Lately I have been thinking about how much I miss World of Warcraft… Yes, I still log in regularly, have more characters than I know what to do with, and am making a decent living in the Auction House, but my WoW time these days, and my WoW time 4 years ago, are so very different!
When I first started really getting into WoW and had finally reached the peak of my leveling mountain (level 60 in those days), I was a well liked member of a very active guild. We didn’t raid, but we did lots of other fun things together, from leveling alts to dungeons to pvp to just dancing on the fountain in Stormwind while we all chatted. I was logged into vent 24 hours a day, so anytime I passed by the computer I could check in on what was up with everyone, even if I didn’t log into the game. We were like a little nerdy family, and it was great!
Things change and people get busy with real life and there’s always that silly drama that drives some people away, so after a while our group fell apart.
I’ve been attempting to find that side of WoW again ever since, and it could just be my own bad luck, but I just keep getting farther and farther from it. It’s like players don’t look at other players as people these days. I can’t even count the amount of times I’ve been ripped off or told off by other players who are just being jerks for the sake of being jerks. It’s gotten to the point where I rarely interact with players who aren’t a real id friend, unless it’s utterly necessary, and I still end up encountering jerks more often than you’d believe!
I took my longest WoW hiatus last year which was 6 months without logging on once and another 3 months before that of logging on maybe 15 times. One of the last times I was playing before my big WoW break I was leveling my Horde Paladin and had managed to finish all of the Midsummer Fire Festival achievements except the one to kill Ahune. I was only level 63 at the time, but I knew Ahune was super easy to kill and a group wouldn’t suffer much if I took the place of an 80 dps. It was one of the last days so I hung around outside the instance for hours (this was before the random dungeon finder was added) and group after group ran past me, most not even full. I asked in general chat every few minutes, explaining that I didn’t want loot, just the achievement, and that I would pay 50g a person just to let me tag along. I was getting discouraged, and was thinking I might just log and try again later in the day, when someone finally answered me in general chat. They said, “Why don’t you go get some f’ing friends?”
It was far from the worst thing another player had said to me, but it really hit home. Here I was leveling a character on a new server because real life friends had begged me to play there with them and because I didn’t know anyone on my old server anymore, but no one was ever on. My friends list was always filled with gray names and here I was sitting in Zangarmarsh begging strangers to help me with some silly trivial thing for hours, because it was true, I had no more in-game friends. I thought to myself, “Why am I even playing this game?” and I couldn’t think of any good reasons. Shortly thereafter, I deactivated my account.
I came back to WoW at the beginning of this year because once again, real life friends had convinced me to play with them on a new server. By spring all but one had stopped playing, and now my last real-life WoW buddy has also thrown in the towel, my guild is once again an alt graveyard, and I rarely spend my WoW time chatting with anyone. I still have fun on WoW, and have grown accustom to doing most everything in game solo, but I tire of it quickly. I’ve barely played in the last few weeks, and whenever I do log on it feels more like a chore. If I wasn’t focusing on making gold, I may have already left the game again!
I’m not leaving the game, that’s not what this post is about, it’s just stuff I have been thinking about a lot lately. Blackwolf from Too Greedy had a post recently about Modern WoWfare, and how different it is from the WoW of 5 years ago, and it’s true! Times were rough and we were all in it together back then, but now a-days everything has become so simple and it’s like everyone is out for themselves. I miss the days when you could actually find a guild, and people in it would like you for who you were and how you played, not for your gearscore or dps. I miss the days when having epics meant something. I miss the days when most players were accommodating and friendly, not condescending elitists!
One of the worst things is that the majority of us vanilla players have actually become the jerks! Most of the people I used to group with back in the good old days who were nice players that were always happy to help out, are now the ones ripping off fellow players and making fun of anyone who may be inexperienced in trade chat.
I know there are still a few decent players out there, like Kammler and the undead mage he encountered which he wrote about in his post, Pay It Forward. But friendly, helpful, go-out-of-their-way-to-be-nice players are truly hard to come by these days, and more and more of them are getting screwed over by their fellow players, and are switching over to the dark side themselves.
I’d been thinking today that I’d like to try and bring back some of that kindness to WoW. I wanted to find a new player and give them some gold, or help someone questing kill some elites, or something, but I couldn’t think of anything I could do that a jerk in noob’s clothing couldn’t take advantage of in some way. It’s so easy to be mean, of course it’s got to be hard to be nice, lol. Maybe some of you can help me come up with good ways to use a couple hundred gold every week helping fellow players out. I’m hoping that by doing this, a) I’ll encourage others to do the same, and we can start bringing back some of the original WoW spirit, and b) that I might make some new in-game friends, because it seems once again, I’m fresh out.
So, if any of you have any ideas of how I can use a couple hundred gold or a few hours of my time to help out a character that isn’t some level 80’s alt with four times more gold than me, please suggest it in a comment!
Thanks for Reading & Sorry for Ranting,
Miss Mediocre <3