I have recently become a bit discouraged with the "gaming" community. I am not a "old" guy. I am 28. However I have been gaming for about 15 years. It has always been my number one hobby. I am not going to bore you with boasts about my Commodore 64 or Atari 400 but I will tell you this. My first online game was Tradewars. If you get that reference then you should have a pretty easy time following what I am going to say. If you don't get that reference then you need to proceed with a open mind. First, I am going to start with a little story. (Dream sequence sound)
In addidtion to gaming I have another hobby. It's not my number one but it's a close second. Disc Golf. I LOVE ME SOME DISC GOLF. Love it love it love it. I take my hobbies pretty serious. Gaming- Ive got a pretty nice rig. Disc Golf - Im one of the guys with the bag, 20 discs, etc. To use a phrase from my day "I come correct." I play in tournaments, blah blah blah. Anyway, one afternoon I am finishing up my 1st round as I am getting ready to to tee off on the 18th hole when I see someone walking around in the woods looking lost. This generally means someone has lost a disc. I shout "Want some help?" and he happily agrees. Walking around in the woods alone looking for a lost disc REALLY sucks.
After a few mins of looking it is apparent we arent going to find it. I ask the kid (Who appeared to be about 15 or 16) If he was going to play another round. He said no as he didn't have a disc. I asked him if he would like to throw a round with me and he could use one of mine. He happily accepted and said "Well, at least one person out here isn't a asshole." I inquired as to what he meant and he explained. A few groups of players had given him a hard time about using a frisbee. Disc Golf is "Meant" to be played with a disc, not a frisbee. When people use frisbee's they tend to get heckled by other players that "Know how the game is meant to be played. a lot of players on their first time out or players that don't play often will use a frisbee. I told the kid that that was just the way some people were and to ignore them. I said to play the game how he wanted and the way he had the most fun.
I know, the disc golf story is getting a bit long winded but I promise, its relevant to the point I am going to try to make later. Anyway, after we shot a round I needed to be on my way. I told him to keep the disc. He thanks me and said that we was going to practice putting for a while. He was hooked. I knew it. Three days later I was back at the course and there he was. Throwing putts. We shot a few rounds together. Every time I was at the course I would see him. The next time I saw him he had 2 discs. Then 4. Then a bag. Etc. We shot together just about every week. Fast forward 2 years. Saturday afternoon I was standing in second place at the awards ceremony for a local tournament. Guess who was standing in first?
This story has several morals. First and foremost is don't be a dick. That goes for gaming, disc golf or any other facet of life you care to apply it to. The way that it applies to gaming is something I have been thinking about quite a lot. I spend a lot of time on these forums. I have a job that I don't do anything until something breaks so I have a lot of time to fill. I see a lot of garbage. I'm not talking about the flames per say, but I am talking about the bashing. Mainly the bashing on games like WoW that are "To easy". They "Aren't real MMO's". "They are for N00bs".
My question is this. If you don't like playing disc golf with a frisbee, then why not just not play with a frisbee? Why do you feel the need to berate others for their choice of playing with one? How is their playing with a frisbee effecting your game play? What I am saying is this, If you don't like easy MMO's, don't play them. In addidtion to not playing them you should also SHUT THE @$*% UP. Honestly, Why do you feel the need to berate players of a game just because its not hardcore enough for YOU? Ok, its not your particular brand of vodka. Thats fine. Why can't people seem to just leave it at that?
I remeber when gamers were a tight knight group. One more person wanting to get into gaming was embraced and welcomed by the community. They taught them the ropes. Now days, they berate them for making "stupid" mistakes and not playing games that are hardcore enough. More gamers is better for all gamers. More people playing WoW and LoTR is good for our community. Strength in numbers. Our industry continues to grow and with the help of easily accessable games like WoW and LOTRO will probably soon rake in more money then the movie business. Thats coming a LONG way from Tradewars. Some of the players will mature into hardcore gamers and move on to more hardcore games. Some will not. But for those that don't, what gives you the right to berate them because they don't? Who are you to decide what "The way it is susposed to be" actually is? Who are you to tell others that their way of having fun is wrong?
Its like someone that goes to a little leauge game, decides they don't like it and then spends the next 6 months moaning and complaining that "Its not real baseball" and "The kids aren't very good" "And the action sucks". If you don't like it just don't go to another game. Why do you feel the need to spew your negativity to everyone else?
Let people play the way they way the want to. Who knows, in a few months they could be pwning YOU. A lot of you probably don't understand this. A lot of you probably WON'T understand this until one day. On this particular day you are going to be at a little leauge game for your son/daugter/neice/nephew/grandkid/whatever. And little Timmy or Katie is going to be up to bat or maybe running to catch a line drive. And then, they are going to strike out or miss the catch. And then something is going to happen. Some asshole parent from the other team (Or maybe even the same team) is going to yell some stupid remark about how he/she should have made that catch or hit that last pitch. And that kid is going to look at you. And then, you are going to have to fight every instinct in your body to walk over there and smack the living hell out of that parent. All that time you are going to be thinking..."What gives them the right"