Archive for the ‘Politics’ Category

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Fail Druid misses ICC Alt run

July 9, 2010

Very unhappy with my guild tonight. The “alt run” started recruiting 45 mins early and took in pugs over guildies =( At least 6 guildies logged in at the normal time just to be told, “…..” ya. silence. the person running it was an ex-officer, and i was less than impressed with the maturity of the response. sigh. Keeping my fingers crossed that something positive comes out of this greedy violation of the guild’s trust in getting a place in Risen raids.

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My thoughts on the Warner Brothers acquisition

April 25, 2010

There is a new poll over at Casual Stroll to Mordor that I enjoyed. They asked for comments and I went to town. I enjoyed reading some of the responses, and left my own:

Q: How do you feel about the Warner Bros acquisition?

A: (poll answer) Worried. I don’t want my game messed with. (38%, 37 Votes)

My reasoning for the answer? Its simple. I am worried about too much popularity destroying the game’s community and its culture. There is a clear reason why large corporations are interested in gaming platforms right now. All you need to do is look to how much money Activision (via Blizzard’s WoW game) made in four hours selling what is now known as ‘The Sparkle Pony‘. $2million in four hours is a sum no one can resist.

Celestial Steed

What Blizzard does best is market their game to the new gamer. The casual that doesn’t have the greatest gaming rig, and maybe has only tried a few PC games, or due to time restrictions, has limited playtime – and thus, limited online experience. This huge market demographic has quite a bit of discretionary income to spend in subscriptions and occasional vanity purchases.

Up to a certain saturation point (and we have yet to get there in LoTRO, I agree) the community is fine. Relatively polite gaming and community enforced standards of play mean a civil environment in which to enjoy our favorite game. But attract too many ‘casual’ regular joe’s who have limited experience being in a relatively anonymous online environment and you will have the problem that the World of Warcraft community is suffering from. They call it the GIFT.

Don’t get me wrong, I realize that getting more people to play LoTRO will be good up to a certain point. The game could honestly use more players. Also there is quite a lot of money to be made from sustainable subscriptions and offline merchandise that hasn’t been explored by Turbine as of yet. But the flip side of the popularity coin is all the new-to-gaming ‘GIFT’ers which will also want to play this game. A surge in popularity aided by the undeniably more wealthy WB marketing department has the potential of attracting so many new people that online behavior spirals out of control (as it did in WoW) and we end up with chat channels obstructed from usefulness by griefers and forums ruled by trolls and grand standers.

Without proper precautions (and I seriously doubt WB inc., sees past the revenue potential to properly understand this complex problem) you have the sort of environment that is plaguing WoW today.  I would hate to see that happen to LoTRO.

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giggle/rant/sob of the day

April 20, 2010

Reading this post about healing the Lich King fight and I come across the humorous line,

“if for some reason you still run with a group of window lickers that still don’t understand the benefits and abilities of a discipline priest, this fight alone should change their mind.”

I cant help but laugh. I mean, I cry a little too, but I am laughing. My guildies certainly don’t think they are window lickers (in fact some of them kinda have a high opinion of themselves), but there are still far too many of the influential people in this guild that honestly think they are carrying the guild disc priest. You know.. the one who is always so low low low on direct healing numbers.

It’s not like I am a bad. I do my part, I research the fights before we get to a new boss and I don’t make any more mistakes than anyone else. Plus I am a priest, I survive some crazy stuff due to my CD’s and burst healing. But because the default healing chart that comes with Recount is only for direct heals, and mitigation is a new concept to most WoW players, there are some who look at that chart or any deviation in my performance as proof I am not pulling my weight. Human psychology dictates that once a person is convinced that another is a bad at something, even if this person isn’t any better or worse than any other, the person in question must work ten times harder to disprove the erroneous opinion. Any mistake or error on their part is normally magnified ten times worse as proof of their earlier (and in this case wrong) opinion.

On the two non-disc friendly fights I keep my head above water. On BQ I float in the upper middle of the chart and on dreamwalker I just focus on tank healing, PI the Pally, and feel grateful I am not sent out of the room in shame. But in the rest of the fights my output varies from leading with as much as 44% of the overall healing to being head to head, toe to toe with the two other top healers in the guild.

But it doesn’t make for a fun evening when you are being doubted and constantly under fire. From being called out  in vent by an officer about my low healing output in Dreamwalker, to having one guild member recently flip out and Gquit during a raid after telling me that the only reason I am in this guild is that people feel sorry for me, it’s a nightly struggle to just keep my sanity over what I know I am contributing. The worst time I have of it is in my ten man group where every week I have to gently but firmly point out that whatever heroic encounter we are learning at the moment would not be better done with me as a Holy Priest. Usually posting the Heal+absorb meter quiets the demands for me to stop being a Disc Scrubb, but the ensuing comments from showing just how much further ahead my output is on the meter switches to resentful statements like “gee wish I only had to spam one button to top meters” (a resto drood said that last week) and “you can tell a healer is good based on their direct heals”,  and my personal all-time favorite, “your legendary mace is healing for you, so absorbs don’t count on the meters”. You really cant win if people don’t want to change.

All this would come to naught if it weren’t for two really awesome officers in my guild. Without these two people having my back, I probably wouldn’t have made it past the first month with this guild. They lobby constantly to educate others on how a Disc Priest heals, and always show support for me when the other officers question my abilities and direct heal numbers. And to be quite honest, not everyone feels this way. Most guildies understand that a disc priest’s most beneficial utilities to a raid wont show up on a direct heal meter, and the others trust the healing lead who advocates on my behalf.

That said, I think it’s disheartening that my two friends have to work so hard for tolerance of such a necessary raid healing class at a time in the expansion when everyone should know what the other classes can do, and show team support even if they don’t. But there you have it. People are people and they will always fuss and fidget about everything under the sun.

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Raid slots

March 9, 2010

I am very curious to see how things pan out tonight in raid. Will we see fair slotting or will there be more of the same sideline sitting for the same crowd. I remain, as always, supportive and hopeful…