What will be expressed here are solely based on my experiences in the DC Universe Online game (for the US PS), the community, and my thoughts on the current topics lain. Please note that this thread may hit some sensitive skins and ask that you be civil. There are a few things I wish to address here in this first volume of my rant about this game. What you wont find here is me degrading the developers, any staff from SOE, or blacklisting players. As a huge fan of DCUO that contributed articles that expresses my thoughts and updates (most that you can find over here under the pen name Jin Lovelace), I've concluded that I won't retort to conjectural hypothesis without confirmed data to contest the claims. That is a common meme that I find evident recently in the forums and I wish to try my best to keep such topic on point. What you will find here, however, are some recent experiences that I've undergone in the MMO and the community that drew a lot of concern for myself and a few of my friends that log everyday in attempt a peaceful time. My concerns are as follow.... Harassment There are several definitions that falls under this word but the one that stuck out overtime is the sexual harassment that I've been subjected to. This is an issue that's prevalent in a few of the gaming communities I serve, specifically in Playstation Home. Aside from the sexual eccentric characters that runs rampant across the Gotham and Metropolis maps i.e. names like "DELiCaTE Bottom" and "IEatBooTiie", it seems like the more skimpier your outfits are, the more immaturity arises. To be faced with a lot of teabaggers, emote animations that suggest sexual gestures, and lewd comments all over a character depiction based on a comic character (EmmaG Frost is this character's name) I found endearing to me. While the typical comment would be "if you wear it, you deserve it", I don't feel that I personally should submit to the vitriol due to lacking virtual wear that is consistent to the design intended. The ****-shaming and the slamming, along with the discrimination and the sexism, has been a growing issue and it's needs to be aware of now. If I can't hang at a place where I like the most (since my first time logging into the game) due to the players that want to act like fools "on the interWeBz"--regardless of the idiotic excuse--that is a problem with me and any younger player that logs into the game for legitimate experience. To add to this, I don't find following/stalking a player across the entire map and ignoring pleas for ceasing your actions to be funny to the person that desires to be left alone. Trade & Shout Chats There are times that the ignore option can only go so far to disregard the amount of licentious players. Granted, the shout chat is an open forum for players to discuss on community matters and to have a bit of fun. The offensive vulgarity and lewdness isn't my way of having a good time or to communicate with others. The Trade chat, on the other hand, has become a cesspool of craziness that purveyed me reason to create a custom chat channel to omit Trade from it. Like, I know it's there and available for me but my god, the flaming is ridiculous! If you desire to have a full conversation, why not use common sense to talk via Shout? And even then, why so much of the vulgarity? Why not just keep it in group chat? Low Skill Points Players I've spoke on this tidbit in my article here explaining the importance of Skill Points and why this needs to be aware in the community. I've been around too many players that would argue on how unimportant the feature is and give me exaggerated stories on how they've defeated players that have higher sp than them, which sounds absurd already. And when I say this, I'm talking about players that would have 54 skill points and are entering a high level Raid (Paradox Wave, for instance) where the points actually matter. Instead of being coherent to constructive criticism on how having low sp would crutch the entire team--mind you, it's 5 players out of 8 I've encountered in the instance this week that had a very low count (ranging from lowest 42 to highest being 57)--they all would purvey stories on how they could get through the instance with no issues at all. Let me remind you that if you're entering into T5 instances and sporting 50 or below skill points, I'm sorry to tell you but you're not going to be of any help to any team when they need efficient damage burn, proficient heals and power outs, let alone good aggro control. Feat hunting is tedious, I know and it's great that League leaders are helping players boost their CR and gear. Fine, I don't have an issue with that. But when you're in a League and you're not telling them the importance of this feature, that is a very big deal with me, especially when I'm kicked out of the instance by inexperienced players who don't know what the heck they are doing. Being impatient in an instance by rushing won't solace the whole ordeal; it worsens the situation at hand. This is coming from a player who is looking to play with like-minded individuals that desire to form a solid League and is queuing with randoms. I know this is a bit to absorb. I understand. But this is just part one. I assure if I find anything wrong I'll create a part 2 of it, should anyone be interested. This isn't to say "FIX IT OR I GO" type post; I'm opening up a forum to discuss the matters maturely and hopefully, as a community, we can come with some solutions. If you wish to add anything, feel free to post.