Question for raiders and non-raiders today.
For raiders: Is any of your motivation around raiding being able to show off gear the average player can’t get?
For non-raiders: Do you think raiders are motivated by gaining gear you can’t get?
As a former raider, I can safely say that the opinion of non-raiders was never a factor for me. We competed against other raiding guilds for server and faction firsts, but mostly it was just about gearing up and progressing to move our guild forward and provide our members with stuff to do.
We had an inside joke that I only talked to people with full epics in WoW (back when epics were something you did not start a character with) because that’s how little it mattered. If anything, the /tells we would get from people asking us how we got an item were more distracting than anything else.
As someone who does not raid now, I could care less what epic pony the latest boss drops. In GW2 the legendary grind was foolish to me, and I never looked at someone with one and felt jealous. It would be like looking at a 2000 ELO LoL player and being angry at them for having a higher rank. Bizarro world, or just me?