Seri sez: F*** you and the horse this other guy rode in on.September 17, 2009
Anna over at Too Many Annas recently posted about lumping players into categories that they all might not necessarily belong in. For example: All raiders are douchebags. All PvPers are asshats. All RPers cyber. Remember, folks: Sweeping generalizations are bad, m’kay? I’ve been over this. However, since Anna got me thinking about generalizations again… today I want to talk, specifically, about the Faction Factor.
The Faction Factor is the intangible variable that allows every WoW player, regardless of their own chosen faction, to bitch about and/or act out toward the opposing faction. It really is kind of amazing to watch. If you play Alliance… then the Horde is full of node-stealing quest-mob-camping weasels with nothing better to do than give you a hard time. If you play Horde… then the Alliance is full of node-stealing quest-mob-camping weasels with nothing better to do than give you a hard time. Oh, and Blizzard loves them more. (QQ.)
Add in the complication of PvP and you’ve got the potential for even more drama. Anna is absolutely correct: Not all PvPers are asshats. Unfortunately, there are a lot of asshats that PvP and PvP can turn some of the nicest people INTO asshats. Contrary to popular belief, asshattery is NOT limited to a particular faction. Hell, I have FRIENDS that fit this bill. They’re nice people, I swear, but showing them a PvP flagged enemy is like waving a red cape in front of a bull. Go stand in front of any meeting stone in Northrend, flag up, and I guarantee that someone is going to throw down without any additional provocation. Why? Because they can. Because, obviously, showing up at a place like this wearing a flag like that… well. You were “asking for it.”
In battlegrounds, no matter which side you’re on, if you’re losing then your team “always sucks” and the other team “always wins.” Even outside of battlegrounds, people will complain about how the other faction “always wins” a particular battleground. I dunno about you, but it’s pretty much a crapshoot for me if I’m running without a premade. Heck, I can spend hours losing game after game in a battleground, then swap to a char in the same bracket/battlegroup but the opposite faction and pick up my losing streak right where I left off. Then again, that could just mean I suck at PvP. (A supposition I’ve never really contested.)
Many is the time I have heard/read an exasperated “F***ing Alliance!” or “F***ing Horde!” after someone has encountered a wily jerkwad in its natural habitat. It’s not usually, “Man this guy is a jerk.” Instead, it’s usually, “Man, those guys are always jerks.” It’s easy to vilify a faceless enemy, and it’s easier to be a jerk to someone that can’t (or won’t) call you on it. An eye for an eye is one thing; I’m all for justifiable retaliation, but when the person you’re ‘teaching a lesson’ is just some poor schmuck in the wrong place at the wrong time… how is that justice?
Nonetheless, this is the world (of Warcraft) we play in, and the Alliance and Horde are at war. It’s not all kittens & rainbows, so maybe a certain amount of knee-jerk aggression is to be expected. But if you’re going to engage in rampant douchebaggery, do it for the right reasons. Ganking someone at a meeting stone simply because someone else ganked you at a meeting stone last week is stupid. Ganking someone at a meeting stone because “<insert faction here> are jerks” is stupid. Ganking someone at a meeting stone because they’re the enemy and that’s what you do… well… I guess I can’t fault you for that. However, you then lose every right to mock roleplayers. Who’s the “carebear” now, biatch??