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#61 Cutebaby

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Posted 29 May 2012 - 10:32 PM

View PostZ4muZ, on 29 May 2012 - 09:36 PM, said:

Granted, particularly in combat sports, trash talking isn't very uncommon; but are you seriously comparing trash talking in professional sports with being a deranged nerd on some computer game...?

And even in the former, when there's hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars/euros at stake, creating hype is simply beneficial for both parties and is expected, it's usually just an act for the media as well. There's practically no disrespect whatsoever between fighters who're not getting widespread media coverage.

I don't even need to bring up regular sports... When was the last time you've heard about a professional athlete who went "lol idk how i/we lost he/they is/are "dog"" or generally disrespect other athletes in press conferences or in any public/private forum for that matter?
I feel that you were the one to bring up the comparison between athletes and deranged computer nerds as you put it. I'm simply stating that the phenomena of belittling opponents with trash-talk isnt something thats isolated to wow.

And for the last paragraph I'm really curious of what you consider "regular" sports? If you're talking about for example fotball, basketball or hocket, I can hear it very often :)

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Posted 29 May 2012 - 10:36 PM

Trash talking in a video game against a person you have probably not met or will meet in the future is just plain stupid.

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Posted 29 May 2012 - 11:05 PM

During highschool heavily negative, but after sorting my shit out I've been only managing to turn it into a positive fact. Having fun, chilling, meeting people I now know IRL and stuff.

The positives outweigh the negatives easily - but spending a extra year in school due to WoW wasn't a nice thing. All heil being 16 and spending time with WoW and ruining stuff.

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Posted 29 May 2012 - 11:54 PM

View PostCutebaby, on 29 May 2012 - 10:32 PM, said:

I feel that you were the one to bring up the comparison between athletes and deranged computer nerds as you put it. I'm simply stating that the phenomena of belittling opponents with trash-talk isnt something thats isolated to wow.

And for the last paragraph I'm really curious of what you consider "regular" sports? If you're talking about for example fotball, basketball or hocket, I can hear it very often :)

Oh no, by bringing up "real" competition I was trying to imply that if you know how it's like to compete in actual sports, you're not going to be bothered so much by online games which you play for competition, let alone get to the stage you keep playing whilst feeling the game has an adverse affect on you.

as far as "regular" sports go, I brought up combat sports before and just wanted to make the distinction going back to "regular" sports. But again, regardless, you can't compare trash talking in professional sports and in game douchebaggery. Professional athletes do what they do for a living, when you combine rivalry with testosterone at such stakes, trash talking as a mean to get inside your opponents head is very understandable.

Even in professional sports you obviously have bad seeds who flat out disrespect their opponents and what not. The difference is that on those levels, if someone is being overly disrespectful for no valid reason in a press conference for example, it's going to make headlines; in contrast to the competitive arena scene where it's headline worthy to go on AJ or random stream and not find retards flapping their imaginary cyber penises at each other :(

Edited by Z4muZ, 29 May 2012 - 11:56 PM.

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Posted 30 May 2012 - 12:25 AM

WoW subtly fucks with your head by getting you used to too high of a level of stimulation, imo. I've definitely noticed I enjoy shit I used to find a complete chore since  I quit. I also know a lot of ex WoWers who can't hack just going out and working a 9-5 everyday now, I think they all just expect too much from the world... as wu tang teaches us everyday life is still everday life. I've also found more ambition for fitness and shit that I think WoW was consuming. I'd do 40 minutes in the gym and never feel like extending myself in the WoW days.

The cost of sitting around on a computer not socialising face to face is also nontrivial. You start to be a bit of a retard about the flow of social interactions and picking up body language etc

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Posted 30 May 2012 - 12:31 AM

Would not recommend wow to anyone who isn't in a wheelchair. The opportunity cost of this game is absurd.
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Posted 30 May 2012 - 12:43 AM

View PostAzaelz, on 28 May 2012 - 11:31 PM, said:

Has been a vastly positive experience for me!

There are of course things you miss out on by spending a lot of time high but you have to make choices in your life no matter what you're going to do.  To me heroin and other drugs have never been a waste of time as long as I was enjoying them, it's just like any other hobby / activity you do with your free time.  I see loads of people judging those who spend all day on heroin who spend a massive amount of their time on Facebook, watching TV, etc etc, it's just all about priorities and what you enjoy.

The problem with this is that WoW, if played all day like youre advocating, WILL fuck with the rest of your life. Just look at the state of the average arena player. Don't get me wrong you can still live a normal life whilst playing WoW, I did, but 99% of the time it's less than it could be. I can personally cop to losing contact with like half of my friends during the 6 years I played and putting on a bunch of weight. I know plenty of moderately successful people who played WoW but all of them have been happier and more successful after stopping.

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Posted 30 May 2012 - 12:47 AM

it's been pretty much hit and miss. there are positives with growing up around the game, and negatives obviously. however most of the negatives heavily rely on the person, i believe that saying it has messed up social/irl is just down to lack of willpower and laziness that the person has. i've never had any qualms to drop the game for periods when I wanted to focus on something more important

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Posted 30 May 2012 - 05:40 AM

View PostCutebaby, on 29 May 2012 - 10:32 PM, said:

I feel that you were the one to bring up the comparison between athletes and deranged computer nerds as you put it. I'm simply stating that the phenomena of belittling opponents with trash-talk isnt something thats isolated to wow.

And for the last paragraph I'm really curious of what you consider "regular" sports? If you're talking about for example fotball, basketball or hocket, I can hear it very often :)

The thing is, in real sports the shit-talking is directed towards opponents​, and in WoW the shit-talking is often directed at teammates.

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#70 Synkz

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Posted 30 May 2012 - 05:52 AM

View PostCtuhlu, on 30 May 2012 - 05:40 AM, said:

The thing is, in real sports the shit-talking is directed towards opponents​, and in WoW the shit-talking is often directed at teammates.

It's not just WoW, it's almost any online game that you rely on teammates in.  League of Legends comes to mind right away, for one.

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Posted 30 May 2012 - 06:02 AM

i learned more English from WoW than from school. +
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Posted 30 May 2012 - 06:32 AM

English skills went up, social life went down. WoW did however teach me how to do certain stuff, so ¯\(°_o)/¯
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Posted 30 May 2012 - 12:44 PM

98% of the time if someone didn't play WoW what they would be doing with their time is being concerned about stupid shit, stupid people and stupid drama.
Social interactions have never had a positive influence on my life.

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Posted 30 May 2012 - 01:49 PM

Well, for me personally, WoW has done both for me. To start off, I am currently battling with cancer, so my "real life" is severely limited, due to Ewing Sarcoma in my Pelvis. So, for the past year of my life roughly I have been occupied with that. This may sound nerdy, or lame or whatever the case is, but I can honestly say I have met some people on this game that I know I will be talking to a long time after WoW is gone. Is it a bad thing to become that close with somebody online? Not in my opinion, but everybody has their own :).

The negatives... even before cancer hit, I became completely anti-social, barely graduated high school, and currently out of a job (although I get a "pass" for now due to medical issues). This game consumed my life for a very long time, and just now I'm finally being able to play less and less. This game for some, including myself.. is a "drug" which is extremely hard to quit.. I'd almost say it's almost as hard as quitting Cigarettes, Alcohol, etc.  ..

But, the past is the past for me. I don't dwell on what happened, people just need to understand, it is a game, and yes it is addicting, and YES, it it harmful to yourself if you play too much. Everything in small doses is fine, but it is when it becomes your entire day in front of the computer (which mine was), that it becomes 90% negative.

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Posted 30 May 2012 - 02:24 PM

negative for my social life but thanks to it i met many great people from all over the world

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Posted 30 May 2012 - 06:07 PM

I would like to begin by thanking everyone for sharing their stories, and best of luck to Xveez with your health issues.

I began playing wow back in the Molten Core days, and found the motivation to push through and level to 60 to help out on Gaar (guild friends I met needed warlocks).  That is a big thing that I feel a lot of people are overlooking.  The peer pressure and motivation from other people ingame to "keep playing".   A few more attempts on that next boss, a few more 3s games to push that rating.  It's a dangerous cycle that stretches people to play more and more.  You can have unhealthy relationships ingame just like you can in real life.

All in all, it has been a pretty enjoyable experience and I have been personally and professionally successful over the years while playing wow.  However, the stories of personal regret have scared me.  The next 2-3 months are huge for me and I do not think I could handle looking back with "what ifs" and regrets.  This thread gave me the motivation and encouragement to quit.  

Best of luck to everyone and I hope the pvp community is invigorated by MOP

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Posted 30 May 2012 - 06:59 PM

its not wow it's the internet lyfe

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Posted 30 May 2012 - 07:52 PM

Well, I have had both, positive and negative influences.

But I suppose the most postive thing about WoW is that it helps my English a lot (I'm not a native english speaker) and had lots of fun during TBC and early WotLK playing with my friends where there was this feeling of "new" and I could spend hours just exploring maps and sorta of enjoying the Lore, you know like with the music volume up and that epic feeling of participating in the game.

The most negative I think it's the fact that is that the game lost its "new" touch from when I used to play when I started and slowly grew into a "This game is just getting dumber and dumber and doesn't feel like a world anymore, but a lobby" and after so long playing it feels that it could be a better game but keeps going in the wrong direction, and you sort of want that old feeling back.


WoW has never been a big part of my life, because I never let it be, but still it's been part of my life.

Edited by Ccal, 30 May 2012 - 07:53 PM.


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Posted 08 June 2012 - 06:37 PM

Possibly negative but I will never know for sure. I was still able to accomplish my life's goal this past week, so I don't really care. I had lots of fun and good memories with good people.

That said, I did spend a lot of time on here that could have been spent elsewhere. It definitely would have changed my life but in what way who knows!
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Posted 09 June 2012 - 07:32 AM

Be happy that you at least didnt get hooked by an even shittier game. I realized that after playing Diablo for 2 weeks. That game is somewhat addictive too, but totally dumb, not social and puts huge strain on muscles. Must be not the only shitty addictive game out there, but if you are a lazy fuck who can't live without video games, WoW pvp is not the worst thing that could have happened.

And really the problem is not in WoW or any other video games. It's just your life is void and you can't simply remove shit from it and then start trying to fill the empty space with good stuff. Instead, you first must start doing good stuff and wow or any other shit that you hate doing will be suppressed. If you've already tried to "quit" before, you know what I'm talking about. You don't quit it, it quits you when you get busy with other things.

Edited by hotcowz, 09 June 2012 - 07:41 AM.





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