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10-31-2009 @ 12:53PM
so yea....i feel like i am one of those guys that turns people off of grouping.As a hardcore gamer it is pretty easy to get impatient when someone is not performing to my expectations. I don't expect perfection, just a little bit of cohesion. I've called people names, kicked people from groups, told others not to group with people, and have even labeled people not worth grouping with ever.I am not saying it is right, i am just speaking from the point of view of a hardcore gamer.But this article surprised me. I truly never thought about people not grouping period after having a bad run in with a player like me. Look, there are always jerks that don't know what they are doing themselves and will be mean just to conceal their own lack of skill. That is not me, but to a newbie(non derogatory, new player) it can be easy to not be able to tell the difference. When players like me acted like that we viewed it as "tough love.""Maybe if people call them on their mistakes they won't keep making them!""Well if he/she wants to group again maybe he/she should L2P""Send me a tell when you learn how to play in a group"We don't want to belittle you. We want you to have fun too. We want you to be geared too. My gear and skill are worthless if the rest of my group also doesn't have gear and skill, and us hardcore gamers know this.Looking back however, I can see my what I thought at the time as justifiable rudeness as being a factor in a new player being turned off of grouping for a long time and that is not what i want.As far as how to help i can offer how new people avoided my wrath.As the article states, if you are unfamiliar with an instance, or even grouping at all, SAY SO IN THE BEGINNING. At that point the group can decide if they want to deal with teaching or not. When i knew someone was a a true newbie and not just stupid, i was always understanding, helpful, and constructive. But, how would i know this if i am not told?Another big thing is this: making a mistake and owning up to it is all well and good, but what will tick a player like me off is making the same mistake...over and over. Admitting to it or not, if you are not even trying to correct what is wrong THAT is when the normally nice players like me will rage.One last thing, EVERYONE wants to give the newbie advice, and often it is conflicting. Let everyone speak, but don't try to take it all in. Just focus on one nice player who obviously knows what he/she is doing and worry about his/her advice and just let the other 3 players say whatever. Trying to sift through conflicting advice will get overwhelming to a newbie.I guess what i am saying is that if the players new to grouping can try to work on those things, i can try to work on being more understanding and not being the jerk that turned you off of grouping forever.
10-31-2009 @ 1:33PM
Just want to echo everything here. I am NOT a hardcore gamer, but I remember what it was like when I was a total noob who didn't know how to play my class and while I get that it is nerve-wracking to tell people this is your first time, I do recommend doing it. It avoids the problem of people thinking you're just stupid, and while you might run the risk of having to find another group, I think the pain of that is less than it would be if you were in the middle of an instance and you had just caused the 5th wipe and you got booted anyway, after being chewed out.Just be willing to learn (It is MAJORLY frustrating when someone makes the same mistake over and over and over and over. If you can't do certain things after a little practice, you may just not be cut out for it). That said, if you're an elitist, please don't assume that just because I don't have achievements I don't know what I am doing. Remember that raid achievements really have more to do with who you're running with than you personally. And this goes both ways- don't assume that because someone has an achievement that they know what they are doing. They might have been dead for the whole fight.
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