MMOs are a great way to play, socialize, and find community online. Although the world of MMOs is varied and vast, ranging from fantasy role-playing games to games where you kick soccer balls with cars, there is something for everyone. Yet somehow, starting an MMO feels eerily similar every time, and there are habits we all have when starting an exciting new game.
They could be to our detriment or to our advantage, but at the end of the day, we are creatures of routine, and we are going to do what we are going to do. These entries explore the things we all tend to do when we start a new MMO, and hopefully unite us in the sweet naivety that involves a major new multiplayer online game (RPG or not), especially with little or no experience.
5 Spend hours scrutinizing the character
It happens to all of us. We start the game, play the tutorial, then spend hours staring at the character customization screen. We spend a lot of time thinking about the advantages of each class and race. And that’s all before cosmetics. We flick between Nose Option 2, then 4, then 2, and so on. What would be the advantages of long hair over short hair? Maybe your character’s eyes are a little too close together (wait, maybe not).
It’s not just for games with character customization either. Even with battle royales and other types of MMOs, it’s still hard to find the character you like, the playstyle that suits you best, and the endless combination of teammates and other players. Either way, you’re going to be spending a lot of time sitting in front of that screen going back and forth between the smallest details.
4 Grind, grind and grind some more
Whether someone told you to “get good” or you really love the game, grinding is something we all do when we dive into a new MMO. Whether it’s an in-game or literal experience, when you start a new MMO, you search for it like a moth to the flame. This is the phase where you really get to know the game, playstyles and mechanics. You learn how to get levels as quickly as possible, as efficiently as possible, which is definitely not the easiest thing to do.
But hey, you’re committed and you want to be like the players you see online who are clearly experts. Sometimes he kills low-level enemies over and over (and over and over again), and sometimes he plays match after match. We are all looking to improve our skills in one way or another. This can definitely be the most frustrating part of getting started, or your favorite depending on who you are.
3 Beg your friends to play with you
Let’s be real – the best part of any MMO is the online aspect; the ability to play with thousands to millions of strangers. The only problem is that strangers are strangers, and you can’t chat with them like you can with your friends. While you can still make friends online (and that can be one of the best parts), sometimes you can be a bit shy and it’s hard to make friends. In the end, it’s always fun to share your interests and hobbies with your friends.
However, they don’t always come so easily. Maybe they’re not interested, or maybe they don’t want to spend the money, so sometimes you really have to sweeten the deal. You will definitely help them get levels quickly, and you will definitely give them as much in-game currency as possible. Either way, you will make them play and share the love of the game.
When you’re addicted, you’re addicted. And when you start a great new MMO, you’ll probably be at least mildly obsessed with the game you’re playing. Your next goal? Immersion. You want to play this game all the time and think about it when you’re not playing it. You find your new favorite Twitch streamers and YouTubers, join a guild, and eat, sleep, and breathe the game.
The best part of this step is finding out so many things you didn’t know about the game. You might be addicted, but there’s probably someone out there who’s dedicated a big chunk of their life to gambling and is happy to share all the little secrets and nuances he learned.
1 Become strongly opinionated
Alright, you’ve been playing for a while, and let’s face it; you’re pretty much an expert at the game. Or, at least, you think you are. We’re all a little ahead of ourselves, but when you love something, it’s easy to think you’re an expert. It’s even fun too. The world of MMOs is one of strong opinions. Everyone has their own opinion on what developers should do, which abilities need nerfing, and which characters need more attention.
As you grow with the game, you’ll be sure to find things that really excite you, as well as things that don’t. Like, at all. Part of learning about any community, especially MMOs, is finding out what excites you about the games, its community, and its mechanics. You’ll eventually take to Reddit, Twitter, and other gaming forums to voice your very fair opinions and find other people to (hopefully) have healthy and fun debates with.
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