As far as I know, this doesn't apply to anybody here. But then again, I don't think I've met more than half of you, so who knows. Anyway, things have built up over time and events during this past week have been the last straw. I've posted this on pretty much all the boards. I only post here so those that know me here, know what I'm feeling right now.
People in the spotlight have always been scrutinized and looked over with a much more detailed eye than most. They got there through accomplishments of sorts, yet they always find themselves under fire. Any little thing they do wrong is taken under a magnifying glass. And since a virtual world is a reflection of the real world, this of course occurs there as well. VMK created a slogan which, I think, sums it up well. "Be the envy of the kingdom." Part of the object of this game is to buy/trade/collect. Collector's items are no strangers to the Disney empire. VMK just follows the standard set forth by reality.
Many of you know me. And many of you who don't have heard of me. And for those that have neither, my VMK title is LittleDragonErin. What I say next, is not to brag or boast, but to give you a little context of why I'm writing this. I have 2 five star infernos and 2 one star infernos. I have green flips. I have green baggy pants. I have the stitch hat. I have a full sparrow suit. I have 10 rooms which, if I put them together, the value of their contents would equal at least ten more infernos. My friend list is full of people who care nothing for what I just said I have. As a matter of fact, many of them do not even know I have half that stuff. I don't have anybody on my list soley for their name or for what they have or for trades. Everybody on my list is there because I enjoy hanging out with them and doing (for the most part) nothing really.
So where does this become a rant? Right about now. Several months ago, I found myself with 8 infernos on my lanyard. A feat for most people. Unbelievable for some. Impossible for many. And it is this last group which decided to drag me through the mud even though they did not even know me. Heck, most hadn't even seen me in the game. They decided it was easier to say I was a cheater/hacker/fraud/scammer than to go find me and ask how I was able to obtain these infernos. But you know what? I didn't care. They could believe what they wanted. I felt sorry for them, for it showed what kind of people they really were. And in such, why would I want anything to do with them. I do have to thank them however. I gained several new and true friends. Total strangers who I never met defended my name. I would later run into them in the game by chance and we've been friends since.
A month and a half later, I acquired green flips, green baggy pants and got my infernos back up to 8. Now, I'd explain how I accomplish this, but that's not what this is about. I'll briefly say that everything except Stitch and Sparrow, I've acquired through good trading. I simply follow the rules of a good trader. I patiently wait for what I'm looking for to become available. And while waiting I collect. I upgrade what I own from buyables to quest. Quest to rare. Rare to very rare. And when what I'm looking for is up for grabs, I find out what the person trading it wants and adjust my offer accordingly. It is that simple. People say if it's that simple, then why isn't everybody as successful? Well it's because they do not understand the simple concept of reading/listening to what the person wants. And I will go into this more later. As for Stitch and Sparrow, I've booked the trip and I've won the suit from the game. Something any "poor" person can do.
So here I am, bags+inferno+flips+stich and what happens? I'm once again dragged through the mud. And this time there's not just one or two posts on one board...but about 10 across almost every VMK message board there is. Now I'm pretty tough-skinned, but that still hurt like hell. People who never even met me were making me out to be dirt.
I read through these posts. And I began to wonder how they justified their claims. After all, if I was what they claimed, then how do you explain the 15 CL's on my friends list? How do you explain me seeing and talking to at least one staff member every other day without them even raising an eyebrow. Even Phinny herself has quieted people's question of my possessions by answering for me. Yet it continued.
Meanwhile, in the game, I was reported. Then reported again. And then 2 more times. (Did I mention that 2 of these reports were from Community Leaders?) Don't get me wrong. It's always great to be paid a visit from a staff member. But when they come into the room and say, "You've been reported again Little Dragon for stealing." That sort of irks me. Of course they are nice enough to tell me. After all, they could just ignore the false report and I'd never know about it. But they have come to me with the news and follow it with only encouraging words that I have no need to worry and that I should just ignore these people.
Ignore these people...I've tried. But sometimes you just can't ignore the rain that keeps pounding on your roof. Sometimes you have to build a little barrier to protect yourself. And so I did.
But this barrier became the next weapon against me. I tried to be nice and answer everybody's questions, no matter how stupid or rude they may be. But it got overwhelming. So, those that nagged and begged and constantly hounded me were ignored. So now I was not only a thief/scammer/cheater/hacker but mean as well. The latest of course being with my recent search to complete my beta collection. I have specific wants and do not at all enjoy scrolling through post after post of stuff I do not want. And I put specific instructions on what to offer and what not to offer on MY thread. Yet, people offer away without reading. Or they read and ignore (as they've openly admitted). And when I respond in kind, I get the labels.
The whispers. The talk behind my back. Let me just make it clear, I hear what goes on. I have friends. Real friends that don't join the gossip. Friends that are as offended by this as I am. I'm a person. I have feelings. You tell a lie about me, and I get hurt. You want to shoot me down...fine! But how about you stand in front of my face and do it! Why are you people such cowards that you need to make up stories and whisper in dark corners about me?
This is a game. Yes, I am good at getting what I want in this game. I am good because I take time to find out what needs to be done. I don't go around wasting time looking for another target to take pot shots at just because they have more than I do. I don't sit around creating stories about people who are more successful than me. I take charge of my character and do what I can do. So the results have been in my favor thus far. So what?
So here I am. I've laid it all before you. You want to say something, here's your chance. Say it. I am SICK AND TIRED OF THE GOSSIP. I am OVER IT ALL.