So far as I understand, internet epeen is the equivalent of the guys that drive around big trucks or boats to feel secure in their masculinity.
In Warcraft, this epeen is measured by glorious self-destructing add-ons such as Recount and GearScore (GS). I say self-destructing because I have seen people become so obsessed with their DPS or GS that they tend to lose complete sight of things like standing in bad, aggro, or respect for other players.
While I can’t say I’ve never measured my ‘epeen’ using Recount, I am at least proud to say that I haven’t ever used GearScore. I don’t need some made up number to tell me I can or cannot down a certain boss. Intelligent players know that bosses are downed with skill and coordination and gear only helps make that a little easier. Outgearing an encounter also allows you to make mistakes without as much penalty (in some situations).
All this thought about epeen comes to light because last Friday night was the guilds “Good-bye to ICC-25” night. I did not participate because I don’t care for 25-mans at all. They used to have a pretty good group that ran consistently and did seem to be progressing initially, but then the group sort of fell apart, they PUG’d lots, weren’t progressing and people left that group to go to ones that would progress further. I was sad to hear it stopped, but it did. After several weeks there was a 10-man that formed on the same night, and a few of the people overlapped. This group did very well very quickly and saw Kingslayer in 2 to 3 weeks. Good times, but last Friday with the rescheduling of the ICC-25 man, the groups were going to be conflicting and people that had been coming to the 10-man signed up for the 25-man instead.
Now, it’s everyone’s game, so they can do as they wish, I’m not going to criticize, but I was trying to figure out why people would choose a 25-man that might not progress as far over a 10-man that would be certain to reach LK in one night? I was met with the answer that it’s gear. I didn’t fully understand this. Again because I am not concerned with item level since that does not make or break anyone’s ability (especially the difference between 251 and 264). But apparently it was enough to drive people to what could have been a raid with less potential. I don’t mean to presume that everyone that went with was after gear, but I do think it was a big motivator for some people.
As it turned out the group didn’t do as well as 10-man groups may have potentially done. They got to Prof. Putricide and that’s where the night ended. I felt bad for those that were going to go with the 10-man but instead ended up going to the 25-man due to pressure and because the others signed up for the 25-man.
Unfortunately, this was another victory for those that love their GS and a loss for those quality players who know that Skill > GearScore. Even last night as people started linking their greens and blues from new Cata zones, someone had to remind people: Itemization > GearScore. I saw someone equip a new item because it had a better gear score but had less spell power than the current one. That didn’t seem to make any sense to me at all! But it’s all about the shiny and new I guess!
Again, I don’t want to criticize, but I do know that I tend to shy away from playing with those that are constantly bragging about, checking out, and reporting their GearScore. Of course the same goes for DPS meters. If the boss got dead, I really don’t care what your GearScore or DPS was, because the goal was accomplished and in many cases where you aren’t racing an enrage timer, you can still kill a boss whether you do 4000 DPS or 4250 DPS.
I seem to feel that since I’ve revised this over so many days now, I have sort of lost the point to this ‘epeen’ post. I guess it’s just that because you have a little more DPS or a little more GearScore doesn’t actually make you better than anyone in our virtual little world. Instead of thinking you’re awesome with your fancy pants, be awesome with your helpfulness, respect, and silently awesome skills. Besides, no one likes a bragger.