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WoW Rant

So... I have a lvl70 paladin. She's holy specced and not a bad healer if I say so myself. When not in instances, she has a different set of gear, mainly to boost strength and DPS. Anyway... back in the old days, THE set that got every pally drooling was Lightforge. And ever since I started playing over 2 years ago, I managed to get a hold of 4 of the 8 set items. Then came the Tier 2 and 3 and even later the 4 and 5 sets, but for some strange, sentimental reason, I *want* to have full Soulforge. Yes, that's all the Lightforge items and running the entire 1.5 upgrade questline. Yes, that means re-running lvl60 instances while I'm already 70. I know that. I'm just strange like that.

So today, I was on the LFG channel trying to find people for Shattered Halls or Arcatraz when a lvl56 warrior was looking for people to run Strat. Me and my lvl70 hunter guildie responded to the call (guildie needed blacksmith stuff). A 60 retri pally also came and that was more than enough to get started. However, I told the other Pally I WOULD roll if Scarlet boss dropped Lightforge Boots. We run Scarlet side, I earn a righteous orb along the way, easy 30g in the auction house, and quite some greens drop, even a few blues. Most of it goes to the warrior and the other pally. Logically.

Then, Balnazzar. And yes, he dropped the boots. Finally. And then my own kindness ruined everything. You see, the other pally had gotten quite some loot along the way and he and his friend were being boosted through Strat, finishing a fair number of quests along the way. It would have been perfectly acceptable if I insisted on taking the boots. But what do I do? I say we both press Need. I roll 9. He rolls 58. I curse.

I'm a fullgrown, intelligent 29 year old guy. Yet I feel shitty now for not getting an item that only has sentimental value against a paladin that can actually still benefit from it. And all of this in a computergame. Rationally I should laugh hard at my own misery. Emotionally, I cry on the inside. In the past year, 2 of the 4 items I still need for a full set dropped in one of my parties, and both times I lost against another pally.

Either hug me and say it's gonna be alright, or throw me in a cold shower and yell at me that I should wake up and start caring about more important things in life.


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Jul. 9th, 2007 12:40 am (UTC)
I played FFXI for almost two years, and tons of my friends play MMORPG's, so yeah... I know what it's like to want that one item. And just like you I'm probably too nice towards other players.

Anyway... *hugs* It's going to be all right. Take a breather and calm down. Read a newspaper or think about things in non-virtual life that are important to you. It's not so much a wake-up call as just putting things in perspective. ^^;

This coming from someone who blew away a college year and got epilepsy due to playing an MMORPG's into the early morning hours. (Okay, I might have gotten epilepsy anyway, but the frakked up sleeping pattern didn't help.)

MMORPG's have this nasty way of changing priorities in your head. Suddenly getting a quest, a raid or a next level up is more important than a good night's sleep. You spend less time with your family, friends and partner because you're playing all the time. (My brother is addicted to Lineage II at the moment and I see him about half an hour a day - even when we're BOTH at home.) You get worked up and feel stressful about things that don't even have a real substantial effect on your life.

I'm not saying MMORPGs are bad; but I think people tend to underestimate the emotional effect of them, and even the addictive effect.

So now, and next time you find yourself really emotional because of the game... shut down your computer and take a breather. Go read a book, go outside. Because it's just not worth getting so upset about.
Jul. 9th, 2007 06:44 am (UTC)
I played Everquest, Final FantasyXI and WOW. I have come across that on so many occasions. Most I can do is grumble for a couple of hours, take a shot of something hard and just move on. *snugs* Its going to be alright, though. :)
Jul. 9th, 2007 06:54 am (UTC)

It's not a bad thing to want something. Nor is it a bad thing to want something so bad, that you're willing to work long, hard hours to get it. And it makes NO difference if you need it or not, it's something you want.

People say this is "just a game, don't cry over it?" but I think they need to back up a bit. You're a responsible person, holding your own and taking care of business. You have a life, a job and a home, and your "game" is NOT interfering with that.

So if you bust your ass for days on end, working hard to get your prize in an honest and fair fashion, then God Damn it, it's abso-fucking-lutely FINE to be pissed off when you don't get it! It's a disappointment, and those are meant to hurt. So don't pay any attention to those who might suggest you're making too much out of this.

Now, on the other hand, if this anger/disappointment lasts more than a few days, there would be fair reason for a raised eyebrow or two. Longer than a week, then yes, there's a problem.

The thing is, if you keep on this course and keep playing this the same way, working hard and then leaving it to chance as to who gets it after the battle-especially if the other guy could really use the item-then when you finally get it, it will be far, FAR more satisfying than if you just went out and bought it or acted like a twerp to get it.

So yes, piss and moan all you want for a while. It's healthy. Then start up and try again.

After all, a goal is only as worthy as the race you had to run to get it.
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