In the last month or so, after ditching raiding for random and casual leveling, I’ve come across a well of different types of players. Engaging myself in both PuGs and BGs, joining different guilds and hanging around in big cities at off hours, the players I have encountered is somewhat different to those I met when I was engorged in a raidingguild. Admittadly, my researcher-gamer role meant that I always tried to keep an eye out, trying to not get completely locked into my own little world of raiding and tried to get runs in both arenas, Wintergrasp, PuG heroics and even the odd PuG raid. But, all in all seems to me that I am playing with a group of players I previously mostly read about in blogs or forums.
The major difference?
They just don’t have a clue.
I mean that in the nicest possible way. While I appreciate playing with people who know what to do, it’s nothing wrong with playing WoW without any notion of what rotations maximize dps. As long as people are enjoying themselves, I’m of a live and let live inclination. Im just amazed at the conversations I am now observing, conversations I was mostly sheltered from when being in a guild with strong filtering mechanisms (strict application process) and strong social norms.
What shocks me is not that new players are asking questions, but how many times the advice they get is simply horrible.
Let me give some examples:
Q: I have trouble doing this quest! What do I do???
A: Get a boost
And there I had been wondering why new players walked around thinking shouting for a boost would get them anywhere….
Q: How much is this Aquamarine worth?
A: Nothing. Barely worth vendoring.
Me: Actually, it will fetch a few gold at the AH. Jewelcrafters always need them while levelling.
A: According to my Auctioneer its worth 5 copper, but I just transferred here….
And on your old server you had no jewelcrafters and people auctioning them off for less then what they sell to at vendor?
Q (from a little mage): I just dinged 10. What spec should I choose to level?
A: Arcane. It does kick ass damage. Arcane Barrage FTW!
That the spell he mentiones as the kick ass spell is not given until 50 levels later seems of no consequence.
I guess I should not be surprised that game illiteracy is reproduced by peers, but it’s still sad to see in action. Young hopeful players trying to understand the game (though many of them do so in a unpleasant and rude fashion), and is met with advice that will in no way help them conquer the game.
While making gold in the game is not rocket surgery, it requires atleast a minimum of knowledge when it comes to what items are regarded as valuable – and that the central investment in the game is time. In such, I find the statements regarding gold to be particularely damning.
Me: Mr. Priest – it would be great if you could dispel the hex from me. Hard to tank as a frog.
Priest: I didnt train it. Trying to save money. Its only an alt.
Apparently those 20 silver was too much for his budget….
My current GM: I grinded from 70 to 80 so that I could do all the quests later for money.
That the time it took him to grind could have been invested in a myriad of other ways to make way more money then the time it would take him quest, clearly had not entered his mind.
Moral of the story: If you want to get good a the game. Seek out good players. The scrub-nub guild that invites anyone at anytime, could be a gem – but it is also possible to hold tons and tons of really bad advice.