Dungeon De-humanization: Random edition
Whether you’re doing dungeons to farm up emblems of triumph, grabbing some emblems of frost, or maybe just tryting to get another character to 80 before the big Cataclysm hits. Either way you’re going to be running to some people whether nice or not you do have a choice in the matter, or do you?
You know the kinds of people who zone into a random: immideatly pull the first group of mobs, skip all the optional bosses, and leave the instance the moment that they get their emblems. These are the people get irritated at the slightest mistake or even the tiniest mention of holding the group up to kill an optional boss for the boots you need. I like to think that they are just anally fixated, no this isn’t trade chat, according to Sigmund Freud people who are anally fixated are people are mean, grouchy, and more over unpleasant to game with. Orally fixated means they tend to verbally abuse others around them and genitally fixated means they have problems making relationships. But what does this mean for us? Well for this answer we look to Ivan Pavlov who studied classical conditioning which basically means: when we ran randoms we got unfriendly people in our groups which made us feel irritated, now when we think of randoms we get irritated even if there isn’t an anally fixated group member. I guess Psychology class really did pay off.
As I was leveling up Trynda through the 35-40 level range I decided to run a little experiment that was based on the information above. My hypothesis was that: If nice, good, wholesome people went through the random cycle to many times (see image below for random cycle) then they would be grouchy, grumpy, and mean as a result. The solutions I came up with was showing the random group members some kindness. These are the results
Random # 1
Place: Scarlet Monastery – Armory
Hello said: No
- Pulled immediately
- No mana breaks
- No congratulations on levelling to 35
- Only words that were spoken were about the Scarlet Boots that dropped and the hunter bitched that the druid won them, druid gave them to the hunter and we continued on.
- No Thanks and no good bye
Random # 2
Place: Razorfen Downs
Hello said: Yes
- Healer was friendly, asked for a soul stone
- The fights were explained
- The healer left the group but we kept going
- Met up with someone from Random#1
- The other random’er was polite
- They didn’t notice my level but I am a gnome which means I’m tiny?
- Another person dinged and he was congratulated
- Apologized were said for pulling mobs to early
- Thanks and goodbyes were said.
Place: Trial of the Champion (5 man)
Hello said: yes
- Started the event immediately
- Tank died and we tried again
- We made it through the first boss
- Explained to turn away from radiance
- Warlock was too far from range of me and died
- He understood and apologized
- Downed The Black Knight, said thanks and goodbye and we were on our way
Place: Scarlet Monastery – Cathedral
Hello said: Yes
- Asked politely for a Soul Stone
- Went very smooth
- Healed my Fel hunter
- Said congratulations for a level
- Wiped and no one left
- Wiped and 3 people left (healer, and 2 dps)
- One of the dps got requed into our group again.
- Call the dungeon and everyone left
So as you can see that giving some kindness doesn’t always work but saying hello doesn’t take any time and it won’t hurt you any. Unless you have Athazagoraphobia, the fear of being ignored then you might have some problems there. So just remember:
Be Mellow and Say Hello!
Note: This does not apply to everyone; it may or may not apply to you. Side effects of using this picture may include nausea, upset stomach, headaches, spontaneous unconsciousness, and the insatiable urge to giggle like a school girl. Consult your physician before gazing up The Random Cycle.