Why do I sometimes feel guilty when playing WoW?
It’s not because I play too much, or have other duties that I neglect, it’s far more understated than that.
It’s because of some of the things I do inside the game … I know this may sound like I’m coming out as a severely brutal griefer or corpse camper right now, but don’t worry, I’m not here to scream “IT’S JUST A GAME” at you. In fact, I’m trying to convince myself of exactly that.
I, and circa a hundred other players, were fighting Oondasta yesterday. I was not in a raid and took care of my own healing the best I could, it’s still a wipe fest really, healing or not. But he finally went down and I got my loot – “A Shiny Pile of Refuse”. Unexpectedly, it contained a white kitten carrier and since I already had a white kitten, I thought I’d just sell it on the auction house.
UNTIL Noelani pointed out the tragedy of finding a small kitten in a huge pile of dinosaur poo AND then choosing to just sell it. If that is not cruel, then I don’t know what is!
… You know, I actually do.
It’s even more cruel to force this little pooey “white” kitten into pet battles, where I can choose to force it to fight for me. It may even die because of my evil blood sport hobby of pet collecting and battling.
I think Noelani knew this too because he offered to take the kitten and take good care of it, even though he already has one. After I’m done writing this post, I’ll log in and the fate of the kitten will be sealed. I hope no one bought the pooey kitten (maybe for their own sake too).
In relevance, consider the case of the guy below, Huggalon the Heart Watcher.
We ran into him when leveling a couple of alts and we couldn’t decide whether to kill him or not. He isn’t a clear cut case as so many other bosses and elites otherwise are. What to do?
Kill him because:
- He’s there to be killed, right? (or is he there to force us to have horrible ethical dilemmas ABOUT killing him?)
- He’s got a mean look on his face, he’s probably evil
- Look at all the skeletal remains under his huge boots
- He looks like he might appreciate being put out of his misery
- He drops a B.B.F. Necklace
Don’t kill him because:
- He’s sitting there looking like a lost abandoned child (which is pretty accurate since he is the missing fifth watcher from the Vault of Archavon and Captain Planet reference)
- His name is Huggalon the Heart Watcher
- He has a huge bow in his hair
- He is not hostile, but neutral
- There is no real gain from killing him, only the necklace, which you then STEAL from him, and that is creepy. Who steals B.F.F. necklaces?
The comments on Wowhead suggest I’m not the only one with this dilemma. People say that all Huggalon ever wanted was a nice big hug and some feel really bad after they killed him. Why are we feeling bad? It’s just a game, there’s no denying that, the only consequence is that he respawns 20 minutes later for someone else to mull over this dilemma.
So, do you think I killed him?
And, would you be able to kill him yourself, and not feel just a little bit guilty about it?