Damage Meters Corrupt; Absolute Damage Meters Corrupt Absolutely
As part of my guest post inspiration quest, Adam from the Noisy Rogue asked me for my take on how damage meters are used to evaluate DPS classes in WoW. As it was a topic I’d actually had some experience with personally not so long ago, I was pretty thrilled to get the chance to write something up for him.
Oddly enough, my issues weren’t that I was subject to abuse or negativity from other players, but rather it was myself who had been sucked in by the lure of those dreaded DPS charts and corrupted by their number crunching. Having never had any interest in topping charts before, or even how my fellow players performed, I went through a period of becoming increasingly obsessed by it all as I was leveling up my Mage alt. It all went from being a bit of harmless fun to me actually using it as a tool to rate group members and I found myself getting increasing irritated by anyone who I deemed to be underperforming. It wasn’t much fun at all and really diminished the spirit of the game.
Of course now I’m free of the shackles of that maths porn and I’ve been completely clean for weeks. Instead, I’ve found a way to satisfy my inner stats geek by number crunching in Google Analytics. God, that’s such a sexy piece of software.
You can read my guest post about damage meters over on the Noisy Rogue here and, whilst you’re at it, have a poke round the site. Adam’s got some great articles up there.