This is a scenario that happened to me in the F2P MMO Perfect World. I was just playing the game cause I was needing my MMO fix and thinking about FFXIV so much, and hey it's free.
I was playing as the Tank class minding my own buisness and trying to solo, just goofing not being serious. The level I was at enabled me to change to my beast form after I did this quest and killed these mobs.
So I was trying to kill the mobs and this Archer dude kept killing them before me, and he kept doing this knock knock thing on me to challenge me to duel. I just stayed quiet and would click the knock knock and answer no, it's automatic you don't really reply. Then he continued to kill the mobs and continued to knock, and I would click it off. Eventually I would just let the knock dissappear by itself, he kept doing it that many times. It later got to the point where I just sat down and made my character rest, cause he seemed like he wouldn't stop. At that point he said in chat where all could see "well *** u den."
Now just from that example it shows how it affects ppl. I wanted to solo, wasn't being offensive and was playing the way I wanted to, but in his mind I was the @#%^? Players think cause they can fight you that you have to accept, or you are less than. It affects the experience you have in the game, and to me is really not needed.
If I wanted to fight I would play Street Fighter or Mortal Combat, but that's just me.
Edited, Aug 11th 2010 11:04pm by Tolerance4u
I've experienced that very same scenario in so many MMO's that feature PvP. I'm not opposed to PvP, but personally, I PREFER PvE. Sure, it's fun to hang around when bored with friends, and trade blows, see who's faster at clicking hotkeys. It doesn't hurt to compare yourself against your peers, see who's spec is better, etc. But when the mentality of "Why WON'T you fight me?" starts to build up, it gets annoying. I also played a F2P (don't get me started on how much I hate those now) that had seperate PvP and PvE channels within the same server. So if you want to do one or the other, go there. Not like you can't talk to your friends since you are still on the same server.
Yet people started to complain on forums on how there isn't ENOUGH PvP, and wanted to force all channels (there were like 14 in a single server) to PvP status. I could never wrap my head around how people could cry about such a thing, when they had multiple choices in where to go to do PvP. Yet they had to come back to the PvE realms and bicker about lack of PvP again. I was on a PvE channel cause I didn't feel like getting harassed while doing quests and such. When the powers that be created an All PvP server finally, it was glorious. Everyone who wanted PvP onry, jumped ship and left. It was quiet for about 2 months. Then they all came flooding back. PvP servers were too boring. Epeening ensued once again in the world chats. Harmony was shattered.
Point being: getting PvP and PvE to co-exist isn't impossible, but it's hard to find balance. There will always be those who just want to play the game with friends and have fun exploring, etc. Then there will be those who have the desire to prove themselves by challenging others, and get their fun that way. Even though I never really played it, I liked the Ballista idea in FFXI. Give some area where people can war against each other or w/e.
This is true too. Once you add SOME PvP, people will want more. There are far too many "internet tough guys" out there who exist solely to ruin someone else's day, and anything that stands in their way, they will rage over. Why should someone else have to be in an arena; why can't I attack them anywhere? Why do they have to agree to a duel; why can't I just attack whoever I want?
Do people remember the WoW episode of South Park? That was a ganker's wet dream. The ability to run and jump around a server completely naked and be able to one shot EVERYONE on the server. The ability to cause people SO MUCH GRIEF that they quit the game in frustration. There are THOUSANDS of people out there who, when faced with the knowledge that someone quit a game because they were ganked repeatedly, would consider this a personal achievement.
And you know what? I don't want them anywhere near XIV.
Now before someone says this, I'll beat you to it: No, not all people who PvP are like this. There are quite a great deal of reasonably intelligent people who believe in fair fights, consensual combat, and a "gg" afterward. Again, I shall take not one, but TWO examples from WoW where I killed someone of the opposite faction who was attacking quest NPCs, and ended up having a fun conversation with them through one of us creating a level 1 alt and just chatting back and forth. For all the ********* there are genuinely nice people who just enjoy a little friendly competition.
The problem is, the ******** ruin it for everyone. For every 8 year old that wants a red rider BB gun to shoot at a target, there is an 8 year old who would shoot as his sister or put his own eye out. For every 12 year old that will use their cell phone responsibly for emergencies, there is a 12 year old who will run up a $1000 phone bill with texting. For every 14 year old that can be trusted to be back before sundown, there is a 14 year old who will show up at 4 AM.
Fact is, some people just have no **** respect for anyone and everyone else has to suffer because of it. With my sincere apologies to the people who can behave themselves, some people just can't.