I’m not a fan of addons and I’ve never shied away from saying I wish they would all be banned and the default UI’s improved.Â Among the many problems they cause, I didn’t give much thought to how they could sink to a whole new level of awful.Â I’ve always been appalled by the prolific use of the Gearscore addon in WoW.Â It assigns a number to you based upon what you are wearing.Â Â Based upon that number, people judge you.Â That’s it.Â That’s all they have to go on.Â You were a number to everyone around you.Â Oh, you’re a 4,000?Â Sorry… we really need a 4200+.Â It became so widespread that I even downloaded it and used it because it was -required- to give people your number (which they would check) just to do anything.Â On one hand it’s nice having a quick way to see where you’re at gear-wise as a benchmarking tool, but on the other it leads to bigger problems like those that follow…
Gearscore is now known as “PlayerScore” and it’s owned by TenTonHammer.com.Â I equate TTH to the slimy used car salesman of websites.Â For a while they were one of the “trusted” sites in the MMO community.Â I actually watched the site grow from nothing to what it is today.Â Now I won’t even allow them in my Firefox Noscript — that should say a lot.Â They go out of their way to make their website a miserable experience to all but those who pay them money via this “premium membership”.Â They throw ads at you left and right and withhold content and exclusives that other websites give for free to all but those who are paying them a subscription.Â Users of “PlayerScore” are called “customers” by the folks at TTH — It’s right on their website in their FAQ.Â They then entice you to become a premium member.Â It’s disgusting (This tool’s comments say it all).Â They’re attempting to monetize on their newly acquired addon (illegal) in such a way that skirts the line so that they’re not shut down.
Aside from my personal distaste for the new owners, let me point out why this addon is taking it way too far.Â You can now rate other players with a thumbs up or thumbs down system.Â Don’t like them? Rate them down.Â Lose a piece of gear to them? Rate them down.Â Just feel like arbitrarily rating people down?Â Go for it!Â Feel like boosting your rating?Â Have your guild boost you!Â It’s the most rediculous system I have ever heard of and it’s catching on.Â Soon it will be, if it isn’t already,Â “What’s your score?Â 7500?Â Okay cool.Â Let me check your feedback online.Â Give me one moment. … … .. I see you have sixteen negative ratings.Â Sorry, we’re full.”Â Don’t think it will happen?Â Don’t kid yourself.Â It’s taken even further than that.Â The addon scores you on its own based on how you do in PvE and PvP.Â It gives you a score for those.Â It also scores your guild and gives it a rating based on various criteria.
This addon does nothing but pass judgment and provide players with the opportunity to once again degrade the game by assuming an addon has the ability to actually reflect the player and their abilities.Â “Who is best at raiding in your guild” or “Who is best at X in your Y”… awful.Â Players should still be capable of determining these things on their own.Â This is, after all, one of the few things that games like WoW still have… the ability for you to interact with others to perform the repetitive tasks of raiding and grouping.Â Gone are the days of interacting with others by getting to know them, but we’re not so far gone that we can’t think for ourselves.
I’m issuing a call to action to Blizzard and any other company facing similar abuse:Â Ban this UI addon (and others like it) and investigate Ten Ton Hammer’s participation in your addon community.Â Blizzard already expanded their own item level (iLvl) default system in-game.Â Expand it a little bit more to reflect some character statistics and we’re set.Â We don’t need any more of these horrible addons and their shady owners making things worse.
I won’t use this addon for myself or my guild.Â I’ve already encouraged several friends and guild members not to use it and some have already uninstalled it.Â I suggest you do the same.