Friday, March 14, 2014

MMORPG: Why can't we have nice things?

Let's talk about "elitism" or certain traits about elitism. It's a topic that many people who just want to enjoy the game have to deal with at one point in their life, sometimes on a weekly basis.

I've been thinking of coming back to Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn lately to enjoy the game. My character is near end-game dungeons and I think my first worries is the community state. To me, playing the game how I want is more important than getting results. I can't deny that a lot of people play the game to farm the hell out of it, to become the best player ever or to have the more hardcore guild, of course there are other reasons.

I play the game for fun: Is my first thought, this is so far true; always been. Now, the definition of fun is slippery, it could have a different definition, even if at the core they could be wrong. However, playing for fun means that regardless of the struggle my team goes through, we'll remain as civil as possible, or maybe sass a bit, throw a punch or two to blow steam but never go full retard on a team mate.

My problem with srs business people is that they don't leave the party, they stick there like an annoying stain filling the chat with vitrol on how much X or Y player sucks. Why oh why can't he keep aggro? I'm a healer I shouldn't overwork myself! (btw I believe healers in FFXIV have the shortest temper, they want everything easy I guess). Yapping yapping, annoying your team mates in group.

Then there's captain hindsight who won't shut up about a thing.

So, no matter what you do, there's always THAT guy who you get stuck with through all the way in a party. They won't give any advice, they won't shut up, they just want to finish the dungeon, get their commendation (lol), and hope that whatever item he wants drops. (everyone, GREED EVERYTHING)

It brings me to the question, why can't we have nice things in MMOs? It's so... tiresome dealing with people's sense of elitism, and sometimes entitlement depending on the issue. 

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Sometimes the Open Source Community is too draining

Alright, it's been a while and welcome to yet another blog post. I've been on and off, to be honest I have some subjects to write about but I've been misusing my time on other matters.

 Today's subject is how the community reacts when there's a security issue in different distributions. I came across a security issue where Portal 2 crashes in SELinux, the initial response in reddit was "valve doesn't give a shit about security", such a title full of assumption and ripe with opportunities to magnify an issue. I do care about security, but sometimes people get.... a little emotional maybe?

The debates gets to the point where you don't know if they are discussing the subject or totally went off topic to keep their "knowledge pride" intact. I found it really draining and sometimes I just have to give kudos to the developers that have to endure hours of endless babbling reading the same responses in different grammar structures. I'll probably get some heat too on my part, but then again I'm just yet another GNU/Linux user out of the thousands out there so whatever people leave in the comment section will be either spite or some type of excuse for their behavior.

That aside, I'm hoping to get into my normal routine once I make a full recovery. I have a project that I want to work on and share with the world but due to my back problems my time is limited =/