While my history with WoW seems to have begun just when an ex-coworker finally got me to try the game, it actually begins while living back in Michigan. It was the time of The Shaolin Drunks clan who played together BF1942 games as well as counter strike. Michigan gamers are a pretty cool group and the ones that I enjoyed the most are still keeping each other entertained and even some of them I keep up with on facebook.
Most of them are not just serious gamers, but actually pretty talented at the games. They also taught me a lot about community building and how to treat people with respect while allowing them to pick up the skills to pwn at a game. During that time of FPS madness and forum wars that even a flame suit could not keep you safe from the community started to lose people to WoW. I say lose because while Xfire did allow us to harrass them while they played, their time was all consumed and they could not be bothered with climbing the ladders of the tournaments anymore.
Some of them are still play WoW and I actually been talking with one of them recently. His guild found a way to use a glitch in the game to repeat the direbrew quest over and over. Mounts and shankers rained from the sky until WoW caught up with them and removed the items. I am more on the side of not exploiting the game and not buying gold to power level yourself because I think it takes away from the enjoyment of the game, but I don’t judge them because I know they have fun. They all take their punishment without too much complaint and move on. I do blame this kind of behaviour on the hardcore raider mentality.
Hardcore Raiders are actually pretty lazy players. They rest on their knowledge of the game and while they tell everyone else to go read and watch videos of fights most of them never do. They have figured out the basic mechanics of the game and can get along with having figured out fights in pre-expansion WoW and can now come in and play an expansion for a couple of months and see all the content available. Then they get bored and quit playing.
I have had the opportunity to play with some of the top players on my server. Not sure about the top DPS people because most of the people in our guild are doing over 3K DPS and we have some that easily hit 5K in raids. When it comes to tanking and healing in our server Curan, Citronelle, Wabaam and Imten are some of the best players I have been around. They are all friends but they burn through content with their skills and are bored while everyone else gets geared enough to do the fights with them.
It would be awesome to have them all in the guild at the same time and be able to progress at their pace, but in reality the same issue would be true when they get through it. They would get bored and go on hiatus until new content comes around. We do appreciate the help and knowledge they have given us along with the opportunity to gear up players but our core players make our guild as strong as it is now.
We have added some top PvP people that incidently are just amazing at PvE. I am hoping we can get a solid PvP group and be able to learn from their skills. I still have not explored the PvP capabilities of my warrior and I am looking forward to that.
Everyone plays this game for their own enjoyment and while it is very social for most, some people just want to rescue the princes and move on. Having a Xbox now makes me see that this is where hardcore gaming starts go get very achievement driven. Some of the people in my friend list have beat what seems all the games in a blockbuster and they just burn through content like my wife burns through books. Different strokes for different folks, but I will probably not get to that point because I like enjoying things at a slower pace and not a fan of the wam bam thank you mam!