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| FPS Girl in an MMORPG World (50 comments )|
by: Kessandra (1008) | Posted in cluster FiringSquad Editors Challenge Round 1 Prelim 2
Posted 75 months ago ( edited 75 months ago ) in category DEFAULT
I was never a big MMORPG gamer. I was the type of person who preferred to fight with honor, bravery and selflessness in games such as “America’s Army”. I never once thought about playing those horrid and pointless blasphemous atrocities known as MMORPGs.
I have heard tales of marriages breaking, lives destroyed, careers lost, financial bankruptcy and an out of control addiction. Some of these are pure exaggerations but others are real.
Why do I hate MMORPGs? It broke me and my boyfriend up. I played many trials of such horrific creations in the past and grew hopelessly bored with the amount of unrealistic tasks I must complete (whereas my ex loved it). I also grew bored of having to kill hundreds of animals for ‘experience’ or items that seemingly fall off their corpses. (I mean honestly, how does an ultra-powerful Death Star-like Elven sword fall off a boar?)
Unfortunately, me and my clan broke up and we went our separate ways. I grew tired of the same old maps, the same old strategies, the same old weapons and the same old idiotic twelve year old who calls you a hacker for killing him. The FPS genre turned stale…
One afternoon, at my local store, I picked up a copy of a computer journalism magazine known as “PC Gamer”. It contained two demos in one disc, one of which is an RTS called “Company of Heroes” and the other, a 14-day trial of World of Warcraft.
Unfortunately, my computer couldn’t handle the shouts and battle-cries of valorous soldiers of the past giving away their lives for their respective nations. So I decided to give this fantasy RTS turned MMORPG a try.
I created my account, downloaded and installed the game and I was off. I had many races to choose from, but whom shall I be? How about an extremely small, puny creature that you may find in other people’s lawns opposite the plastic pink flamingo? No.
How about an oversized cow? No. An overgrown human-grape hybrid with impossibly long ears? No. But alas, I have found it. The race we are all most familiar with: the human.
Now I must choose my social status. Do I become a valiant crusader fighting for justice? Do I become a malevolent sorcerer of the shadow? Nope. How about a deceitful cloaking rogue, someone who wouldn't think twice before sticking a knife behind your back? Nah, I’ll just go with a medieval version of the modern day infantryman: the Warrior, the backbone of every army.
Now I enter the magical and fantastical world of Azeroth, where lead CAN be turned into gold. I see a heavily armored figure in front of me, someone known as Willem. I wondered what was with the horridly annoying floating exclamation mark on his head, so I asked him. But before he answered my question, he gave me a task. I promptly ignored it, like he ignored my question.
So I ventured within the cathedral and saw more people with exclamation marks on their heads. What kind of crazy fad is going on here? I gave up and decided to do their pointless and menial tasks. I killed one wolf and another popped up to replace it. So I killed that one, but their was no end to the amount of wolves that spawn. So I returned to tell the guy with the exclamation mark that there was no hope and he was completely screwed. Strangely enough, his exclamation mark turned into a question mark. I asked him about it and he gave me some copper and some armor.
Then a column of light burst from the ground and encompassed my warrior. I thought she was a goner to this strange volcanic eruption of bright light but it was all over as soon as it began. Somehow, I leveled. My health increased, my attributes increased and all was swell.
Now I have another task to complete: I must go and kill these candle-worshipping rat mining laborers known as “Kobolds”. Now I can understand killing wolves, most of which are somewhat mindless, violent creatures that would gnaw you limbs off. But why do I have to kill these ugly rodent creatures who are just trying to make a living?
What do the humans of Azeroth have against immigrant rodent laborers? Heck, these poor Kobolds are living in poverty camps whilst the humans are enjoying their nice, luxurious cathedral.
I took off from the land of Northshire. My warrior isn’t a mass murderer. I entered a town known as Goldshire and saw people with silver exclamation marks on their heads. Now these must be the people who are rich enough to afford such glamorous holographic exclamation marks. Strangely, no one is offering me any type of work.
So I take off in hopes of finding someone who will want my services. I wander around, killed a few wolves and bears here and there but I am still unemployed. I am tempted to head back to Northshire but I must stand by my morals. After further wandering, I see a bunch of those ugly poor immigrant rodent laborers working in a mine and asked them if they needed any help. I guess the system works by you talking to someone with a yellow exclamation mark on their heads. But these Kobolds had none.
But I ventured in the mine regardless because these are my friends... or so I thought. One of them came after me and lunged his pickaxe on my hapless warrior. I run further into the mine but alas, I succumbed to the dark void encompassing my vision. It is the end, I have died...
Now I am a ghost, with an even larger ghost in front of me. This larger ghost resembles an angel. So I ask him/her if I am in heaven but he/she ignores me and tells me that they can send me back for a price. Dang monopolistic greedy angels…
What the heck is wrong with this game? Back-stabbing immigrant ‘friends’, Hitler-like guards in cathedrals, holographic exclamation marks? No thanks, I’ll stick to my hardcore FPS games.
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| Kessandra (1008) Feb 24, 2007 - 08:15 pm|
|lol Thanks guys. Actually I have been playing WoW for slightly over a year now. I had tons of fun with it too but now it is hopelessly boring with a lot of repetitive leveling.|
There needs to be slightly a little more innovation or at least something new in FPS games because I have been playing them since 1993 with Doom's release and so far, the only thing that actually changed are the graphics. With exception to ground land and sea warfare games like the Battlefield series and squad-tactical FPS games and realism FPS games like America's Army. But after a few years of continous play, it turns stale.
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| Droniac (114) Feb 25, 2007 - 04:28 am | Edited on Feb 25, 2007 - 04:29 am|
|Your entry offers some valid points as to the flaws of World of Warcraft, although some of the other points you tried to make were a tad questionable.|
I'm no fan of World of Warcraft or MMOs like it, which is why I can appreciate most of your entry. The signpost quests, the rather unusual jobs you have to perform, dragging out gameplay well beyond what is enjoyable, etc...
Unfortunately a fair portion of your entry is also highly exaggerated and makes this read more like hate mail than a sarcastic stab at a popular, yet inherently flawed, game.
Marriages broken, careers destroyed, financial bankruptcy? You're a WoW player so you should know that the exact opposite is also true. MMOs have forged relationships and marriages. MMOs have been a source of income for people. MMOs have actually provided people with careers (e.g.: guild leaders being hired for management positions due to their guild leading experience)...
Still a decent read, 7/10.
(Note: this was not intended as a reply to your comment - I screwed up, argh :
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| Droniac (114) Feb 25, 2007 - 04:16 am|
|There's been plenty of innovation in the FPS genre, if you cannot see that then you aught to try playing Doom again - see how far FPS games have come since then... There's a world of difference just between Doom and Quake 2, let alone Doom and Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory - or better yet Doom and Savage. The gameplay has changed dramatically over the years, especially in comparison to Doom which did not even offer full motion control.|
Besides, it's not like innovation is needed to make a game enjoyable. If it was needed, then no one would like Warcraft 3, World of Warcraft, Call of Duty 2 or Red Alert 2 (and so on) - because they're all games that merely copied from other, already existing, games.
If you really find that FPS games are turning stale then you should try playing a wider variety of games. You're severely limiting the amount of fun you can enjoy by sticking solely to FPS gaming. Try playing an RTS, RPG, TBS, Adventure, Space-Sim, etc. for a change. FPS games aren't the only PC games...
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| FlyinBrian (47) Feb 24, 2007 - 09:29 pm|
|I think its good for gamers to go through that "boredem" sometimes. I do the same thing it helps you keep focused that games are just a hobby and there is more to life. With that said, it also gives you the chance to try other games, like company of heroes you said you had the demo of. That is one of the best RTS games out there right now. The learning curb is higher than shooters but very challenging against online players. Another thing I do is set up lan parties. Online gaming is very fun, but gaming with your closest friends and a few random gamers in real life is easily one of the most fun activities for a gamer and usually leads to hours of laughs and just good clean fun.|
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| FlyinBrian (47) Feb 24, 2007 - 11:49 am|
|» I agree with you to an extent|
I agree with you as I am from Hardcore fps genre. However to completely close off a game genre isnt really fair either. I think one element that drives games like wow is community. Sure at the surface the low level quests you were doing are rediculous in simplicity, but they serve a single purpose, to get you familiar with the game and ultimately help you level up and then find a group of friends with some similar mentality and skill and join a guild or clan as you would call it. As you level more gameplay oppurunities become available to you, you can either go slay dragons and dungeon bosses for equipment, or you can participate in the Pvp and earn rewards that way. I love competition so I opted to do pvp. Its not completly skill dependent and can often become frustrating but just like in fps games when you go in and play your best and come out on top for your team it is just as rewarding. I will not play a MMO without pvp because then it is just as you described.
Off topic side note, try RTS games as well they can also be fun. I guess myself and many gamers have adapted to enjoy several genres, respecting what each brings to the table.
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