After several days of what has seemed like a shitstorm of blog posts, forum posts and general buzz about group play, solo play and roleplayers, I've come to the conclusion that we're about to see the next phase in the "war". We now have so-called industry insiders firing back at players, one even being so bold as to basically say that roleplayers are whiners. I can say, after picking that up from this fellow's horrible column I am not impressed. Not by a long shot.
I hate to go over this but I do not believe in any case it's the roleplayer or roleplaying crowds whining about anything. In fact, roleplayers don't typically give a rat's ass about a game's mechanics or the balancing or loot or what-have-you because as long as they LIKE the game they are playing, they play it and enjoy their time spent in it, in character or out. It is POWER GAMERS that are ALWAYS whining about every little thing. They go from whining about class balance to loot drop percentages to roleplayers slowing them down to whatever else is changing/happening in their chosen game.
Power gamers whine more than anyone else because they are looking for the best edge on what they do. If ANYTHING is changed in any way that affects how they play they whine about it. It doesn't matter how small and insignificant it may be if it kills the buzz for the power gamer they whine like a little baby about it.
Now, you may be foaming at the mouth by now if you are a power gamer and I can tell you straight up I will laugh in your face until I can't breath because seriously, realize that you are the reason MMORPGs have gone to shit. You might pay to play and keep a game alive but you have ruined the genre for anyone with an imagination and a desire for a challenge.
I won't say roleplayers are all great folks. Some are hybrid gamers. Half power gamer, half roleplayer. I play that part myself sometimes. Some purist roleplayers are complete asshats, as much or more than some power gamers. It doesn't matter who you are or what your playstyle is, you can make the games you play good or bad. You have the choice whether you make or break the experience for yourself and/or others.
I think a lot of people stereotype the different playstyles of gamers and I think that's a major issue here. Casual and power gamers sometimes think that roleplayers are uptight and only use old-English "accents" and don't play by the lore. Not true, and most roleplayers will jump down your throat for this sort of thing. Many of the stereotypes for roleplayers are untrue, though not all of them. I would have to say that out of all the stereotypes out there for gamers, among power and roleplay gamers there are more that can be confirmed as truths for power gamers.
I'm sure we will not see the end of this and I imagine I will be getting a ton of negative comments on this one but I don't care. I need to say these things...