Lesser players have more fun playing the game, at least that is how I see it. I could be wrong of course but from the appearance of it they sure seem to enjoy their time playing more than I do. There is never any stress on someone that just doesn't care or just isn't that good, as long as they can embrace the fact they are a lesser player skill wise.
I am jealous of those types of players. When a fight is over when raiding, even if we down the boss, no matter what role I play I usually think what I could have done better. I did 120K DPS but if I had not messed up my timing a few times I could have pulled 130K. There were a lot of people that got really low on life a few times, if I used my healing cooldowns better they might not have been in danger so often. I took a few big hits I could have avoided because I was not watching my timers and did not have an appropriate cooldown ready making my healers life harder when tanking.
Yes, I enjoy the fact we downed a boss but I also am always looking at what I could have done better whereas the lesser player will just revel in the excitement that they downed the boss and not give a crap if they did not do as well as they could have.
Ghostcrawler said last expansion that less than 50% of subscribers have a max level character. I find this hard to believe only because for me that would mean I am not getting the most out of the game. Isn't the idea to get to the end, even if you never raid or do anything end game. Isn't the whole concept of any game to max out your character? I don't think I could fully enjoy my game play knowing that I could not even do the single easiest thing to do in game, get to max level. But those 50%, more than 5M subscribers, are probably having fun doing what they are doing because they just don't care.
There is something to be said about those people that have the attitude that they just do not care. They can enjoy any part of the game to a much greater extent than I do because they just do not care. Caring brings stress and while you can still enjoy the game no matter what, that stress reduces it some, that stress is something the lesser players never need to worry about.
Someone said to me about a year ago, "I bet he is having a lot more fun than you are because he is just having fun and you are trying to get better all the time and not taking any time to just have fun".
Is that really true? I do have fun, if I were not having fun I would have quit a long time ago. Like during the Zuls when I almost quit, it was because I was no longer having fun that pushed me to the edge. I have fun or I would not be here.
I just have my fun a different way. My fun is in doing the best I can do at whatever role I choose to play. That is my fun. Seeing the progress as I get better and finally seeing the results when I reach that 80% potential threshold I aim for as the minimum. Then I try to inch that up more and more to continue my growth as a player. I will never be a 95%er, but I can surely be an 80%er on anything if I try hard enough and put my mind to it.
And then it occurred to me, that is where the difference is. While we both have fun I am working, trying to get better, practicing my skills, etc. The lesser players just play. That is how. How they do does not matter. Getting better does not matter. Reaching their potential does not matter. All that matters is playing and having fun. So they have fun 100% of the time whereas I only have fun after I have spent my time practicing, reading, and running stuff trying to get better all in my effort to have fun seeing the results at the end.
So while we both have fun with the game, I am working to see the result and then consider it fun seeing the result. They just take it as it comes and have fun from the get go.
Lesser player have more fun, because they do not care how they do. I must admit, I am a slight bit jealous of people that can play and just do not care. I don't think I could ever do anything in my life half-assed like that.
Remember, the next time you are playing and wipe or lose in PvP and think to yourself that if only you had done "this" maybe you could have won that fight there is a lesser player out there having more fun at that moment because he does not care that he did not do "this", he was just having fun playing.
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