When PvP encounters create RL issues…

While the truth of this story can not be ascertained, it’s possible. The following is a link to YTMD, a fave spot to upload such whackyness recorded in the World of Warcraft. Listen to it, first, lest I might spoil some of the conclusions.

If the story sounds far-fetched to you, you are likely right. But, consider this… a few weeks ago, after a night out trying to get my company’s website finished for launch, I stood in line at our local Starbucks franchise. Behind me, two younger men, maybe 20, maybe a tad less than that, discussing their Alliance characters. Not sure about you, but when I hear “Lakeshire” or “Desolace”, my ears perk a little, and I listen in.

Number One, a Priest obviously, complains to Number 2 about the outcome of a certain raid he had been on. Number 2, a Paladin or some such, wasn’t in the raid. It took me a while to get the meaning of Raid, as this wasn’t just some downing of Onyxia or a good natured killing of Hakkar, it was in fact a Raid on Crossroads, a small Horde town in The Barrens, the Horde newbia area.

“And then, this Warlock first feared me into that Elite, and I got so mad, I smashed my mouse against the wall, and it broke, and I had to get a new one.”

“Who was it?”

“Something like Todd, or so”

“Thodt? Yeah, he’s a dumb [expletive], useless without his healer and his deathcoil”

Now my ears are perked a tad higher than before. I’d indeed been at Crossroads three days earlier, had witnessed a bunch of Alliance killing guards and – long live the Dishonorable Kill System – a few questgivers, and had feared one, a Priest, into Sergra Darkthorn, a high level elite NPC in Crossroads.

“Well, I rez, and this Mage frostbolts me, and then they gank us, because my mouse is broken”.

I couldn’t help it. I had to introduce myself. Good game, Toliver, I (and a handful of lowbies) made you break your mouse.

8 Comments so far

  1. phoenix (unregistered) on April 26th, 2006 @ 11:05 am

    That’s COMEDY GOLD. :)

  2. Miles (unregistered) on April 26th, 2006 @ 11:14 am

    Ugh, the audio file does not load with Firefox.

  3. Jonas M Luster (unregistered) on April 26th, 2006 @ 11:18 am

    Loads for me in FFox on Linux and (now tested) Mac. Windows, I can’t be certain, but will shortly.

  4. Jonas M Luster (unregistered) on April 26th, 2006 @ 11:23 am

    Yupp, works. I’ll see if I can find an alternative download spot for you.

  5. Michael (unregistered) on April 26th, 2006 @ 11:35 am

    Works fine for me on Firfox.

    Oh yeah, LOL

  6. snivlem (unregistered) on April 26th, 2006 @ 12:06 pm

    that’s amazing.

  7. phoenix (unregistered) on April 26th, 2006 @ 1:30 pm

    Sometimes it doesn’t work in FF; try Internet Explorer on the PC; YTMND definitely works in IE. YTMND has a buggy track record in Firefox on the PC, depending on when you installed Quicktime and when you installed Firefox and in what order, yada yada. :)

    Worked in FF on the Mac like a charm though. :)

  8. Peaches (unregistered) on April 26th, 2006 @ 4:45 pm

    The thing that makes me doubt these stories the most is the sheer improbability of encountering anyone else on your server, let alone anyone you’ve fought before. However, it has been known to be a small world.

    If you’ve ever looked into the small culture including groups like Widows of Everquest, then you know that some people take the game very seriously. I wouldn’t be surprised if some of these people get a little angry and are a little prone to strong emotions.

    And now a story I’d like to share:
    On Dalaran, a few months ago, there was a character named Darthbunny. This person had an undead rogue in the late 40s and liked to pvp a lot. He/She was decent, and was an expert at ganking as opposed to group combat or BG objectives. And this person had to have been the most hated person on the server.
    Darthbunny had a lot of forum threads going, and in them espoused his personal philosophy: WoW is softcore, “real pvp” involves losing xp or items when dying, if you can’t pvp then you’re not worth his time, he’s the best pvper around, and that there is a joy to be had in absolutely crushing other people in pvp. Whenever anyone brought up a valid objection to his points, he would attack their grammar and spelling.
    This person was very good at getting a rise out of people, and did out of most people on the server. The story that stuck with me most, was his telling of his ganking exploits in EQ. He claimed to have once ganked a person so repeatedly that they de-leveled due to xp loss, and eventually quit the game. This was something he was proud of.

    Sometimes I worry more about people bringing their real lives into the game more than taking their game life out into the real world.

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