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Posted: Mar 27th 2009 6:28PM Graill440 said

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A person walks up to you and punches you in the face, the action requires a response. A person slanders you in a video game because they are protected behind a monitor and do it because they can, but this also requires a response, saldy you can do nothing about it. a common "hardcore" example.

Moral and ethical conduct in a game is paramount and is needed, but to many "hardcore" folks have none of this, and have no patience for anyone without the knowledge or the time investment in that particular game they do, and let others know about this in no uncertain terms.

If you get upset over multiple deaths in a game, or a failed raid, caused by you or another person or group, then my friend it is time you moved on, maybe you are just to "hardcore". People calling themselves leaders in a game are a joke, you are a guide, nothing more, you play a game over and over and over, and think you have what it takes to be a leader? You need time off with that "hardore" way of thinking.

You may play along time, you may organize raids, you may yell and spaz for this or that because you are "hardcore" and "they" arent, in the end, its just a game, you arent close to being a leader in any capacity, your just a person playing a game for to long thinking they are all that and then some, when in reality "hardcore" simply means pathetic.

Most MMO's are on borrowed time. If anyone thinks that lawyers havent looked on some of the happenings in any MMO while drooling your kidding yourselves. Those "hardcore" folks will cause the first major lawsuit, it will happen. there is already a precedent that happened not more than a few months ago out of a game, these folks thought they were "hardcore" too, in a different way, it was just a game.....until.

Have fun out there!


Posted: Mar 27th 2009 9:45PM (Unverified) said

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I'd have to disagree with parts of that. I do concur that a game is a game and should always be enjoyed, but there are challenges that require leadership. And yes, true leadership. Organizing a group of people, no matter what the reason/cause behind it, requires a leader to take care of the details. Call it a 'guide' or not but it requires traits that involve organizational skills.

If a person puts together an event at a park for a fund raiser, they need to set things up. Get people knowing the time to be there, what they need to bring and so on. All of the traits required are real world skills that directly mimic that of a "Leader" in a game. The thing most people forget when it comes to games is that each and every one of those avatars is a person. Each one chooses to sit down and play a game that requires other people. As mentioned, people don't like having their time wasted, it's really as simple as that and sometimes requires a person to call the shots.

In competitive games, people play to win. Winning requires work. Winning does not require a bad attitude, which is the difference I see flawed throughout this article and page. Lumping all "Hardcore" players in as jerks is an unfair assumption akin to "there are no female gamers". True, alot of them do tend to display alot of those traits, and true there is a large amount of them that fit the stereotype dead on... but it's just that, a stereotype.

What it comes down to is respecting another person enough to treat them in a way that you would like reciprocated. Golden rule applies to any human interactions whether it's the super bowl or a video game.
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Posted: Mar 27th 2009 11:30PM (Unverified) said

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Back in old WoW .. was on a MC run and on vent the raid leader said "this is no game .. now lets get serious" I LOLd on Vent and logged off.

What a loser.

Posted: Mar 28th 2009 10:41AM (Unverified) said

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I love how Goonfleet memes are so pervasive that they are used in other games and even make Massively headline titles now.


Actually, wait, no I don't. Seeing a catchphrase so overused is pathetic. Memes are serious business, guys.

Posted: Mar 29th 2009 12:15AM (Unverified) said

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I completely agree with this article. If you are playing a game with other people, you have to respect those people. "Hardcore" or not. The best you can do is always get knowledge of what is expected from you, and you will get a long way.

The worst thing I know is someone (preferably in your guild) blaming a mistake and say "its just a game". Well you sir, are wasting my time.

In the end of the day it is indeed, just a game. But as mentioned, you have to remember people chose to play this, theres actually people behind the characters you play with.

This is a useless rant, I know.

Posted: Mar 29th 2009 3:59AM Brendan Drain said

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The main thing I've always taken from the whole "serious business" debate is pretty much what you just said. It may be a game, but it's a multiplayer game. The game is pretend but the people you're playing with aren't and shouldn't you treat them with just as much respect inside a game as you would afford a friend, acquaintaince or colleague outside the game.
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