I can’t help thinking of Tom Cruise when he said this to one of our Australian journalists once but the theme applies.

I let a lot of things slide in this game but there are times when I guess you catch me on a off-day and it annoys me more than usual. Why do people think it gives them a free pass to act like shitheads sitting behind a monitor just because the other person can’t see them. Yes, it’s just a game and you may never run into them again but I still try to act the way I do in real life – which includes not stealing things from other people (quest items or nodes) – especially when it’s clear you’re fighting the mobs right by the object. It’s even more disappointing when you see this from players of the same faction. While killing one of the Zandalari Warbringers in Jade Forest, a Blood Elf Paladin on a yellow panther tried to aggro the nearby elite pterodactyl into Cool’s consecrate so thank you for showing how efficient a combo we are together.

Zandalari Warbringer--kill

The other day I spotted Moldo-One Eye just as he reached the end of his path to turn around. It’s not too often that I see him without being in combat or dead so I swooped down and tagged him, aggroing a thundermaw at the same time. About two seconds later, an Alliance hunter landed to watch my progress.

Being close to the stream, a crocodile decided to join the party as well but it didn’t pose too much of a problem, especially as a hunter. By this stage, (as I hadn’t wiped) the other hunter attempted to aggro more mobs onto me – but failed. About a minute later, I had killed Moldo without incident so was feeling pretty good about a toon I haven’t been playing that much. I am slowly getting back into it though and trying survival again!

Then there are the ones you’ve known for years who aren’t afraid to speak their mind in-game but when it comes face-to-face, you’re lucky to even get a word out of them – this includes asking them a direct question.

As I finished my random dungeon for the day, I was left with more material for this post. Cool and I are used to tank/heal’ing our way through stuff but on occasion we’ll go in as double DPS. When the queue popped I saw the loading screen for Scholo. Not a big deal, right? Well, I guess it was for the tank who proceeded to go straight through the gate and aggro the boss. As a result, I was pinned between two sheets of ice at the top of the stairs and eventually died and so did Cool after a while. Once the fight was over, I saw a couple of them run off to continue pulling so I released but was called away to do something for a minute. Cool on the other hand refused to release and lay on the floor waiting for a rez.

By the time I came back I saw this:

“that’s what you get for not even trying”

“priest”

“get your fingers out of your ass and do something”

I was going to retort with something like ‘maybe one day you’ll know about responsibility’ or ‘did you not notice the bit when I was pinned in the ice’ but I could hear that Cool was getting riled up by what had been written. He told me he was going to tank asking me to go discipline. By this stage, I had tried to kick the tank once but it didn’t go through. A couple of minutes later, as we passed Jandice and the Bone guy, he made some other ‘choice’ wise-ass comments since Cool was now tanking and he couldn’t grab the aggro back from him. From there he stated he would just stop playing and just let us keep going while he had a smoke (this was after we had pulled the whole room mind you). After that, the kick went though and he was gone, the healer by that stage was going to let him die anyway. I guess that’s what you get for a DK called Pothead. Honestly, I wonder how old these guys are sometimes, he sounded like a real asshat. Maybe he was just young but is that a valid excuse?

I guess all I’m saying is, can’t we all be a little bit nicer to each other and treat each other the way we’d like to be treated? The world would be such a nicer place to live which is one reason why I follow the Dalai Lama on Twitter.