Hi, my name is Peechie, I've been here 4 years and it's recently come to my attention that I'm an elite jerk. No, I didn't have some Newb or noob call me names or some such drama, this is totally a self-realized conclusion. I have recently had the opportunity to observe the playing of this game as a third party and it has been a difficult experience.
I've been spending more time with my ex and our kids (summertime and all) and he recently returned to playing after a 2 year hiatus. I helped him get resituated in Stormreach and then he went off on his own pugging a lot. It has been enlightening to someone who's been in fairly large guilds for a long time. Between the inane advice, potato chips, players who refuse to listen/co-operate, VC spamming and failed reavers (4 in one night), I am starting to marvel at his patience.
Then last night, during another difficult reaver with people yelling at each other, he turned to me and said "This is painful for you, isn't it?". I could not deny it. "Yes," I was forced to admit, "yes it is."
I honestly never really considered myself an elitist jerk and not much more than (as a guildie put it) a casual powergamer. I spend a good amount of time loitering in taverns just gossiping and my knowledge of DDO is still limited. I have my greensteel items but have barely delved into epic stuff. I try to help when it's asked for and occasionally when it's not (you'd be surprised at how many people assume general chat reaches the entire population) but I can deny it no longer. Being guilded has spoiled me (thank you Thac0, love you guys! ) and the rabble of the general populace makes me twitch.
I am an elitest jerk.
/sets out coffee and lights a candle for the Taco Fairy