I've always seemed to wonder about individual server pride, and how it effects the behavors of those on the servers. And I honestly say as a whole, we have a really powerful love/hate relationship for this server.
We are (one of if not)the most populated server in the game. Consecutivy, we have the worst economy. We also seem to have the hottest drama, or rather the most of it. Comparitivly all the other servers get a along well in price, JPN/NA relations and general in game copperation. Is this crouding causing our current problems? Perhaps. There are alot of people around, which means we have alot of varying type of players.
We have the good, the bad, the beautiful and the ugly all in one batch. But does that make the majority of us as individuals that much intolerable? What exactily makes people happy, and what makes people edgy? Honestly, I beleive it is mearly a problem with spacing. There are only so many zones, so many exp mobs, so many HNM's to hunt. If we were not bumpting into eachothers bisuness as much I beleive we would be genrally happier about things.
I have seen completely differnt, but equally respectable people snap at eachother for the smallest most insignifigant things. I too have problems when I get into the game, which usually just cools right off when I take a step back, give my computer a rest and entertain myself with somthing else. This is a trend I have seen in other players as well. Going on, playing for a while, getting so far, gettring frustrated all over again and taking a break.
We do so much as a server. Ballista Matches seem to have a good running on their own. You never know what sort of Conquest results might happen one week to another, while others seem to have the same order on every week. (granted ours does occasionally settle but it spices up at least once every month)
I remember back in the days of last Chirstmas when people from every country and trend was after the runaway Treants all over Midgard, it was chaotic, crazy even, but everyone had fun and had gathered together for a good cause. There was alot of pride in the server as we worked together, fireworks went off everywhere when we defeated a Treant people were spamming /dance macros and it was a happy time...
Are those happy times over? Or are we just wating for another event to bring us together? I dont think so... whenever a high level mob gets CFH, I see parties band together in high numbers to drag it down quickly, and people throwing raises to the fallen. People of high levels still pause from their farming to escort a lower level to certain locations, even though they are complete strangers. So many good acts hidden beneath all the bad, are we really all so diffrent in the end?
I hear alot of people complaining about the bad things on this server, and one of the questions I always ask is. "Why dont you leave?" My most common reply is that this palce is where their friends are, where they first started the game... they treat it like their home... I do too. No matter how bad things get, I am not leaving here, cause I know that in the end its all worht it to spend time with firends, and conquer the chalanges that even other servers do not face.
We are Midgardsormr, no matter what nation, race, class, level, linkshell, or static party you are in. That means somthing to me. I hope it means somthing to all of you too.
So for the Chains of Promethia releace... lets see the pride of our server shine again. It would be nice to see more smiles than angry faces around as we journey together.