Just Bad Manners

Woodcut of a unicorn So I went on a Diablo III jag last night, and ended up finding a rainbow goblin, which let me into Whimsyshire. I ended up shooting chubby unicorns, bouncing teddy bears, happy little flowers, all into bloody piles of meat.

It was incredibly satisfying.

The rest of the game is okay. I’m still learning, so there’s that. I might give Bioshock Infinite another go, although the “hacking” bit just irritated the hell out of me and made me want to quit the game. I still like WoW, but the other people…I’m seriously just not digging the whole MMO thing anymore. Trade or general chat is always full of trolls, the misogyny is too awful for words, and griefing or ninja looting is just bad manners.

I don’t mind murderous mayhem, but goddamn it, I abhor impoliteness.

Anyway, the week goes on as the week must, with three projects on the burner and more in revision. No more Diablo for me until I hit my next set of goals.

Maybe I’ll get lucky next time and hit Whimsyshire again.

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  • I have found that most of the negativity and trollish activity found in World of Warcraft is absent in Guild Wars 2. Part of this is, I’m sure, due to the nature of the game mechanics, which are geared toward cooperation rather than undercutting the competition. If you come upon someone fighting a monster, you can join in to help defeat it, and you both benefit. Likewise, there is no scrambling for gathering resources–if I mine an ore node, anyone else can also mine the same node.

    Though it is by no means perfect, GW2 addressed many of the complaints I had with WoW–though one could say the best aspect is that there are no monthly fees. Once you buy the initial game, it’s free to play.

  • sparkyca

    I agree with Wolf Lahti. I have seen someone being really assholish in general chat and just getting a verbal smack down by everyone else in the area in GW2. First MMORPG I haven’t had to turn off the general chat.

    On DAoC, most of my guild was female, and we would never speak in anything but guild Ventrillo. We’d make the guys talk in Raid Vent, even if one of the women was leading the raid. We just had less issues that way. Well, that and one of our best raid leaders was deaf and she couldn’t use Vent.

    Besides, in GW2, I get to play an engineer and blow the crap out of everything.

  • I tend to stay off of multiplayer anything. I deal with people all day. When I play video games, it’s because I don’t want to deal with other people for a while. The only noteworthy exception is if one of the boys ropes me into playing with them. (Being a father is so difficult. I mean, pushy children demanding you stop sorting laundry and play video games with them instead – it’s horrible, I tell you. Horrible.)

  • OrdoExtraho

    My policy on trolling and griefing is simple
    (and yes highly paraphrased from Lock Stock and Two Smokin Barrels

    “If you corpse camp me, I’ll kill ya. If you troll me or I think you’re trolling me, I’ll kill ya. If you hunt me for bloody coins, I’ll kill ya. In fact, you’re gonna have to work very hard to stay alive, Random faceless person of next to no value in my world. Now, do you understand everything I’ve just said? ‘Cause if you don’t, I’ll kill ya! Now, Mr Bubble and Squeak, you may leave me the f*** alone to do my dailies cause if I could play wow without y’all I would.”

    Yes this is somewhat anti social considering its a mmo but my fellow “humans” started it and sometimes the only choice left is to salt the earth and burn the crops and in the words of my old gm “it’s time to get biblical on this digital plane” thats what you roll that pvp toon for and if thats not enough to turn the tables than its “time to raise the guild banner and unleash the guildies of war”

    as for alternative games yes there are plenty and yes their community or player bases are not as asinine but things such as greed and discrimination permeate them all hell that’s why i keep getting drawn back to good old single player rpgs and so forth that and the lore games need as much universe lore as any book

    I find myself these days remembering with great sadness that in this day and age where the world is beginning to be truly connected that the best multiplayer game was good old goldeneye 64 when you knew the three other people hunting you down and no matter how intense the rage or rivalry it was always solved with either a prank or making them pay for the next pizza delivery

    I am sorry i meant to finish at my griefing policy but just so much rage the above is the most coherent i could make it at the time of writing was originally 4 x to 5 x longer

    so in summary thank you for your patience and understanding and sorry about the length of the comment also please excuse me but i believe i am overdue for massacring a city full of criminal npc’s

  • Don’t I know it. My kids want to play Animal Crossing with me. Weeding! Sharing! Shaking fruit trees instead of washing dishes! THE AGONY!

  • I like the idea of game mechanics geared towards cooperation. Maybe I’ll check out GW2.

  • I started playing Diablo III, mostly because I can just do it as a private game and not have idiot assholes ruining everything. Maybe I’ll check out Guild Wars, too. Blowing shit up would be a definite plus.