Lately bloggers have been discussing then versus now: Were things “better” in vanilla? Do people who were here since vanilla treat the relative newcomers differently?
In keeping with the theme of this week (irritable and ranty), I have to say that elitist snots piss me off when they pull the “I was here first” card. It could be “I was here in Vanilla” or “Oh yeah, well I was in BETA before Vanilla” or “I was in this guild first” or “I did this content before anyone else.”
Let me spell it out for you: Nobody. Cares. It is not relevant. It is just boastful at best and heinously annoying at worst.
If you are a hard-core raider, and you just came back from a 6-month break, I do not care that you downed Yogg before TOC came out. I only care that you are undergeared for ICC at the moment and do not know the encounters.
If you were in beta and gave the developers detailed bug reports on your beloved class, so? It only matters that you know what your class can currently do. Your knowledge of beta means squat if you can’t keep current.
If you are an officer in a guild, I do not care how much work you put in when the guild was founded. All those hours online! Nope, don’t care. I only care that you’re sitting on your ass NOW doing nothing.
Guilds that are based on these “firsts” cliques are doomed to fail. Eventually the old members move on, and new members can never “replace” the old members – they always feel like second-class citizens since they can never go back in time and be on equal footing as the “original” members. Eventually (or pretty soon) they move on. Integrate new members or die.
So to these people who expect us to ooh and ahh – no. You don’t get to coast on your past accomplishments. You have to keep on trucking, same as the rest of us.