Lore Sjoberg, in his column in Wired Magazine online has some interesting, and funny, things to say about video game forum goers. I think he’s right on the money. See http://www.wired.com/news/columns/0,72119-0.html?tw=wn_index_5 for the article.
I enjoy looking over the WoW forums. I like checking what other people have said about playing whatever class it is I’m playing (currently Shaman). It’s interesting getting other people’s takes on what the class is about and how to make the most of it. But the whiners … oy.
For every class in just about every forum, there’s a select few that have decided that the game mechanics don’t serve them enough and that, somehow, their $15 a month entitles them to more than everyone else is getting. They’ll whine about their class not doing well enough verses another class or how in situation x they should be able to do y but can’t or whatever. Some are legit complaints by people that are just passionate about the game but others are thinly veiled attempts at making the game compensate for their own inadequacies.
Since there is still a lot of good information out there, I will keep on reading the forums, but I will continue take the comments with a grain (or a dumptruck) of salt.