First Timers, Mice, and Being Noticed
I’ve got a really good topic I’m working on regarding the social acceptability of violence versus femininity, but I’ve got a stack of papers to grade, so I’m not sure when that one will actually turn up. I’ve a few other ideas bouncing around, too, but for today I’ve just got a little quickie to tide us over until our next correspondence.
I had a couple of friends (who are also, in fact, a couple) over this Saturday to play some games. They also play WoW, so eventually we decided (after playing several other games; I do other things…) to drag out their laptops and see what we could do. They’ve only been playing a short while and less so at end game, but their experience with the current patch is greater than ours. All the same, the only other time we’d spoken to them about playing WoW, not about the game itself, we’d learned many distressing things, such as their practice of shifting through two actions bars but not using key bindings.
So we taught them. I explained how putting important moves on F, G, Q, E, R, T, Z, X, and V (as well as the shift- combo of those keys) allowed them greater access and speed to use those moves. They were both clearly interested in improving their play, but the wife was far more willing, it seemed, to really try it.
That was about a month ago. When they pulled out their laptops on Saturday, we learned that they wanted some help with keybinds, macros, addons, and the like. As they logged in, though, a more pressing matter came to my attention.
“Where are your mice?” I asked.
“Oh, we don’t use them. We use the touch pads,” they responded.
I threw up a little in my mouth. “How, then, do you move?”
“We use the directional arrows.”
Good lord, I thought. It certainly explained the husband’s tendency to die in almost every boss fight. As melee, he was trying to turn around with the D keys, THEN run out; most melee-killing abilities would off him well before that. “This has to stop!” I declared (ooohhh… an exclamation mark…).
The wife, once again, was interested in trying to play with a mouse, but the husband staunchly refused. I like this couple a lot, but I’m not good enough friends to be honest about how I feel about his decision. He’s deciding to continue being a sub-par player instead of just relearning, which, yes, would be difficult.
We did some PvP since they wanted to get the G.N.E.R.D Rage achievement, and they were both obliterated repeatedly. Now, they’re new to PvP, so it was to be expected, but their inability to even hit their opponents drove home my point about the need for mice. The husband still wouldn’t budge.
Now, I’m not one for forcing people to play a certain way, so I’m done trying to lecture about “right” and “wrong.” I just can’t imagine someone wanting to play the way they play. The turning is so slow! You die all the time! These problems can be solved! But alas, I’m keeping my mouth shut, though a wry smile plays across it every time I think about a rogue trying to PvP with the D keys.
Afterwards, we asked how they’d liked it. It was very confusing for them (and somewhat me, too, since we kept getting Gilneas and Twin Peaks, two BGs I have very little experience in since I generally stop PvPing at 85), but the wife said, “I don’t know why I was so afraid to do this,” and when asked, she wanted to do another. The husband seemed less interested. I wonder why (;
On a separate note, I got 14 spam comments over the weekend, so apparently someone’s noticing me. Anyone else get hit like that? Incidentally, if you want to get a diet pill discount, I know a place…
Stubborn (and amused)