The Daily Grind: Which MMO chat channel offers the best advice?

Here’s an odd confession: I like to have global chat (or the equivalent thereof) running in my MMORPGs most days. Most days. While it can get eyerollingly awful with the immature arguments and casual racism, world chat helps to keep me appraised of what’s going on with the game and its community. Sometimes I even learn something important or find out that an issue that I’m suffering is widespread.

But I probably wouldn’t throw out an actual question in world chat unless I had no other recourse. There always seems to be more people waiting to attack you for being a know-nothing scrub than to help on the wider scale. So for assistance, I’ll turn to more specific channels or my guild. I’ve found that many MMOs have great advice channels and that it’s worth staying tuned into them, even if they’re supposedly only for “newbies.”

So which MMO chat channel would you recommend as one that offers the best advice? If you need some feedback or opinions right then and there and had no friends on hand to offer it, where would you turn?

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Malcolm Swoboda

#Sanctuary :P

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Paragon Lost

Honestly I just send a whisper/tell to most players asking for help with a link to one of the game related websites since far too often you see the player asking a question spend a lot of time being trolled with bad answers.

Often i’ll have already alt-tabbed and searched it so I can offer the exact link. I tend to do this because that way all their other related questions will be there for them to read as well.

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Robert Mann

You are online. Unless somehow you are in the middle of an action sequence with permanent negative results if you lose (other than a tiny repair bill)…

First, I want to know what you are playing.
Second, ask, but expect trolling.

Otherwise, search engines are your friend. Less trolls and hostility than the standard chat crowd in an MMO. You might, however, get lucky and have a nice friendly person respond.

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David Goodman

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Never a public chat channel. Those all go off as soon as possible. Even if the channels are not ‘bad’ (no casual racism or otherwise), I am still not interested in the casual conversation of a public channel.

Outside of games, I don’t just go up to everyone on the street that I pass (and I live in Boston, there’s swarms of people everywhere, like a plague of terrible-accented locusts) to discuss whatever random thing they are. I’m sure they are nice people. I don’t care what they are talking about.

But then again, it’s not my job to stay abreast of a game’s community like someone on a website dedicated to MMO happenings might be ;) If I got questions, again, I go to my guild. And there are tons of ways for the channel-conscious socially awkward pleb to find a like-minded group of decadents and undesirables to hang out with.

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kidwithknife

Sanctuary back in TSW. No question. The game needed a channel like that badly and the Sanctuary crowd delivered the goods.

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Ashfyn Ninegold

It depends on the game. In WoW, never ask a question in general chat unless you’re just doing it for the fun of seeing all the smart ass answers. In SWTOR, nearly all chat is ignore if it isn’t topical or flaming, regional/planet chat, however, is pretty good for decent answers. PoE has a equal number of asshats as WoW, so be prepared to defend yourself if you ask a basic question there. And since that’s basically the only chat in the game, you’re SOL if someone doesn’t take pity on you and help you out.

The only game where you can ask for help in any channel and get decent answers is LOTRO, which continues to have the best community of any game.

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Paragon Lost

To your last comment, I’d have agreed but since moving to Arkenstone after the great server of 2015 I’d found less than useful/friendly chatter in LOTRO. :/ If I could do a “do over” server move for my 15 characters I would.

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Estranged

The old Sanctuary chat in The Secret World. I’m unsure if that has been reinstated for SWL.

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Tithian

It has, actually.

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Estranged

Tithian – that is great news, I’ve been busy and neglected to get started.

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Thomas

“Here’s an odd confession: I like to have global chat (or the equivalent thereof) running in my MMORPGs most days.”

Heh. For me, the very first thing I turn *off* is the global/zone chat channel; I find the chat distracting, annoying, often juvenile, and sometimes offensive. It is also invariably immersion-killing.

Ahhh… the blessed silence of turning off global chat.

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Ashfyn Ninegold

Generally agree with this. But when I’m out grinding mobs for deeds or crafting and what not, I like having it on for the entertainment value. I’m also one of those people who will answer chat questions with actual information and not just snark.

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Kawaii Five-O

I usually consult google first–I have a second monitor, and I make good use of it. Then FC/LS chat.

I leave shout or ‘global’ chat on for the chatter, but my contributions to it are limited to sarcastic quips in response to other sarcastic quips.

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Fervor Bliss

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