I wonder who broke this generation. Well, Tobold did himself along with people like him. You know, Tobold was a big name in MMO community a decade ago. And he was a staunch defender of accessible gaming, the idea that people regardless of performance are entitled to progress. He loudly debated my idea of “morons and slackers”.
The Millenials were in their formative years back then. They – unlike previous generations – didn’t play ball on the school yard, nor on an arcade game in the mall, they played at home with their computer. Unlike all previous generations, their games weren’t competitive. Half of the schoolyard ball kickers left the field defeated. Those who sucked at shooting aliens ran out of coins fast. But if you played World of Warcraft as a literal cloth-wearing warrior, you could progress. Not because it was good business, WoW stopped growing in the minute they introduced the “accessible” WotLK, but because of politics. Because of the idea of “everyone matters”.
Tobold demanded that change for long. He disagreed that “no lifers” should have an advantage. Yes, I kind-of-agree that no-lifing is the lowest form of skill, but it’s a skill nevertheless. If you work bad jobs 10 hours a day, you still contribute more to the society than a welfare leech and make better money. Tobold – like all the liberals – is an over-educated man who lives isolated from the dumb people. Yes, there are people who aren’t meant for more than grinding. That’s maybe not fair, but that’s how it is. It’s the interest of everyone that the morons at least don’t slack. But where I saw morons and slackers, Tobold saw “people with little time”.
Tobold was a champion of giving in-game progress to those who don’t earn it. Guess what, that’s what millenials learned from gaming: that you are entitled for progress without earning it. If Blizzard could give you a mount for logging in, your workplace can give you salary for showing up. Logical, at least on their level of understanding of the World.
You can’t expect ordinary people to understand the World. That’s why we have norms and laws. Stupid guy doesn’t have to understand that the kinetic energy depends on the square of speed, all he has to understand is that “60” written in the red circle means you must drive below 60. They learn these norms from the society. Their fathers learned that if you suck at playing ball, you get defeated. They learn that logging in gives you an achievement.
Tobold, that’s what you were fighting for a whole decade! Now sleep in the bed you made!