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11-16-2011 @ 2:58PM
Point taken about the spin.However, while he definitely could have pushed to the readers the important thing is that LFR PUGs can get one boss down, to me that would be glossing over the nuts and bolts of the operation just to make people feel better about a flawed system. Even if he did make the tone optimistic, people would find out about the reality of it sooner or later anyway. If anything, Fox's take confirms what most of us already know about the dungeon-finder community anyway.Personally, I'd feel a little betrayed if he were to make the overriding theme one of general success when the road to that (miniscule chance of) success was long, grueling, and full of abuse, in turn making said success a lucky byproduct notwithstanding the reality of the group interaction. "Hey guys! LFR PUGs work because we downed a boss!...eh? what's that? no, we weren't able to finish the whole raid. Oh, and for the most part the attempts were such that it was amazing we were able to down the boss at all. But we got him anyway!" I, for one, don't like those odds. This isn't going to be something like the Archavon-styled raids where you can "PEWPEW...sidestep left..PEWPEW...sidestep right...WIN!" These are going to be the real deal...and the community fabric isn't strong enough to make it work.Lastly, PUGs ARE awful (most of the time)...calling that attitude a meme indicates that it was a cultural phenomenon that was imitated and replicated throughout the community for its own sake regardless of experience. Rather, I've found that the attitude is a shared sentiment formed by individual identical experiences. If you soberly reflect on your DF experiences and weigh the bad runs vs. the good, I very much doubt you'll come up with a percentage that refutes the majority population's claims that PUGs are, for the most part, crap.
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