Before the WoW Dungeon Finder, personal server reputation was everything. If you were known as a good tank, healer or DPS, you’d be showered with dungeon invites. If you weren’t, it could be a cold, empty server.
Now, anyone can get into a dungeon or raid group. But on the other hand, your dungeon or raid group could have anyone in it.
Which is better?
Lono and The Grumpy Elf have been going point-counterpoint on that very topic this week. First up, the Elf Himself wrote about just how much he misses accountability in WoW -
“If you needed a healer you would ask a friend and your fried would say, let me see who is on my friends list. Do you remember those days? I do and fondly actually, when we were missing a healer for the raid and everyone was looking through our friends lists and switching characters to see if we had one on another friends list.
We played with people because we wanted to play with them. We played with people that were good or at least good enough. We played we people we liked. It took a lot longer to make groups and sometimes we still couldn’t but we always played with the people that were worth playing with, that deserved to be doing the content, they are the same type of players we are.
Now with the looking for system there is no accountable, there is no consideration about who we want to play with, there is no filter to keep all those people out of there that should not even be there in the fist place. People seem to have this idea that if the system lets me sign up for the content that means I can do it and that is about as far from the truth as you could ever be. Many people do not deserve to be there. ”
I also remember those days – as does Lono from Screaming Monkeys. But he argues that the new LFR-filled world is actually fairer, nicer and overall better for everyone -
“We’ll never go back to the old community and accountability and I’m happy for it. Too many players got blacklisted back then only because they didn’t fit some standard often set by players whose only merit was to have started before them. Think back for a moment how new servers got flooded with people needing to make a fresh start along and level along with everyone else.
We can build a new community though and for that we only need to stop resenting people who are not at the same level of play as we are.”
The interesting thing here is that both arguments focus on quality of play. The issue that many players (myself and Rebecca included) feel is a bigger problem with the anonymous, inclusive nature of LFR/LFD is that of social graces, friendliness and lack of griefing. Does the inclusiveness of LFR/LFD still trump the social effects of an anonymous, consequence-free LF* tool?
What do you think?