||[Oct. 17th, 2005|03:26 am]
City of Heroes - Pinnacle server
Okay. That's it. Time for another short rant.|
I've absolutely had it with this. How often has it happened to you?
Earlier today, I'm running with a peacebringer. Now, said peacebringer absolutely must have a level 50. Hence, it can be assumed that said peacebringer knows at the very least the basics of the game, no? We run a couple of missions. In these missions, this peacebringer doesn't seem to understand the concept of aggro, or even stopping between fights. I shrugged this off mostly because we were doing just fine keeping up a fast pace, but it was something I noticed, nonetheless. Then we come out of a mission and the next one gets selected. This mission is in Boomtown. So, we head over there. First thing out of the pb's mouth: Where is Boomtown?
I assumed this was a joke. But no, he was quite serious. He wandered off to Skyway, so I assumed it was a natural mistake. After all, how often, especially while sleep deprived, does the average player confuse Boomtown and Faultline? It happens. But he went from Skyway to King's Row, and from King's Row back into IP, then laughed and asked if he needed to go to Bricks. We politely directed him through Steel and I wondered how this had happened.
A few minutes ago, I ran with a group of players who, by all accounts, seemed to know what they were doing. It was a Hollows pick up group, which made me cringe, but by and large, everything went out fine. One of them had some interesting takes on pure empaths, considering them useless because they had no attacks and thought that damage was more important than healing, but that's sort of a personal opinion, I guess. It indirectly came up that they had many higher level characters, which I had begun to assume through their style of play, anyway. Now, what about this made it very interesting is that the first mission we ran was the kill-all Circle mission just before you access the COT trial. They had the misfortune of drawing the map with all of those wonderful demon-summoning portals. None of them knew that if you aggro said portals, they will continue to spew out demons until the portal is destroyed.
Well, okay, I figure, maybe they're just really good newbies. It's rare, but it DOES happen, right? I'd like to think that I was one myself at some point, but maybe I'm must being arrogant.
Most of the team leaves after we run a Frostfire (having abandoned the Circle mission because the demons' numbers were simply too overwhelming), and all that's left is me and the tank, who just grabbed 16th level. She states "I think I can buy level 20's now. Where do I do that?"
So, I correct her and point out that she can buy 15 DO's now, or could save her money till she hits 17 and get the 20's. She tells me she has two level 50's with millions. However, she has absolutely no clue where to buy DO's.
These are just today's additions in the long, long line of me asking "How?" How is any of this possible? I don't want to be an ass and assume they just PL'd their characters, but there comes a point where one must wonder how anything else could be the case. Past events include such other charming times as another group I ran with that was composed half of which of people who claimed to have beta tested the game and had anywhere between two and four level 50's, yet all of whom absolutely sucked--thereby either proving the lie or, possibly worse, proving that level 50 or beta testing does not in and of itself mean you know how to PLAY the game.
Now, I could understand it every once in awhile. Even good, intelligent players do dumb things sometimes, whether by accident or because they simply aren't paying attention. But what sort of game is this where people who are completely clueless or just plain bad succeed anyway? HOW can anybody have a Kheldian (and this isn't the first time this has happened) and NOT know things like where Boomtown is, or how to get to Perez (I really wish I were joking), or where to buy DO's, or, my personal favorite, that there is indeed a trainer in Talos and that he does NOT have to go all the way back to Atlas to level.
This is by no means a jab at higher levels out of jealousy of not having a 50 yet myself. (Hobo's almost 42...slowly, the stone grinds away...) Rather, this is me being seriously sick that some people just don't grow out of their stupidity, yet manage to succeed through it, anyway.
End rant, for now.