A few years ago, when I first used to call players carebears, there was a lot of good-natured responses. People didn't mind being called carebears, just as people didn't mind being called traders, etc. But it seems carebears are getting tired of being called carebears. And they're getting angry. Very angry.
I actually find this really, really amusing. I laugh a lot at these people who get so angry. But I wonder what it means when you look at it as a reflection of society itself...
It's a game, and yet there are a lot of people who take it far too seriously. They treat this game as if what happens in it is so very, very important to their personal wellbeing and their life. They take in-game actions personally, as if people are threatening their very existence outside the game by what they do in the game.
And when they come up with these ludicrous statements that I'm a carebear as well because I complain about carebears, that's just stupid. If I complain about criminals, does that make me a criminal?
A carebear is someone who wants the rules changed so they're not so adversely affected by in-game events. They're the people who cry and whinge and hate when someone takes something from them. Real life death threats are an occasional occurrence.
I complain about carebears because it's fun to do so.
My belief is that people who rage in-game are people who rage out-of-game. If someone threatens to kill you as a result of what you do in-game, it really shows how stable they are in real life. That's right - they're unstable, to the point that they actually want to physically kill someone for doing something in a game.
So, I think we should engage in a campaign to help carebears stop playing the game. If they don't play, they won't get so upset. They'll find something that's more enjoyable for them.
So we should do everything we can to bring that carebear rage out in these people, and point out to them that there are other things they could be doing with their time than spitting with rage at their computer screen. They could be sitting under a tree with their loved ones, having a picnic and watching their children playing in the park. That would be much better for them than playing a game that enrages them.
What are your thoughts on this ongoing carebear issue that detracts from the carebear's enjoyment of the game? What will you do to help the carebears decide this game is not for them? You could be helping save a life, preventing them from having a heart attack in the near future. Or even keep them out of prison, because you get them to leave the game before they decide they want to kill someone.
My input into saving these people's lives is blogging about it. What will you do? Leave your thoughts and suggestions in the comments section. And if you're a carebear and feel like raging, get a tissue first, so you can wipe the spit off your monitor afterwards.