March 27, 2017

10 Stereotypes in Wizard101

A stereotype is a widely held but fixed and oversimplified image or idea of a particular type of person or thing. Like it or not, you can find them everywhere. We are all probably familiar with the stereotypes in our own cultures, but what is often less thought about is stereotypes in internet cultures. In this post, I've compiled ten stereotypes you can see in Wizard101 in reverse alphabetical order.

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10. The All Access Alumnus

This stereotype assumes that anyone who is a max level has completed the game and has access to all the areas. They could be a Crowns player who occasionally bought membership cards, meaning their access is limited. They could be a completionist, and have done a lot of side quests and dungeons, so could've maxed out early. Level is a guideline for this, not a rule.

9. The Canny Consumer

This stereotype assumes that anyone with a Crowns item has Crowns. Some Crowns items are possible to get for free with crafting, farming, or through other means like gifting. Yes, it's a safer bet to assume that someone with a Crowns item has Crowns over someone without one, but it's no guarantee.

8. The Class Conformist

This stereotype is, understandably, one of the most common. It assumes that all wizards will assume the role their school was designed for. However, it is possible for a school to assume another role, especially with a mastery amulet. For example, Balance wizards can sometimes beat Storm wizards in damage.

7. The Commons Coercer

This stereotype assumes that anyone you find in the Commons or Pet Pavilion is mean and stubborn. There are usually a lot of people in the Commons and Pet Pavilion. Of course you will find mean and stubborn people. Also, imagine how much begging goes on there, which tends to get on people's nerves.

6. The Game Gossiper

This stereotype assumes that anyone hosting a housing game just wants to show off their house. They probably just want to have fun. Also, even if they were show-offs, why is this a problem? You get to play a game.

5. The Modest Mouse

This stereotype assumes that anyone who is a low level in the game or low-ranking in PvP is shy, bothersome, inexperienced, and mooching. They could be the wizard of someone who owns or owned a high level wizard. They could be lagging, making it look like they are bad at the game.

4. The Mute Moron

This stereotype assumes that anyone that can only use Menu Chat is inexperienced and doesn't know how to play the game. They could be an adult playing on an account their child uses. They could be a smart kid. They could be an older person who put in their age wrong. They could have gotten muted by staff.

3. The Old Creep

This stereotype assumes that anyone who is a teenager or adult on Wizard101 is a creep. Wizard101 is a family game, so of course you'll see older people. Wizard101 has also gotten increasingly more complicated, which means it has gotten further away from a kids' game. Also, about 60 percent of adults ages 30 to 49 are gamers.

2. The Supreme Snob

This stereotype assumes that anyone who is a high level in the game or high-ranking in PvP is boastful, narcissistic, judgmental, and irritating. They could instead be a decent person. When they were an inexperienced wizard, they could have been intimidated by a high level, and made a vow to themselves to not model them.

1. The Tempest Tantrum Thrower

This stereotype assumes that all Storm wizards love and voraciously use the Tempest spell. To be honest, this spell is highly overrated. Storm Lord costs 7 pips and deals 690 base damage. At 7 pips, Tempest can only do 560 base damage. It takes Tempest 8 pips to get 50 base damage points below Storm Lord. Sirens costs 9 pips and deals 880 base damage. At 9 pips, Tempest can only do 720 base damage. It takes Tempest 11 pips to deal the base damage of Sirens. When it's the only AOE spell Storm wizards have, it is great, but after Storm Lord, it becomes a ripoff.

BONUS! The 4.0 Farmer

This stereotype is not as common, but it assumes that anyone who spends a lot of time farming for desired items is really smart. The logic some people use for this is that these people are able to sit through taxing activities for rewards. This would indicate good focus, good test-taking abilities, and good delayed gratification abilities. What is important to consider though, is that people tend to be more motivated to complete things when it isn't assigned to them.