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23 May 2002 @ 02:20 pm
This is my post at the LJ community for Ragnarok Online -

Lately people have been looting my drops with a greater and greater frequency. I decided this afternoon to ask for my stuff back, and I wound up having a brief conversation that made me sad.

Poppy : Excuse me.
Poppy : Ilya, that was my drop you picked up.
Poppy : ::sigh::
Ilya : so?
Poppy : That's looting.
Poppy : Not nice.
Poppy : I'd appreciate it if you gave it back.
Ilya : i agree, but that's the game
Poppy : No, that's not the game.
phenix-- : no help!!!!
Poppy : That's the player being mean.
phenix-- : go away
Ilya : here i am absolutly different personality
Poppy : Why?
Poppy : Just because "it's a game"?
Ilya : because of the game
Ilya : yeah!!! now u got it!!!
Ilya : smart guy!
Poppy : Uh-huh.

While we were conversing, user phenix-- was killing a PecoPeco Egg nearby. Sadly, two people were "helping" though he did not want that and said so.

I find it really difficult to understand this mentality. I don't understand why or how people can consider it all fine and dandy when they're mean to other people, cheat other people, or hurt other people. I don't see why you are allowed to behave differently "just because it's a game." There are people behind those sprites, the same people you encounter in real life. The freedom of anonymity your character provides you shouldn't give you reason to be unkind.

I always try to be a nice player. I don't help other people kill things unless it's my team, I've been asked to, or we're just a bunch of people working together to kill something which is above us individually. I never purposely pick up other people's drops. If I did, I would certainly give it back immediately once I realized my mistake. I don't curse (unless you count the word "closer" or "stuffage" profanity). I don't insult other users. I always try to be polite. Why can't other people extend the same courtesy?

Sometimes I have a great time playing RO. These are the hours when I find people who will just sit around and chat with me aimlessly, regardless of the time. We'll get up and kill something that comes near us, and then sit back down to talk some more. We take trips to places just so that we can say we've been there. We have fun together, and if one of us dies, everybody waits for that person to walk all the way back from their respawn point. Leveling up is a treat, not a primary goal. There are no complaints.

But sometimes I don't have fun with RO, and the mean people make me sad, or angry. I just don't understand them. -_-
Current Mood: sadsad
Current Music: ... "Remembrances," Schindler's List
Kain aka That Evil Guynanikore on May 23rd, 2002 02:08 pm (UTC)
I sorta shrug it off, make a face like this ----> =P and move on.

Remember it's not the event but your reaction to it.

If something doesn't bug you, that event is going to be so.
If something makes you feel bad, that event is still going to be so.
One Who Wandersabiona on May 23rd, 2002 02:32 pm (UTC)
But that event doesn't have to be so, not in this case.
Kain aka That Evil Guynanikore on May 23rd, 2002 03:43 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately, you're stuck with those peeps, so either you change them (unlikely) or try to cope better.

Easier said than done, but what else can you do.

You haven't seen the lowest side of things on RO... some people really lack perspective and think RO is their reality or something. Personally, I think cybering for zenys is a bit much.
One Who Wandersabiona on May 23rd, 2002 04:45 pm (UTC)
I'm quite capable of coping, Nani, and I've been coping pretty darn well. I just don't understand where they're coming from. I'm not saying that I can't handle them or hate them, I just don't get them.

Kain aka That Evil Guynanikore on May 23rd, 2002 05:58 pm (UTC)
They're coming from the land of Selfishness
ex_jean on May 23rd, 2002 04:11 pm (UTC)
I agree with you. It's really pathetic when people think that just because it's online or just because it's a game that you can act like an asshole and get away with it.

The thing is... you can pretend to be something different. You can PRETEND to be a callous jerk. But when you actually STEAL someone's items or cut in on their kill, that ACTUALLY affects that player's game. So it's one thing to TALK like a jerk... but it's quite another to actually BE one.

I mean... I go nuts on RO. I have fun. I make fun. But I don't steal items. I think of other people's feelings... and I respect it when even a newbie Novice kills something. They deserve that drop for the work they did... and they deserve to finish off the Pupa they spent their time on. They shouldn't have to say "Go away." or "Please don't help me."

It's just... pathetic... to see how gamers act. They say they're being "real" gamers, but the REAL gamers are the ones who get into the game enough that they feel BAD if they steal something. I wish they could understand that.

Oh, well.
One Who Wandersabiona on May 23rd, 2002 04:46 pm (UTC)
fenreis on May 25th, 2002 01:54 am (UTC)
...that has got to be one of the MOST stupidest excuses I have seen..

I know where your comming from, even my Accolyte char get's ks and looted from. like back in Morroc..and there went a Yellow gemstone ._.; ::sighs:: I just shrug it off.. heh, try to anyway, doesn't mean I'm still rather irked about it..

and I know that someone people actually do try and get some Role Playing.. but still that is crossing the line.

..mean people suck and should be PKed off of RO. bwaha. XP

that person needs to be smacked up the head =/