Friday, May 10, 2013

The Hardest Thing.....

I figured I'd end this Friday with a few musings on MMOs, all beginning with the words "The hardest thing..."

Feel free to add your own!

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The hardest thing about playing a Rogue is learning when not to do anything.  If you're used to playing a tank or DPS who rushes into the fray, a Rogue is a huge change of pace.  You can't simply jump in, because you're too squishy.  Everybody knows you can do monster damage on a single hit, so they all gang up on you.  You sometimes have to wait, let the mob go by, and then catch the lone person left behind.

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The hardest thing about playing on the Sith Empire side is that it messes with your morals.  Like the agent on Balmorra who wants you to set up IEDs to deliberately kill children.

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The hardest thing about playing the new Neverwinter MMO is that I feel I should be using a gamepad.  (More on that in another post.)

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The hardest thing about playing LOTRO is the UI.  I don't know why, but the screen buttons and whatnot just feel so.... busy.

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The hardest thing I've ever done in an MMO is tank.  Trusting somebody to keep you upright is not easy, particularly when you've seen a lot of bad pugs.

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The hardest thing in a battleground seems to be getting that last 2% of health on that enemy you're fighting down to zero.  I swear, if I had a dollar for each time I came thisclose to finishing someone off and they still managed to escape....

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The hardest thing about playing a mage is resisting the urge to run in and blast everyone with a Cone of Cold.

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The hardest thing about playing Age of Conan is realizing that mobs are much tougher than you find in other MMOs.  Usually you remember this after they ganged up on you and you're back at the graveyard.

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The hardest thing about Star Trek Online is that all of the NPCs --your crew and others-- all seem to look alike.  They have the same general look in the eyes and mouth, and after a while they all start to blend together.

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The hardest thing about trade chat is resisting the urge to reach through the computer screen and headbutting the idiot who just said a racist/sexist/disgusting thing for the tenth time.

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The hardest thing about Mists of Pandaria has to be hearing for the five thousandth time "Oh, you mean this is just like Kung Fu Panda!"  

Although seeing the four hundredth permutation of "Po" or "Kung Fu" or "PooPoo Platter" as a toon's name comes close.

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The hardest thing about watching my kids play MMOs is resisting the urge to toss them out of the chair and "help".  They don't need my help, and if I keep telling myself that, I'll finally start to believe it.

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The hardest thing about MMO blogging is that I always --and I do mean always-- find a grammatical or factual error right after I press Publish.  The author Michelle Sagara once said in a post of her own that she has the same problem, so I don't feel too bad.  But still, it is annoying.

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The hardest thing about guilds is watching them implode, and realizing there's nothing you can do about it.

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The hardest thing about WoW mounts is that damn White Polar Bear mount.  I still haven't gotten that sucker to drop.

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The hardest thing about MMO friends is that there's never enough time to merely hang with them.

6 comments:

  1. The hardest thing about healing is trying not to feel like a failure when someone's health bar hits zero... even if it is their own fault.

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    1. Navi, you found one that I should have thought of. I always take it personally when someone in a group I'm healing dies. I guess that's why I don't heal as much.

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    2. In 5-man instances, I used to take the view that the healer was there to heal the tank, and the tank was there to take damage for me, so if I died it was usually my own fault.

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  2. The hardest thing about playing a Mage is staying alive, staying alive. I just can't manage it.

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    1. And now, since you GAVE me the earworm, here it is....

      Stayin' Alive, WoW version

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    2. Oh, thank you! I'd never seen it before either!

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