Bravo, World of Warcraft Community. Bravo.

From the WoW forums (thanks Victor!):

“I recently had an accident that resulted in the permanent lose of my hearing… I felt more alone than ever.”

Oh man, that… that sucks.

“Do you know what the first question i got from my guild leader was? He asked me if i could still use vent.”


“He tells me that i can’t raid unless i have vent. Guild rules and all. I was pissed. After a huge blow out between us i get removed from the guild and put on ignore.”



12 thoughts on “Bravo, World of Warcraft Community. Bravo.

  1. Victor Stillwater December 30, 2010 / 12:27 pm

    To be fair though, the community was rather supportive in the comments.

    18 pages (when I stopped reading) of predominantly nice folks wishing the guy well and reaffirming the goodness of humanity. 🙂

  2. Leala December 30, 2010 / 12:29 pm

    In the interest of fairness, I see this as a raiding issue that could take place in any game, including WoW. The emphasis being placed on performance (or percieved performance in this case) rather than accommodating fun play for everyone. That and WoW didnt invent jerks on the Internet, it just happens to house a lot of them.

  3. Tadgo December 30, 2010 / 12:34 pm

    If that fails come on over to lotro. Check out landroval and the council of the secret fire. I can’t speak for the kin as I’m not an officer, but pretty damn well sure someone in this situation would be welcome. Cant speak for WoW community since I’ve never played it.

    Pretty much fail on that kin leaders part.

  4. Battle Priestess December 30, 2010 / 12:50 pm

    Ugh. That’s terrible.

    But you know, you can’t judge the entirety of the WoW community by one incident… or even a group of them.

    One of our guild members is deaf. He raids with us sometimes. But because of him and a few other guildies that aren’t able to use vent for various reasons, we don’t use vent at all because we don’t want guild chat split between vent and in-game chat. We’d rather that everyone be able to participate in whatever is going on.

    We’ve gotten pretty darn good at typing fast and setting up macros for situations when we need to communicate on the fly. It’s not that hard.

  5. Zambos December 30, 2010 / 12:51 pm

    “Edit: I can’t believe the responses i have received. My brother and i have been reading all of them and i have not felt such compassion in such a long time. (And from the wow forums no less lol) Its almost to much to handle. Now don’t get me wrong, i’m 6’3 240 pounds built like a truck chef crying just isn’t something i do. lol But here i am making an exception.

    My brother and i have decided to make something out of our guild. The offers have been appreciated and noted. Thank You all again for the feedback it means more than you could ever know.”

    From the original post in that thread.

  6. Syp December 30, 2010 / 2:50 pm

    Absolutely it’s great to see the responses in the thread. As with any games there are jerks and there are heroes, it’s just disappointing that people would get so caught up in the game-game that they’d forget the human element.

  7. Russ December 30, 2010 / 2:59 pm

    The amount of positive support that the guy received from the WoW forum community was truly heartwarming, as others have pointed out.

    There are jerks everywhere in life, and there are nice people as well – the jerks just get noticed more, unfortunately. Not all members of the WoW community are asses – it’s unfortunate that you lumped the rest of us together with them in the title to your post.

    Hopefully, the person that this happened to finds a guild that is accommodating, or is able to grow his/her own guild successfully, and can enjoy the game to the fullest from this point forward.

  8. Klepsacovic December 30, 2010 / 3:48 pm

    Wow, what a fun GM. The vent question makes some sense, as a sort of “can we still talk?” But as a “say no and you’re out of the guild”, that’s ridiculous.

  9. Bronte December 31, 2010 / 6:21 am

    Yeah I saw this earlier today on Kotaku (or was it Joystiq), such a sad story. His posts said they even had some RL get-togethers with guildies. It is sad to see that the extent of their relationship was only limited to the guy’s usefulness in raids.

    Of course one could make the argument that we don’t know the full story, especially not the GM side of things, but it still sounds… wrong…

  10. Dril December 31, 2010 / 7:51 am

    Depends how you look at it, really. Should the guild change its whole policy because of one bloke? Probably not, depending on who the guy is. Should they have been more accommodating and less dickish? Absolutely.

    Let’s not forget that Ensidia (I think) don’t use vent at all, and we know Gevlon’s guild project doesn’t, so there’s a great many guilds out there that probably don’t as well. GM was an arse, WoW community wasn’t that bad at all.

    I feel bad for him though, it would be awful to lose your hearing; although I imagine losing your sight (as opposed to being born blind) would be even worse.

  11. InvisibleMan December 31, 2010 / 8:58 am

    What else is he going to say? “Oh that is so sad, lets all cry on each other’s shoulders about it”. Inquiring about the guy’s ability to perform his role in the guild would be the first (and probably only) thing I would think of to say.

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