Haven’t really posted lately due to being busy at work, and at home I’m more inclined to do other things 🙂
There have been a few posts lately at Tobold’s blog , dealing with raids in Wrath of the Lich King. As always, the comments tend to degenerate into hardcore vs casual arguments, but one thing that struck me was how silly a lot of people are in trying to be politically correct.
One of Tobold’s posts was about Gevlon and how he calls everyone morons and slackers. Hmm… sounds familiar 🙂 Lots of people agreed with him and said that Gevlon is the moron for calling people who “fail at playing a game” morons, blah blah blah. After all, they are old, they have poor reactions, they have a life etc etc.
However, nowhere was it ever said that these people AREN’T morons. It’s just not “polite” to call them morons, and therefore comments by rude people are somehow supposed to be ignored.
I’m sorry, but sticking your head in the sand isn’t going to change anything. A vertically challenged person is still short, a person with a learning disability is still retarded. Putting a fancy name on it doesn’t make the world a better place.
Tobold tries to explain this by saying that the terms moron and slacker are subjective, and someone somewhere is more intelligent than you or puts in more effort than you, thus nobody is a moron or slacker. This is complete nonsense. Somewhere in this great big world, someone is going to be at the bottom of the totem pole. Someone exists who literally IS the dumbest/laziest person in the world. So obviously morons/slackers exist, it then becomes a matter of disputing who qualifies as one.
Guess what, it really is subjective. No one decides “ok you have an IQ of so-and-so, you’re now officially a moron”. I’m sure most of the professors in university think that I’m retarded for not understanding “simple” concepts… I wonder what they think about those American college jocks… But compared to those who can’t even get into a university, they probably think we are geniuses.
But just because it’s subjective doesn’t mean it’s not true by certain standards. Should you discount whatever someone says when they say you’re a moron? Of course not. What you should do is look at yourself, look at what they are saying, and think whether what they are saying is true by your standards. Because, horror of horrors, they may be right and you actually ARE doing something stupid. But most people are just too afraid to look into a mirror and seriously think about whether they are actually in the wrong. Instead the knee-jerk reaction is “it’s just a game”, “i have a life and a job”, “i play to have fun”. Again, no effort made to consider whether the criticism is actually warranted, just plenty of excuses. It may turn out after reflection that it’s just some flaming troll sputtering vitriol to make up for his own deficiencies. But most people aren’t even willing to take that first step of looking at themselves.
So are people who fail at WoW morons? I think that depends on how they fail. No one expects to kill difficult raid bosses perfectly the first try. But I have to wonder, how is it possible for any player to repeatedly fail at the same simple task like “avoid spout” over and over again. I mean, WoW is really just problem solving. It’s not some platform game where you have to jump exactly onto a moving log. If you can’t see a giant raid warning, followed by a raid leader giving a heads up in vent/through another raid warning, followed by a giant fish spinning slowly around with a jet of water rotating in a circle which can be avoided by taking a couple of steps backwards/sideways… there is really something wrong with your brain. I cannot imagine a person, who is really sitting there, paying attention, and trying hard, failing to do this. Even if you have poor reactions, there are many ways you can compensate for this.
Blizzard didn’t put in “barriers to entry” to raids. I’m pretty sure they don’t design instances saying “ok we only want 10% of people to be able to succeed in this”. They designed instances that were meant to be fun. Whether or not players succeed in killing the boss, is up to the players themselves.
You don’t get kicked out of the instance if you don’t have a certain hit rating, you don’t get a debuff that decreases your damage by 50%(most people seem to be born with this debuff) without a certain number of days /played. The only barrier is the stupidity of the human race. But due to political correctness, Tobold and the rest of his welfare commenters will never understand that it was never that raiding was too hard, it was that they were just unwilling to admit that they were just horribly bad at playing.