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6-29-2011 @ 4:58AM
Undoubtedly the average WoW player have gotten worse (however anyone cares to define it) than an original Vanilla player. But that really should be expected. I think it's fair to say that World of Warcraft was initially populated by people who played the original Warcraft games, as well as people who were actively raiding in a variety of other competitive MMOs. In the seven years since beta and original launch, World of Warcraft has advertised heavily on TV, has been parodied by South Park, and added "Leeroy Jenkins" to the canon of pop culture. The new, average player (let's say post-Vanilla) probably didn't play the Warcraft series, is probably new to MMOs in general, and was either recruited by a friend or family member or was intrigued enough by ads / pop culture to try it out. Does World of Warcraft have the worst community in an MMO? Possibly. I've played around with some other MMOs, and noticed that the general chat was quite subdued compared to WoW. On the other hand, those games didn't have the kind of subscriber base as WoW. Pretty much every large, heavily-trafficked website that I've seen has a similar level of toxicity when comments are allowed. The comments on any given Yahoo! News story, for example, are not worth reading because it's not much more than a cesspit of malice and trollery. I would tend to say that if WoW has a bad community, it's because it's very large, and the Greater Internet F***wad Theory is holding true.
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