I was sitting peacefully on my lawn the other day, drinking tea with my pinky out and eating a scone, flicking through a weathered copy of Debretts and I wondered to myself why there is a total majority lack of social decency in World of Warcraft.
Considering it’s a world wide forum for communication and a game in which you choose to play with other real life, living, breathing, human beings you would think that internet anonymity, however real that is, wouldn’t slip into a world where having manners actually improves and enhances your game play.
Emboldened by anonymity, it is easy to get carried away online. Intemperate messages can be sent off with no fear of redress, promises can be made that will never be fulfilled, crude innuendo is the order of the day. Mild-mannered computer geeks turn into determined stalkers, poking and prodding their victims, deluging people with whispers and spam.
From politeness comes reputation and from reputation comes invites to great guilds/groups which in turn can provide item upgrades and a fuller social experience, which is surely what its all about?
Fair enough World of Warcraft is a place of endless reinvention, where people hide behind multiple personalities; the shy and socially awkward become brazen and bullish, the uncommunicative become loud mouthed, but what impact does this have on other players and are you taking it to far?
Tethanes top tips to being a nicer WoW player
1. Watch your mouth
Make it a general rule that you will never say anything online that you wouldn”t be able to articulate directly, face to face without receiving a swift punch in the mouth.
2. Please and thank you
Remember your pleases and thank yous.You got a rez or a summon? A simple thank you goes a long way and the person will be much likely to provide the same service again.
3. Say my name!
Use peoples character names when addressing them. “Lock summon” or “Priest heal” is just the equivalent of you saying “Cleaner, clean” or “Oi you” it’s not pleasant and is so easily avoidable.
Don”t be an online bitch, skulking behind the computer screen and dishing out poison. It will always come back and bite you in the arse.
5. The profanities
While we all get a little annoyed every now and again a constant flow of profanities in a group or by a raid leader is just pathetic. Use the language you were gifted with and remember you wouldn’t do it in a real life social environment, so why should a group of strangers have to be submitted to it.
6. Bugger off bullies
Don”t be an online bully: threatening and haranguing people you can”t see, who can”t fight back. Some people ask silly questions, but remember when you were low level. Just because they are asking something everybody else knows, doesn’t mean the question isn’t any the less valid.
7. Gold begging a no no
Don’t beg. Money is something that everyone needs and everyone is capable of earning. One of the most annoying things in game is to be hit up by someone begging for the money, instead of doing this, level a profession, do some questing or play the auction house.
8. You wouldn”t steal a wallet!
Don’t steal from your fellow WoW players. If you see someone fighting a mob near a mining or herb node, be kind. Most likely they are fighting their way through in order to get the node. Don”t steal it while they are busy fighting. You wouldn’t rob someone’s handbag would you!
Hopefully some people may take bits of this away with them and make Emerald Dream a much nicer place to be and if you don’t well I will happily oust the guilty parties to the rest of the server!