you. You just don’t understand.

4) *I* of course am above all this. *I* am not butthurt. I don’t really care, no, not me, just performing a community service, pointing out a little factual inaccuracy there.

I don’t know that this deserved a post all it’s own, but I woke up this morning, checked my webcomic list, and something struck me as hilarious about a webcomic lampooning the attitudes of forum posters, itself driving a state of outrage from the forum posters and feeding the conversation, such as it is.

The cream of wheat example seemed to really hit the nail for some. You gotta love it.

Isn’t that a sign of success? When you aim for mocking people that display a behavior, and get that kind of a rise out of ’em?

Uh oh. Does this mean The daily Blink are trolls? What next, a webcomic that you have to click through to open, revealing Chris Metzen rickrolling us?

Okay, I’d laugh at that one too.

9 thoughts on “Someone Struck a Nerve

  1. I think there’s plenty of intelligent discourse. I think that, at this point in the long, long life of this game, many topics and elements have been well and truly discussed. In a way, Jimmy’s remark has a bit of an elitist tinge to it, as well.


  2. I think the point about the underlying irony of forum posters commenting on a comic about forum posters is spot on. Having said that, my own opinion is that those art panels are misrepresentations of what the actual criticisms of the game. That’s mischaracterization is acceptable insofar as the goal is to to pull a laugh. The difficulty is that it seems that there are people who confuse the caricatures of the forum posters with their reality.

    As a simple player, one thing I think that is undoubtedly true is that as the pool of WoW-related blogs has shrunk so too has the level of intelligent discourse. IMO there is a definite echo effect where it seems that you are one of the cool kids and parrot the Blizzard line or you are critic and an outcast. I long for the days of a blog like restro4life when one could be both a fan of the game and a critic of the game without getting called names.

    One can debate the pros and cons of the ways the game has changed over the years. But the biggest change it seems to me is that attitude of the community that has surrounded the game. It’s far less open, for less tolerant, far less sophisticated, and frankly far less interesting.


    • That’s an interesting point of view, but I wish you would provide me with some examples of how the blogosphere has become less friendly or less tolerant. I’m not being snarky, I’d like to know. My reading list isn’t that wide, and you can see exactly who I do read simply by looking at my blogroll. So if there is something you are seeing as a trend, it’s pretty easy for me to have missed it.

      If you’re taking a shot at me, heck, I’d still like to know some examples, simply to see where I may be going off the rails.

      And of course, I miss Resto4Life too. I’m not sure the Resto4Life I remember is the same as the one you do, I don’t remember her being any more critical of the game than anyone else, but she is definitely missed for her wit, her creativity and her passion for bringing people together. And her cute tree form art!


  3. These days in LFR, if you are queuing as DPS, you are at the mercy of the healers and tanks as to whether Madness will be clearable. It isn’t a happy thing.

    Frankly, given the people queuing for LFR now, it would stand to benefit from the stacking buff, too.

    On a separate note, I am *so* looking forward to the new LFR looting system. I wish they would apply it to LFD, too.


  4. Number IS, but “scarce” would not be the appropriate modifier for number. So, the number of comments is low, or comments are scarce.

    Just sayin’.

    As an old dude who found MMO’s late, my model for hardcore/leet/casual is professional/recreational sports, so I believe that the ubers should have something exclusive to shoot for. But that exclusive reward shouldn’t be the game itself. Content needs to be accessible. LFR gives us all a chance to armchair quarterback and play the whole game.

    But if you put in the time and effort, and have the skill to overcome hard mode content, there should be some consistent, tangible reward system that doesn’t degrade with time. Not sure what that would be, but being in the top 1-10% should be recognizable.

    Maintaining a motivated top tier crowd benefits the game and all who play it.

    The comic is funny, and I would wager that many “hardcore” forum posters are poseurs. “This is how I think I would feel if I was as hardcore as I think I should be if only my friends weren’t holding me back.”


    • Bristal, I think you nailed it with the posers 🙂

      I do have to say, though, that personally I find LFR quite lacking. I’m in a non-progression guild that raids, and I think we needed the 25% debuff to get through spine and madness. I’ve stopped running LFR for the most part, though.
      People make LFR unfriendly (not Blizzard’s fault). The encounters still seem to be easier than your average HoT boss. I think I really like the “Armchair QB” comparison – not much of a personal investment, very much doable, and then you’re done 😉


  5. The comic is dead on. These people are just bent out of shape that the value of their achievements relative to the time, energy, and gold they invest at the time depreciates more quickly than it perhaps used to. That’s understandable, I think, but the ship of monolithic raid progression through all raids over the course of an expansion has sailed. The PvE game in MMOs these days, for better or worse now, is about seasonal patches of content introduced for everyone to consume and compete over at that time. It became this way when Wrath came around, and the final nail in the coffin was the elimination of all gear currencies but JP and VP, and their “upgrade” as patches get introduced.

    Is this a good thing for the raiding game? Well, it keeps people generally interested in the game longer than they might otherwise be, and vastly increases the ability of players to gear toons to a point of raid readiness for the current tier, theoretically increasing the pool of potential raiders. Does this make shelling out a ton of gold for the latest and greatest items in a given tier feel a little foolish? Probably.

    To all the folks with sour grapes over this though, I ask: how badly do you want it, really? Paragon isn’t complaining; vodka isn’t complaining. Probably the top three guilds on your realm aren’t, either.


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