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4-27-2008 @ 3:36PM
There's a general acceptance in the FFXI community that Japanese people are far superior gamers than the NAs and EUs. This stereotype faded over time (even though it's mostly true and JPs are gaming freaks), but I always remembered what a bilingual JP said to our PUG exp party one day after everyone in the group tore him to shreds for not understanding a more advanced function of his class.After everyone had belittled the hell out of him (I'm sure it made them feel good to call a JP a noob). He didn't get defensive, he just said, "How do I do it. Teach me." So we did. Our party was better off for it. Later he explained that that was the difference between Japanese and Americans. If a JP doesn't understand something, his party tries to help him and make him a better player. If an American doesn't understand him, it's a race to see who can point out his flaws and put him down fastest and harshest. So, maybe the guy who gets punished for not being born a WoW expert isn't motivated to become more knowledgeable or a better player when he's treated with no respect. He is, after all, spending his own time to help his guild. Maybe instead of, "OMFG stregth gems?! u fkn hunterd nub! 100 DKP minus noob LOL!" Guilds should try, "Hey, you're figuring out gemming, cool! But strength gems don't really do anything for hunters. Try to get your hands on suchnsuch gem and you'll be topping the meters every time :D"
4-28-2008 @ 2:02AM
Really excellent point here. Especially on the official forums, its far easier (and too common) to tear the poster to shreds over spec/gear than to answer their question ie, what spec should i run, etc. Its not that people are not willing to learn, rather that far too few bother to teach. Which is why people like BRK and BBB are revered, they try to teach how to play the class. How many bloggers are like them? Very few. (I blog, but don't teach, i don't consider myself expert enough - but I will answer questions on the official forum).
4-28-2008 @ 7:22AM
Not to be contrarian, Rob, but BRK got embroiled in his own issue concerning helping people recently. I vaguely remember that he snagged someone's blog post without permission when she posted for some help on how to deal with unsolicited advice. And rather than deal with that issue, BRK examined her spec and then berrated her for how she was choosing to level. It errupted into its own little discussion in his comments -- and I don't think he ever addressed his conduct or the fact that he took her post from another community without permission.I'm a long-time fan of BRK, but I did feel that he was a little uncouth for having done that. It's his blog and he is absolutely free to post what he wants, but it did cause me to stop and think for a moment.
4-28-2008 @ 9:57AM
@Cyrna: Actually, BRK did apologize to that poster and she wound up guest blogging on his site.
4-28-2008 @ 12:49PM
This is how I wish the game were played more often. More GURPS, less CounterStrike. Good points all 'round. Thank you for being a human being.
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