Friday, March 13, 2009

Mob Mentality

Where one goes, others will follow...

This is especially true in WoW. How many times has it happened that one person is doing something, and another joins? And then another, and another, and another, all doing the same thing, until it's a huge mob of people?

As WoW players, we love to do it. We love to get in mass mobs of sameness and terrorize the countryside, or terrorize instances. I've witnessed the great Mammoth March, and though I was unable to participate on my diminutive Ram mount, I was able to run alongside, snapping photos. Horde and Alliance alike merged into a relatively single-file line, following the leader seamlessly, even as he went around corners and cut through the middle.

It can be started by something even so innocuous as sitting AFK. Two players, a tauren and a draenei, sat side-by-side on the edge of the landing, mounted on bronze drakes. I didn't have anything to do or any place to be, so I mounted up and say next to them. Then others would run up to us, mount up, and settle around the perimeter. One tauren, lacking a drake, mounted his netherray or danced in bear form. The blob morphed from short line to pyramid to long line, with drakes, protodrakes, wyverns, netherrays, flight forms and hippogryphs, though the majority were always bronze drakes.

Druids, however, are perhaps the most notorious of mobbers. Two druids dancing in a form will suddenly call into existence half the population of Dalaran to appear and dance along with them, forms changing and tranquilities going off, and double hurricanes adding atmosphere. What you aren't always aware of, however, is that we use these groups to discuss current, on-going and troubling issues, as well as to prey upon other classes.


Can you pick out the Horde druids?

6 comments:

Stop said...

Is it perhaps the one named Fattycow? :D

Darraxus said...

Lol. Those versions of mob mentality are fun. The ones where they put anal in front of an ability in trade...not so much.

felkan said...

This is why I always stand around the corner from the bank in that park or hide behind VC.

Gelaende said...

Speaking of mob mentality, sometime last month I was sitting afk in Dalaran on my albino drake, and i come back to see this MASSIVE gathering of drakes >_>

http://s192.photobucket.com/albums/z218/themailstrom/WoW/Gelaende/Drake%20party/

The power of afkers is not to be underestimated...

Bananahamock said...

1) Stop is (obviously) right

2) that's me! yay for teh fat cow!

Matunnos said...

These kind of mobs are always entertaining. Twice now I have ran up to Applebough in Dalaran and started dancing with him in tree form, before I go afk to take care of something around the house and when I come back to the keyboard there will be quite a few trees dancing with "us".