Posts Tagged ‘PuGs

02
Jan
10

Silence, both Terrible and Awesome

PuG’ing has long been the antithesis to many people’s evenings in WoW.  Reasons ranged from hating running heroics to simply enjoying questing more to the most commonly cited reason: PuGs suck.  The main reason?  People suck, especially anonymous people.  Hell’s bells, the whole of human society is based around trying to find the group of people who least annoy you and banding together into a clique of friends that keep other, more annoying people at bay.  It’s a dance of sublime pains in my ass.

But I’ve noticed something as I’ve been doing this new round of PuG after PuG after PuG.  Thanks to the new group finding tool there is literally no required interaction between yourself and your group mates.  Scrat even pointed out in a comment a couple of days ago that grouping has almost become like soloing now, except with even less effort on your part to reach your destination.  People don’t really talk anymore because there’s really no incentive to do so.  Who cares what Group Member #4 thinks of you?  He’s from Boulderfist server and you’ll certainly never see him again, so why even bother?  Of course, this can be a good thing.

Some people just have potty mouths

I love that there’s no longer a reason for the tank to share his hopes and dreams of someday being a good tank with us all.  Gone are the days of awkward banter where people feel like they need to get a conversation going or else the group didn’t count for some reason.  Nowadays most groups are lucky for there to be a conversation past the initial “hello” thrown out, which is inevitably met with every other form of “hello” except the original (hola, hi, what’s up, howdy), an odd phenomenon.  But at the same time it’s almost like there’s something missing.

Groups have become much less personal lately, more about just getting down to business.  Since most people in the system are familiar with the old heroics at this point, there’s no need to stop and confirm if everyone’s done a fight, no explanations, no impetus to get the people communicating anymore.  Everyone just runs from position to position, doing the same dance they’ve done over and over before.  No friends are made, no connections to be had, it’s all run run run, fight fight fight, loot loot loot.

What it comes down to is that the new LFG tool has changed the game, made it stronger in the regards that high level loot is easily attainable by grouping regularly, which is now done at convenience.  However, it’s almost been counterintuitive with this increased encouragement to group met with a decreased reason to make lasting connections with your group mates.  This has weakened the game by making it so you can no longer subtly recruit new guild members by observing them during multiple dungeon runs.  You must now rely on what you gleam from an app doubled with the gear they’re wearing, though that is not really a good barometer anymore.

I suppose that in the end any sort of improvement such as the new group finder would end up being double edged in some fashion, but isn’t the social aspect of an MMO one of its drawing points?  Fun little exchanges at random always make my day, I know that much, and now they’re happening less often than they used to.  Ah well, in the end everything will have its price, I suppose, and my new trinket sure as hell doesn’t feel bad about all those missed conversations, so why should I?

-Dueg

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29
Dec
09

Ah, Yes… PuGs

Pictured: A small, ugly dog with chronic breathing and eye problems

So it’s been three days and I have managed to amass 63 emblems of triumph on Dueg, who has gone full-on shadow priest.  I’m really enjoying not being the one in the hot seat as far as healing goes even if it does take noticeably longer to get a group than it did as a healer.  However, with the new group finder, it’s nowhere near as long a wait as it used to be when you were shackled to your own server.  Yes, it’s been quite the ride.

Now I’ve been reading some of my old favorites and seeing that there are some who are certainly not enjoying the random group finding as much as others, and I can certainly understand that.  For the most part, I’ve been lucky and was even able to pick up the Make it Count achievement in a PuG last night.  I even managed to pick up my Champion of the Frozen Wastes achievement last night, which I can assure you makes me look like I spilled a bag of consonants all over the top of my head.  But the overall experience?

Well, as I’ve said there have been mainly good experiences, but there have also been the occasional duds.  Like the tank for UK who always inexplicably stood still for about 20 seconds before every pull, most likely feeding on the group’s growing annoyance.  There was also the one UP group where the tank wandered past the stuffed animal bosses into Skadi’s area while the warlock went and started the event.  Disaster ensued, followed by the inevitable group drops.  But still I have PuGed on, because I’m seriously sick of wearing shoulders from Naxxramas.

I’m also beginning to get the knack for shadow priesting, and it definitely feels like a return to my roots (Proto Dueg was shadow).  Like I said earlier, I am really loving not having to heal, not feeling that cold pit in the stomach when someone dies or your blood pressure jump when idiots are doing random things to get themselves killed.  Now I’M that idiot getting myself killed, snickering with bemusement at the fuming healer.  Oh yes, life is good for the time being.

Though I do still have my healer set in my bags with me at all times, I haven’t donned them since day 1.  And you know what?  That’s fine with me.  Besides, I look like a major bad ass now:

pew pew, mofos

pew pew, mofos

-Dueg




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