WAAAGH!: The Official Stance On EverythingMay 19, 2008
Wondering where WAAAGH! stands on the issues vital to WAR and MMOs? Read on, but be prepared to have your mind cleansed by the awesome power of logic, sense and sensibility!
WAAAGH!’s stance on Real Money Trading (RMT), Gold Selling and Power Leveling: It kills me people actually debate this like there are points to the “pro-RMT” side, similar to how someone might try to defend the KKK or the Ebola virus. Our stance is that the people and companies who do this are parasitic vermin who help to corrupt the in-game economy and balance, offering unfair advantages to people willing to pay more. As for the purchasers of those services? You people are playing a GAME. If you don’t want to play it, don’t pay people to do it for you, because that’s just sad. Really. Sadder than sad. Clown sad. RMT, Gold Selling and Power Leveling should be pursued and stamped out — with a vengeance — by MMO teams (preferably with dogs with bees in their mouth, and when they bark they shoot bees at them).
WAAAGH!’s stance on Role-Playing Servers: If this sort of thing is your bag, fine, but we know that 90% of most RP servers merely tolerate the serious RPers (yet don’t join in themselves). We also know that trying to police these servers is nigh-impossible and people who get their panties in a bunch because someone else doesn’t have the appropriate level of apostrophes in their name is due cause for pity.
WAAAGH!’s stance on the Hardcore/Raiders vs. Casual catfight: Hardcore fellas? Knock it off. Casuals are the VAST majority in these games, and without them no company would have the resources to make the very game you want to dominate and excel. Realize it’s okay for others to have a different playstyle and don’t look down on them for it (or their gear). Casuals? There’s something to be said for having to earn all of the rewards in a game, and even though some of the upper upper crust stuff will be untouchable to you, its existence gives players a place to progress to, instead of a stone wall. If others want to play to be the best, then be content with where you are and don’t whine about it.
WAAAGH!’s stance on Ganking and Corpse Camping: Facts of life in the PvP world, but it doesn’t mean we have to meekly accept them as okay. People who play PvP vindictively, cowardly and immaturely have small genitalia and an even smaller sense of honor and worth. Yup, I just delivered a blanket judgment, and it felt good.
WAAAGH!’s stance on No Official WAR Forums: We 100% support Mythic’s call on this one. Official forums degenerate quickly into a frenzy of loud-mouthed imbeciles who congregate there like a school of hungry fish looking for someone — anyone — to pay attention to their diatribes. Let fansites take care of the forums, which frees up the WAR team to have more time to work on the game and get involved with the community in more structured formats.
WAAAGH!’s stance on Being Told How To Play My Class: If I’m making gross errors or overlooking a skill combo that could vastly improve my own gaming experience, then I really don’t mind if a more experienced player gently sends me a /tell to ask me if I don’t mind a little advice. That’s the proper and only way I ever want to hear anyone try to tell me how to play the game. The rest of you backseat armchair quarterbacks? STEP OFF. I don’t care if you have a thousand level 70 anythings, or if you’re the developer personally responsible for the creation and evolution of that particular class. I loathe being chided for not playing “right”, and people who try to do this are often mercilessly mocked and subsequently ignored on my part.
WAAAGH!’s stance on Being Overly Impressed With Yourself: Listen, we all are very much into whatever character we’re playing. We have a good reason to be excited when we get new gear or accomplish something cool or figure out how to be a more effective fighter/healer/tanker. It’s a natural extension of that excitement to want to share your happiness with others — and that is well and fine, as long as it’s done in moderation and in the right spirit (i.e. not bragging, just wanting others to share in your joy). Yet when I’m grouped with someone who starts boasting about all their class abilities — as if they, personally, designed them from scratch — and how their gear is the uber-elite-ultra-awesome, then my eyes descend into deep pain as they roll uncontrollably in their sockets. I don’t care, Mr. Fancy Pants, about how your gear is so much better than mine. I’m not listening, Ms. Suck It Down, because I’m actually trying to help my team instead of boosting my epeen or whatever the kiddies are calling it these days.