The title of this article is a question posed by a member of our AoC guild. The trigger for this question was that he and 3 others were waiting for a slow-spawning boss for a quest. They were standing near the spawn waiting when the boss spawned and a solo player immediately got to it and tagged it. So their group had to wait I don’t know how long for the boss to respawn, when the “offending” player could have just asked into the group and they all could have had it. It seems like this sort of antisocial behavior has been growing more prevalent in recent years. It’s not a new phenomenon though. I remember being a dark elf enchanter in Everquest and there was a guy (not a dark elf) killing guards inside Neriak. As I ran past him, I got a tell; “Give me Clarity.” Excuse me? “Effing give me Clarity!” Umm, I don’t want to. This resulted in a huge string of profanity directed at me. If he had been even a little courteous I would have surely buffed him. As it was, not so much.
Courtesy was much more common, and even expected, in Everquest than it is in today’s games though. I think one of the factors is where players come from today vs. what my circle of friends’ gaming background was when we started.
I have a theory (this should scare you.)