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11-17-2011 @ 11:59AM
vai - your sports comparison is easily transcribed to WoW. in sports, you are a member of a team...working towards the common goal of succeeding against the competition. players compete with themselves, each other, and the opposition for various goals, substantive or not. in WoW, the mindset is exactly the same: players work together towards a common goal of succeeding against a PvE or PvP objective. they compete against themselves to beat their DPS PR, against each other to roll for a single piece of loot, and against the opposition to win the right to roll on that loot, get more points to buy better PvE/PvP loot, etc. and all the while it's for the sake of entertainment, exactly like sports! and like any other thing in life...ever...the expectation is that the more effort you put in to achieving something, the more compensated you should be...and rightly so! your hard/normal/easy comparison is a little of the mark...heroic modes are heroic because the boss hits harder, has more HP, and the fights are much more complex than normal, requiring player X to pay more attention, possess better skill, and a higher degree of class and fight mechanics comprehension in order to succeed. more is expected of the player, and when the player delivers, they get their reward. simple as that. because player Z doesn't feel like devoting the time, attention, and skill necessary to overcome the greater challenge they cannot claim a right to the better reward! it's illogical and absurd! i've never raided heroic and most likely never will. in fact, im currently unsubscribed because of RL matters and the fact that i've hit a wall in regards to my rewards being proportional to the effort im willing and able to spend to get them. and you know what? i'm ok with that, because like every other rational adult, i understand that them's the breaks...and to claim a right to something you haven't earned is illogical and unfair to those that have worked hard to get what they got. and at the risk of sounding hyperbolic, it can even be considered almost criminal, depending on the real world context! (theft, anyone?)players pay for the right to play the game at all, not for the right to get the best stuff for free. if they want something, they should put in the time and effort to do it...if not, too bad so sad. be content with the things you can get, and if you're not then you are free to do something else that gives you a reward proportional to the effort you're prepared to give.
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