torsdag den 7. januar 2010

The Porn Star and the PUG

Go read the post titled: The Porn Star and the PUG over at pink pigtail inn, you will not regret this.

Best. post. ever.

I will not post what i had planned for this week, this post needs whatever small attention i can give it. (yes, that means that the two readers i have that does not read ppi regularly, now will. But its still two people!!)

oh right, Link

http://www.pinkpigtailinn.com/2010/01/porn-star-and-pug.html

Edit: might as well rant over why I think this is such a great post. For years and years I have been raiding with the same guild. My guild (im not an officer of GM, but its my guild, cuz im in it).
I have played with the same core of people for most of that time. Sure some come, and new people enter, but at the most basic level, these are good friends.
I love chatting, raiding, questing and everything in-between, with them. Lately, things have changed. Not so much of an Cataclysmic change, but a more subtle one. I do not think that this change is neither good or bad. Its just there. And I, for one, needs to be aware of it, in order to enjoy my game. The thing that has changed is the instance Tool.

Not such a huge change there, i mean, we all know about it, and most of us love it. I do too.
But the mentality of players, when in it, has changed. I think the best way to exemplify this, is with this example:
yesterday, I ran a couple of dungeons on my DK, 4 of us in the group where guildies. We did the daily and then moved on to do the first of the new instances.. ehh the Forge of souls.
I've known 2 of the 3 other guildies for a long time now. And especcially one of them. in whispers and in raids we talk a lot. But that day, things where different. (note, this is not a slur at my lovely guildie friend. She is great, this was not her being a bad friend, player or guildie DAMMIT. This just shows the big change IMO)
We all greeted the 5th player that none of us knew and i started pulling. At the 4th pull i stopped up to make a smart little banter at said guildie. With me stopping to type [for the love of god, if there is anyone who knows how to tank and talk at the same time, when not on TS, please please tell me], the group almost wiped because... well... the others just pulled themselves without seeing that I was behind a corner.
At the first boss, I asked if everyone was ready and got "dont ask" "just gogogo". And on it went. "stop typing, just tank" I got told, when I explained that I couldn't tank and type at the same time.

Stop talking, start tanking
This was a sentence that stayed with me. It wasn't something I thought anything about at the time. I think my reply was "hehe okay boss" and then i chainedpulled like there was no tomorrow. But I did have a sour taste in my mouth when I logged of.
Is this where the new dungeon tool has taken us? Talking is only allowed in your breaks after bosses and when you are off "work" as tanking?
Is this what I've whored myself out to be (btw a whore or a prostitute is really not the same as an adult movie actor Elnia -if you ever read this)?
Have I turned myself into a silent worker-drone who takes a beating for a few measly tokens? (that is a very very specialized type of prostitute, maybe tanks should get 'payed' more.... hmm...)
When did I sell out, talking to friends, for loot? When did WoW, for me, stop being about making online friends and having fun, to collecting loot? When did this happen to everyone?

Well no more. From now on, when i am tanking, it will take my time, and chat. At least when im with guildies. I should probably start the invites by saying that i am not like the other tanks. Maybe there should be an RP addon requirement to run dungeons. Or an extra box to tick "looking for friends" or "willing to chat". I know i am not going through the dungeons as fast as i could, when I have to stop to chat, but i am surely having a lot more fun, and I hope that the people i run with are too. At least if they know, that this is for teh funz and not for the bagdes... and gunz? I dunno, Im looking for a slogan here.
Maybe "running dungeons to chat, not to get badges and thats that"? -suggestions are more than welcome.

6 kommentarer:

  1. I agree that the change is there. And if I like it or not - that depends on the mood. Some days I just want that quick silent run and actually enjoy it as some sort of meditation. It's more of soloing than group playing. But other times I can really miss the friendly banter. This unpersonal thing - yes I agree, it feels like I imagine anonymous sex is like, even though I don't engage myself into that in real life. And it leaves me sometimes with an empty, dirty, and not fulfilled feeling in my stomach.

    Probably there are more players out there like you who would prefer a slower and more personal run, but who just are too shy to speak up about it, thinking that "it's just me" who feels like this. It's about time someone speaks up.

    SvarSlet
  2. Well I sure hope so. Like Spinks wrote in the post Elnia links too (http://spinksville.wordpress.com/2009/12/12/the-changing-role-of-guilds-in-wow/) This is a change comming, good or bad. And I agree that some days it feels great, other days i feel... raped.
    Hopefully it will only bring about more harmonic players and especcially more harmonic guilds

    SvarSlet
  3. I do agree that things have changed forever in a way, but we don't really know whether it will turn out in more harmony as you say DW.

    For those who say gogogo when I tank, I make sure to take extra time between pulls. I actually got some crafting done between pulls in one particularly annoying group. And you know what, nobody kicked me because they do not want to wait for a tank.

    SvarSlet
  4. That depresses me - I fully expect the silent gogogog mentality when I'm with PUGs but with guildies - even with partial pugs / partial guild runs - BRING ON THE BANTER, BITCHES! I had a dickhead on my blog tell me recently that if I played WoW for social interaction I needed to get a life but, actually - it's not my *sole* form of social interaction but WITHOUT it's nothing but a meaningless grind.

    Slogans for the chatty dwarvish deathknight?

    Ummm...

    Gogogochatchatchat
    DDK: the Banter-fuelled Tank
    No talky, no tanky

    SvarSlet
  5. I wholly agree, if a huge part of this game is not to chat and be social, you might aswell play Dragons-age or rune-scape. (unless you are some sort of twisted sick little donkey-pooh filled little SOB who only play online games to prove you are smarter than everyone else you are playing with, in that case: go hack some teenagers computer tough guy)

    I really like the "no talky no tanky" but somehow I feel I should add "only five dolla" and then it gets twisted into something, im not all that comfortable with.
    the "More banter please, it fuels my tanking abilities" however... I really like that one :D

    SvarSlet