I have noticed this week the posts seen in General chat, as well as in Unity Examination SM ops chat, people getting kicked out of the Ops group simply because they were led to believe they weren't geared enough to play in that ops group. What the hell is wrong with this community that people that A> don't play this game as much as some of these "Holier than thou" geared more experience players do. B> Have War Hero or higher end gear that allot of people have. I think it's pretty unfair for lesser players that don't have the great gear be singled out and kicked from an Ops group. It's mean an cruel to those that pay and enjoy the game in general that is just trying to finish a mission they were given and have to deal with *******es that think they can just kick people out of a group because they aren't as "Geared" as the big players are, JUST SAYIN! Some people aren't in Guilds and aren't on as much as most, and it's just not right to see this kind of Nazi crap going on in this game!!
I bet if I showed up for a NASCAR race with my minivan they would NOT let me race (and probably have a good laugh at my expense)...why? Because I don't have the proper equipment. Just because some one is 50 and CAN get a mission does not mean they are yet capable of completing it. The fact is that players that have put in a lot of time and gone through the gear grind don't want to waste their precious time on under geared players who will likely be a burden and cause wipes. If you are a casual player, that's fine, it's your choice. But having invested LESS time in the game why would you think that you are entitled to the same content and rewards that others have spent a lot of time working up to. The problem that "casual players" need to understand is that once you turn 50 there is no longer "leveling up" but rather a "gear progression". While I admit that SWTOR has not made it very clear as to what gear is expected for what content nonetheless it is very important, especially to players who have been around a while. Calling people who do gear checks for raids "elitist" is simply unfair. They are simply experienced and are trying to be efficient with their and the group's time. I would even suggest that people who are under geared who think they are "entitled" to skip steps and run content beyond their gear are the "elitist" ones. Just because it is new content does not mean everyone can complete it and everyone get the same reward. Also just because it's a SM ops doesnt mean any 50 in any gear can run it.
Now,If you excuse me, I need to finish puting sponsor decals on my minivan, the Daytona 500 is comming up and I think it would be fun to race in that.