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Gearscore Becomes Playerscore… Oh Crap.

Note: This post is about the addon Gearscore, recently bought by Ten Ton Hammer, and its evolution into “Playerscore.” PS rates the person behind the keyboard instead of just their gear. It’s like an e-peen meter mixed with a popularity contest.

My days of douchebaggery are done people! Done. No longer can I /strut or /flex in an instance and get away with it. No more can I  boot people because they “suxxors.” And, holy crap, no longer will you find me AFKing at the start of a dungeon, oh no.

You know what? I think I might even have to re-assess what it means to be a “good player” in modern day WoW.  Now that people can give me a thumbs up or thumbs down and proclaim to the world my caliber as a person, it’s time to look again at where exactly my priorities are. Bios will be the first to go. People don’t like to wait. And when my sister comes over, if she, like, falls or something, that kid is on her own. The mage needs his badges! But, so help me, if he doesn’t come packing a Fish Feast he is SO done. I wonder how I can get full a set of full epics at level 82? This will require some thought!

Maybe there’s an upside to this. If I have to think about them, they have to think about me too! I’m the tank, healer, and that means the DPS die before I hit 50% health. And, hunter? Pull another group and I will so down-vote you. And, hey, DPS? My groups have a 6k minimum… and that’s if you don’t want a vote at all. 5999? No good-thumb for you! 5998? L2P and GTFO. You have officially made the black list.

Needless to say, I find this utterly retarded. Do we really need another way to rank each other? Theoretically, having a d-bag rating is a good idea. In practice, the average WoW PuG is too self-centered to ever make this work. Real life happens but try to tell that to Legollas. The baby can wait, amirite? The only thing this does is give the mouth-breathers more power than they’ve ever had. This addon is based on altruism that the Internet Meanie Theory (NSFW) says probably won’t exist.

My question: where’s the recourse once everyone realizes they can downvote people whenever they choose?

Maybe it won’t pick up. It’s not like anyone uses gearscore anyways. Link.

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  1. Stabs

    I feel like I missed the start of this conversation. Is this an addon or is this actually a feature of the game?
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    1. Chris

      I put a link at the end but I’ll put a little clarification at the top. You’ve probably heard of the addon “Gearscore”. It’s been bought by Ten Ton Hammer and they’ve expanded it so it’s now “Playerscore.” It does the same thing but it now involves ranking players themselves based on how you feel they did in a dungeon. If you’re happy with someone, thumbs up. Unhappy, down. The “average” player doesn’t get a thumb at all. In effect, it ranks your ability to place nice with others. Nice in theory, bad in practice.

  2. Bruennor

    I currently have the addon and I hate it. I use to use gearscore to get a feeling for how well the group will perform. I never used it to exclude people from the group but if I start seeing problems in a run then I begin to examine dps meters and gearscore to determine who isn’t playing to their caliber.

    This new playerscore is stupid. The whole idea of having people rate you is a dumb idea. Most people when they die or lose out on something are most likely willing to blame someone else then take responsibility for it. I’m a healer normally and the first thing a DPS does when he dies is blame the healer. Now he has the power to rate me a thumbs down because he can’t move out of a fire.

    Joy… I guess I have to be nice to the DPS player who can’t understand that standing in fires and receiving no heals is his fault and not mine.

    Bruennor

    1. riki

      I see what you mean. Especially in the days of Wrath of I-Must-Get-This-Purple-Right-Now, PlayerScore would have been a bad idea. Even now, people can get kicked from groups and possibly down-rated for some stupid reason like not having above-average gear or for not healing someone through something that can’t be healed through. You can even get kicked if nothing went wrong.

      Hopefully, as the endgame gets harder, players will work closer together to get things done, assess strengths and weaknesses, and not point fingers at each other. (Although from all the FFXI horror stories I’ve heard and read, a harder game might not make a better community after all.)

      But what about a player who messed up a lot before but starts reading up on strategies and improves later on? Will that player need to reroll just because of a low PlayerScore?

  3. Redhawks

    I hate the ability to downvote and upvote on the new PlayerScore. However, I have loved one ability of the new GearScore in that it actually looks at your spec when determining your GearScore. If I’m in my moonkin spec and I have my feral tank gear on, it will tell me immediately since my GS will drop to 3k, which is practically impossible in Cataclysm. I also used it for what it was meant for in the first place. Finding if an item is an upgrade or not for me. Just because something is a higher iLevel does not mean it is an upgrade. I would have to be in the right spec to make this work, but it works wonders.

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