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Ol' Grumpy and the specter of pointless elitism {WoW}

Feb 3rd 2012 1:57PM "...but there are a lot of rather silent guys who just are trying the first or second time, and never try again after being treated that way."

^
this

Ol' Grumpy and the specter of pointless elitism {WoW}

Feb 3rd 2012 9:47AM My partner tried a dungeon for the first time the other day. I was heals, he was DPS. He was doing the MOST DPS of the three, and one of the other DPS was not only low damage but also apparently constantly trying to die. My partner was surviving just fine on his own and didn't need much heals.

The tank pulled several groups which overwhelmed them and we wiped. I took a moment to go down, so I didn't rez them before they were all back in the dungeon. Because my partner was brand new to the dungeon and didn't know exactly how to get back to where we left off the quickest way possible, they got lippy.

I stuck up for him and shut down the crap talk, but he is shy about dungeons because his character is pure DPS and so he feels pressure to do really well, and the pettiness confirmed my his expectation that something like this was going to happen, and it made him feel bad and well...dungeons are over before they started for him, at least for now.

Moral of the story, he was actually the best DPS in that dungeon and performed all important mechanics correctly. He just needed to build his confidence. People are jerks.

Player documents the two-headed monster of his own WoW addiction {WoW}

Feb 2nd 2012 10:55AM I enjoyed this film. It had some nice conceptual moments, like the blood elf frozen in time standing in Orgrimmar.

However, while watching I thought

1) Girl dumps him and stuff, just part of life. What did Warcraft have to do with that? Mixing the two things implies things about Warcraft quite unfairly;

2) So he played Warcraft and were able to do all that stuff with his character, but that should be devalued because all those missed years of "going out to the pub?" Really? If he was able to look back, would "I was that dude drinking a beer with a bunch of loud talkers listening to my head rattle, but at least I was in public" going to feel that much more fulfilling.

Dude, you just wanted to play the game and you played the game. Deal. It's about owning your choices.

Also,

3) He is 22. Oh noez! That is not old at all. Your life is still ahead of you. This is like Justin Bieber writing a biography. There isn't a bio to write yet.

Maybe this speaks more to the issues of being a leader in a successful raiding guild or something. Well congrats that he feels better about himself. And also congrats that we're getting a new expansion!!! Woohoo!

Around Azeroth: We're gonna have a demon party tonight {WoW}

Jan 10th 2012 10:25AM Ain't no party like a demon party
Cause a demon party don't stop!

The Queue: Winter is coming {WoW}

Dec 13th 2011 1:37PM question for the queue: is there a way to get one of the winter veil hats for a level 85 character who doesn't normally run dungeons and isn't geared for heroics? thanks.

Officers' Quarters: Members turned poachers {WoW}

Dec 12th 2011 10:11AM Or remember when at the end of X-Men First Class, Magneto recruited Mystique from Charles Xavier even though she was his sister? That is also another example.

Officers' Quarters: Members turned poachers {WoW}

Dec 12th 2011 10:10AM There was an episode of Ally McBeal where the Portia De Rossi character left and tried to poach the firm's clients.

Player blasts free from overweight gamer stereotype {WoW}

Dec 1st 2011 3:58PM meant for catsmeow

Player blasts free from overweight gamer stereotype {WoW}

Dec 1st 2011 3:57PM We see the mutual appreciation society of "former fat people" and others who are fixed on looks who are made to feel bad about themselves by social standards set by the vain (whether that is vain in looks or the less often acknowledged vain intellectually (i.e. health gurus)), torture themselves and turn themselves inside out in order to fit said cultural standard, then throw for themselves a "homecoming" for an inclusion they never had. And people like you, rather than make the brave choice to cheer the outcast, hand out smiley stickers to situations that help you avoid your own similar feelings. So, no, you don't need to kick yourself, because I bet you're glad to have others kick you instead.

Player blasts free from overweight gamer stereotype {WoW}

Dec 1st 2011 2:53PM This story is weightist.