Old Friends Return, Along With Some Asshats

It’s been funny recently to see people that I haven’t seen in ages, both in the guild and outside of it. Everyone is coming back for Cataclysm.

I haven’t raided since Ulduar, and I dropped out of the guild not long after that so I could just mooch around in peace and not feel guilty about my slacker ways. Now that I’m back, I’m loving being back in the fold, and I’m actually ok with being an often-despised Social member. I like having guild chat flowing around me, even if I’m not doing anything with anyone. I’ve been accused of treating MMOs as single-player games in a multiplayer environment, and there is some truth to that. I don’t want to spend five nights a week raiding, and I hate pugging with strangers – people are asshats, by and large.

But I love that sense of shared history, of belonging. I’ve known some of the people that I see every day for what, five years? That’s a long time in terms of the shared environment of a game. It’s like seeing family again.

The other thing that I’ve noticed is that there seem to be a LOT of asshats running around. I don’t remember people (aside from the occasional jerk) being so immature and unpleasant. I’ve seen griefing, killstealing and general petty nastiness over and over again. A guildmate said that perhaps these are people who have come back for the expansion, and don’t have any roots in our realm community – so they don’t care if they get a bad name. Perhaps so – I can’t imagine anyone deliberately trying to get a bad reputation.

It reminds me a bit of being in Aion, and that had one of the most unpleasant general communities of any game I’ve played so far. I would hate to have this game, or perhaps just this server, turn into something like that.

2 thoughts on “Old Friends Return, Along With Some Asshats”

  1. Dungeon Finder razed every realm community to the ground and Trial of the Crusader raid salted the earth. Now realm borders are already faded with DF and for example, playing my cow on Argent Dawn I know no one outside my guild. I do not need to, simply. I don’t care about local guilds because if I will need to change, I can transfer servers at will. I don’t need anyone on friend list because I usually run with guild or use DF (besides, how I am supposed to get people on friendlist when no one needs other players outside his/her guild?). And bad reputation? What reputation? People aren’t punished or praised for their reputation, only for their gear and dungeon/raid prowess which has nothing to do with behaviour. Thats definitely bad development of the game.

    But it is Wrath heritage, I love Cataclysm otherwise, I have so much fun questing, exploring, dungeoneering. Things are definitely better balanced than in WotlK and it shows at every step, from leveling to crafting.

  2. That’s true, and it makes me sad. I liked knowing/seeing the same people. LFG made it much easier to get groups, but it was an open license to behave badly.

    I do tend to judge guilds on their players. I have negative opinions of guilds on our server if I’ve had bad experiences with their members. I don’t (at least I hope I don’t) act rudely or dishonestly towards other people anyway, but even if I was tempted I wouldn’t want to bring shame on the guild. I just wouldn’t do it.

    In Aion, I was leader of a guild (was it a legion? It’s been ages since Aion!) and we had a very strict no asshat/no griefer/no jerk rule.If someone violated it, they got kicked.

    And I agree, Cataclysm has been magic – I’ve been loving it. :)

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