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Posted: Aug 30th 2010 8:17AM Ayenn said

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"Almost every veteran has done it at least once"

That is an erroneous statement at best. In all of the years I have been playing MMORPGs (launch of DAoC) I and non of the hundreds of people I have guilded with have pranked anyone. I will admit a handful may have, but a vast majority have not.

Please refrain from such broad and all inclusive statements for no other reason than they are simply wrongheaded.

Posted: Aug 30th 2010 8:39AM Ayenn said

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Look, people voting me down because I have a difference of opinion! If I didn't know any better I'd say there were members of the Tea Party floating Ariosto here.

"Angel, just because you havent done it, doesn't mean "100s" of others that you have guilded with havent. Take ofrf the rose coloreds and get a damned clue. People play pratical jokes all the time. Just because you don't doesnt mean others havent."

I'm not saying others have not. I am saying the phrase "Almost every veteran has done it at least once" is not true. Some have, but not the overwhelming majority. it's wrongheaded and promotes wrongheadedness. That is my problem.

Prank if you want to, just don't present a false reality if you are even close to being a member of the press. journalistic integrity has faded into a stream of undereducated (not uneducated, educated in the wrong ways) blogger and needs to be resurrected and attended to.
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Posted: Aug 30th 2010 8:57AM (Unverified) said

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Its just your "holier than thou" attitude. No one needs that bull shit around here. If you don't agree, don't post.
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Posted: Aug 30th 2010 9:07AM Dril said

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Not to put too fine a point on it:

Is someone bitter that their writer's application didn't make it? Besides, at least you don't have the UK press writing it. The news here is unbearably, stupidly pathetic.
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Posted: Aug 30th 2010 9:45AM Renko said

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I agree with you Angel, I've never done this and have never witnessed a guildmate in any game doing it.

I think the word "veteran" in the article needs to be replaced with "wanker".
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Posted: Aug 30th 2010 10:26AM Valdur said

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I have never done it and hasn't seen any guildies done it either.
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Posted: Aug 30th 2010 10:28AM Valdur said

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/edit button wanted....

*haven't seen
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Posted: Aug 30th 2010 11:27AM (Unverified) said

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So you've NEVER EVER in your entire life of gaming played a prank at all on a newbie?

The title of the article is: What's The Cruelest Prank You've Played On A Player?

So in any mmorpg (or any online game period) someone asks, "How do I do ?" and you reply "Hit Alt+F4!" and they believe you, then that is the cruelest thing you have done, even though it was relatively harmless.

This is the most basic example, but my point is you can pull a prank on someone and not be a total F***wad like the first poster assumes.
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Posted: Aug 30th 2010 12:40PM Ayenn said

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Zionanthani, you have assumed I am even talking about what constitutes a prank. I am not saying anything other than "Almost every veteran has done it at least once" is a false statement. Yes, I do feel that anyone who makes an intentional action that potentially disrupts another's play time is a prig. But, that is actually beside the point I am trying to make. I'm not even making that value judgment in my original or subsequent posts therefore the accusation that I am being "high and mighty" is drastically misplaced.

I am only pointing out, as I have said, false statements.

The point is that the statement "Almost every veteran has done it at least once" is not true. You people who are saying I and wrong keep missing the dang point.
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Posted: Aug 30th 2010 1:43PM NeverDeath said

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Wait a second. Being chastised for difference of opinion... BY the tea party? That's a pretty ironic statement. The Tea Party is chastised for difference of opinion by the Democrats, if anything. What with being the victim of left-leaning mudslingers and their baseless claims of blanket racism. I had to stop reading at that point in your post, it's just too disconnected from the world we actually live in.

Anyway, back on topic, I haven't done a whole lot of pranking in my MMO career but I do remember on several occasions, summoning people to the bottom of Lake Lordamere with my warlock friend, which back in the day (dunno if it still does, don't play WoW anymore), would cause instantaneous drowning upon accepting the summon. It was a pretty good time, and a very enjoyable instance of bug abuse.

Not so sure this counts as a prank technically, but I also remember one time my wife was bitching up a storm and I got sick of her attitude while I was tanking a Jailbreak run in BRD, and to prove a point I, as a Pally Tank, ran through and gathered a ton of elites, came back to the group and bubble-hearthed, killing everyone except myself. Not sure what the guidelines of pranking were here, but I think that might just count.
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Posted: Aug 31st 2010 12:11AM (Unverified) said

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Neverdeath, you bad man. You very, very bad man.
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Posted: Sep 14th 2010 1:07PM (Unverified) said

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Quite simply put, to be a vetran, you need to have experienced all aspects of the game. One of which is abusing bugs for your own amusement. You are correct. The statement is wrong. It should be "All Vetrans, have, by defintion, done it at least once". You are a thousand years too early to be posting here, you no-prank youngling! [this comment is in jest]

On a serious note, ruining gamers days is an important part of online play. The reason games, or, in fact, ANY activity, is fun is because they are difficult, therefore there is some sense of achievement in doing well. Online games tend to be too easy on players, so there is no permanent damage for failing to do well. No risk, no reward. The griefing community makes the game harder, while the whiners want a game to be like tetris with only single blocks.
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Posted: Sep 1st 2010 11:32AM (Unverified) said

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So how's the view from those pearly white towers? Honestly, no one is buying what you fakes are selling. EVERYONE has trolled at some point or another for laughs. If not, you are simply the most dull gamers to ever pound the '1' key. More often than not I'm helpful to newbs, but there's always a bit of hazing that must be endured.

Regardless, some appear to take themselves far more seriously than is warranted. Certainly glad I don't have to hold your hands through raids.
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Posted: Sep 1st 2010 3:21PM PaterFrog said

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Sneaky, since when did 'playing a prank' turn into 'trolling'? Everybody's trolled some way or another, since the possibilities to react with trolling are truly endless. The term 'trolling' itself doesn't have anything to do with 'pranking' though. Sure, both are malevolent in nature, but still seperate from each other. I think there isn't much to discuss about that, is there?

However, I too disagree with the statement of "Almost every veteran has done it at least once". I think there are plenty players who may have trolled the heavens green, but not actually played a prank on somebody.
I might not necessarily always help, but I absolutely ABHORE and chastise disrupting other's fun times. It's happened to me, but most of the time it wasn't intentional, which is what this Daily Grind is about.
I'm also very aware that that kind of radical rejection is pretty unique and I haven't met more than two people who share that sentiment, but no matter which guild I played in, out of ten people one or two are the kind to have fun doing that silly and egoistical stuff, and another 4 might do it when they really get annoyed with some noob. 6 out of 10 is way below 'almost every veteran'.

And now to the real point I've been thinking about:
Where does 'almost every' begin, and who do you count as 'veteran'? I've played 10 or 15 different MMOs over 14 years, so I think I can count myself as veteran and I'm damn proud to never have intentionally tried to hurt anybody. DCs happen, but those aren't something you do just to get kicked out of the party and have the rest die.
Being a veteran doesn't necessarily mean having played a certain time, some players learn faster and know everything about MMOs in general and a game in particular within two weeks, while others would take a whole year.
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Posted: Sep 1st 2010 5:32PM (Unverified) said

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The examples given:
"...ranging from assuring a player that the dragon is totally soloable to explaining that black dye is cheap and unwanted."

So yes, that is in fact trolling.

Q: Can I kill this super, duper elite dragon?
A: Oh sure, you can solo it. Gogo champ!! -rolleyes-

Q: How much should I sell this epic sword of awesomeness for?
A: 10g, it's completely worthless, trade me nao!!

That is what the original question was about. But then we get people whose panties are in a wad preach their piety.

And being a vet isn't about how many games you've played, it's how much experience you have in a particular game. I too have over a decade of MMO play but will be a newb in whatever my next one is. The circle of newbiness!!!
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Posted: Aug 30th 2010 8:24AM (Unverified) said

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Angel, just because you havent done it, doesn't mean "100s" of others that you have guilded with havent. Take ofrf the rose coloreds and get a damned clue. People play pratical jokes all the time. Just because you don't doesnt mean others havent.

Here is mine:

Pimp Slappage at the MMO

This took place a week after Scythes came out (kind of mean but funny none the less)

I am sure that everyone has gotten slapped by the Imperial in the Mining Outpost. Well the same group of guys that were in the above story were all on vent again with me. (About 8 of us all played together statically). One of my friends was in the CNET starport with a Scythe and this player came up to him and was like "OMG where did you get that sword". He told us how the person reacted on vent and we immediately started to scheme on vent. We told him to tell him/her that it was an exploit and he could get several of them. So my friend starts telling them all of this and the person grouped up and went to their house and dropped off EVERYTHING in their inventory. They showed up at the MO in nothing but their chonies and a backpak hahaha. We had 4-5 people around the Imperial NPC, with 3 of us being swords, we had Sythces. The person got all ansy and was like "Okay please please tell me how to get one." So my friend is like "okay come up and target this npc. And this is what you have to do:

"You need to type / , then S as in same, L as in Larry, A as in Apple , P as in Paul, then hit enter.' We wait about 5 seconds and WOMP. The person got knocked on their ass hahaha. They got up and were like "wtf". My friend said "you had to have messed up, do it again, no typos this time. " 5 seconds later WOMP. Dirt Nap again. The person got up all pissed off and was like "wtf is going wrong, i am typing it right." Vic said "oh , i forgot it has to be capitalized, my bad". 5 seconds later , WOMP WOMP WOMP. Dead in the cloning Center. I know it was probably cruel, but mah the lecture we got from them and just the getting slapped literally til death was classic. The person ended up joining our guild down the road and we gave them a Scythe for their trouble right after they walked back over and before the lecture. It was hilarious

Posted: Aug 30th 2010 8:25AM (Unverified) said

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One time on a WoW PvE server my high level rogue friend and I (a hunter) went to the troll/orc starting area. I would flag myself, hide, and use Eyes of the Beast on one of the boars. I would then walk the boar about in a similar manner to the other boars. My rogue friend would cloak next to it, and we would wait for a hapless noob to hit it, and then gank them before they knew what happened.

Good times.

Yeah, we could have just played on a PvP server and ganked them easily... but that's not even half as fun.

Posted: Aug 30th 2010 10:20AM Averice said

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Actually, "Fishing" is required on the PvP servers as well since starter zones are considered safe zones for the faction that owns it. But yeah, one of the fun things hunters can do to pass the time.
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Posted: Aug 30th 2010 1:52PM Adorialea said

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I gotta say that is pretty damn clever! Though if I was the one constantly being killed I'd be super pissed. :lol:
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Posted: Aug 30th 2010 8:25AM (Unverified) said

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Friend of mine was new at WoW, lvl 20 mage. He left his account logged in in a campus lab computer (we would regularly play between classes).

We stripped his character down to his boxers. Put everything, including his hearth stone into the bank, and use my other friend's warlock to summon him to a floating island in Nagrand. We thought we played the ultimate prank on a newbie that had never been past Westfall...

But in the end, he got the last laugh. Blinked to prevent fall damage, googled where the nearest city was (Shattrath) and somehow made it back to stormwind without one death.

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