Wiping – Why It’s Like Marmite

by on February 7, 2011


My guild’s been merrily wiping on Cataclysm’s endgame content. Our bodyparts have got to know the walls, floor and sometimes ceilings pretty well by now – wiping’s almost muscle memory. I suspect you know the feeling whatever level you’re at, right? Well, Gnomeaggedon might as well have read my mind today about the whole wiping thing, as his post about the whole malarky made me smile.

In a nutshell? Gnomeaggedon thinks wiping’s great. But I’m guessing not everyone likes it. Bit like marmite.

Maybe not so much in a PuG, but certainly from within the safety of a guild or friend group.

It’s not something I have experienced in a while, appreciating a wipe, but Cataclysm has brought that back to the game.

Whether it’s in a raid due to inexperience, raid composition or even complete personal stuff up (admit it we all have them, that’s why the dance is so beautiful when we all move in step with no toes trodden).

Gnomeaggedon goes through all of the types of group content, from raids and dungeons to battlegrounds, and celebrates the wipes he’s experienced in each of them. And y’know, the way he writes it, it does sound like he’s having fun. I agree with him. It’s kind of fun to wipe in a group of friends or guildies. It’s as though the increased difficulty since Wrath has given us a much needed reality check and it’s possible to go “ohh wait, it’s a game, meant to be fun! Right!”

Though the concept of wiping in a PuG rather than a friend/guild group sticks out like a sore thumb from Gnomeaggedon’s post and that, too, is worth a look – could we learn to love PuG wipes or are they just too excruciating?

Quote taken directly from Gnomeaggedon’s post
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Shintar February 9, 2011 at 1:27 am

I quite appreciate the wiping as well. The first time one of my guild groups wiped in a Cataclysm instance I was almost delighted!
I don’t think PUG wipes are all bad either though. I like it when they get people talking and discussing strategy instead of just silently assuming that everyone knows what to do, and sometimes they can be funny too (as long as you can take things like accidental pet pulls with a sense of humour). It only gets annoying when people start to play the blame game or continue to play badly despite of repeated requests to pay more attention.

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