Tuesday, April 7, 2009
The Socially Retarded
I really don't like Ysharros, because every time I visit her site I end up kicking myself for not coming up with the great topics that she comes up with. Then, I end up writing these long in depth comments when I should have just posted them here and generate my own traffic.
While crafting my latest response to Ysh's recent thought provoking post, it occurred to me that today's MMO player has become quite possibly irreversibly, socially retarded. More to the point, that their social skills have become stunted, maybe even under developed. I'm not sure how this happened. I propose that maybe Blizzard had somehow contributed to this problem by dumbing down their MMO for consumption by the average or below average player. That they somehow have unleashed upon the gaming community a plethora of selfish brats that spend most of their time, being rude to other players, trying to one up their fellow player anyway they can and very possibly have lost all respect for their fellow gamers and think of them not as people, but as tools for them to use for their own profitable end game endeavors.
I don't know, maybe I'm wrong and people have evolved over time into these heathens through real world experiences rather than virtual ones. Everybody is rude, pushy, and socially inapt and MMO's are just a reflection of what is happening in the real world. Maybe today's games introducing more soloable content and less dependency on grouping are creating a whole new breed of player that just doesn't understand how to behave around others. The idea of who has the shiniest armor, who gets to kill the mega boss at the end game, or who can out DPS their neighbor may be a result of the stunted, under developed socially inept player or it's also a contributing factor, who really knows.
There, I feel much better now. Coffee and a rant, who could ask for a better morning, right Ysh?