Idiot Quotient in WoW

So WoW is going well, I'm acquiring the PvP epics, doing the daily quests for cash, it's not a must-log-in, but a decent pastime, and I like having a lot of other people I know around. However, there's a much higher incidence of, well, stupidity.

In EVE, there are, as in any game, a few idiots moving around. But generally, they're few, far between, and easily and quickly shot down. In WoW, they're spamming the Trade channel, jumping around the cities, and yelling, all the time - or they're in the battlegrounds. Argent Dawn seems to be better than other servers, generally, because it's in the cross-server battlegrounds that I find the finest examples of stupid. Here's an exchange I, as Wormson the warlock, had with one such specimen - this is after a bit of back and forth in the /bg channel. It's notable for an evident ability to spell.

Dktjalex [Burning Legion]: what are you talking about?
Wormson: That's the third time in as many battlegrounds I've seen you in that you've responded to a good suggestion with "do it yourself" or words to that effect.
Dktjalex: ...... yes and i trying .... and no one should give me order
Wormson: I'll keep that in mind.
Dktjalex: no!
Dktjalex: no one should give me order okay!
Wormson: Yes, I hear you.
Dktjalex: good...
Wormson: You do realise that cooperating wins more battles, though, and not taking orders leads to losing them?
Dktjalex: yes no one should have command over me okay!
Wormson: So "don't give me orders" = "I like losing". But if that's what you want, that's cool.
Dktjalex: blablablabla
Wormson: You're actually about 10, aren't you? It's alright, I won't bother you any more.
Dktjalex: i'm 18! noob

For the rest of the battleground - Arathi Basin - he persisted in attacking whatever objective everyone else was not, refusing to guard anything, and generally living up to his words. We won, though, and as the battleground closed, he appeared to be trying to take credit for it.

I'm going to keep the WoW sub going, because it's a good game for when I don't want to think too much, or when the social aspect is important. But I'm looking forward to getting back into EVE, where more Darwinism applies.

Posted by Drew Shiel at February 4, 2008 7:46 AM

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