In a weird way, I’ve recently found that EQ taught me how to be a better MMORPG player. Because of The vision. No really. Stop laughing, the soda’s coming out of your nose again. Ok look, let me explain. Remember how long you camped Mitty for that gold ring? Or you class BP from Trak? Tormax’s head? Or any of a thousand separate tradeskill items in PoP? Ya, that sucked, right? But you learned to wait.
WoW isn’t like that. And that causes some grief on us old school gamers.
My kids are like this. They both have rooms full of toys, a laptop each, mp3 players, gaming systems, and more, but I hear easily three times a week that they are bored. Bored! These days, it’s all about the instant gratification. WoW follows this trend. Thus you end up with people to raid with like Wonderboy. Name changed to protect the guilty. Er, innocent. Whatever. Anyway, Wonderboy has been helping my guild raid. However, it’s obvious he’s in it for himself. He obsesses about the loot dropping on the next boss, or if there’s nothing he wants from it, the next boss. Mid-run on a boss, he’ll start spamming the raid channel that we need to go to a different one. Over and over with “plz” (which is one of those “really annoys Oz” phrases already). I’ve had people offer me a hundred gold not to heal him on a raid. He never brings supplies to a raid, not even the basic ones like healing/mana potions. I’m fairly certain that Wonderboy is 12.
(Note: One of the best raid tanks I ever saw in EQ was 13. This guy was AMAZING. He was a consummate pro, and cool as dry ice. One night he said he had to leave early because his mom was grounding him and that’s when we found out. Stunned we were. I point this out to explain that I know all ‘kids’ are not immature. However, most are. That, my friends, is the definition of that age. It’s ok.)
But he’s not alone. WoW is all about the now, all about the Me. In City of Heroes/Villains, for example, you used to form up a group and pound out missions for people. One for you, one for me, one for her – that kind of thing. It works out well. In WoW, you look for a group for a specific quest, and the second it’s done, they drop. I’ve almost wondered if they have a mod for it; it’s that fast sometimes. But that’s what the focus is: ME. And that just feels…wrong.
I like to raid. I have no issue dying all night long to learn a boss. Heck, I play two raid level chars, and I never complain being asked to switch from one to the other. This means I have screwed myself out of loot the other character could use. But I do it, for the guild. That’s the way I learned to play. You play, you hit the piñata until the candy comes out, and you get loot for everyone. What doesn’t help you directly helps someone else who then helps you get what you want. You cannot always step up and get the toys. You do not always win. Sometimes, you have to wait. Sucks, but it’s the way it works sometimes.
I wonder if Wonderboy will still raid once he gets his shiny pixels? Not sure I’d take that bet.