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MMO's & The Modern Man (err...Woman)

An honest, irreverant look at various MMO's from a typical player's point of view. OK, maybe not a typical player. Maybe a hardcore emo PVE but PVP lovin' chataholic with alt tendencies. What's that? A new beta!? BRB...

Author: Astrialla

Fouling Your Own Nest or I Hate The Way You Play

Posted by Astrialla Tuesday November 24 2009 at 10:37AM
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You know I've been building towards it.  Little hints here and there, innuendos, wink wink nudge.  But I guess it's time to state it clearly once and for all.

I hate the way you play.

You know who you are.  You're the l33t squad, the chat trolls, the kill stealers and the bots.  You're the guy that stood by and watched me clear the way to a boss and then ran in as I was taking down the last mob to kill the boss yourself.  Then you laughed in server chat about it.

You're the player that tells others to toughen up, lighten up, that it's just a game, and for cripes sake just let it go.  You're the fanboi that insists there's nothing wrong with the game and you're the kid that types STOP QQ'ing! whenever anyone points out your stupid behavior. 

Above all you're the player that assumes that I play for the same reasons you do.  I am not after leveling to cap as fast as I can so stop telling me that the game has been out for 2 weeks and asking why am I still level 25?  I'm not after PVP kills or stats so stop trying to get me to come out to the Moors and be your pocket minstrel and then ripping into me when you finally realize I mean no.  I'm not after glory, server fame, l33t gear, or pretty much anything that you find important.  

I don't play the same game you do.  I play a better one.

My game is not fueled by either an ingame version of road rage or the need to pump myself by deriding others.  And I never fill the server chat with my desperate need to establish my worth by discussing in detail gang raping whatever other player seems like the most effective target at the moment.  I'm pretty clear that even the most bird brained pigeon nestling has enough sense to stand on the edge of the nest when nature calls.  Why you insist on fouling your own nest, your own game?

I'm not asking you change the way you play.  Griefing other players and camping rez spots is not a playstyle and it's not defensible as such.  Going into graphic detail in server chat about the personal lives of other players is not a playstyle. it's vindictive and cruel. Turning an MMO into one giant litterbox that you use as your own personal toilet is not a playstyle, it's arrogant and you're embarrassing yourself.

Just because I don't play the game the same way you do does not mean I've forfeited all rights to play the game the way I like to.   Just because I don't gank you or trash you does not mean that I don't have the right to enjoy the game and have fun.   Just because I'm reasonably kind does not mean that I lose all rights to control the way I play the game.  And if the bulk of a server is like you I'll switch servers rather than deal with endless repetitions of idiocy.  And if the bulk of a game's community is like you then I'll leave the game (coughAioncough).

Someone much wiser than me once said, "Your right to swing your fist ends at the tip of my nose".  Back up idiot.  I don't care why you play the way you do or what socioeconomic parameters brought you to the point where you're a jerk.  Just back up, back off, and let me play my game in peace.

Trucidation writes:

 Well said. I've always maintained that global pk games aren't "real" PvP. How can it be, when it allows idiotic crap like letting level 100s spawn camp level 10s.

Real players PvP where skill matters (RvR, guild siege, arena, tournaments, etc). On the other hand, jumping some random unsuspecting noob is not PvP... it's showing the world what a pathetic douchebag  you are.

Tue Nov 24 2009 9:02PM Report
Justarius1 writes:

 I haven't noticed that the Aion community is that bad on my servers, but then again, I tend to be friendly with everyone I meet.  Most of my experiences there have been positive, and I've had helpful people.  Nobody's derided me yet for still being level 16 and leveling very slowly. ;)

Everything else you said, yup.  The one game I had to leave due to 1) boring gameplay (it just wasn't for me) and total gank squads was EVE.  Only in that game will you get one guy with ten accounts looking to give you as much grief as possible. :D

Sun Nov 29 2009 1:22PM Report
Korhindi writes:

Yeps, this well written rant highlights exactly why I tend not to group in MMOs.

Who wants to play with those idiots?

I know I don't.

Tue Dec 01 2009 10:17PM Report

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