Feb 4th 2009 4:10PM People who respond like you typically don't write for a living.
Those of us who do — and have done it for a long time — know not to sit back and start hurling rocks. It might damage our precious glass house.
There's not a writer on the planet — amateur, professional, award-winning, who hasn't made a stupid mistake — whether it be word choice, the dreaded wrong its/it's or its evil goateed cousin to/too.
It's not incompetence or laziness. It's called an error or a typo. It's the reason why most newspapers have a proofreader, fact checker or copydesk that is NOT the writer.
It's a luxury that most blogs can't afford and, quite frankly, don't need. Typically readers understand how the content is produced and that the mechanisms are not as rigorous as they would find at a real "news" site or product.
Thankfully, these people can go back, edit and correct their errors.
You, on the other hand, will always be a jackass.
Jan 23rd 2009 5:13PM "All of a sudden, people are rising to the top not because of skill alone."
This was said about twinks. This. With a straight face.
No, seriously. I couldn't believe it either. Scroll up. It's there. I swear to God. This quote is up there.
We are talking about the guys with ridiculous enchants and gear on their level that makes any thought of playing a battleground in that bracket as a normal player akin to suicide right?
If they were rising to the top because of skill alone, shouldn't they be able to kick everyone's ass using some "Of The Whale" weapons?
This is like watching the New England Patriots annihilate a Pop Warner League and saying they rose to the top courtesy of skill alone.
Jan 15th 2009 8:09AM No, because the age of 18 is an arbitrary number that really means absolutely nothing at all.
Now create an Anything Goes server in which people have to take an IQ test and some sort of test to prove they aren't some sort of socially-backward assmonkey and now we're talking.
The problem in this game isn't the "kiddies" it's the immature idiots. Sadly, I don't think there's an effective way to screen for them.
Curse you science! You have failed us all again!
Jan 9th 2009 11:38AM Peagle: If you want surprise attacks you can always /pvp on a PVE realm and just run around like that. I know several people that do.
But for most people, a PVE server is just the best way to avoid the teabagging 12-year-olds who find their only solace in causing other people misery and ending every word with the letter z.
Dec 31st 2008 3:41PM So in your world, the person that is in there night after night getting their head kicked in, chewing glass, racking up repair bills and burning through consumables at a horrific pace in an attempt to further the group is equal to Dethbladezzlol who spends most of his time jerking around on his alt and doesn't bother to show up for regular raids?
Wow. What universe do you live in? What color is the sky there? Do the people there walk on there hands? Does cotton candy grow on trees?
I'm sorry. The sheer audacity of your comment has short-circuited whatever logic circuits I had left.
I need a drink.
Dec 30th 2008 1:44PM Freaking out?
You mean logically breaking down the flaws in the statement, "Blizzard needs to step their game up and stop serving to god damn 'casual' gamers."?
Keep in mind that "freedom of speech" — I'm assuming here that you're referring to the First Amendment of the United States Constitution — only comes into play if the federal government flew into John's house after he posted, stuck a bag over his head and spirited him off to a secret prison camp in Eastern Europe where he was forced to listen to Abba in slow motion for the rest of his natural life.
What it doesn't say — and I'm staring at it right now — is that John has a right to say what he wants without criticism or disagreement because his speech is a holy, blameless creature.
I have the freedom to say that John's basic understanding of what Blizzard needs to do is fundamentally wrong from an economic perspective for the company's long-term financial viability.
When "respect" becomes legal tender and they can use it to pay for server, bandwidth and developers, I'm sure Blizzard would be all over this plan. They could name Aretha Franklin CEO.
Until that happens I'll just be here in the real world. Freaking out.
Dec 30th 2008 11:49AM You see John, you make a classic mistake here. You assume it's all about you.
Newsflash: It's not.
Blizzard is a company. A company is a business. It's not a charity. It's not John's personal plaything.
A company is in the business of making money. A company is generally not in the business of making John happy. Unless it's MakeJohnHappyCo — Proudly Making John Happy Since Whenever John Was Born.
Those "god damned casual gamers" have lots and lots and LOTS of money. Blizzard, being a company, wants that money.
So Blizzard has a choice. Make the people who have lots and lots and LOTS of money happy, thereby gaining that money. Or go the bleeding edge, destroy your soul, route which will make the people with lots and lots and LOTS of money unhappy, thereby losing that money.
Of course, by going that route, they will make John happy. Which, in itself, is its own reward. It's just likely not profitable.
All that being said, I'd like to see the difficulty ramped up a little, too. I'm just not willing to throw those highly profitable "god damned casual gamers" under the bus to do it.
Dec 26th 2008 11:00AM "Except that it's a fact that you're not going to be able to please everybody all the time, in which case writers are ALWAYS at fault. Mea culpa. I'll deal with it."
Sucks, but truth.
My comment was from experience. I've broken both rules. A lot.
As a writer it's best to just try and steer clear of irritating a good chunk of your readership.
Your best bet is to just tick off the crazy guy with the tinfoil wrapped around his head who is convinced the CIA is talking to the lobsters in the grocery store so that they get the theme song to the Banana Splits stuck in his head.
"TRA LA LA, LA LA LA LA!"
In hindsight, my initial comment could have been a little less jerky — particularly the last line. Apologies.
Dec 26th 2008 8:50AM It's J-School 101. If you unintentionally write something that upsets and irritates the readers it is ALWAYS the fault of the writer. It is not the fault of the reader. It's not a problem with the reader(s) being "overly-sensitive" or "touchy."
For many in this sphere the term is derogatory — primarily because it flies from the mouths of people, bordered on both sides by unimaginative vulgarities, to describe a profound lack of skill in one aspect of the game that we all love.
That you were seemingly oblivious to that fact is either hard to believe or sort of cute — like the hunter running around with the fiery enchant on his weapon, no ranged weapon and no pet.
It's like, you could lash out with a "LRN2PLY NOOB!" but really, it's so hard to believe you just slip the guy a gold and say, "Shine on you crazy warrior wanna be!"
Of course, you then follow it up with the ultimate writer's sin. When called upon a legitimate complaint by readers you drop into "officious prick" mode — indicating that people are too touchy, or they took it the wrong way, or — my God, the best one, "My wife likes it."
It makes me want to slip a gold to you and say, "Shine on you crazy writer wanna be!"
Dec 19th 2008 1:16PM I think the point of the article was that we shouldn't have an entirely different set of social norms just because this social interaction comes via a series of 1s and 0s.
It's not a moral directive. It's simple. If you wouldn't be dillhole in real life, try to understand that you probably shouldn't be a dillhole in the game either.
* Yes, I only capitalize the U, H, and R in my name. Also, all of the letters except the "n" are silent and it should only be read from right to left on Thursdays.