Feb 27th 2012 8:11PM I'm gonna point out one idea, which is that gamers only have these kinds of problems and issues *because* society holds such a non-constructive view of gaming.
It is like alcohol consumption/prohibition. In countries where the overall culture has a positive attitude towards drinking, there is less alcoholism.
The point is that just as with many other kinds of traits and behaviors of minorities, the stereotype is not even the result of the ostensible consequences but rather the prevailing social attitudes / preconceptions.
Jan 3rd 2011 6:58PM The question may be, do they read at all?
Jan 3rd 2011 6:53PM The dungeon finder system is not restricted to players above some threshold of skill. It's a random sample from the WoW population, which makes it a given that you will meet players of all kinds of backgrounds. If you can't respect that—if you are unwilling to share your expertise—then it is your fault, not theirs.
After all, the LFD tool never took away the old way of actually putting together your own group. When runs went well, party members in fact added one another to their friends list (gasp!). My advice is, if you want speed runs in order to get gear and jp's, then run with your guildies and people you know.
Dec 29th 2010 3:20AM There's a learning curve to the game. It cuts both ways: as advanced players, we have to respect newbs and where they stand on that curve. Try to be a little more welcoming and accommodating; it will be better for the community in the long run. That's what this article is trying to address.
Mar 19th 2010 4:28PM Too many people tritely parrot the phrase "suicide is selfish" without recognizing the suffering of the depressed or otherwise emotionally troubled individual. When they do this, it is like they don't see the whole picture.
You can't deny that there is a bit of selfishness/self-serving in declaring certain thoughts or behaviors of people to be a bad thing. Do you see the little bit of hypocrisy in this?
Mar 19th 2010 2:11PM Aside from the very strong and implicitly stated opinions (based on 1 person's personal experience of only one kind of mental condition) in the start of the article, I thought the practical advice was informative.
Mar 19th 2010 2:04PM I don't see how suicide is selfish. It doesn't benefit the person doing it. It hurts the people around him/her, but that's doesn't satisfy the definition of selfishness; that would be more like vindictive.
In fact the question of whether suicide is selfish or not is a philosophical one. If you think you know the answer, feel free to forward it to the philosophers. See for example section 3.5 in http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/suicide/
Suicidal is suicidal. Labeling it as selfish or altruistic or anything in between doesn't clarify the issues at hand; this only serves to increase stigma and fear of a very human problem.