Whether in real life or in WoW, I have always striven to be as self-sufficient as possible. Only when the going gets really tough for me that I swallow my pride and ask for help, but other than that, I prefer to solve my own problems.
For example, in WoW you will rarely see me ask people where a certain object or NPC is located. Wowhead and Google are my best friends (so is my friend Eric on Real ID when I’m too lazy to open Firefox but hey, what are friends for!), so instead of asking on guild chat the wheres, whys and hows of a quest objective, I turn to said sources. I think every player should learn to look up information the same way, just to be less annoying to others, but I’m getting ahead of myself here.
I’m also the kind of player who likes to work alone for the following reasons:
- I prefer to work at my own pace.
- I want the loot all to myself. Sounds selfish but I’m trying to save up gold for that super awesome Grand Expedition Yak mount.
- I don’t want to get caught in that awkward dance of needing or greeding should a rare item drop from trash.
- I’m naturally shy when it comes to asking favors.
- I enjoy the fruits of my labor more when I know I did it all by myself and that it was an honest day’s (or year’s, depending on how long I farmed the damn thing) work. That I did not badger anyone or take valuable game time away from them to get what I want. On that note…
- I really don’t like taking up other players’ time, especially the ones who are in demanding jobs and don’t have a lot of hours to devote to WoW. The last thing these folks should be doing during their limited game time is to carry others.
Unfortunately, that last bullet point is something not a lot of people in WoW take into consideration. Recently there were a few players who went against this personal principle of mine and irked me big-time, hence this post. Their requests (or should I say demands) ranged from wanting their level 90 guildies to run them through old school raids like Hyjal Summit for their transmog sets or whispering me out of the blue to take them to Tempest Keep for Ashes of Al’ar. I had a cow with the last one simply because:
- I myself don’t have Ashes of Al’ar yet.
- I solo Tempest Keep each week shedding blood, sweat and tears for said mount for ME and ME alone.
- Kael’thas Sunstrider, while soloable at 90, is still as annoying as f*ck. If I have to go through the same soul-sucking hassle week after week, year after year, I have every damn right to keep every single thing that son of a bitch drops, INCLUDING SAID MOUNT!
- Since he joined the guild, that guy never spoke a word to me and pretty much kept to himself and a few of his pals. Then suddenly, he decides to grant me the honor of his attention by asking me for a free mount run right off the bat. No preamble of pleasantries, nothing, nada, zip. Like a guy who deemed that wining and dining and foreplay were too much effort and instead, went straight for that all-out thrust.
- Last I checked, I wasn’t paying $15 a month to be someone’s peon/bodyguard. You want a particular drop? Take a page from me and the other hard-working, independent players and go farm it yourself! Oh, you’re only level 70? Tough. I had to wait to turn 90 to solo old school shit, why should I help you – who isn’t even my close friend – make your experience easier?
- That said, have some fairy dust, you lazy motherf*cker!
“How can some players have the audacity to ask, nay DEMAND, to be carried?” I bitched to one of my friends. “I could never muster the nerve to ask someone to spend two hours of his life running me through instances! That’s just plain inconsiderate!”
“Well, they probably think that it never hurts to ask,” he said.
“There’s a fine line separating asking and demanding,” I shot back. “It’s this self-entitlement in WoW that gets to me. It’s this whole mentality that’s about taking advantage of other people’s generosity, taking as many shortcuts as you can, all while trashing the concept of basic courtesy and respect.”
“You do have a point.”
“Why can’t these people be self-sufficient? It is no one’s responsibility but yours to gear yourself up, get that rare drop you’ve always wanted, pay for faster flying or anything that requires EFFORT!” Man, I was on a roll with my tirade.
“Some people think that it’s only a game, no need to bring in the same Protestant work ethic you have,” he kidded.
“But this game is designed to make you work! Hell, even something supposedly as faceroll as LFR requires you to exert some effort if you want something better than blues and greens.”
“Try telling that to people who think they’re entitled to government benefits in real life,” he muttered.
I honestly don’t mind helping a fellow player every now and then, but when that request for aid turns into a constant stream of demands that require a ridiculous amount of time and effort on my part, then I’m sorry but you’re no longer worthy of my or anyone’s help. The world (of Warcraft) doesn’t owe you a living, or shiny purples, or rare mounts. Each one of us is required to exert effort to earn those things,and the harder you work, the more well-rewarded you will be.
Now if you can’t bring yourself to be as self-sufficient like the others and just want a free ride, then I have bad news for you: there is no welfare line in Azeroth.