Welcome to wow. It sounds nice enough just looking it it. Someone saying, welcome to the game I play and enjoy, hope you have as much fun as I do. The thing is when someone says that in game that is not what they mean, not any more at least. Welcome to wow has taken a completely new meaning in game and I have been seeing it more and more.
So what does welcome to wow mean now? It means, welcome to the game where everyone will do everything they can to screw you over and ruin your game play for their own fun. And that is acceptable behavior here.
I've been hearing more and more stories of people acting badly and defending themselves by saying "welcome to wow" as if that is a way of saying that you are supposed to act that way in this game. I've even seen the comment a few times and been victim of it once myself. Welcome to wow, this is how we act here.
Warrior: Why did you roll need on the strength ring?
Warlock: Because I can, welcome to wow.
Things like that are the new standard. People using welcome to wow as an excuse to behave badly. As if they are saying that it is acceptable because this is wow, this is how you are supposed to act here. In a LFR run the other day one of the healers was in shadow form DPSing and when someone mentioned it in raid and another person pointed out they probably just did it for the quick queue and wanted to start a kick. The priest said, welcome to wow, just deal with it, and pulled so he could not be kicked.
The one time I was a victim to the new welcome to wow phenomenon that seems to be going around was in a random dungeon. As least the guy added, have a nice day, after he did what he did, but that only made it worse because it shows he was planning to be a jerk the whole time ahead of time. We zone in, he pulls as many mobs as he can and says, welcome to wow, have a nice day, and drops group which of course lead to a wipe. That was one huge jerk move but because he said welcome to wow that means it was all acceptable, because that is how people are supposed to act in wow.
A guild mate of mine was killing a rare in the wastes when a paladin landed near by and proceeded to round up all the mobs in the area and ran right on top of him and the rare he was fighting and bubbled, causing all the mobs to go after my friend and killing him instantly and then he tagged the rare after they killed him. He whispered the paladin with some choice words that while rude and unkind to say the least I think were well deserved by the major asshattery that the paladin just pulled and the paladin just replied with the three words that make it all okay to act like that, welcome to wow.
It is almost as if saying welcome to wow absolves you of all your sins. Saying welcome to wow means that you are pointing out that this is how you are supposed to act in the game. The dropping aggro on others is rampant this expansion, I think it is some sort of bug and doubt it is supposed to work like that but it does. Everyone is using it to get other people killed and then defending their actions by saying, welcome to wow.
When did this happen and why did I not get the memo? I was not aware that these types of actions were now the expected way to play the game. You even see it on the forums when someone complains about something that they have all rights to complain about. Like the warlock rolling on a strength piece. The warrior goes on the forums to ask why a warlock is even allowed to roll on it, a valid question in my opinion, and the reply they get from the community is, welcome to wow, stop crying, that is how we do things here.
This is not acceptable. This is not how a community should be. If the warrior goes on the forums to complain a warlock rolled on a strength piece and won the community should back them up and all call the warlock out for being a jerk because they were a jerk and deserve to be called one and even blackballed by the community for acting like that and not end up being rude to the warrior that was the victim of some warlock acting like that. Instead, our community just supports the warlock for rolling on something they should not have rolled on to begin with and tells the warrior that is how this game is played, welcome to wow.
It continues to get worse and worse as time goes on and blizzard continues to turn a blind eye to the community and the speed at which it is getting worse and worse.
When welcome to wow turned from "welcome to the game hope you enjoy it" to "welcome to the game where you are supposed to act like a jerk and even get rewarded for it" you know the community is on its final leg.
The community has always been hit or miss. There are some bad ones out there and there are some good ones out there but more and more it is seeming as if the people that act badly get rewarded for it and this shows people that acting badly is how you should act. The game wants us to act like a jerk.
I'll admit, I've even joined the dark side once or twice and I don't regret it. One time I landed in front of a rare and was switching my pet to tank when someone swooped in and landed on the rare they saw I was going for. Now normally, if they were already attacking it before I got there I would have helped, I have no issues helping others out even if they are of the opposite faction, but they stole it from me so screw them, I won't help them steal my kill. I figured I would just hang out and if they failed I would take the kill that was rightfully mine. No big deal, I was not going to make a stink over it, he beat me to the tag by being a jerk but it happens because this game is filled with jerks.
The mob did an AoE that made my pet run in, I dismissed it because like I said, I was not going to help him. The person said in say, come on, help me. I replied, no, you stole my kill why should I help you? They said, don't be a jerk. I relied, sorry, just acting like you acted stealing my kill. He called me an asshole, so I decided to act like one. I went and pulled as many mobs as I could and feigned death right on top of him only to watch him die a few seconds later. I then called my pet out and tagged the rare and killed it.
Oddly enough, this person seemed to learn. When they got back to their body and popped up, they helped me kill the rare and said, sorry. Perhaps they realized they were the bad guy here, not me. Perhaps they were the victim of the welcome to wow thing that is going around and they thought that is how they were supposed to act and our interactions showed them that is wrong. Perhaps he just felt bad that he talked the talk but could not walk the walk and was eating a little crow right now. Whatever it may be, at least he said he was sorry.
The game is going in the wrong direction when it comes to community and blizzard really needs to do something to stop this. When the meaning of welcome to wow changed from being something people said to be be nice into something they say to justify being an asshole you know we were entering the last phase of civility. The game is going to a very bad place community wise and I see no way to save it from a player standpoint. As players we are outnumbered by the jerks, only blizzard can do something to save it.
Blizzard has worked really hard of recent in trying to make as vibrant a game as they possibly can to keep it alive and flourishing but they lost track of the community along the way and are letting the community destroy what they worked so hard to create by their inaction. No matter how great they make the game, it is an MMO, and it will always be judged on the people that play it in the end. A+ for mists blizzard, F for what you let your community fall into by your inaction.
Don't like it? Welcome to wow.