Back when World of Warcraft was first released it took the world by storm. Brand new MMO built on already extensive and fascinating lore. Many exciting challenges and interesting people.
While I have come across many good people who play WoW inside and outside of the game, I have noticed a decline in the general overall World Of Warcraft Community.
If you’re an alliance player, I am sure you already figured out Goldshire is the main dueling spot for the alliance faction. Some people request once and go away if you decline. Then there are those who take dueling too seriously. Some by spamming duel requests over and over. Some by trying to intimidate you to dueling by calling you names, making threats, and/or following you around.
Once when I declined a duel this one fellow took it upon himself to /friend me (which anyone can do to anyone the regular way) so everytime I came on he would send a whisper calling me names, telling I’m I’m a p***y and a loser. He would keep saying I couldn’t handle a duel. He even took it upon himself to make a few false claims to his guild members to get them on me. Luckily he failed. He ended up being kicked from the guild. One time I saw a group of people from one guild stalk a player for telling one of their guild mates “No thank you. But maybe after I finish some quests.”.
One thing I have noticed alot more of is higher leveled players duel requesting those who are much lower than them. What are they trying to prove? All it does is make them look like bullies. It’s pathetic. Then there are lowbies that will duel request high level players again and again. This following link to a post on the official WoW forums shows one player’s thoughts about it. http://us.battle.net/wow/en/forum/topic/3595575495?page=1#14
I have known people to encounter these types of people that will do such just for attention or one of many known reasons. Dueling has gone from a fun way to interact with the WoW community to a haven for bullying, by not just high leveled players, but lower leveled ones as well.
Raiding use to be fun. It would be a way to relax and enjoy the game by getting some of the best gear. Also a way to meet new people and forge lasting friendships. Over the years much of (not all) the WoW community has begun to take raiding more seriously. Rage fits over someone not showing, because of a wipe, or one of many other reasons. Stuff happens, GET OVER IT. There’s more to life than raiding. Kudos to those who prioritize real life first.
I remember once I read about this guild on Twitter. At first glance they looked great. So I thought why not go to their website and apply. I did. I was polite in my responses. One of the guild officers told me I had to (not asked) to be on vent by a certain time. I politely explained I don’t have or use vent, but did use Skype which was on my cellphone. I also mentioned I had bad hearing. In the game I was contacted. I was accused of being difficult, making no effort to cooperate. I politely explain that I was being upfront since people in general might be annoyed if I have to ask them to repeat. On their guild forums I mentioned what I was looking for. I mentioned I love to do dungeons and battlegrounds, but the moment I mentioned I had no interest in raiding I was treated differently. I was treated like I was nothing. I was harassed and made fun of in the game calling me a loser, telling me I don’t belong and the classic “everyone who is anyone raids”. I withdrew my application. Next thing I know I am being trashed on Twitter. Lies are being told and spread around. Claims of me supposedly harassing and threatening that guild have been made. Since then it happens off and on, which is pathetic. They need to move on already. What really gets me is one person in that guild in particular puts on such a good false public front in several respects. One of them being autism research. So that means because she participates and does stuff for autism research it entitles her to mistreat people, cover her a**, and then turn around making it look like they are victimizing her? Seriously this person and that guild should get over themselves.
I once remember a post on the official World of Warcraft forums long time ago by a man that was raging over missing a raid because his wife kept asking him to take her to the hospital because she was in pain. Apparently her gall bladder became inflamed and almost burst. He referred to her as rude, inconsiderate, and nagging saying she should have had the courtesy to wait a few hours. One time my friend Melina got asked to join a guild in which they told her once the invite was sent and she accepts she is to fill out an application on the guild website with the following information: email address, mobile number, work hours, work number and agree to submit a work schedule to be approved each week by the guild master in which if not approved she would be asked to use a sick day. WOW! Now that’s taking it too seriously.
There’s those that will put raiding before their real life responsibilities. I notice it happening more and more since WoW first came out. People neglecting their families, their spouses to get in a raid and get that nice and “oh so awesome” piece of gear. But for what, to look cool to a bunch of people in some game… a bunch of pixels and bits chosen over a real person… PATHETIC
Another thing I noticed about the majority of the World of Warcraft community (not all), is the fact they use the game as a medium to hurt, harass, stalk, threaten, intimidate, and terrorize others while hiding behind a computer. They do this because in real life they know they can’t get away with it so they resort to it in a game.
For instance this one immature girl on Twitter thought it would be funny to trash me, lie about me, harass me, threaten me, and even have her guild members stalk me all because she failed miserably on a few things. One of them being the issue of ninja looting. She tried to through some old crappy half-a**ed page in my face saying “ninja looting is possible”. What she and all those she has trashed me to, have failed to do was realize and acknowledge their are so many flaws in the looting system. Also that the person who wrote that page had the loot changes from Burning Crusade and up in mind. While in many cases you can’t need on a gear type your class doesn’t mainly wear you can still need on gear with the wrong stats. There’s been Retribution/Protection paladins needing on gear meant for holy paladins. Some elemental/restoration have needed on mail gear meant for enhancement shamans. I did try to explain this and more to her politely, but she got rude and very snippy towards me. It doesn’t matter what I say or do, she and those close to her will trash and twist anything I say or do to make it look ugly. then turns it around to make it look like I am guilty of what she has accused me of. She fits alot of the bullying characteristics I blogged about awhile ago (http://starocean2087.wordpress.com/2012/11/27/bullying-a-growing-problem-and-concern/). Once in awhile she and her messed up friends still continue to trash me, make stuff up, and spread it around. An all new low is befriending people from that guild that mistreated me because I wasn’t interested in raiding at the time of application. Better yet much of them have taken it upon themselves in befriending those who work with Blizzard Entertainment (various CMs on twitter) and publically playing nice in hopes it will make her and her friends look like the victims. To her and them anyone who doesn’t share their mind set is either deemed ”psycho”, “crazy ass”, a stalker, or “all the same person”. Unlike them I’ve moved on. But one of these days when they decide to trash me while I am saying nothing about them, it will only add up and they will look to be the fools. 4 words for them. “Grow up move on.”.
Bullying like I mentioned in the above paragraph is frequent in World of Warcraft. Sometimes even worse. There is only so much WoW GMs can do. Many people will do what they can to work around the rules and go out of their way to make people miserable for the stupidest of reasons.
1. Not passing on all loot.
2. Declining a duel.
3. Saying no to raiding.
4. Your opinion doesn’t match theres.
5. You chose not to do as you are ordered (not asked).
6. You need to go and have to miss a raid.
7. Winning a fair need roll.
8. Putting real life before a raid.
Literally the list is endless with reasons.
The majority of the WoW community keeps getting worse and worse. More and more of the WoW community rages over the stupidest things. Bullying runs rampant. Spouses and their children get neglected. Real life responsibilities get put aside. Here’s some examples of points I have been trying to make:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-JY-vr6VEo Man neglects his wife and child to play WoW
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sdlfd35pBUE WoW Player threatens bullies
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kwql6_RJ348 WoW player heard on vent raging to his mother about WoW and wanting to finish something in the game. Being rude to a parent asking you to do something for people in a game that prioritize pixels and bits over life. Yep a real winner.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kYBZjl5pNx0 People taking dueling too seriously.
There’s alot more but I don’t feel like taking all day to post links.
I am in no way degrading all raiders or all WoW players. This blog is merely a statement of observation and experiences.
To those who put real life first before World of Warcraft I applaud you. To those who treat WoW and/or its raiding like a job/chore, GROW UP and understand this…
There is more to life than World of Warcraft.