Sep 21st 2010 11:12PM I've met a handful of spiritual people that are truly open and "Christian", but I live in the bible belt in Texas so most of what I get is the fanatical hypocrits the pastor spoke of. He spoke of a few things that I really hold onto... including the idea that a lot of Christians follow the word for selfish reasons. My brother specifically asked me if I wouldn't rather believe in God for the simple consequences if I were wrong. Honestly, I am a good and moral person that tends not to judge others, and I am that way because I WANT to be a good person, not because I'm afraid of the alternative.
God and Jesus seem like fairy tales to me, no more real than the easter bunny or Santa. Religion seems mostly a way to control people -their actions and their money. I'm not saying I'm right, I just can't wrap my head around these beings actually being real. That's faith and I just can't have blind faith.
Lastly, I happen to be gay and I know it wasn't a choice so if there is a God then he made me this way -yet most religious people immediately condemn me to hell. As if they get to choose. Yet another example of what the pastor explained as holding on to some points of the bible and ignoring others. I am a good and caring person. If "God" chooses to send me to hell for being gay or for not being a believer, well then I don't really feel he is someone that I should believe in. If there is a God, the vast majority of Christians have twisted what he is into something very ugly.
Sep 1st 2010 7:46PM I wonder if that officer would have felt the same if a really nice bow upgrade had dropped and a Rogue won it. After all, it must be a Rogue weapon or Blizzard wouldn't let Rogues equip them.
Jul 24th 2010 10:40AM I'm much more confident on my healer than on my tank or when I dps. I beat myself up when my dps is lower, even when compared to much better geared players but I get excited and somewhat proud when I perform well. I get very frustrated if I'm playing with people in ICC that don't understand there is something wrong with their 3200 dps or they take 4 different alts to raid and play none of them that well. So what really pushes me to excel or be my best is playing with other people that push themselves and try to be their best. Heroics are no issue but if you want to end-game raid, make the effort.
I don't necessarily want to be the best -but I do want to stand out and for others to see me as a real benefit to have in the group. Sadly, my concentration on this in casual raiding has occassionaly made people not necessarily want to have me along on a personal level. Pushing people that don't want to be pushed and are perfectly happy being carried can ruin a person in the popularity polls.
Jul 5th 2010 10:43PM Sorry -bad form to just post a correction. Nice article. :-)
Jul 5th 2010 10:35PM Druids cannot mine while shapeshifted.
Jun 27th 2010 2:02PM I loathed MP games because there are so many idiots in the world who get to act even more idiotic because there are few repurcussions in an online game, so I was reluctant to try WoW 10 day trial when my brother suggested it. I bought it after 3 or 4 days.
Like many, my first toon was a night elf hunter -but I hated it because I died so easy. These days it's hard to believe you can die in a starter area. Then I created a human warlock and wanted to play with my brother who was a night elf warrior... but how to get to him? I asked in chat and this extremely helpful level 60 took me the entire way from SW tram to IF, then to wetlands boat to auberdine. This was before SW harbor existed. I was blown away by his kindness because that was a freaking long journey with skull level monsters in wetlands wanting to eat me. Then I learned there was nowhere for a warlock to train in night elf starting areas!!!
The other big WOW moment was seeing my brother venture into ZG with a PUG raid. I was not much for grouping with people and had hardly done any instances on my way to level 60 so seeing all these people trying to work together and dying horribly at the snake boss was amazing.
Jun 12th 2010 5:55PM Also keep in mind that some people will find something to be offended about, no matter how harmless it is.
Jun 12th 2010 11:42AM If I pass by anyone in over their head, I will always lend a hand. I saw a couple of allies getting stomped by the big red rock elites in Hellfire Peninsula and stopped to help them on my troll Warrior. I was thunderstomping to get the rocks attention and the alliance players purposely switched to pvp so my stomp put me in pvp, then the two chased me down and killed me. I even switched to an alliance toon and expressed my disbelief and they said they and their guild got a huge laugh out of it. After that, it was quite a while before I felt any desire to help alliance players that I saw in trouble -I don't think I've ever been so completely angry. That was my darkest day in WoW.
Now I help people when I can and try not to let any level of hatefulness or depravity another player can display surprise me. And I avoid Trade chat as much as possible.
On the other hand, I tend to have less patience with some people in WoW than I would IRL. I would avoid them in the real world but I can't avoid their green chat constantly popping onto my screen.
Jun 1st 2010 2:12AM @michael.dunkerton -I don't necessarily agree. If a tank is so bad that they refuse to taunt then that's just a bad tank, but you being the DPS still have to deal with that tank -or simply not group with him. There's a reason that DPS are always looking for healers and tanks.
So if you get one of those bad tanks, leave the group and wait in queue for a good tank... but a good number of the players who take on the responsibility of tanking are going to do the work to keep the aggro and those of us that are good are pretty fed up with DPSers who are more interested in their recount than waiting for a tank to generate aggro. At least let me get off a thunderclap for pete's sake!
It's this reason I don't tank pugs -I'll LOL at guildmates who need to be taught a lesson. I just get frustrated with that situation in a PUG.
Oct 13th 2009 9:32PM I stopped raiding with my "casual guild that raids" for this reason, and I think our guild has lost many well-played raiders for this reason. It's a great guild with great people. We have one frequent raider that does excellent DPS but is exceptionally clueless and is pretty much impossible to keep alive, especially during boss fights. Out of a dozen attempts on Yog, this person was directly responsible for at least 6 wipes (even after being repeatedly told to stay out of the green clouds) and their subsequent deaths on the times we survived caused a lack in DPS making it difficult on the rest of the group.
It sucks because this person is a very nice person... but the frustration they brought out in me wasn't worth it. Raid and guild leaders know this person is a liability and never really do anything about it so I am no longer raiding and yet not necessarily willing to leave the guild. I just don't see myself raiding as people aren't held responsible for their performance and at some point what is the point of playing the game if you cannot advance through raiding? -for me anyway.
Go ahead... call me an elitist. Maybe some people are perfectly happy to carry others, but if you are raiding then you should be pulling your own weight or you are cheating 9 or 24 other people.