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5-27-2008 @ 2:35PM
The biggest reason they do better is a widely varying culture regarding aspects of cooperation and communal effort, aspects which end up being integral to raiding.In the States we emphasize competitiveness, individualism; we idolize the Lone Wolf, the maverick outsider hero. We relish our personal space, we don't like people "getting in our business" and telling us what to do. We can do teams, but we love being able to go it alone, "An Army of One". Guess what? All of those aspects of the American psyche run completely contrary to the raiding game in WoW. The Lone Wolf Hero is the jerk who wipes the raid, the guy who bristles at being told what to do to improve his game is often the under-performer who *needs* to be told just that. The guy who prefers to go it alone sometimes has a hard time following instructions from others, he may think he has a better plan....... In Europe there is a bigger sense of communal spirit. People are closer together, both geographically and socially; they never had the same glorification of radical individualism. Many people actually not automatically thinking "I am better than All of You" can go a long long way in creating cohesive and effective team structure....... It leads to an environment where people are better at working *very* closely with other people, at being told what to do, not getting angry at being asked to improve, not going out of the way to show off. Sure I am making many generalizations...but, there has *got* to be some reasons that Europe is consistently ahead of the states in the crazy team sport of Raiding. Far far ahead when you look at overall aggregate numbers (not just World Firsts) It is not just coincidence (mathematically not viable), not that all the better players just so happen to live there (ridiculous), not that they are *smarter* (a common and silly misconception). So those are my thoughts....take em or leave em!
5-27-2008 @ 2:50PM
In addition.... In the US, you're meant to feel shame because you play WoW. And any accomplishment that requires teamwork and effort and takes more than 2 hours means you have "no life".Perhaps those stigmas simply don't exist overseas.
5-27-2008 @ 2:54PM
Could also be something simpler. Timezones, anyone? Maybe you just naturally wind up in a group that all live in the same timezone.The likelihood of having 25 people in the US exist in the same timezone is far less. Raiding 6-8 hours a night just isn't in the cards when Bob starts at 8:30pm, but for Murray it's already after midnight (or something)
5-27-2008 @ 3:21PM
I respectfully disagree. You miss something when you think that in US this or that specific behavior, thats an stereotype, name 1 good endgame guild in US realms that is made all with rednecks, we have ppl from everywhere not the country but the region, bunch of ppl from Latinamerica, the islands, canada, even corea, etc. Also in europe you get ppl from a vast area of players, so the "Lone Ranger American" syndrome you're claiming is very out of date, we play a globalized game in a globalized world. And jerks are in US, Europe, China and Mars, everyplace has everytype of person.Funny thing in my server there is a guild of brazilians and they play similar to the rest, w/o even getting to know the language very well.
5-27-2008 @ 4:17PM
i think all of these generalizations are pretty fair - i particularly feel that the shame problem is a major part of it.i can't tell most people i play WoW - they instantly make negative assumptions based on myriad sensationalist news reports demonizing MMOs.
5-27-2008 @ 5:08PM
"Perhaps those stigmas simply don't exist overseas."They do. Spending 4 hours a day aimlessly watching TV, and then getting stupidly drunk and disorderly on a Wednesday night... and you're all normal. Spend that same time in WoW, and you're a freak. Yup, been there, done that. -.-
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