1.the principle or practice of unselfish concern for or devotion to the welfare of others (opposed to egoism).
massive(ly) multiplayer online role-playing game: an internet-based computer game set in a virtual world, which can be played by many people at the same time, each of whom can interact with the others .
As so, so many of us are experiencing, Wrath of the Lich King is ending. Some of us have the willpower to let the Sundering come upon them organically, others, like myself and Beru, have been chipping away at bucket lists/to-do lists, whatever ya wanna call them.
For me, achievement junkie that I am, I’ve been trying to finish and clear up a variety of bits and pieces. I have managed to miss out on two full Ulduar drake clears by having other social commitments (yes, me, doing things with REAL people. Granted one was my mum, but hey, it totally counts.). However I have spent the last 4 – 6 weeks trying to finish off other aims.
I started to do fun-run nights of old content on a Friday – I try and mix things up, do places in a different order, try and be as inclusive as possible.
I also do the same on a Saturday afternoon, except on a Saturday we are working our way through Tier 7 content – Naxxramas, Malygos and also Onyxia.
A fortnight ago, we fought our way through the Malygos bug of him resetting to full health on entering phase 3 and defeated him getting the speed kill. So – in our heroic ICC gear (the drakes do scale, right?), we can down him in phase 3 from full health to nothing, with 9 people (one DCed), and get the speed kill. Go and try it, we all felt very overpowered and exceptionally smug, especially as he was such a bastard to us in level-appropriate gear.
That speed kill earned me my Glory of the Raider achievement. I’d like to point out – I realise we totally outgear the content – but it’s not about that. It’s about completing things, because I’m OCD.
However, the week after that, I built up my list on the forum of interested parties and ran the instances again. During that run we managed to get four people their Glory achievements – my favourite paladin (now Zal’s deserted me!), one of our guild’s main tanks, our rogue Class Leader and then another one of our rogues. This final one was the most comical – all he was missing was Gonna Go When The Volcano Blows, so to ensure he got it he got naked (except for a tabard to cover modesty of course) and threw himself in the lava.
I’m having a Saturday off this week, but next week we’re going to go back again and I’m going to try and clear it up for a couple of other people that have consistently helped out.
One of them needs The Undying so that’s going to be interesting, but I think it’s certainly possible.
You know, I get a real buzz when those achievements pop (or don’t pop due to the current bug). I like it that I’ve been able to be part of something that’s helped make somebody else happy. Or that’s helped make somebody else smile. Helped make somebody else achieve something (see what I did thar?) they wanted to achieve.
Now please note: I’m not making myself out to be some super selfless wonderwoman. I can be totally selfish. I tend to avoid groups when there’s someone present I don’t get on with. If I know someone stands in fire a lot, I will often body swerve them in 5 mans. If someone has the survivability of a Asda brand rich tea in a mug of hot chocolate, then I won’t res them. The fuckers can run back.
But I like helping nice people out.
There’s also a commitment issue. I’ve started to put a disclaimer on my Friday night old-content runs. If you want something, you come for the whole night. I understand some people have time constraints, but what is it with this, “well I’ll come for one thing but I don’t want anything from the other instances so I don’t want to bother”. I’ve not needed anything from Mount Hyjal, Black Temple, AQ40, BWL or Sunwell (except the smelting book but thats not really a “need”) in like…well, since my first run where I dinged exalted with The Scale of the Sands.
Why do people presume that they are the centre of the universe? I mean, do they think I’m running this instance purely for them? I mean…I understand things like time constraints, I understand someone really wanting something badly and that being it, but what happened to comradeship? It’s an MMORPG. We play with others. Some of us choose to be guilded with other people as well. Everytime I’ve moved guilds, I’ve made an informed choice, a LOT of which has had to do with how the guild is known, socially. And once someone is my guildie, it is my mission to help them in ANY way I can. I want to help. So not only is someone playing a multiplayer game, they are choosing to associate themselves further with a community – their guild.
Yet self-centred-ness (I don’t care if it’s not a word) does sometimes override, and it confuses me.
I debated for a long time over publishing this which is why it’s partially out-of-date but the principle stands – how many people do we interact with in this game, that we give so much to, that give nothing back?
Surely bloggers – most of which seem to be the altruistic type, by our nature to want to share information and opinions with others, I expect – can’t be the only ones in game?