I have a confession to make. I am a selfish player. Always have been and always will be. But there are different levels of selfish as I have come to learn over the years. While I am always looking out for number one, the dashing night elf hunter that I am, I would never turn a fellow player down if they asked for help.
If you need help with an old achievement, ask and I will be there. If you need a portal somewhere, I'll switch to my mage and get you there. If you need a tank or healer for a quick queue, I'll help you out. If you need 8 primal air to make that transmog piece you were looking for, no worries my bank alt has them and you can have them for free.
I have always tried to be helpful when I can. If there is something you need that I can help you with you can be damn sure I will help you. You can always count on me from something that would need a lot of effort to something even as simple as it can be.
If you have a question about the game I'll help you out as best I can. If I do not know the answer I will look it up for you. I will help you with setting up addons, I will help you making macros, I will help you learn to key bind. I will spend time looking over your logs trying to see how you can get better. Even if it is not a class I know I will read up on the class just so I can help you.
With all that said, I don't sound very selfish do I?
The thing is I help people because they help me. I do like to help people, that much is true, but there is always that little voice in the back of my head reminding me that if I help people then they will help me. So even if I don't mind helping, I am helping for selfish reasons. Because some day I might ask them for help and I hope they remember I helped them so they will, in turn, help me.
In the grand scheme of things I don't think me being selfish in the way I am is a bad thing over all. It might just be me rationalizing, but I believe that if all selfish people acted the way I do it would be better for the game. We would all be helping each other that way, in hopes to get some help later in return. Not a bad thing right?
There are different degrees of selfishness of course and I've experienced a lot of different levels of it but there is only one I really dislike, one I will call compete selfishness. I've experienced it most recently when someone who signed up for the normal run on the weekend said they did not want to come because they did not need any of the early bosses, but maybe they would come when we got further in to a boss they needed something from.
They wanted us to find another tank, let that tank do all the work on the early bosses and then when we got to the bosses they needed they wanted us to kick that tank and let them come in. Sorry, we do not work that way. If someone is going to kill the first 7 with us, they are welcome to stay for the last 3. We are not going to remove them just to accommodate your own selfishness.
They had that attitude that they would only do something if there is something in it for them. They did not care that it would help everyone else around them and then in turn those people would help them kill the bosses they needed. Nope. They only wanted to do the bosses they needed and did not care if they had to displace someone else because of it.
This is the type of selfishness that I think the game can do without. The sad part is I am seeing this type of selfishness a lot more in the game lately. More this expansion than I have seen in all my previous years playing combined.
Someone might call my selfishness just as bad, but at least I admit that I help others hoping they will help me in return. I am not just a take take take individual, like this selfish person is. I help others, even if I might have ulterior motives.
I wonder if it is just something I noticed or if others have as well. That people just seem to be way more selfish than they used to be. They seem to not go by the old standard of I help you so you can help me that I use and it seems like everyone used to use.
Do you think it is a generational thing? The people in the game are the next generation of gamers, the xbox generation as I call it. The type that only wants what benefits them and nothing else. Or do you think it has something to do with the way the game has changed over the years leading people to act like this more. Maybe a little bit of both.
I believe, to some extent, we are all selfish to some degree. But this complete selfishness it just getting out of hand.