Sword and Bored: Fishing

This week, Jef and I wanted to explore some of the crazy things that we MMO players do that honestly make very little sense. To the average gamer, it seems that we find some of the most mundane tasks very exciting. Think of the number of hours that we spend standing in one place just crafting. The world around us seems to move in fast forward while we are in the exact same place doing the same three or four steps over and over again. It sounds boring, but we love it.

Keep reading to find out what Mo’s favorite mundane task is in this week’s comic…

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Loyheta
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Loyheta

reminds me of those fish bots I came across CONSTANTLY in WoW

MJ Guthrie
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MJ Guthrie

Oleg Chebeneev Apparently this one is yours, since that’s what you read into it.  Speedos for swimming competitors reveal more than this.

MewmewGirl
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MewmewGirl

Oleg Chebeneev Vivid pictures?  While you may look at these drawings of guys in their underpants and imagine naked men in your head and thoughts, that’s not what is on the screen.  They are also wearing normal undies, again, if you are somehow seeing “strings” on them, that’s just in your head as well.

I think kids can deal with seeing some guys in their undies.  Especially kids who play MMOs who normally see the majority of the female characters wearing far less than this in almost every game out there.

Anyway they’re supposed to be part of a joke about the gankers who stand around in their skivvies killing people and dancing etc.  They feel it humiliates people more to be nude and gank them on some games, on others it means they have no equipment to lose if it’s a game where they can drop stuff at PvP death.

Won’t somebody please think of the children!

Lights_andMusic
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Lights_andMusic

Oleg Chebeneev You bring your kids to a PG-13 movie, you get what you pay for.

Porculasalvania
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Porculasalvania

playerxx But it’s more likely to end up being this:

Porculasalvania
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Porculasalvania

No More Tears Your first sentence offended me greatly.  I was like… “f-f-f-fishing is boring?!!?!?!”

But then I read the rest of your post and thought it was genius.  :)

MrPoolaty
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MrPoolaty

I’ve never seen this before :(

Oleg Chebeneev
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Oleg Chebeneev

Is there any reason why those 2 on third picture are naked? Besides author’s erotic fantasies about nakked men in latex masks and pink strings

Kanbe
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Kanbe

The backgrounds make this one xD “I dont care if there’s a fire breathing dragon 100 yards away. I will catch this fish if its thr last thing I do!”

Apollymi
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Apollymi

I meant to add that for my crafting fix/pve alternative, I harvest/mine crafting materials.  Sort of like fishing but move mobile.

Apollymi
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Apollymi

Hahahaha!!  Very good.  I like his beard growing and the dragon battle in the background.  So funny.  And I like that you chose fishing as the stand in one place for hours crafting.  Ugh, I hate fishing.

Good one this week!

A Dad Supreme
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A Dad Supreme

Fishing for Kuno the Killer I see…

schlag sweetleaf
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schlag sweetleaf
Grimmtooth
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Grimmtooth

Having flashbacks of the month I spent fishing 8000/10,000 pools for the guild achievement in WoW
‘twitch’
but I got the last cooking recipe.. yes..hehe yes I did hehe

It’s mine all mine MWAHAHAHAH

wolfyseyes
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wolfyseyes

Mo’s facial hair is apparently made of mythril.
Or his helmet is made of wet tissue paper.

tumtedum
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tumtedum

Gavaevodata No More Tears Sythalin

I like to mooch :3

NoYou
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NoYou

What we need is something like this…

MrPoolaty
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MrPoolaty

Elder scrolls online had the most unrealistic unenthusiastic fishing I’ve ever encountered….

Gavaevodata
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Gavaevodata

No More Tears Sythalin Gavaevodata Yeah, if you ever played XIV’s fishing past 10 there’s really no need to explain why it’s in depth tbh.

Darthbawl
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Darthbawl

Mo just wants that last fishing achievement, amiright? :D

Tamanous
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Tamanous

I can’t do fishing in mmos. If it was simply to fish for what I required then fine, it may have it’s purpose especially if it is challenging like fishing real life large fish. Instead however we typically see a massive grind blocking you from other progressing other craft skills or telling you can’t fish because your skill or rod isn’t good enough.

Can’t do it! Can’t waste my time on it! If the game forces me to do it or I am so bored of regular content I can’t think of ANYTHING else to do I uninstall the game as obviously it fails to meet my minimal enjoyment.

ManastuUtakata
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ManastuUtakata

Enikuo ManastuUtakata No More Tears 
/Bleah, I was wondering why the whole post wasn’t adding up. Retracted and deleted for overly shooting from the pigtails. My apologies. :(

Enikuo
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Enikuo

ManastuUtakata No More Tears I think they are being sarcastic, based on the rest of the post.

Damonvile
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Damonvile

CharcoalCrow Sythalin GoJammit Siphaed MJ Guthrie The ability to post flame bait comments isn’t a rare or highly sought after skill on gaming forums.

John Wise
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John Wise
Snky
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Snky

Sythalin Gavaevodata More achievements to get. Who doesn’t like that? The great thing about it is you don’t have to participate.

Damonvile
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Damonvile

Enikuo tylercles I saw it as he’s afk in the bathroom and it’s the people around him arguing about the right and wrongness of what they think he might be doing. :)

Damonvile
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Damonvile

Celestia I wouldn’t play it but I’d enjoy watching the commercial for it. :)

Estranged
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Estranged

Whatever works. I can see fishing being enjoyable after a much stressful PvE and PvP experience.

ManastuUtakata
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ManastuUtakata

breetoplay CharcoalCrow GoJammit Sythalin Siphaed 
Hey I thought this was all about fishing. You know…cast in the bait, troll it around and see what comes up. >.>

No More Tears
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No More Tears

Fishing is a repetitive, boring, and lazy activity for boring and lazy people.
Why bother with fishing when MMO worlds are filled with slightly less repetitive activities, including PvP, killing mobs utilizing dynamic skill rotations, or quest-hubbing? Or salvaging items? Selling trash loot? Salvaging trash loot (goddamnit GW2)? Oh oh! And achievements! I love checklists!
Mo is clearly missing out when he could be fighting that dragon that only appears once every 600,000 milliseconds (thanks for nothing, EverQuest). Or what about his chance to Make A Difference in PvP?
Maybe Mo has discovered Nirvana; he’s discovered that he suffers because he desires. By no longer chasing his transient desires, he has come to a state where no longer suffers… or does he? Kind of hard to see in the helmet.

CharcoalCrow
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CharcoalCrow

MesaSage Well, they don’t let us PvP anywhere else anymore. Too must disruption to rotations or some such.

Siphaed
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Siphaed

MesaSage 
Not so in Trove. They’re used there to gain Mastery points and currency.  Also a ton of old boots.  Why the boots?!

CharcoalCrow
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CharcoalCrow

Sythalin GoJammit Siphaed CharcoalCrow MJ Guthrie If people provide evidence for their positions, I’m all ears.

JohnT_NC
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JohnT_NC

ApathyCurve Celestia Can’t make beer-battered fish without it.

ApathyCurve
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ApathyCurve

Celestia 
Will there be beer?

MesaSage
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MesaSage

Seems all the PvP is happening in the comments section.
I like fishing for a few reasons: It’s a nice break from killing Orcs, there are achievements and fish can be used to make some great food buffs.

No More Tears
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No More Tears

Sythalin Gavaevodata Gav might be talking about the fact that the fishing is almost a game unto itself, as opposed to just being an AFK activity. With all the different types of bait, fishing locations, and fish types/weights to catch, it’s almost as involved as a lot of old SNES fishing games I’ve played.
On the other hand, in some games it’s just a way to watch a skill bar go from 1 to 200.

GoJammit
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GoJammit

CharcoalCrow GoJammit Sythalin Siphaed MJ Guthrie Why? I hav enothing against you. I was just clarifying what he said. Ddn’t seem like he was understood.

Celestia
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Celestia

The next logical evolution is Kate Upton’s 2015 Fantasy Fishing Fest.

breetoplay
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breetoplay

CharcoalCrow GoJammit Sythalin Siphaed Let’s bring this to an end, folks. This is completely counterproductive, off-topic ad hom. Stop please.

CharcoalCrow
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CharcoalCrow

GoJammit Sythalin Siphaed CharcoalCrow MJ Guthrie I’m so flattered. If you want to tear me a new one do so in my place: lookingforplaytime.com. Livefyre friendly.

Enikuo
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Enikuo

tylercles I saw it as Mo avoiding activities that had proven annoying in past strips. I never even considered the idea of him forcing himself to fish, but it also didn’t look like he was having an awesome time. It seemed like he was just claiming some peace and quiet for himself.

GoJammit
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GoJammit

Sythalin Siphaed CharcoalCrow MJ Guthrie He didn’t state his opinion. He pointed out tht fact that Charcoal’s opinion is just that, and opinion that does not cover everyone.

tylercles
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tylercles

It’s funny; I think this comic can sort of serve as a Rorschach test for MMO players. We already see some of this in the comments below. Some people (like MJ) see this as a player doing something they enjoy even though others don’t necessarily understand it.

However, when I read the comic, I saw it as being about someone forcing themselves to do a tedious grind instead of something actually fun. I imagine Mo thinking something along the lines of, “Just one more cast and what I need will drop. Just one more cast and what I need will drop. Just one more cast. Just one more cast. All work and no play makes Mo a dull boy…”

I’d say both interpretations can be valid.

CharcoalCrow
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CharcoalCrow

Sythalin Siphaed CharcoalCrow MJ Guthrie Yeah, Siphaed showed up a few months ago and is usually just disruptive to any actual discussion that is taking place.

ApathyCurve
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ApathyCurve

Lheiah 
Yup, fishing in Rift occupied many hours of my time.  That fact that you could complete many collections doing nothing but fishing just made it more addictive for me.
Well, that and I can drink large quantities of bourbon while fishing.  Or eat breakfast.  Or both.

Lheiah
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Lheiah

As much as I like to bash on Trion, think Rift had one of the better fishing mini-games. ESO fishing got some love lately, but hopefully they will keep adding to it as time goes by.

Yeh, I’ve spent a lot of time fishing in games.

omedon666
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omedon666

I love that RPer caster gal (who is totally a dude IRL, but still awesome)  is the embodiment of his PVE career hehe!

GoJammit
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GoJammit

camelotcrusade Sometime I will choose to do things like craftig and fishing while watching tv.

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