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7-17-2009 @ 1:22PM
I'm sorry. As soon as I get a phone call or any type of occurrence in real life it immediately takes priority over whatever I happen too be doing in WoW. Whether it be a short unimportant phone call or a long pressing one, I can guarantee that I will be that one player who afked out on Saph because of real life stuff.The possibility of a life changing phone call (whether it be good or bad) > downing a raid boss in a videogame. I love WoW just as much as the next guy but when something is up, I gotta put away the mouse and keyboard and man up to other challenges in life.
7-17-2009 @ 1:26PM
So you answer your phone in the movies too?
7-17-2009 @ 1:32PM
Then don't sign up for your guild's progression raids, because you clearly don't care about the 9 or 24 other real life people in your hobby activity. AFK'ing over and over on progression content causes wipes even if 1-2 people are gone, so excuse yourself from those situations and have fun on the phone.
7-17-2009 @ 1:34PM
She wasn't saying that you shouldn't take pressing calls. If you get a call from your mom saying there's a family emergency or something, OF COURSE you should take the call. Nobody's arguing that.What she's saying is that if you pick up the phone and it's your friend wanting to talk about the crazy party last night, you should tell him to call you back later or that you're busy at the moment. I think the big mistake people make is saying that WoW is completely unimportant because it's a video game. Yes, it's a game, yes, it's just for fun. But you have to remember that when you're raiding, there are 9 to 24 other people who have also committed several hours of their time to this activity. Emergencies happen, and they willy always trump WoW. Lisa never said otherwise. She's just saying that when you've committed to an activity with 24 other people, you need to be able to say "I'm busy" when it's not an important call.
I don't see the problem with answering your phone when it rings. Exactly, it might be something important.But if it's *not* important, don't sit for ten, twenty minutes gabbing away when you know you've got people waiting for you. Explain that you're a little busy right now, and you'll get back to them as soon as you get a chance.
7-17-2009 @ 1:35PM
You must be kidding right. So any activity you're involved in can be interrupted by the possibility that you're about to receive a "life changing phone call"? What a hilarious way to live.
7-17-2009 @ 1:41PM
i hate people that answer their phone in the movies. jerks.
7-17-2009 @ 2:14PM
Are you guys kidding me? Grow up and stop using the whole "ARE YOU GONNA ANSWER YOUR PHONE IN A MOVIE THEN?!" argument. No I am not going to but I sure as hell am when I'm playing a video game. Also when did I ever say I was going to stay on the phone for 20 minutes and chat it up with the local pizza hut about how my pizza is going to be delivered soon. Ill answer the phone and still play WoW no problem. But if its an important pressing call or a real life issue I will afk and I won't be sorry. All I'm saying is you never know who is on the other end of the telephone line. I may be raiding but I will still pick up my phone. The conversation that follows is a whole different story.
7-17-2009 @ 2:20PM
Oh and Peagle, how does that apply to how I live my life? Were all talking about one thing here WoW. WoW.com. WoW Raiding. WoW PvP. I'm talking about how I answer my phone when I play WoW. The way I handle things when doing other things are different than how I handle things when I'm playing a character in a video game.That is unless you sir believe that WoW is life. Then I have no argument against you.
7-17-2009 @ 2:24PM
@Peagle,This is the problem in living in a culture where cell phones going off all around you are a constant occurrence. Some, albeit not all of us, have grown up with the perception that we are so important and the person calling is in such dire need of us, that we have no choice but to answer the phone.What I don’t understand about the need to pick up the phone is WoW is my personal dead time. I use it to get away from the crap at the office or family drama that may be going on. The better half understands and respects this. It would do us all some good, whether we are the one calling during a raid or the one answering, to put things into some perspective and not answer the phone just because Susan has a fight with her boyfriend for the 100th time this week and they need to make someone their personal drama trashcan.http://rhabellasrants.blogspot.com/
7-17-2009 @ 3:24PM
@kidandroid: caller ID for the win, baby. : )
7-17-2009 @ 6:26PM
Here's a tip Kidandroid. If its truely a "life-changing phone call"... they'll leave a message, or they'll call back.Or look at your Caller-id ( assuming its a cell ). That should give you a hint who's calling and probably.If you really want to live your life with this attitude then don't raid. Have some consideration for the other 9 or 24 other people that have to wait on you every time you AFK.
7-17-2009 @ 7:16PM
If you play a game of football, do you keep your cell-phone in your sock in case you get a life-changing phone call mid-game?I think Robert M summed it up quite well.. the adults in the audience all remember that a phone never used to be a 100% guaranteed instant contact mechanism at all times. If you phoned someone up and they weren't home, you just dealt with it and called them later. Civilization survived. Just as it survived for thousands of years with no phones.
7-17-2009 @ 8:01PM
What is it with you people and assuming that the way I handle phone calls when playing WoW translates to other activites? I'm an avid basketball player and most of the time calls are ignored when I'm playing games with my homies. However when I play WoW I am more inclined to pick up my phone because in my perspective WoW is a videogame that is played casually and I will afk or not depending on what situations occur. I mean for chrissake I'm sitting down at my desk when I play WoW, and when I'm playing basketball I'm dribbling up and down a court at the local park. Which situation would leave you more inclined to pick up a phone if you were to do so?Most of you are being quite histrionic in regards to my comment. Don't twist it and make assumptions about the way I live my life. If my phone rings during a raid, I will most likely take the action of picking it up. If it isn't important I'll tell the person on the phone I'm busy, if it is I would take no hesitation in afking in a raid. Perhaps I worded my first comment wrongly. But please do not be so melodramatic as to assume that's how I live my life.edit* Sorry for the repost. blast this reply system!
7-17-2009 @ 8:07PM
The biggest issue I see is that, when playing MMOs, it's easy to forget that there are 9 or 24 other "real lives" in there with you. The problem isn't that you're playing a video game. The problem is that you're playing a video game with other people. The game itself may be "just a game" but the people playing it with you are not.If you have better things to do, then do them, but don't ask 9-24 other people to work their schedules around you. Excuse yourself from the raid. You wouldn't expect it elsewhere, so don't expect it just because you don't have to look these people in the eye.Things happen, and nobody is asking for anything unreasonable. Emergencies come up. That's what caller ID is for, and if it's important, they'll probably leave a voicemail and/or call back. The only thing we as people ask of anyone else is common courtesy-- whether or not you're in the same room with us.
7-17-2009 @ 8:22PM
I agree totally with you, in fact I ranked you up Almoderate. I guess I should have tackled that whole problem in the beginning because looking back on my comments, I failed to address the other players in the raid, really I was just talking about the way I myself handle phone calls in WoW. In regards to other players of course I would let them know if why I afked or If I was going to and I would more than gladly excuse myself from the raid. When I say a phone call takes priority over WoW it means I will pick it up when it rings. Answering a phone call is different than having a conversation on the phone. Whether it is important enough to afk depends on the call. I apologize for failing to mention anything about other raiders now I feel like a complete douchebag. I can see the impression I put on you guys (selfish douche bag internet prick = me)D :
7-18-2009 @ 11:24AM
Well that just proved you are self centered kid. You are going to make 20something ppl wait on your phone call? If its not important then don't pick it up. How would you feel if you were constantly waiting on other ppl mucking around? Your short statement says so much about you. Go play another, less social game if you cant manage to be considerate of your team members.
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