So on WoW, I been having some fun now that I found a guild that actually talks to me as if I'm a human being. It's weird how much of the game is community based, but how shitty the community is. It's sorta that generic High School setting where each table has its own clique. It's truly odd to watch things unfold.
Case and point, one of those guilds that didn't really value me as an individual was a roleplay guild whose gimmick, as it were, was that they only accept Pandaren in their ranks. It's an all-Panda guild where everyone acts like cultural emissaries in Stormwind who want to hold onto what it means to be Pandaren while learning about the rest of the world they've become a part of.
It seemed like a neat idea, and when this guild was just starting up with only 12 members, I was willing to try it out and be their 13th. For a couple months, I was never once acknowledged as having a legitimate opinion, and on several times I'd move around stuff on my schedule so I could attend an in-game meeting, only to log in and discover everyone else unanimously decided to just hold it an hour earlier than was scheduled because "why not, since everyone else was there?"
Well, that was about 3 months ago, and today I read on a WoW site this wonderful interview highlighting this very same guild and all the neat events they put on. It was really fascinating hearing just how much people really like this group. There are a lot of comments from other guilds on that same server, as well as people going, "Oh, wow, I should go roll a new panda on that server! They sound great!" and it pisses me off.
At the same time, it's no longer my problem. If they act like assholes all the time, this will lash back on them. If they cleaned up their act and are a little more friendly now, I'm happy for them.
What is my problem is playing a bad guy in a bad guy roleplay guild. We aren't "villains" as much as folks that just don't jive with all aspects of the law, through our own actions or not. Think of all the protagonists of the Pirates of the Carribean. Some have to go through odd channels to get the job done, and some actually are low-life criminals. It's all good.
Well, someone from a Holy Paladin-themed guild recently overheard a weird conversation at our home base in Darkshire. Long story short, we're being hunted in-game by multiple guilds for sex slave trade, as well as being reported to Blizzard for "adult behavior" so our accounts can be banned.
I wonder if someone standing in a Target right now is looking at the box for World of Warcraft going, "You know, my friends always talked about this, maybe I should try it." There is nothing on that box about the amount of backstabbing, gossip farming, and whiny bitching included in that tiny box. It's truly fascinating.