There are a lot of things I should be doing.  In particular, I should be making the gear on my operative the best possible, min/maxing, and generally being leet.  In an ideal world, this would involve:

  • Doing more raiding, likely in pugs, to grind ultimate comms
  • Doing my weeklies to grind ultimate comms
  • Grinding ultimate comms on my alts to buy gear for my main (to smuggle via legacy gear)
  • Getting components to get things crafted (properly weighted enhancements, main hand barrel)
  • Actually getting said things crafted (which means talking to people, ugh)
  • Grinding dailies, on possibly more than one toon, to fund such activities

Note how many times the word “grind” is used in the above list.  This all sounds like a huge nuisance, and I don’t particularly feel like it.  So I won’t.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m still working on my gear, but I refuse to do it in a way I find odious.

Sometimes, all I want to do is level alts and see the story – and I’ll pretty much indulge in that for a while.  While it doesn’t outfit my raiding toon, at least it’s blogging fodder.  Some companion is always doing something moronic to share.  Right now, I’m not really into that – hence the blogging sparseness.  There’s not a lot to say when you aren’t dealing with Corso and his restraining order.

Right now, what I seem to feel the urge to do is heal flashpoints.  So that’s what I’m doing.  There is some benefit to it for gearing purposes, so everyone wins.  I make sure to rotate through my healers to at least maximize my comm haul from finishing the 3-hardmode weekly.  I don’t like running flashpoints on my DPS, so I won’t.  Instead I respecced my mercenary to heal them.  If I’ve rotated through my 3 with my operative and sorc, then I’ll resort to my merc.  I’m pretty terrible as a merc healer.  I find it amusing.

Anyway, there’s no real point to this rambling except that it’s a fucking game and should never feel like a chore.  So I’m treating it like a game, dammit, and I’m unapologetic about that.

Having said that, it’s not OK to inflict your lazy and selfish choices on other people.  My gear is still more than adequate for the content I’m raiding.  If it were not, I would have to choose to either stop being lazy or stop signing up for raids.  Other people should not have to put up with an unaugmented snot, even if it’s “just a game.”

In other news…

I recorded an interview for Ootinicast over the weekend.  I am far better at writing than speaking, as this interview confirmed.  You should listen.  Or don’t.  Whatever.


Being Selfish And Lazy Because It Is “Just A Game” — 5 Comments

  1. Ooh, looking forward to the Ootinicast interview.

    I find this post a bit confusing. Why do you feel you have to grind out gear for your Operative? Are you planning on making her your new raiding toon? It’s just that, I don’t recall ever feeling like I had to grind out gear in this game, except maybe when I was brand new to endgame. My raiding main gets her gear from raiding and that’s pretty much enough – in fact I often end up with lots of spare comms to gear up my alts.

    • Yeah, I’m raiding with my operative now, so I did have to “catch up” for a while. What’s missing is the non-obvious difficult-to-obtain things, like enhancements without sucky itemization.

      I realize now that I didn’t mention any changes to main because it was in flux for a while and I wasn’t really raiding. For a while, I contemplated making my Sorc my main, but my op is MUCH better geared (due to some seriously lucky drops on only 1-2 raids) and getting my Sorc up to that level would require much work, since there’s no way I would be that lucky in drops twice. I’m enjoying the op, so it’s worked out well despite my waffling.

  2. Good. Had to be said, really.

    It’s okay to be lazy when that isn’t affecting others, but when you join a group, you pretty much make a commitment for the duration of the group.

  3. Yeah, I always just roll other alts, when it comes time to do the gear grind. I just can’t see a point to it. I get better and better gear so that I can do harder and more tedious things… to what end, again? I generally aim for basic-comm level gear on me and a companion or two, finish the stories, max companion affection and then they’re put on the shelf. I take them down for events, or if I just really, really feel like it, but I vastly prefer levelling a new alt so I just do that.

  4. It is, at the end of the day, just a game. Committing to ‘grinding’ by which I have always meant ‘doing repetitive content that you aren’t enjoying’ just contributes to MMO burnout. If it isn’t fun, don’t do it.

    Like others said, if you’re on a raid team then it behooves you to get your gear up to the point where you can do the content, but that bar is a lot lower than some people think.

    Your hobby should never feel like your work. Unless you love your work so much you’d do it for free.