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World of Warcraft: "If I can't say Porn"
Posted: Monday December 6th, 2004 by

Today's Comic is the result of an actual conversation I had in guild chat the first day I was playing WoW after release. It was a joke coming from me of course; but, it kinda crystalizes, the extreme reactions gamers often have to the simplest most mundane issues they encounter in a game.

There seems to be this talent for assanine response built into the chemincal makeup of every gamer, whether they want to admit it or not. There is an issue for each of us that, though completely trivial to everyone else, will cause us to rant and rave until our eyes are bloodshot and white foam builds up in the corners of our mouths.

So, where the dirty word filter is easy to turn off in World of Warcraft, it's the exact kind of thing that might set someone like Ted off. Of course, Ted is also the kind of gamer that WOULD need to be able to use the word "porn" freely in order to enjoy his game experience.

And while we're on the subject of ranting and raving, one of my biggest pet peeves about ALL video games these days is most gamers' complete disregard of the manual. The manual is there to answer the most basic of our questions. And it's not like they're written in ancient sanscrit. They're straight forward to the point of being over simplified.

So, the shirt I'm wearing in today's comic is more than just a shirt; it's a message. Read The Freakin' Manual! If you have a basic question like "where can I see my abilities?" or "how do I swim?"... RTFM. If you have to ask "why did the mobs name go grey and I didn't get any exp for it?"... RTFM. Etc. etc. etc. Seriously, we've been playing this game for what? Almost two weeks now? And, how many times have you wished you could smack someone because they asked a stupid question that's so basic it HAS to be in the manual? Maybe it's just me... but I see at least 10 a day.

Alrighty... I'll digress now and go to bed. You guys feel free to tell us what your "rant and rave issue" is. Or, tell us some of your most mind-numbing RTFM experiences!

Today's Pimpage: Ted is wearing a "Guns Don't Kill People" shirt and I am wearing an "RTFM" shirt, both from ThinkGeek.

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