I read a very interesting article over at World of Matticus today. Naturally the bleeding-heart in me that lurks beneath the veil of bitterness and sarcasm was…distressed.
In essence: someone found what, in WoW terms, would be an exploit and used it to harass other players. In City of Heroes, when you die in a PvE encounter you get what is termed “XP debt”. It is not a XP loss, as is seen in other MMOs, but rather a period of time in which your XP gain is halved. You can still level…you just level slowly. As you can imagine, that is really fucking annoying. Leveling in CoH is already slow. While he was in a PvP zone, he used a teleport skill to move players into NPCs that would pretty much insta-gib them. Not only did they have little to no chance to defend themselves, but they incurred said XP debt of suck and annoyance. He even used it against one of his own guildmates.
I must ask you people: why the hell do some people think it’s okay to be an inconsiderate dick?
“I can do it so it’s okay” is not sufficient reason. Alright so in a PvP zone (or on a PvP server), you expect to die. On the surface, this is fine. You know what you’re getting into.
But there’s always the ones who have to toe the line, or outright dart across screaming. You see me Frostbolting my way through Yetis on my mage. I’m low on health, and mana. You think it’s funny to kill me. Alright, fine-I look at my combat log, see that I was killed with SMITE and HOLY FIRE, and after WTFing all the way back to my body, move on (true story, btw). That’s fine. I was able to go back to my leveling unmolested.
But let’s say you kill me…and kill me again…and again, and again, and again. I rez and die almost instantly and have no chance to defend myself. We’ve now gotten to the point where you’re keeping me from enjoying the game.
…why is that fun? What’s the big deal about two shotting a disc priest with wrath anyway…was there some challenge in hitting that button twice that I just don’t understand?
Why is camping summoning stones and stalling raids entertaining? Wow, now you’re fucking up the nights of 10 or 25 people. Or more, if you’re screwing with more than 1 raid. I’ve had Naxxs locked down because people would cluster on the platform and with all the AoE effects and whatnot, guildies would lag and be killed…over and over and over. People are just trying to play. They are just trying to have fun. Yes they may be flagged/on a pvp server but that doesn’t give you free license to be a douche.
The thing that most interested me about the article on WoM was the fact that the guy came across to the author as confused as to why people were so upset at him. He was even startled when, after pulling his trick on a guildmate, he got gkicked.
Confused? Do some people truly lack ANY empathy? Hi, you’re fucking with the shit people are trying to do for fun. Do you want hugs and kisses for it? We pay money for the privilege of being here, too.
I just…I don’t…what?
Some days I feel as if my standards-you know, to live my life in a way that makes other peoples lives better, not worse-are totally out of left field. That’s where a lot of my rage expressed here stems from, actually…this strange desire for people to not make things harder for everyone else. Even if your showing up late/unrepaired/without ammo/with the wrong gear set doesn’t impact me a lot, I’m upset on behalf of the guy who wants to be done on time so he can still watch TV with his kids before bed, or whatever.
That’s right, folks…STANDING IN THE FIRE RUINS PEOPLE LIVES. TRUFAX. STOP CAUSING DIVORCES TODAY!
…okay I can’t even take myself serious anymore. I’ve derailed my own post!
Just don’t be a fucking douche, okay?