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The eternal healer and streaming times

The eternal healer
Guys and gals, I went totally overboard when I started playing FFXIV this weekend. No, I did not roll an Elf. No, I did not decide to dress my character up in strange clothes (the game forced me to do that). No, dear readers, I decided to roll a class that cannot heal.

Le gasp. Yes, this is worthy of a French gasp, for it is against the nature of the Chin to play an MMO as a class that cannot dish out HoT’s, provide buffs or support fellow players in any other kind of way. So, why do I like being the healer so much, and why didn’t I roll one this time around?

Let’s answer that second question first. I knew my GF would love to roll a healer, so when she told me she would create a Conjurer, I knew it would be overkill and a terrible leveling experience if we both would play healing classes. Having that base covered, it seemed to be the logical choice to create a character that can kick some serious butt, while my GF would keep him alive. Y’know, division of labor and stuff.

So, me choosing a class like the Lancer in FFXIV has a totally practical reason, but why do I love healing so much? The reason for that is pretty selfish: I love to be needed. It’s nice to know that people need your help: it gives me a warm feeling, and hearing “thanks Chin, I could not have done it without you” even turns a rainy day into a sunny one. Playing a DPS in an MMO always made me feel like being that figurative “fish in the sea”: you were replacable. Of course I know that this isn’t true: if you’re a good DPS, you’re not replacable. Still, a party of five has three DPS, one tank and one healer. And folks, “one” sounds somewhat more special to me than “three”.

Sssht, calm down my DPS buddies. I still love you!

Streaming
Yes, I’ve gotten the taste of streaming, and I’m proud to announce a regular stream night. Every Tuesday night from 20:00 until 22:00 CEST, I’ll be streaming live! If you want to see my play different games (I’ll announce the game beforehand), drop by at twitch.tv/thechindividual. I would love to see as many of you as possible tomorrow night, so I can share my gaming adventures with you!

Three player types that give me healer rage

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Rage is a feeling many gamers will feel when gaming. There’s the rage quit, when you just throw your keyboard out of the window and exit the game forcefully. There’s just general rage, which is often caused by the (perceived) idiocy of your fellow gamers. And then there’s a very specific kind of rage, which is often found in MMORPG’s which cling to the holy trinity of tank, DPS and healer. Some call it “just whining”, but I call it healer rage. Sadly, I am no stranger to it, but my experience with it has taught me that it takes specific types of players to invoke the rage deep in my healing heart. In this post, I want to introduce to you that trio of idiot players that force me to raise the question: “Why the eff do I still enjoy doing this? ”

Type #1 – the heal-hogger
The first kind of annoying player is what I call the heal-hogger: a player who thinks that he is the only one worthy of your healing and that no other member of your party should receive those green, floating numbers. Most often, this player is an unexperienced tank, who lives under the illusion that his survival is the only thing that counts. A heal-hogger will remind you regularly that he is your number one priority, especially when his health gets dangerously close to fifty percent, or when he sees that you dare to heal the top DPS of the party. He’s not just green because of your heals, but also with envy.

Luckily, most heal-hoggers grow out of this behaviour once they understand the game dynamics and the value of every party member. It still takes time though, and their appearance in a pick-up group gets my heart racing in the wrong way.

Type #2 – the “I have a scratch, heal me now!”-dude
Many new healers think that they have to make sure that everyone’s health bar is permanently full. Sooner or later, these young apprentices learn that many end-game encounters do not give you the time, resources or plain possibility to keep everyone’s HP at a maximum. The experienced healer does not fret when a part of the group hovers around half of their maximum health. Everyone’s alive and kicking, so where’s the problem? Well, a certain type of player can be the problem…

This annoying archetype has probably never played a healer himself and does not understand that most of us have to work with a resource budget. He lives under the impression that if just one party member is not at maximum health, the healer is slacking. This player will remind you of your failure, telling you that you’re worthless and should play something else. You know who should play something else? You, you annoying piece of dung. You will appreciate me once you’re at the brink of death because you pulled something. Which brings me to my final annoying player type…

Type #3 – the tank who isn’t the tank
Some people just seem to be always in a hurry. Sadly, many of these people play MMORPG’s, and nothing can be fast enough for them. When the tank dares to slow down a bit because the party can’t keep up, this tank who isn’t a tank will take over his job and charge ahead. Going all Leeroy Jenkins on the party, this often squishy damage-dealer while dive right into a pack of elite monsters, causing his health to plummet. Once he’s dead, and the party is done cleaning up his mess, he will blame the healer for his demise and often ragequit.

Well, you mother of annoying party members, let me tell you something. The reason you’re dead is because you’re an idiot. My heals don’t work on idiots, so you just killed yourself. Remember that the next time you group up with me. Maybe if you calm down a bit and use your grey matter, my heals will detect that increase in IQ and work on you. Until then, have fun paying your own damn repair bills.

Writing this piece already brought up some healing rage, so I guess I better stop now and think about all the players who appreciate a good healer. Yes, believe me, they’re out there, and you should be grateful for having them around. Just stick with them, and you might be able to dodge these three flavours of idiocy I described above.