I think a lot of people look back on World of Warcraft with rose tinted glasses. During Classic, you were in Middle or High School and everything was “new” to you, so it had this sense of magic. However, now you are not like 14, you’re probably 23. Heck, you might even be older - I’m 25 now. But honestly, there were a lot of stuff in “Vanilla” that you just flat out woudl not like - in fact I think you forgot how much you complained about it.
"This game just gives you free gear - You had to work for it in classic."
WoW Gives you free gear now? Where can I get some? Pretty much all the epics I get I don’t get for “Free”. Heck… there’s a pretty large line between the stuff you get from raids vs the raid finder or even Timeless Isle. Hey cool, I get “Free” gear from the stuff on Timeless Isle… except it’s pretty much to get you geared in time for the raid finder. The stuff you get from raids is way way WAY better.
You get a free legendary? Cool where can I pick-no wait, huge questline. That’s not “free”, what definition of “Free” are you using? Not dependent on the RNG?
And working for it in classic? Buddy… I kind of like this raid finder where everyone gets either a bag of gold or an item that might be an upgrade. The main reason something felt more “Rewarding” to you in classic was because you probably ran the dungeon 12 times in a row before the damn thing finally dropped. I once ran Molten Core 15 weeks in a row… and on roughly 8 of those weeks, we sharded (Or hell, even VENDORED!) half the loot that dropped. AT one point, we brought a paladin alt in… and within two weeks, got him a full suit of Tier 1 raid gear. Heck, in just one raid, he got virtually EVERYTHING. Meanwhile we had warriors and hunters with thousands of DKP who were still waiting for their loot to drop. (Vendorstrike.) Many other guilds had trends wherein they’d waste an entire week and only one person gets a gear upgrade because the only thing that dropped was shit they already had. We had people going into Blackwing lair and Ahn’Qiraj in BLUES because their gear would NEVER drop.
It was way way WAY Better in Burning when we had tokens - because then we wouldn’t have an instance where we down a boss… and shard all the loot because nobody could use it. We had tokens that could go to roughly three to five different people. We didn’t shard nearly half the stuff after burning.
And after Wrath when you could purchase gear with points… it just became way WAY easier to get ready. oh y god, there are filthy casuals in my raid… hey guess what? All buying gear that got them geared enough for the raid meant was THEY HAD THE GEAR. There is a HUGE difference between someone with full raid gear who doesn’t know the fight(s) and one who DOES.
"I liked the old talents better! You had customizability!"
Well… I kind of liked it too. But even then… in classic? Depending which class you played, you were lucky to have TWO specs that were “viable”. Wanted to go around and put points into all three? Then have fun sitting in Ironforge/Orgrimmar - because you’re not raiding. Wanted to be a Druid and go feral? Hope you like PVP - and if you do, that you like playing Warsong Gulch over and over and OVER again because that’s all you’re “Good” for. Wanted to play Enhancement as a Shaman, cause you had so much fun leveling as it? Hope you have fun dealing scratch damage because all the PvE gear for Shamans is made for Restoration. All the warrior gear was to steer you into tanking. Want to tank as a paladin so you go protection? Puuuh-leaze - you have no aggro management.
You have an actual choice now - in Classic, you’d see nothing but Holy paladins and Restoration druids walking around. Now I actually see Retribution paladins, Protection paladins, Holy paladins…. sure it’s not perfect (Does any shaman play Enhancement anymore?) but you have like, two or three specs - which was what you are lucky to have at MOST in these types of games.
"They took the easy way out of making the Shamans and Paladins no-longer faction exclusive!"
Bit of an easy way out? Maybe. But in my opinion? It helped them actually develop into their own unique classes rather than have to do the exact same thing as each other - seriously, throughout classic, they were constantly being tampered with so they could do the same things. I think making them faction exclusive was a bit of a mistake because otherwise they could have just made them the exact same class with a different name - and what fun is that?
"40 man raids were so much better."
How many people say this have ever had to organize a 40-man raid? You ahve to get 40-50 people (Remember - spares!) to have the same playtime. You have to deal with the people who don’t arrive and want an invite, and are now waiting around for an invite. You have people who are like “OMFG not Molten Core AGAIN! I’ve run it 40 times - I don’t want to do it AGAIN! I don’t get any gear” because they got tired. This was the same with attunements - YOU try getting people who’ve run Jailbreak >9000 times to run it again. (They get no upgrade from it.) The attunements… good lord. You try getting people who have done these >9000 times to run them again and they’ve already been geared and get no upgrade from it. I found myself wanting to organize the Zul’Gurub and Ahn’Qiraj 20-man raids a lot more because it was simply way easier to get 20 people together.
My guild tried to get people in by saying “Not attuned? We’ll help you out” but we’d still get people who were standing around Shattrah asking for people to help run instances so they can get attuned. Why? Because we’ve run it way too many times and were bored of it. So we had to start threatening to /gkick people since we promised the new recruits we’d help them get attuned. (Oh, and if you were on a low pop server, good luck - there’d be one group running the dungeon forming once a month if you’re lucky.)
It wasn’t really a test of “Skill”… it was just a test of patience. Removing them was an anti-frustration feature. Since you know, all it means is YOU CAN WALK IN - it’s a HUGE difference between actually completing the fights.
"The PvP was better then. Blah blah blah two day Alterac Valley matches blah blah blah Hillsbrad fighting."
Okay… I will give you this. WoW was never really a good PvP game (Most PvP in these games sucks anyways.) but very long-large scale battles like Alterac valley and constant pushes back and forth in Hillsbrad? Actually… those were kind of fun.
Even then it was still kind of broken - Rogues for example have been nerfed due to the amount of devs who have been ganked by them and stun-locked. Druids back in Classic did NOT PvP. Period. If you’re a druid and attack someone then you’re wasting your time.
"I liked the old world."
Well… let’s be fair, Cataclysm really really improved a lot of the world. Back in classic, in between the levels of 35-50, you were bottlenecked into Stranglethorn Vale and Tanaris. Aka Ganklethorn Hell and Ganklestan. I’m sure you looove going on a PvP server and finding a bunch of max level players with nothing better to do than make your day a living hell. Or on a PvE server, watching max level players go around tagging everything to annoy the people trying to level - because the only other option for palyers at level 30 was Desolace (which was so spread out you might as well not bother) and the Arathi Highlands (Which you would finish in about a week and still be only level 32.) and at level 40, you probably had one or two quest chains in the Swamp of Sorrows. Then at level 50, suddenly the world opens up: You can go to Felwood, you could go to the WEstern Plaguelands, you could go to Seraing Gorge and Burning Steppes, you could go to Un’goro crater… then Silithus, Burning steppes, and the Eastern Plaguelands
Also, who remembers Hellsbrad? Or Hillsbrad Foothells? That was another target for gankers.
Now? I can level 1-60 without setting foot in the Eastern Kingdom - seriously. You have options. You actually have decent amount of quests to do in zones like Desolace or the Stonetalon Mountains. Granted, you still do get bottlenecked as the later zones try to steer you in. (Apart from getting to start Northrend in the Howling Fjord or Borean Tundra.) I kind of wish we got some more options as well in the expansion pack zones. But now, it’s a lot better - especially with heirlooms, which are an anti-frustration feature. And with the multi-dungeon queues… it just removed a massive headache.
Most people who refer to themselves as the “Core” gamers are like those five year old kids who act out because they’re upset that their new baby sister is getting more attention.
So as a result, they try to take out what they see as their competition for attention and throw hissy-fits and tantrums. Yeah, if you did start getting attention from your parents, you’d start throwing a tantrum the second they decide to play with your baby sister.
It fits gamers very well. Gamers have a lot of growing up to do - the happy gamers are too busy playing the games to be on the internet bitching. The rest suffer strongly from “King Customer Mentality”. Or, to link it to an already existing term, Little Emperor Syndrome.
There are several aspects of Little Emperor Syndrome - for example, many Little Emperors come from families where their parents and grandparents never got to go to college for whatever reason. (Cultural Revolution, hard times, recession, wars, etc) So as a result, they push their kids extra hard academically.
Now the aspect that applies most to gamers? The “Spoiled brat” aspect. You have grandparents and parents doting all their attention to one child - who thinks they are the centre of the world. As a result they wind up in for a big crash when they reach adulthood and learn that they actually aren’t the only people in the world and it does not revolve around them. I actually learned this not from WikiP… but from my former coworkers who were Chinese. (as in from China, too.) Very few of them had kids, in part because they never planned to. When asked why by the coworkers who were mothers and fathers, they pointed out the Little Emperor Syndrome… and the chinese ones who were parents even said they messed up with their kids because they were becoming Little Emperors.
How does this apply to gamers? Well, if you think about it, many “core” or “hardcore” gamers grew up being the primary demographic. Any and all games that were made were (For the most part) intended with them in mind. Now, fast forward 10-20 years. A gamer isn’t just someone who plays Super Mario Brothers, Sonic the Hegehog, or Pong in their living room OR someone who plays games like Poker in the casino. (That was where the term came from - most Casinos actually do use “Gaming” in their advertisements.) Now a gamer can be someone who streams 8 hours of DotA 2 a day. A gamer can be a stay-at-home mom who plays Peggle a few times. A gamer could be a parent who bonds with their kid playing video games the way their dad played catch with them. A gamer could be someone who plays Dark Souls on the hardest difficulty. A gamer could be someone who is into madden. See? It’s a lot more than just what it was.
But ooooh no, these new people like the “Casuals”, “Soccer Moms”, or “Frat Boys” aren’t gamers… because they weren’t here in the 80s. They like different things. And oh noes - now they’re making games that also appeal to them and not us.
They have a right to exist. Has Twilight so far prevented you from buying a copy of Game of Thrones? Has there never been anything written in the past few years that really appeals to you simply because TWilight came out? I certainly don’t care for Axis Power Hetalia or whatever the hell that is… but has it outright forced itself onto my computer and said I can’t read a Junji Ito manga because the only anime people care about are Axis Power Hetalia?
No. Gamers really REALLY need to learn that their demograph (no matter how big or smal lit may be) are not the only consumers in this industry. Remember that gaming was always based around targeting people with disposable income - the so-called kids or “casual” demographic.
So gamers, please grow out of this phase that most older siblings get when they have a baby sibling or two - it’s very immature. Because think of gaming publishers and devs as your parents. They try to do something that your little brothers and sisters like, and you whine at them for it because you want to be the one calling the shots and doing what you want to, little siblings be damned. So they try and find something all of you enjoy… but the oldest one says “I hate this. Disneyland is for BABIES. Can we go do something I like that they don’t care for?”
"I’m leaving SoFurry now. They clearly don’t care about copyright."
"My favourite player is gone - I’m done watching Big Brother."
"Guild Wars 2 is so much better than WoW."
"I’m never using FA again. Cya on Weasyl!"
"I’m never coming to Subway again!"
"I’m done with Tumblr. Cya later."
Admit it - you’ve heard these statements before. People threaten to leave and claim there’s no reason to be doing this thing anymore. But honestly, right now you can say you’re done all you want but nobody will take those statements seriously.
These statements would hold more weight were it not for the fact that most people don’t even bother to back them up with anything. I can not tell you how many times I heard someone say “I am done with Subway I never wanna come here again” and yet I’d see them in line the very next day. I can’t tell you how many people would talk about how some other MMORPG out there is so much better than WoW yet they still pay the monthly fee and I see them log on. I can’t even begin to describe how many people say they’re done with whatever site yet within a few weeks I look over and notice that they’re still logging on, faving art and posting. And I can’t even begin to describe how many Big Brother fans say they have stopped watching the show… yet still talk about what kind of stuff is going on. If there really isn’t much of a reason to watch these shows anymore, then all your complaints are kind of void seeing as you still care enough about it to tune in every week or read up about what’s going on.
Honestly, even last night when people were saying they were jumping ship from SoFurry, I just simply sat back filing my nails going “Uh huh… I’ll see you in two days after you’ve read Toumal’s apology on this.”
Because honestly, I knew very few people actually meant it when they said “Bye bye SoFurry”. It’s the 21st century. After years of people threatening to quit their service, even if they have alternatives and a choice (Not so much for ISP - that’s different), we’ve pretty much been conditioned to think “Uh huh - see you in a few days.”
Furry logic: Site mods mess up and act unprofessional. Admin apologizes.
FurAffinity: Don’t think we won’t forget this! We’ll still be holding this over you three years into the future.
SoFurry: Oh! All is forgiven!
Seriously, there are some ridiculous double standards. Toumal is a very amicable guy and is highly approachable. But the users of SoFurry I swear act like a cult sometimes. So many times I’ve been told to abandon FA and use SF just because SoFurry is not FA.
Well it certainly isn’t - SoFurry isn’t FA. It’s not where all my friends hang out. It’s not where all the artists I know conduct business. If I used SoFurry exclusively, I’d have less stuff to view and even LESS available artists because some artists who are friens of mine only operate via FA or deviantART.
Honestly, I am not bashing Toumal - he is a very nice guy. I’ve tweeted to him with a petty question, and he responded within a few moments. (During the time when we were online - Toumal is in the UK.)
So I have been told from some things that Equestria Girls has a lot of fandom drops in it, and that makes it appeal to Bronies.
Ha$bro? I’m sorry… but Fandom Drops ≠ Appeal. Why do a lot of people like My Little Pony now? Because it’s not playing every single girlie stereotype completely straight. We like the writing.
So what are my thoughts about this fan beloved character Derpy?
Ha$bro probably realized that she can be used as a crutch to cover up their fuck-ups. Place Derpy in the movie, and the bronies will love her and say that it’s alright!
No. I’m sorry. Ha$bro, stop relying on her or the other cardboard cutout characters to hide your fuck-ups. As funny as it was, that Trixie moment was blatant fanservice.
I honestly wouldnt’ be surprised if, during the production of Equestria Girls, Ha$bro suggested “Hey let’s put derpy in… bronies are stupid. They won’t even notice that we published a first draft.”
Just because we are not tweeting about Syria does not mean that we do not care about it - or that we don’t even know what’s going on there.
Every time there is some kind of a political issue out there and some of us choose not to speak up, there is someone calling us some name that’s along the lines of “Ignorant pig”. Just because may talk about something different does not mean that we do not know about it.
Some of us choose NOT to bring this kind of stuff up because, remember the Golden Rule: Treat others the way you want to be treated. We don’t bring up political issues and stuff them down peoples’ throats because we don’t like when people do it to us.
So don’t assume that just because someone is tweeting about what is happening in their lives right now is a sign that they only care about themselves - they just don’t want to depress themselves and others talking about something happening in another country that they can’t actually affect in any way.
"Hi, your site is down so go use this other site instead! We have LESS art to view and LESS users! (Most of which are VERY cliquey and will pretend you don’t exist.) We have the same forum (90% of your posts will be ignored on basis of you being a newbie BTW) and less corrupt administrators. (Our users will deny any mistakes or hasty banking’s they make.)
Honestly this is why those living billboards piss me the fuck off. Well, apart from hipster behavior, and as we all know, hipsters are that crowd of people wearing “non conformist” shirts doing the exact same shit they stand against.
I am not going to get any readers for this. :| I do not expect to even get reblogged. Instead I am just getting something off my mind. Then again I doubt I have any readers in the first place. This is just my Harriet the Spy’s diary.
So my Jr. High school was in a nice neighbourhood… but we just had a lot of kids who were one step away from reform school. And some of them loved to be complete jerks about a few things. Like say, for example? I experienced almost every white slur in the book… and some you probably have never heard of.
I have been called Honky, Cracker, variants of the word “Bleach”, White Trash, Hillbilly, Redneck, and Frosty the Snowman. on top of that, I was called terms Prince Edward, Ned Flanders, Ginger Beer, Paddy, Charles Cornswallow, Wigger, Ginger Beer, Guido, Eduardo, Nazi, Adolf, and Klansman. After I showcased something that was made by my great-grandmother who was Oneida, we can add a few others to the list: Buffalo Hunter, Spirit boy, Running Coyote, Crazy Horse, Tanto, Featherman, and one of the worst ones I heard? Timber N*gger.
My sister was called “Snow White” and “Princess Anne”. Yeah, I know what you’re thinking… WTF how are those racist or sexist? Well I knew for a fact they were not being used as compliments. “HEY PRINCE EDWARD! How’s the Caviar?” “Hey Paddy! Got a pot of Gold for me?” “Hey Snow White! Where’s your prince?”.
Meanwhile, what was a friend of my sister’s called, who was middle eastern? (Okay I think North African) Names like Towelhead, Sand N*gger, ___ Bin Laden, Saddam, Camel rider…
Words can mean different things depending on how they are intended. Like how PC gamers use “PC gaming master race” as a badge of honour but people in the console and multiplatform circles snicker because Yahtzee used “PC Gaming master race” to make fun of the more vocal and stereotypical members of the PC Community.
So what happened when we reported these to the adults? We were told to just suck it up and take it like a man or given the stock “Sticks and stones can break your bones but words will never hurt you.” Uh huh.
What happened when one of the kids said N*gger to one of the others, and he was white? The teachers practically SPAWNED right on top of him shouting “STOP RIGHT THERE CRIMINAL SCUM!” and he was sent right off to Reform School, never to be seen again. What happened when I was called a “Timber N*gger”? “Sticks and stones.”
The way I see it as an Egalitarian, there are two ways to deal with this double standard:
-Tell EVERYONE to just “Suck it up” or “sticks and stones”.
-Punish everyone equally.
Part of the reason you get offended is because you choose to let it be offensive. But why are we telling only SOME people to not be offended by things, and punishing others because it’s “not offensive”? Uh huh…
Two things you can do: Either everyone uses it because “Sticks and stones”… or nobody can use them at all. Treat EVERY form of racism and sexism equally. Not JUST racism against black people or sexism against women.