I realize the last few blog posts may seem negative and looking down on the current state of things. And it is in part justified. There are a lot of people very unhappy with all aspects of the game. Be it levels of difficulty, new forms of time sinks, just a general malaise about things. There is hope, we all, on all sides of the fence need to step back and look at what we do every day, how we treat others in game, and out, and how seeing how we treat people makes others look at us and wonder…
“Why would I want to be like you?”
And that is, at least to me, one major issue I see. When people that we look to for help and ways to improve, treat the rest of us like a joke. Do you think that when we come to you to ask how can I get better, that we want to when we see that you have no respect for us because we do not play at the same level as you? Why should we want to be like you, if we see that you look down upon us as an inconvenience, someone you feel is asking to be coddled, to have you play our character for us, that we are just dumb, because we don’t understand why when we do what we feel is exactly what you tell us to do, we get it wrong.
I saw this the other day
And this is the attitude we need. Gone are the days when no one knew anything and we all had to work together, to help one another so that we could all be the best. A culture of Google it, or L2P noob, learn your class, get on my level, etc. Has created an atmosphere where it is simpler to just don’t try to be better, because when we do make a foray into more difficult content, when we do badly because we do not know, we are put down, made to feel inadequate, and just told, go play in tourist mode, if you’re even good enough to play at that level.
I ran Blackhand LFR the other day. Someone took a few moments to explain what we would be seeing, what we all needed to do. It was not a long winded explanation, just the basics, and except for the guy in 680 gear that just ran ahead of everyone and pulled the boss, before everyone was in, and after the person had said, give me a sec to write out the explanation. Our second attempt was near perfect, with 1 death.
And you know what I saw? A few people thanks him/her for taking a few moments to spell things out. Someone took the time to treat LFR like a real raid, when we all knew what to do, we all punched a boss in his face, and 18 people got the credit for their first kill. And the reward they got? Some people saying
There is always hope. Things can always get better. If you want the pool of players looking to do the most difficult content to increase, and improve in skill, you have to be willing to put aside your views of those playing content you deem to simple, come out of the Ivory towers, and be wiling to say, thanks, or hey, you did good there, excellent job. Well done.
They are simple words to say. Simple things to do. Easy ways to treat others playing the same game with a modicum of respect, so that maybe, just maybe, they will look at the experience as a positive, not a “Oh hells no way I can do that” Maybe having just 1 person, step up to show people the right way to do something, will give them the confidence and desire, to try the next level.