Can you spot the difference between noob and inexperienced, or maybe uneducated?
I know noobish players get up everyone’s goat, usually after just one glance or experience.
Things like these earn a player the title of noob:
- Unsockected or incorrectly gemed gear.
- Turning up at the wrong instance
- Wearing gear with the wrong stats.
- Rolling on gear that is more appropriate for another class.
- Inability to kite
- Inability to trap
- Asking “stupid” questions
- Not using correct rank spells
- Not being able to find your way back through an instance after a wipe.
- Selling things for the wrong price on the AH.
- Not knowing the little red man means you need to repair your gear.
The list goes on and on. I am sure you can think of many more yourself.
Real Life Noob
Something happened to me over the weekend that made me reevaluate my labeling of noobs.
Now admittedly this is unrelated to WoW, and it was such an extreme situation that it was perfectly obvious, but it caused those fused wires in my brain to fire and set off that light-bulb sitting above my head.
While mowing the lawn I could hear distant calls from my son. He was standing at the closed front door screaming at me to open it so he could join me.
Thing was, he had just left me, run through the open back door to get to the front door.
So I told him patiently to go around the back, but then that insidious WoW noob frustration meter peaked and I unkindly thought:
Geez, why couldn’t he work out something that easy by himself
Of course, immediately afterwards I chastised myself for the thought. A 2.5 year old doesn’t think in the same way, or of the same available options, as a nearly 42 year old.
That’s when the light-bulb lit up.
WoW is often criticized as an easy mode game. In fact that is something that attractive to both 1st time and hardcore players. The majority of the game is simple point and click, but there are challenges presented that keep hardcore players on their toes.
What often separates the noob from the leet player is awareness of the options and education into the best way of doing things.
I think it is widely accepted that the percentage of players that research the game, from class mechanics through to instance and raid guides is relatively low. At least the QQ around raid groups that don’t read guides appears quite frequently, and these players are more often than not considered to be good at their class.
What developmental age are they?
I dare say that the majority of noob players are at a wow development stage that equates to pre or primary school. They are keen to explore and learn, yet have not yet gained the knowledge and experience to move them into a later stage of development.
Related to this of course is the danger in feeding the noob fish, rather than teaching them how to fish.
There is a good chance that the enthusiasm to play can also be fostered into an enthusiasm of learning about the game. Assuming of course that they haven’t had either:
- Information delivered on a platter, ensuring they have never developed the desire to research. Or
- Their 1st forays into questions rebuffed with noob titles, this preventing them from ever accepting assistance from experienced players.
I am going to strive to maintain a similar level of patience with noob players as I do with my son. I figure that they deserve the opportunity to grow and learn in the game as everyone does outside of the game.
Of course, it occurs to me that I am still a noob, especially since WoLK came to us. At level 76.8 I still can’t find instance entrances, and with only 2 zones and 2 instances cleared so far, I would undoubtedly appear as a noob to the average level 80.
Gnomer and Out!
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