There exists a stigma; a stigma revolving around keyboard turning and clicking on your abilities. Those who use their mouse to click their abilities and those who use their keyboards to turn are often laughed at and derided for being terrible.
Not as much in the blogosphere as compared to, say, anywhere else, but the stigma remains.
Why the stigma exists is actually really easy to understand.
To be blunt, turning with your mouse and using hotkeys for your abilities is better than keyboard turning or clicking.
This isn’t to say that using wasd to move and left click for your abilities is bad, just that not doing that is a better and more efficient way.
Time for a metaphor:
Compare a moonkin druid and a tree druid.
Both of them can heal; neither one of them would have an issue healing a regular instance. The only real difference is that the tree druid will be able to heal that instance better and more efficiently than the moonkin druid.
To flip it around, say these two specs were leveling. Both of them are able to dispatch mobs with great dispatch. Difference is, the moonkin can dispatch mobs faster than the tree druid can.
That’s the difference between clickers and… binders? Pressers? Hot-key-ers? Non-clickers? Guys, we need a proper catchy nickname. Get on it.
World of Warcraft isn’t a particularly difficult or demanding game. It isn’t a twitch game in the same sense that, say, Counterstrike or Unreal Tournament is. It does require some level of competent reflexes, just nowhere near the level that many other games require.
Hell, if it takes you five seconds to react to anything, you could level a hunter without any difficulty. That’s how easy it is to jump into this game and play.
It’s partially this “ease of play” thing that has contributed to the stigma around clickers. Because of Blizzard’s “easy to play, difficult to master” philosophy, WoW is an attractive game to play for many people who don’t normally play computer or other video games.
Let’s face some quick facts here. First, your reflexes slow as you age, generally speaking. It’s a sad, simple fact. The average 16 year old is going to have faster reflexes than the average 46 year old.
(I’m sure that there are dozens of eighty year old martial masters who could punch me in the face three times before I blinked, but that’s neither here nor there.)
The other issue with aging is that it becomes more difficult to learn stuff. While “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks” is a fallacy, it is certainly more difficult to teach an old dog new tricks, as compared to a young one.
Compare, say, a young feller who grew up on 007: Goldeneye and Counterstrike and an old feller who’s very first digital game was WoW.
Naturally, the young feller is faster than the old guy. Hey turns with his mouse, hotkeys all of his abilities, maybe he even has a higher level of spatial awareness.
Point is, the young guy is playing better than the old guy.
So what happens to the young guy’s attitude when he realizes this?
“I’m playing better than that guy!” rapidly becomes “I’m better than that guy”. From there, it’s a short trip to “that guy sucks”.
Which, of course, isn’t true. There’s nothing inherently wrong or bad about playing WoW as a clicker/keyboard turner. You can still be a fantastic player if you play that way.
For whatever reason, if there’s one thing humans like to feel, it’s to feel special. Feeling superior or better than other humans is one of the easiest ways to get that feeling going.
Take a look around you. You can see this anywhere and everywhere. It doesn’t even have to be superior or better, just different.
Jockeys look down on nerds for being physically weak. Nerds look down on jockeys for being unintelligent buffoons. Frat boys look down on scholars for wasting time learning stuff when they could be partying. Scholars look down on frat boys for wasting time partying when they could be learning stuff.
Or what about those bullshit feel-good moments about being poor? “Sure, the rich are wealthier than us, but we are rich where it really matters!” Cue family hug.
Even when one human is astronomically insignificant to another, he/she can still find a way to feel superior to the other.
Just think of how many people you’ve seen or heard make fun of Trump for his hair.
Or how about the social stigma against single women? Or virgin men? A single woman is somehow inferior to one in a relationship… a virgin man is somehow inferior to one who’s boned a lot of orifices…
It’s all the same thing.
This stigma against mouse turners/clickers follows the same principle. Using keybinds is, for sure, a faster and more efficient way of doing things. It just gets blown way out of proportion to an outright superiority complex.
Let’s go back to the druid example. Would it make any sense of the tree druid mocked the moonkin for being worse at healing? Would it make sense if the tree druid lorded his superiority over the moonkin?
Of course it doesn’t make sense, it’s fucking retarded.
The moonkin can still get the job done. Nothing is preventing this. The instance goes down without issues. It’s not like the instance is going to suddenly become impossibly hard just because a moonkin is healing instead of a tree.
There is always a but.
The moonkin, if he really wanted to, could heal that instance better. He could respec to restoration. Turn into a tree himself, go back to that instance, and heal the instance better than he ever could as a moonkin.
The same is true for clickers/keyboard turners. However good you are now, you can become better if you change the way you interface with the game.
You don’t need to bind your keys or mouse turn for leveling. But you can, and you will be better at it.
You don’t need to have hot keys for all of your abilities to raid effectively. But you can, and you will become better at it.
PvP… is a little different
You can still play decently in PvP with no abilities bound. You can play in arenas as a keyboard turner.
But you will fare badly against those who do have abilities bound and those who mouse turn. Especially in the arena.
PvP will punish you for keyboard turning. It will chew you up and spit you out if you take the time to click your abilities.
Go ahead and try turning a vehicle in Wintergrasp with your keyboard. Try doing a 360 turn. Go on. I’ll wait.
PvP only aggravates the superiority complex that binders/mouse turners already have. In PvE, at least, everyone is on the same side. PvP combat, however, pits you against other players with the explicit instructions to beat them.
Take a guess as to how long it takes to make the logical jump from “Ha! I beat them!” to “Ha! I’m better than them!”
I could continue rambling for pages and pages about this stuff, but I think you get the point.