August 8th, 2008


i confuse myself

I should have listened to ratsat in the first place. He told me not to read the AoC forums anymore because all the whining would depress me and distract me from the real game. He reminded me that the population of the forums is only a fraction of the population of the actual game and all the negative things they write there are exaggerated and disproportional.  I should have listened to him...

But I had got caught up the debate. I started out browsing the forums, looking for information about how the game works. You know, number crunching. How much health do I get from a helm with +1 constitution? How much faster will I run with +5 running speed? Which feats are working and which ones aren't? That sort of thing. I started out by browsing the known issues and the class forums, but that was just TMI.

I didn't know so much stuff was broken, and I doubted the words of some of the posters. A lot of them seemed to be very frustrated over just one bug or change in the game. There was this one guy who was always whingeing about how the reaver barbarian was nerfed and he demanded an explanation, no matter what the thread was about. I tried to ask him: "Do you really think kicking and screaming like a little kid is going to get you anywhere?" And he said: "I'd rather behave like a little kid than bend over and take it like a man."

The more I read the forums, the more I started to think that maybe I had bought a product that didn't deliver everything it had promised. Maybe it was like I had bought a new version of Office, and only word was working, with only three types of font, and the company was telling me that excel would be up and working soon, but they can't give me an exact indication, and all the while I have to keep paying 11 euros a month. Feeling that as a consumer I have some rights, I went looking for the end user license agreement, only to conlude that it was nowhere to be found, except when a new patch has come out, then I have to agree to it again. It probably says something like: we guarantuee nothing because a MMORPG is a work in progress, constantly evolving, and if you don't like the way it's evolving, tough luck.

With my last strength of reasoning, I pulled myself away from the forums, telling myself that they were all morons, and went back to the game. And that's what I should have done in the first place. I went on some quests, and Trhovak invited me into the Forgotten Kings guild and everything was just wonderful. The game was still breathtakingly beautiful, I understand some of the game mechanics behind what I was doing and the game reacted to that, the atmoshpere in both the guild channel and the OOC channel was friendly and helpful. To make another very strange analogy, it was like I had been worried that my cat only comes in black and all it can say is maoow, while it would be nicer if I could sometimes change the colour and understand what it was saying. I was unhappy with something that was already wonderful in itself, for stupid reasons, because though my cat is black and says maoow, he has this look in his eyes and he follows me around and he loves cuddles. Everything is fine. I have bought a great product, and it's going to keep better and better.
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