Gearscore, the World of Warcraft app which decides how good your equipment is and assigns you a score, is loved by some, and despised by many others. It has long been used as a way for raid-leaders to decide who is worthy to join them on their terribly important expeditions, without requiring them to waste any thought on treating the candidates as individual human beings who are more than the sum of their equipment slots.
Today, Gearscore has been taken over by Ten Ton Hammer, and it has become Playerscore.
So now it’s not just your stuff that’s being rated and dismissed. It’s YOU!!!!
So, what is Playerscore?
PlayerScore is a way to get information about WoW characters, and help figure out how competent they might be. Not only does it provide automatic scores and profiles, it allows players to rate each other. You can view PlayerScore info in-game or on the Web, whichever you prefer.
Some of it is gathered and uploaded via our AddOn and Updater. Much of the profile data is pulled from the WoW Armory.
Allowing player-rating will be gamed by the guilds, and place individuals at even more of a disadvantage in the ratings than they already were.
For me, the most ugly aspect of Playerscore is that you have no choice as to whether it will have power over you. We did not ask this unaccountable corporate entity (currently Master Games International Inc) to become the arbiter of who gets to do what in WoW. It does not ask you to opt-in to the system. You can’t even fully opt out. You can choose not to use it yourself, but that won’t stop it from being used against you. I consider this to be the greatest fault with the system. It should allow you to log on to its website, and tell it to stay the hell out of your business.
Only when that is possible will a sufficiently large number of people be able to make a stand against this mindless and dehumanising add-on. Of course, the way that it essentially forces people that want to raid to use it, through peer-pressure, is the key to its success, so I would not expect to see that change any time soon.
We are not the sum of our inventories. We are not numbers. We have context.
“I will not be pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, briefed, debriefed, or numbered. My life is my own.”