Friday Five: Five Things to Remember if the Game is Getting You Down

why can't I use this pretty seahorse in all watery areas?

  1. It’s not just a game — it’s YOUR game and it’s supposed to be fun. What makes you smile in game? What in-game activities pop up in your dreams or daydreams? That’s what you should be doing regardless of what other people tell you you should be doing.
  2. It’s not just the game– it’s the people you play it with. Sometimes, you may do something such as choose guild progression over playing with people you like. But I’ve found that playing with people I like eventually trumps progression without camaraderie and friendship. Find people you like to play with then stick to them like Krazy Glue. And the people whose behavior annoys you to no end? Put them on ignore.
  3. You can always roll another character. You can even do this on another server. To play with people you’ve met through the blogosphere or twitterverse. So if you hate mechanics changes to your class or your guild is overrun with SpecX, you can always putter around and do something new. It’s never too late to roll another toon!
  4. If your friends behave terribly to you in game, then they weren’t really your friends. Write them off and move on. No amount of analyzing or dwelling can ever tell you why people behave the way they do online. If people treat you poorly, cut your losses and move on.
  5. The only constant is change. Chances are whatever it is that is really bothering you in game at this very moment will be a small blip in your rearview mirror in a very short amount of time. Take a deep breath, keep calm, and carry on.

4 thoughts on “Friday Five: Five Things to Remember if the Game is Getting You Down”

  1. Had to use #5 recently with a little sprinkle of #1.
    I was … a little perturbed … by something that happened once, then twice. I really like my guild, though and we’ve got 5 9s of drama-free playtime since I’ve been in it, so I definitely didn’t want to be ‘that guy’.
    Now, in hindsight and looking forward, I’m glad that I simply walked away for a little while and let it go. I found other things to do at those times and can handle that little situation without letting it get me down anymore =).
    I just worry at some point I might actually LIKE PvP, though (/gasp!). Or, even worse, become a little less than incredi-bad at it, LOL.

  2. An excellent post with just the right tone at just the right time. With all the negativity flowing out of the community recently, it’s nice to find a little slice of rational positivity flowering.
    I myself recently rerolled on a new server due to a confluence of unfortunate factors. It’s a strange world, so similar and yet so different, but I’d recommend it to everyone, if just for a taste of how different servers’ personalities can be.
    Thanks for the post, Dreams.

  3. Never underestimate the power of taking a break from playing with a group of people. I have definitely found that a situation (or an incredibly annoying person) looks a lot different when it is not in your face every day.

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