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An Extremely Inspirational Tale of Adversity and Freindship

Gaming with Friends VS Strangers

Credit to monkeyinthecage.com

As I was browsing reddit this afternoon, I came across a post, “This made me shed a tear or two” by reddit user DravenOP. It linked to a World of Warcraft forum post about how hardcore the game has become in Korea, how unfriendly the community is to new players, and how a single act of kindness can make all the difference. The forum post in question was posted to a Korean message board, Inven. It was then translated and posted on the official WoW forums where it combined the original with all sorts of back story and reactions. I’d like to share the meat and potatoes of the post though. It is a wall of text, but it is something that can remind us how our actions (positive and negative) and greatly make a difference., both in-game and in real life. It is a wall of text, but I encourage everyone to read it when you have time as it’s very inspiring.

Originally posted by Coreanshammy

Hello, I am one of the many players who have been playing WoW for 8 years. I am writing this because I had quite an incident today. I’m not sure where to start… I will just state what comes to my mind. Please read.

One fine Saturday afternoon, I was organizing a PUG raid. There was a whisper. “DPS Warrior, ilvl 496, I’d like to go!” Hmm… he was quite infamous in our server. DPS below tanks. “The Hole”. He was well-known by raid leaders for his lack of skills which eventually break apart any raids. I told him that it was to be a 10-man raid, and gently said no.

“Well… sir, you are not intentionally avoiding me, right…? I was really thankful when you brought me to ToES last time…” Yes… I brought him to ToES once, without knowing about him, and he did 30k DPS to the last boss. I could never forget him. But, seeing him saying he was thankful, I suddenly felt bad and sorry. I was like… !@#$… Was I one of the snobs who would calculate and bring only maniacs to make an easy raid…? I felt really bad, so I gave him a reply.

I was not able to gather up a full raid anyways that day, so I was able to talk to him for a long time. He was saying: “I really want to do better DPS, but I don’t know how to do that… Even if I join a raid, I don’t qualify to get any gold (Translator: In all Korean servers, they pay gold to loot items, and players who didn’t get any loot divide up the gold in the end, if their DPS/HPS qualify), so I can’t get much gold… which again affects my gear settings. I can’t join any raid nowadays. No one would bring me. I whisper, no one answers… Please help… My current guild wouldn’t even help me… Please.”

And I felt really really really bad. I inspected his gears. He was using Stam gems, wrong gems on red sockets, wrong enchants and everything… And the whole reforging was just totally wrong. After an hour of trying to organize a raid, I just called it, and I was on GameTalk (Korean Vent) with him to teach him gear settings, rotations, and basic DPS strategies. You know you don’t even get “Yes” on the GameTalk nowadays? He was answering “Yes” to every sentence I was saying, like he was spamming. He was really learning. I wanted to bring him on to my guild, so I can keep him closely to help him as much as I can. Then I never expected my guildies would object.

“Brother… Please don’t ginvite him, please…”
“Oh, if he’s coming, I’m out of this guild. Sorry.”
He was that infamous, sucked too bad in many dungeons and raids. So everyone in the server knew him, and hated him. And I didn’t know my guildies were on the same boat. Still, I asked him to join my guild, and he was like, “Is that really OK??” “Thank you so much… I will speak to my current GM first and go over there.” He was saying “thank you” multiple times, and gquitted. Then, because of my guildies’ objections, I ended up not being able to ginvite him. I didn’t know what to say, and he first said: “Oh… There are people there who don’t like me… That’s OK! :)” And I realized that he knows he was hated by many. I really didn’t want him to know, but he already knew. I was even more sorry.

All I could do was just letting him know more about the game, and encouraging him to change his character name. I don’t think I helped him a lot, but he said thank you so many times, and I still feel really bad.

All my fellow players, I had so much fun playing WoW. But one day, because of random LFG dungeons and LFR raids, we didn’t have to hang out with people in the server any more. And the game got old. And people have been saying about WoW: “A game for only maniacs and hardcores. Noobs not allowed. Nothing humane about it.” Yes… I did feel that. If you went to army, you’d know that there are all kinds of people in this world. This guy was different too. It took him good 4 hours to understand a few things I taught him. He was not as fast as you are in this game. He was not as game-savvy as we are. I even got to know some stuff about his personal life and his family situation, and there were a lot of problems. He was old, and he was just trying to have fun playing WoW, because he was stressed from the real world out there. He was just trying to do his best, but he was hated by many fellow players in the server, without getting any help. And I felt really bad.

If there is any warrior who can help him, please whisper me. And people, please do not hate and bully bad players too much… Some of them are not intentionally being bad. There are certain jackasses and losers who are intentionally being bad, but not everyone. There are some people who really need attention and help to be better, like this person. I will wait for your response.

It’s things like this that can remind us how even the smallest things to us, can make a world of difference for another.

I encourage you to read the responses on the WoW Forums. It even includes a response from the Warrior in question.

 

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Joel Polkinghorne
Joel spends his days sorting through the latest gaming news from around the interwebs. He has been involved in gaming his entire life and professionally involved with web media since 2001. Joel lives in Michigan, USA with his wife and son. Follow him on Twitter @sBj.
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Joel spends his days sorting through the latest gaming news from around the interwebs. He has been involved in gaming his entire life and professionally involved with web media since 2001. Joel lives in Michigan, USA with his wife and son. Follow him on Twitter @sBj.

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