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Let me begin with saying that I used to play singleplayer games, I played alot alot of them. I loved everything from the single one-shotting an enemy from behind with a sniperrifle to upgrade my very own character with a new sword, shield or whatever in an old school RPG. The good old days before internet becamed so huge as it is today.
I loved every minute. I remember saying; "Hey, wouldn't it be cool if one could team up with a friend in this game!? Or wait, even better, think if I could attack eachother in the game!?" Me and a friend discussed this matter when we took turns playing a singleplayer rpg on console. But that was only a dream though... I mean.... how on earth could that be possible?? Well, one can always dream right...?
Many years later I'm sitting infront of a computer were MMORPG's are a reality on the internet since years. It's not the old times anymore and my hobby and my dream have become ONE! WoW, what the heck happened?
Who cares what happened, timed passed by and technology made it possibly to play online and right now I'm having the time of my life dueling my opponents/friends, goin into instances, exploring the world, fighting over resorces like minerals or flowers or whatever there is out there! This is my hobby and I love it and there are other players outthere to fight! Hallellujah!
Now, every coin has two sides though:(
Killing computer controlled beasts just aint the same thing as it is to kill another player ingame and now this is were the problems starts....
It turned out that, as I was told, despite the game's server rulesets, wasn't allowed to kill another player because of:
*He/she was to low level
*He/she was occupied with a computer controlled beast/mob
*He/she was wrong class (it was considered unfair due to unbalance at that very time to attack X-class wile being Y-class)
*He/she was a pve:er... or a RP:er... (heck, I even RP myself once in a while, christ!!)
*He/she was unbuffed wich I happened to be at the moment...
*He/she was targeting something else so I got the first hit!
*He/she pulled out his/her main and I killed that character too and I was told that I wasn't worth living because I sucked anyway!?
*He/she pulled out his/her main and killed ME and I was told that I wasn't worth living because I sucked!
*I went into organized PvP and killed a player's toon and went: "Yay!!" But ofcourse I was told that the rating of that player was so low so I shouldn't be to happy about it...!
What??? Who the heck can I kill?
Basically, I must be among the very top players to be allowed to kill another character in an online videogame?? It's not about fun it's about something they call E-sport!? Oh no! I won't follow that rule....I WILL NOT FOLLOW THAT RULE!!
It's quite simple for me; some players outthere are better than me and some are worse than me. I don't track wich ones got the higher rating and such. This E-sport thingy just ain't for me. I play for fun and I kill for fun. I's a game.
Sports for me is football, soccer, hockey and things like that.
People like me get bashed for everything. We're either small stupid kids that shouldn't be allowed to play onlinegames or we are living in our mothers basements even at older age. We're fat, ugly and virgins. We're unemployed, we got no friends in real life and we're evil. We think lesser of other people and we're filled with hate towards the rest of the world.
We got bad hygiene and our house, sorry basement, looks like a warzone.
We almost never go outside. We only sit inside and play all day long and we're playing bad. Because we're not good in anything!
Well..., let me tell you something: That is all wrong! Now, I can't speak for all gankers outthere but for me that is all wrong! I'm nice and friendly person, I got no social problems etc. I take care of my friends and family and I treat people with respect. I'm not filled with alot of hate or anything like that. I'm pretty much "the average Joe" so to speak. Having a good life.
So why do I gank then??
To prove my skill?
No! This keeps coming up all the time for some reason I don't understand. I know that there's no skill involved when ganking a player with half healthbar left or a low level player or whatever, I know that!!
(Don't get me completely wrong though, I fight equally players aswell, same level and such. Sometimes I win, sometimes I loose)
To earn gold?
No! You don't get rich ingame by ganking another player in my game. I know that!!
To gear up my character?
No! I won't gear up my toon in my game by ganking another player out in the world, I know that!!
So why then?? Well, let me give you one example. (There are many)
I camed across this player in a leveling zone a while ago. He was some level under me I think and was playing a class that I could usually beat. I took him out and moved along, continuing doing my quests. After a while I saw him again and guess what...yes!
About one hour later, perhaps more, we were about 10-15 players joined up in a raid fleeing for our lives. The enemy were atleast 25-30 and I was one of their main targets. They finally got me, stood around my corpse dancing and laughing.
One of them seemed to be extra happy, jumping around and did all kind of funny emotes. It was that player that I had ganked before. He got his revenge allright!
Now, for more than an hour I didn't complete one single quest. I didn't earn one single gold. I didn't equip one piece of new gear. I didn't earn one small amount of XP for my toon... or maybe a small amount of XP for discovering a new area of the zone when fleeing for my life;)
But hey... I HAD SO MUCH FUN!!
The game I'm playing makes it easy. I has different kind of serverrulesets that allows players to be able to attack other players while playing the game. There are also servers that makes your toon unattackable by other players while questing, exploring and roleplaying etc. It's called pvp and pve servers. (it got these rp and rppvp aswell) Simple is that and this is one of many things about this game that has made it so successful I believe. Everyone can participate and have fun.
You want to be left alone while playing, there are servers for you!
You want the thrill and the excitement of beeing exposed to enemy players while beeing out in the world, there are servers for you aswell.
Still, there are these people who keep fighting over this issue called ganking. They want to enforce their favorite serverrulesets into all servers! Everyone must be playing on their conditions and if you think otherwise the name calling begins. The bashings... The harrasments... The hate...
Take care of eachother and have fun while playing folks and remember, it's just a game.
Sorry for grammar and spelling, ain't native here.