. They replied that many Japanese players aren't very good at English, and it makes them nervous when they can't understand what the English PT members are saying. Miscommunication in a PT can be disasterous. Most Japanese players mean no offense by requesting "JP ONLY." There are bolder Japanese players out there that try to PT with anyone, even if they don't know the language.
This is really quite true.
Several friends in my linkshell often play using the Japanese client, so that they can party with Japanese friends (and other japanese players they have not yet met) and converse natively.
These friends of mine are not Japanese, but they do have some fluency, enough to make good use of the JP client.
Just the other night, one of these friends was telling us in LS chat about the arduous conversation he had just had with one of his JP party members (arduous only because my friend's Japanese was limited enough to make the finer points of this conversation a little difficult to expres).
He was trying to explain to the JP party member that it was perfectly fine that the member didn't speak English, because my friend was happy to translate between the JP members and the the English members.
Evidently, he had a hard time properly explaing that it was OK.
However, another revalation(to him) that came out of the experience was the fact that when many Japanese players say "no thanks" to english-speaking parties, it is because they don't feel they have the ability to communicate effectively enough to make it worthwhile for either side.
My own conversations with Japanese friends have supported this.
Now, my japanese friends happen to have very good English skills, but they agree that not everyone does, and by and large, the general expression of unwillingness to party with englis speakers is not a form of elitism, but rather self-consciousness.
Now, having said that,
yes, I will also acknowledge the fact that there are
Japanese players who do
hold the general opinion that "north american players are bad players, lets not interact with them".
In the same vein, there are north american players who vociferously insist that "japanese players arent 'all that', and people should wise up and stop licking their toes because they're all just a bunch of elitest bastards"
(I hasten to add that with this comment I am not taking aim at anyone in this thread, this is an overgeneralized extreme example, so please Vawn, don't think that I have pointed this at you specifically).
The truth as I see it is simply that there are probably just as many fine japanese players as there are american ones, as well as just as many stupid ones.
I believe the reason that some people hold japanese players in such esteem is because of their particular experiences in japanese parties that were extremely efficient and satisfying, and where they learned a great deal from their partymembers.
There is some justification for the feeling that japanese players (some, not all) are more skilled players; this has to do with the fact that many of them have been playing the game longer than we have, and have really ironed out their skills and understanding of how to make it work well.
The caveat to this is the fact that there are brand new japanese players coming into the game every day, just as there are brand new north american, and soon, european, players too.
I agree that "just because someone says they heard it from a japanese player, therefore it must be treated as gospel" is inapropriate.
But much of the credibility must lie on the person delivering the news.
Some people will take it as gospel because it has the magic word "japanese" attached.
Others who may be more discerning, will be willing to reserve judgement either way until they can find further support of the idea in question.
Apart from having been playing the game longer, we must credit the japanese players for having been maintaining informative sources for longer as well.
I fully appreciate the resources available here at Allakhazam, but that does not diminish the value I have found in other japanese online resources, which often do
have more complete information.
Ultimately, I think that it is neither good to idolize japanese players indiscriminately, nor to lambast them reactionarily because you're sick of hearing about people idolizing them.
We are all people, regardless of the language we speak.
Each one of us is capable of feeling the same joys and angers, loves and pains, stresses and pleasures; and each one of us is capable of being a compassionate, respectful and generous person, or an ignorant, selfish and mean person.
Because of that, I do my best to give everyone the same chances, and try to treat them with the same manner.