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In Response to the Griefer

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Azie avatar Azie
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Level 57 : Grandmaster Grump
After posting a thread entitles "Griefers, why do you grief?", I decided to post some of my ideas here and why I disagree with the views held by griefers.

Upon posting, my most immediate question was, "Do these people who destroy in-game, carry over this behavior into their everyday lives?"

Most of my responses were, "No, the would get in trouble if the burned a house down." I am not talking about serial arson or breaking and entering or theft. I am talking about cruelty and finding fun in watching the sadness and frustration of others. Surely not all of these people would act this way if I came to their home to talk to them about it.

As the the justifications for their actions, many complained that the things they destroy are not real and therefore, their builders should not be attached to them. Here is where I disagree.

As stated in my thread on the third page:

A photographer spent hours trying to take a picture of a deer in the woods, setting up his tri-pod and changing out his lenses while waiting for a deer to pass on the tail, then finally got the perfect shot.

He began to drive home when he stopped at a gas station. A passerby notices his equipment and asks if he is a photographer. The man is excited to share his work and goes to his car to retrieve the picture.

When he hands it to the passerby, this person shreds it into pieces. The man gasps and asks why this person would do this and they reply, "It's just a picture. It's not even a real deer. It is a piece of paper. You can go take another."

But this photographer spent hours waiting and setting up just the right shot. He now has an emotional attachment to this picture, even though he could easily repeat this process and take another picture of another deer.

I see all Minecraft builds as art. This game is just as much a way as expressing yourself as painting or photography or graphic design. I sincerely hope that, if you are a griefer reading this, I would hope you would consider how cruel you are being to others when you break and burn others' creations. All people deserve to share their art in peace.

I know this post will not do much, and that the voice of one person is only that, one. I do, however, hope that in the process of reading this, I will change the views of one person. Maybe they can send the message along.

I do not own the picture in my thumbnail for this post. I found it on Google and tried to trace the original source for credits. If you are the original poster of this screenshot, please tell me and I will add credit to this article.

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10/29/2020 6:11 pm
Level 45 : Master Necromancer
ToDream avatar
I haven't been griefed yet because I don't have a server yet but when I'm finished working on mine I'm going to take every single precaution to make sure NOBODY can destroy my hard work.
05/20/2017 11:41 am
Level 82 : Elite Jarl
Aspirin60 avatar
I have make the same experience...People is jealous or just evil ...
01/11/2016 6:40 pm
Level 5 : Apprentice Archer
qwEArfzwsertgredtyhr avatar
I Hope More People Read This!
03/31/2015 11:48 pm
Level 35 : Artisan Architect
Rho569120 avatar
Well put. Consideration is a hard thing to come by, especially on the internet.
02/09/2015 4:24 pm
Level 30 : Artisan Dragonborn
funny bunny
funny bunny avatar
Took me a while, but I diamonded all of your awesome posts.
02/09/2015 4:25 pm
Level 57 : Grandmaster Grump
Azie avatar
Wow, thanks! :) I appreciate the support and I'm glad you like my content. :)
02/10/2014 9:34 pm
Level 36 : Artisan Prince
n8mo avatar
I wish people would take blogs like this more seriously, if they did, running my old server would've been around 500 times easier, every day I'd log on, I'd have at least 10 /mails asking me to rollback someone's land, on top of that, people would assume I knew where their base was, and not give the coords of the structure.

Thanks for this.
02/09/2014 9:51 pm
Level 10 : Journeyman Pirate
LordAskelon avatar
Now I do agree with this for the most part. I feel that griefing is sometimes acceptable but generally not. Doing it for the "fun" of it is not. The only way I feel that it can be condoned is if it was during, or in the aftermath of a war. War-grief, I feel, is different. Things that are beautiful, such as great works of construction etc., should be spared. It should only be done if it is absolutely necessary, or if it is needed to send a message. But it is almost always wrong.
02/09/2014 9:56 pm
Level 57 : Grandmaster Grump
Azie avatar
This blog was written aimed at people who target servers who don't allow grief and whose community is against it for the most part, which is why they joined the server. If it's allowed in the rules, then go for it, I just feel that being intentionally mean to others on servers where they hope to avoid it is way too far.
02/10/2014 4:33 pm
Level 10 : Journeyman Pirate
LordAskelon avatar
I must agree, such people are lesser beings and should be treated as such. They deserve nothing less then to have their accounts hacked, unless they repent of course. But then, I'd just take the Dark Angels approach with them.
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