As part of my continued attempt to complete the writing prompts as part of the Newbie Blogger Initiative, this morning I am tackling Talkback Challenge Four. This one is a bit different than most because it is actually a series of questions about the “Seven Deadly Gaming Sins”. This concept is courtesy of Joseph Skyrim who has outlined the series of questions as a way of getting to know our gaming habits better. I have not done terribly many questionnaire type posts so this might be a little interesting.
Lust – Do you enjoy games more if they have scantily clad and “interestingly proportioned” avatars? Do you like playing as one of these avatars? Why or why not?
Nope! I am being honestly with this one because quite honestly there is this awkward uncanny valley thing going on when it comes to nudity in games. It always feels extremely cringe worthy in part because developers have yet to figure out a way to do mature content without it either being soft core pornography or incapable of also showing human emotion at the same time. As far as playing Avatars, that isn’t my shtick either. Pretty much all of the characters I willfully play are like the ultimate version of myself, or more so how I wish I might be. As a result I am always going to go with the heavily armored character, with badass armor plates everywhere. While the subligar in Final Fantasy XIV is humorous, I am not the type of person to walk around in one.
Gluttony – Do you have a game backlog of unfinished games but still buy new games regardless? Why or why not?
I have a truly massive backlog of games that are unfinished, and I am mostly okay with this. When I buy a game I don’t necessarily view it as “just” buying a game. I also view it as me supporting the development of that game with my dollars. Maybe that is a strange concept, but there are a lot of games that I am happy that exist whether or not I ever get around to playing them. Additionally I am a sucker for a good sale, and sometimes I pick games up in the hopes that I will actually get around to playing them because they were pennies on the dollar of the original price. When I pay full price for a game I always play it, pretty much immediately. The bargain basement games however, sit in the stack waiting for me to find the time and the drive to dig into them. I really need to resurrect the Steampowered Sunday concept again and start digging through my backlog.
Greed – Do you enjoy hand outs in a game? Have you ever opted to NOT do an action / in game activity because the rewards were lacking? Why or why not?
Oh absolutely on this one, as far as opting out of not doing something because there was no reward in it. I am most guilty of this in World of Warcraft, because when I reach a point where I can no longer receive upgrades on a given character… I lose all desire to keep doing the content. This is more than just a loot issue however because there are games where the content itself is the reward. Some games are only valuable to me so long as there is a carrot being dangled in front of me. For example I generally love running dungeons, but the hassle of running heroics in World of Warcraft is not worth the non-existant rewards that can be gained from doing it. On the other hand in Final Fantasy XIV I am almost always down for running a dungeon (except Aurum Vale because fuck Aurum Vale) and there is quite literally nothing of use that I can get from most of them. The experience is worth my time even when the rewards are not.
Sloth – Do you ever leech or AFK in a party? Do you discourage others from attempting things that you feel are difficult? Have you ever seen someone that needed help, but decided not to help them? Why or why not?
I’ve never leeched experience or AFK’d in a party other than you know… to go do something important in the real world for a brief period of time. There are times though that I do get pessimistic when I don’t feel like we can defeat a given content. I tend to play MMOs and there is a hard fact that sometimes there are simply gear checks that a group is not ready for. So while I see myself as being a pragmatic voice of reason… there are some who could see me as discouraging the group. As far as seeing someone in need of help… if someone is struggling with content I will almost always try and lend a hand in a game setting. I am one of those people who runs over and helps attack random monsters, because it is in my nature to do so. As far as dungeons and raids and such, it all depends on what my overarching mission for the night is or how much time I might have.
Wrath – Ever get angry at other players and yell (or TYPE IN CAPS) at them? Have you ever been so angry to stalk a person around in game and / or in the forums? Why or why not?
The me that existed around Lich King absolutely did this thing. In fact I have a lengthy post about the “Bunny Incident” if someone is interested in reading about it. The current me… I try really hard to be overwhelmingly positive. Mostly I went through a bad spot mentally for awhile… and then I took the advice of “fake it until you make it” and quite literally it did help. Over time I became a much happier person and additionally more balanced. There are some people though that seem to hate me and I do find myself obsessing about them a bit. Trying to figure out exactly what I might have done to them to make them so upset with me. I have this overwhelming need to be liked that no matter what I try I cannot quite shake. I am working on it, but it is like the polar opposite of Wrath.
Envy – Ever felt jealous of players who seem to be able to complete content you can’t? Do you ever suspect they are hacking or otherwise cheating? Why or why not?
For the most part no on this one. I don’t really see myself as some pinnacle of gaming skill. I am just a guy that enjoys piddling around in video games. I am not a terribly competitive person, and as such when I get bested in skill I just move on knowing that the player was better than me. I do take pride in things like tanking, but I think that is slightly different. As far as Envy goes… I don’t ever get jealous of content that people are able to complete. There are times I do get frustrated when players are at a level that I know they did not earn themselves, but are bragging about it. Anyone that worked their way up through the content on their own merit and through the blood sweat and tears that comes from weeks of wiping… those folks earned every last drop and I would never be jealous of anyone who put in the effort I did not.
Pride – Are you one of those people that demands grouping with other “elite” players? Do you kick players out of your team who you feel are under-performing? Why or why not?
Nope! I love my “scrubs” and “casuals” for the most part. Now on the raiding side I do tend to demand that players put in some effort. That said I am more than willing to teach someone the ropes, and explain fights. This has been one of the great things for me when it comes to the Final Fantasy XIV community. Overall folks have been more than willing to stop and take the time to explain the encounters when someone says they are brand new to it. As far as raiding goes you ultimately have to do what is best for the team. If you have a player that is simply not performing, and even though you have spent time working with them… simply cannot compete at the level the rest of the team is.
Under those circumstances then yes, absolutely I would trim that player from the raid and replace them with someone that was able to “keep up”. That is the thing about raiding is that essentially it is a “team sport”. On many fights you are only as good as your weakest link, and even though it might suck to do it… you have to do what is needed for the raid group to progress. That does not make the person a bad player or a bad person… and outside of the raid environment I would not think any less of them. I like to keep a line of separation between “Guild” and “Raid” for this reason. The guild is a social structure and the raid is a working group designed to complete a task. Folks have to be understanding that while everyone can be in the guild, not everyone is ready to put out the effort needed to be in the raid. I don’t necessarily see this as a “pride” thing but more a “taking the needs of the team” into account.