WoW: The Language BarrierIn FFXI, there is a very obvious language barrier. A high proportion of our players are Japanese, which can, of course, lead to difficulties in communicating.
I'm used to this.
That's fine with me. If they managed to learn that language, they can go right ahead and use it.
Honestly, I wasn't expecting a big language barrier when I started playing WoW. As I understood it, the majority of players were english speakers.
Apparently, I was wrong.
No, no one was speaking Japanese.
Instead, everyone finds it easier to shout everything using abbreviations.
SHOUT>> DPS LFG DM PST
That's a sentence.
LFG I knew. We use that one in FFXI, too.
After speaking with a translator, I came to find this meant a melee fighter was looking for a group to run through Deadmines and that anyone interested should send him a tell.
I will grant you that the shout was very concise.
If Blizzard charged by the word, this guy would be saving a fortune.
But they don't.
So, really... The whole thing is unnecessary.
Can it honestly be saving you enough time to make it worthwhile?
Would the people in your Guild make fun of you is they saw you using vowels?
I could maybe understand if this was in the heat of battle and he was trying to convey important information quickly.
That shit is important.
This guy, however, was in a city.
Just standing around.
What's he saving time for? Does he have a dinner party that he's going to be late for if he uses twenty more letters?
And everyone does it. The whole city chat is filled with people yelling random combinations of letters.
PSTs and WTBs.
Somewhere, Vanna White is weeping.
Yes, I figurd out what they meant. It's really not that hard given a little bit of knowledge into the game.
That's not the point.
Cutting out letters for no other reason than to see how badly you can butcher the English language and have it still function is entirely wrong.
That's how AOL started.
Is that how you want to end up? Really?
Nobody wants to see that happen.
It's bad enough we have one AOL.
I'm not saying that you should stop using game-related slang or anything. That's just a natural part of the MMORPG experience.
Like joining your first linkshell/guild.
Or ignoring your wife.
It's just one of those things you do.
But if you're going to type a message, type the whole message.
Vowels and everything.
Let's pretend we're not all 12 year-old girls on MSN, k?
Man, that shit pisses me off.
Now, if you'll excuse me, I've got to go PUG a DM run.