I haven’t updated my website in a while, mainly because of real life matters that nearly brought me to my knees. And to those who took “brought me to my knees” literally, please take your mind out of the gutter. I merely meant that my recent experiences were harrowing.
Thankfully, my prayers were answered this week and I can breathe a sigh of relief. I can finally move on and plan my life, but that’s for another post, where I will have to mention that I will have to start scaling back on my gaming to make room for another important and exciting chapter in my life. This post is about a recent experience in LFR that has prompted me to appeal to my fellow players to be kinder to our Latin American brothers.
Ever since Blizzard opened up the LA/Brazil servers and mixed their players – a number of them unable to understand or speak a lick of English – with the North American server denizens in random heroics and LFR, it’s been a crazy and, at times, an offensive ride. Here are some instances that bring out the worst in the NA server players:
– When the LA/Brazil players start conversing in Portuguese. No doubt there will be at least two NA players demanding that they speak English because the rest “don’t understand Mexican”.
– Back when one could roll need on lockboxes and the LA/Brazil people always rolled need, resulting in them being called ninjas. Personally, I think it’s a matter of them not knowing the unspoken rules of need versus greed among players who have played WoW much longer than they have.
– When both tanks are from the LA/Brazil servers. The vocally bitchy players will either stay to bitch some more or leave. If they opt for the former, it’s hoping the tanks would fail and justify a vote kick.
I’ve read one too many forum posts written by NA players begging Blizzard to give the LA/Brazil people their own heroic/LFR queue due to language barriers. The more ignorant and offensive ones think that the Latin Americans’ inability to speak English makes them undeserving to play WoW.
Case in point:
Seriously, folks, don’t you think that the Latin American players are just as frustrated as we are? I’m sure it pains them to be grouped with us, knowing they will be criticized, made fun of and demeaned for not knowing English and for not being as experienced or skilled as their NA counterparts. When will you realize that it’s not their fault that Blizzard chose to include them in our queues? And to the morons who keep referring to them as Mexicans, please note that Mexico is in North America and Mexicans speak Spanish, not Mexican. And do realize that when you say that the LA/Brazil players are only fit to do farming dailies in WoW, you are presenting yourself as both a racist and an idiot. How you can utter such insensitive remarks is beyond me.
Until Blizzard decides to totally segregate queues by region (and I very much doubt they will), you and I will continue to encounter them in randoms. You and I will have to exercise patience, tolerance and forgiveness when they mess up, for they are just as flawed as we are. But if you find that you can’t be patient, tolerant or forgiving towards them, then just please have the decency to keep your hurtful comments out of Instance chat. Please stop the hate. Remember that there is a human being behind every toon.