An ex guildy that stayed on my home server logged into the vent channel we were hanging out in to share the news that he and his new guild just got a server first. “Death’s Demise : Participated in the realm first defeat of Yogg- Saron without the assistance of any Keepers in 25 -player mode”
Regardless of how many other guilds on however many other servers already have it, it was still an awesome achievement for them. With a realm first comes the World Spam – and thus the entire realm knows that a server first had just occurred.
He said after the spam came the whispers and the congratulations, and then the ‘haters’ came, not just publically attacking their achievement in trade channels, but personal whispers at the members of the guild saying that ” they had no life. That they didn’t deserve it Ect. It wasn’t just one person, it was a few.
He was so happy to be part of this achievement, and then to get so many people trying to belittle it, and bring them down, made it a real bummer, souring the accomplishment. We have the phrase Tall poppy Syndrome here in Australia and used elsewhere and taken directly from Wikipedia I think it can apply to this.
” in which people of genuine merit are criticised or resented because their talents or achievements elevate them above or distinguish them from their peers.”
It can be hard to see people achieve when you do not. “It’s just a game” gets shoved down our throat often enough, but most people will agree, that’s it’s a little more then a game to a lot of people – as people get different things from the game. An achievement in game can be worthy of genuine celebration, and I find it horrendous that these ‘haters’ took the time to go out of their way and whisper personally the members of the guild who reached that achievement negative remarks.
Moan in public – still bad form, but that they thought their opinion was valid enough to try and ‘cut them down’ personally. That really reeks to me – it’s bad sportsmanship – and makes you a really nasty person.