The Daily Grind: What’s your favorite MMO meme?

Despite its long-term status as a meme generation machine, World of Warcraft is actually a game. It’s just a game where some of its memes have become part of the general MMO landscape. Stuff like the JP Button from Final Fantasy XI never went beyond their games of origin. But they were still memes; I can tell people in Final Fantasy XIV that I’m doing Raubahn EX, and they know what I mean. Tell a former City of Heroes player to go and hunt, and they’ll know exactly what you mean.

Of course, sometimes the memes either wind up referencing a part of the game that’s less than fun or just flat-out wrong. And some of them just aren’t very funny (Leeroy Jenkins never made me even crack a smile). But of all these silly memes, dear readers, which one is closest to you? What’s your favorite MMO meme? And do the people you tend to play with still remember it?

Also, yes, CoH players, I know the formatting up there is wrong. You got my meaning.

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Nyanko

My favourite MMO memes are related to class talents/balancing in World of Warcraft. They make me remember very fondly a period where I was happy just messing with a talent simulator on a website and reading everything on “WoW Insider”.

PVT = player versus tree (the activity of spending hours on talent trees)
occupy Greg Street (when he was Lead Systems Designer and received all the complains about class balancing) and the song God Rest ye Merry Ghostcrawler (a.k.a Greg Street) by TotalBiscuit
feral dps rotation flowcharts

(also the really bad ID meme, when Blizzard proposed to display real names in their forum)

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Stormwaltz

So obscure, I doubt anyone else remembers them, but:

protal 2 teth
d00d try 2 rp

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X is unfair to some and whatnot

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direpath

I always found this one amusing…

Skinning a bear should aggro every bears
in a 40 yard radius. It makes sense, you are actually skinning their best friend.

https://wow.gamepedia.com/Skinning_a_bear_should_aggro_every_bears

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Melissa McDonald

I thought very hard about it and I can’t seem to remember any memes from MMOs. I think it’s because I’m more RP server type and thou canst gainsay that which thy partner hath uttered, forsooth.

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Estranged

Stupid dpsers crying “heal muh” when drawing agro or stepping in bad.

So, “heal muh!”

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Bryan Correll

Skinning a bear should aggro every bears
in a 40 yard radius. It makes sense, you are actually skinning their best friend.

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Tobasco da Gama

Isengard bids five.

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Oleg Chebeneev

Common MMO memes bore me. Ive seen them too many times.
But I enjoy memes about terribad twink players that only my guildies and our twink community understand. And there were quite alot of those players in 2 years of Nostalrius, Kronos and Elysium. Who put insane amount of gold to fully twink their characters but backpedal, break cc, suicide and just play rediculously bad. When one of those dummies is on enemy team, our guild chat is like “RUN FOR YOUR LIVES. He is here!!”. When one of them is on our team, we are like “THANKS GOD. The savior came. gg ez”.

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Rolan Storm

:D This actually sounds fun.

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Utakata

Currently, pretty much anything Mr. Schlagg throws up here. :)

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Legend Of Vinny T

“Those all con grey to me. No XP.” Matt “Positron” Miller’s lampshade on why the major hero NPCs, like Positron in Steel Canyon, wouldn’t engage in combat when mobs were kited to him. He turned it into a taunt, “You all con grey to me, you know,” when the devs played the Freedom Phalanx in the City of Villains end-of-beta event.

And for a while there, it seemed that every starting zone in every game that could have a canine-based mob would have one charge at the NPC guards and die like Fippy Darkpaw. A meta-meme, if you will. LOTRO had a sheepfold outside the gates of Archet that was very, very popular with the local wolves, for example.

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Xijit

This count?

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Alex Malone

More dots / 50 dkp minus

That stuck with me for ages. As I was a guild and raid leader, I had to deal with raid tactics and loot rules too. It was extremely common during boss fights for me to ask my raid for more dots, only for half the raid to start shouting “moar dots!” back at me!

“One does not simply _____ into _____”

Playing LotRO, this was very common. If someone was running late for a dungeon run, or couldn’t be bothered with something, you’d regular see things like “one does not simply walk to rivendell”, usually followed with a humourous explanation.

“Follow the penis” / “Follow the sperm”

Not sure how widespread this ever became, but playing WAR, many of the zergs would end up looking roughly penis shaped. You’d be having a fight somewhere, one side would back off and the zerg would chase, the bulk of players forming the head with the inevitable slowcoaches forming the shaft/tail. The guild I was playing with at the time would constantly say things like “I’m just to the left of the dick”, or “I’m enjoying the cock action”, or simply “Follow the penis”.

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Ben Stone

In the current raid on WoW we yell at people to stand in the buttholes. There is a spell effect that looks just like a butthole. I think the developers do it on purpose.

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Space Captain Zor

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Veldan

does “wow was the first mmo” count

It was pure trolling from the start, but for a long time, so many people fell for it, and it was just too funny to watch a global chat explode after typing one simple phrase.

Not that I was one of the people doing it, of course. I’d never do such a thing.

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Ben Stone

This:

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camren_rooke

Manley McManchest there needs really big shoulder pads.

REALLY
BIG
SHOULDER PADS

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Ben Stone

One of those crabs is actually his shoulder armour from his tier set.

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Rheem Octuris

Out of curiosity, does “train to zone” qualify as a meme?

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camren_rooke

In the sense that it signals to other Everquest players that you are one of that culture it does.

In other words,

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Melissa McDonald

I almost had dr. pepper shoot out of my nose laughing at that one. post warnings, Camren!

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Owen Horton

this what happened in the last game i played hackers ruined it for everyone dupin rares and gold and just anything to cheat there no extened maintenance there trying to catch the hacker and we pay for it so unless people don’t let GM’S know of wrong doing’s in the game it we ruin it and there we not be a COH IT WELL BE GONE TO THE AMERICANS!!!!!!!

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camren_rooke

haha. Haven’t heard ‘Gone to the Americans’ in forever. I have even used that one IRL.

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camren_rooke

There were two from long ago for Asherons Call.

1. Someone couldnt get the intro to stop playing and were told repeatedly by multiple responders to ‘Take the disk out.’ After that, any time someone asked for advice for gear, a riddle, or even how to get skunk smell out of dog fur, ‘Take the disk out.’ was usually advised at least once.

2. Osmethne. Someone’s rant about their patron in AC led to Osmethne being used a lot on the ign forums. Actually found a copy of the post.

“i have the d— a– patron he sucks his name is Zell Dencht im one of his vassels io wotn sya name so he sucks and lies and his a a–hole he says osmethne and then doesnt do it and got lame a– vassels im the only one who isnt lame in that his allegince of his it sucsk and he sucks again his name is zell dencht no one swear to him. “

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Suikoden

I’m glad you brought this up because I would love it if someone can help me here. Maybe I just work too much, but when did we start labeling these things memes? It seems only very recently I started reading in chat about “memes”. I know what they are, but no one ever made them a thing in the past, they just were. Can someone fill me in about the recent meme craze? Did this start with millennials or something? Did some kid just discover that word and go crazy with it? Any help is appreciated, as it would help me feel not so confused and out of touch. Thanks!

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Malcolm Swoboda

70s – start. 80s – academic. 90s – awareness. 00s – Internet. 10s – popular. For most of us, the 00s as ‘Internet culture’ became huge. Didn’t start with millennials, but it did get big with them.

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deekay_plus

the term meme has been around since the 70s or so, coined by infamous sanctimonious blowhard and r/atheism edgelord fave richard dawkins.

it only really came into prominent usage online maybe 12-13 years ago tho, and only into more mainstream internet usage maybe around 08-09.

but since then it’s been a pretty commonly and widely used term, tho in more recent years taken to new levels of irony and sarcasm, particularly noted with the rise of dank memes last year, which in turn in the current year here have gone to complete shit and overly meta or edgy bullshit that is entirely undank to say the least.

but before the term meme we might call them things like catch phrases or fads. tho usually “memes” involve an image with text or just text.

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camren_rooke

Memes are actually an interesting concept horribly destroyed by their current overusage.

The concept of an idea that propagates itself through cultural beliefs and identity, both shaping and being shaped by it. Considering how similar this appears to be with genes, I think Dawkins was trying to find a word to best represent the concept. Was he expecting Pepe the Frog out of it? Probably not.

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deekay_plus

his observation of the thing was some of his most interesting writing imo. it’s just that generally he’s largely just a blowhard.

tho in retrospect he’s generalyl granted a title as being a pioneer of observing it, when there was academic observations of the phenomenon at least as early as post ww2 with the kilroy meme. if not even earlier than that.

he just gets credit because he came up with the catchiest name for it. :D

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Schmidt.Capela

Or, in other words, the very word “Meme” is a meme :p

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Schmidt.Capela

Meme, in the 70s version, was about a small piece of content that spreads from host (person) to host in a way not dissimilar to that of a virus. From the Wikipedia article:

Proponents theorize that memes are a viral phenomenon that may evolve by natural selection in a manner analogous to that of biological evolution. Memes do this through the processes of variation, mutation, competition, and inheritance, each of which influences a meme’s reproductive success. Memes spread through the behavior that they generate in their hosts. Memes that propagate less prolifically may become extinct, while others may survive, spread, and (for better or for worse) mutate. Memes that replicate most effectively enjoy more success, and some may replicate effectively even when they prove to be detrimental to the welfare of their hosts.

AFAIK that is why the expression used for a successful meme is that it “goes viral”. In other words, it starts to spread and “infect” people as if it was a highly contagious virus.

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deekay_plus

the thing the word meme refers to hasn’t change in what it is for thousands of years.

but in the subdefinition of the word as popularized today, takes on certain specific and definitive traits beyond that. ie the image and text.

it didn’t get picked up for wider usage until the curretn popular subdefinition tho.

before that there was a variety of terms to describe individual formats and mediums of the phenonemon.

how the the internet settled on the specific word “meme” probably has to do with the early 20+ years of the internet being heavily centered around counter culture. which is where dawkins found his early success as a writer.

which meme is a lot catchier and deep sounding that existing terms for the phenomenon of small bits of content being passed to larger audiences through word of mouth and such.

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camren_rooke

If I am new somewhere and I see one of the locals say ‘Twenty-three skiddoo’ to another local AND I observe they both smile and laugh or even just nod to each other I can assume the phrase has some positive meaning. Even if I don’t notice except unconsciously I might begin to use the phrase as well if I am rewarded with positive interactions from others. What does it mean? I don’t know but I know what using it provides me. Thus, the meme propagates.

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(((Birb)))

“Press One for Horse” will always be a personal favorite

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camren_rooke

Incensed at your mangling of Go. Hunt. Kill Skuls.

*fires all lazers*

FREEEEEM!

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threeknee

Trahearne. Moving on.

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Schmidt.Capela

My favorite MMO memes are usually centered on WoW. Not because I prefer that game, but with its huge following there is a large amount of fan content being made for it. And the devs often incorporate some humor to the game in a way I enjoy, like Epicus Maximus (second image).

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deekay_plus

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deekay_plus

also from my l2 days

cao ni ma

and

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Lauren Cupcake

I was only around 13 when Leeroy Jenkins made the rounds, so it appealed to my sense of humor at the time. I’m sure it wouldn’t be nearly as funny if I discovered it as an adult but the memory of laughing about it as a kid makes it still entertaining to me now.

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Tanek

My current favorite is Leeroy Jenkins. Not because it is still all that amusing after so many years, but because a non-gamer friend just recently discovered it. A reference was made in a book she was reading and she looked it up. Now she sees more calls back to it that she’d never noticed before and is excited to finally know what it means.

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TheDonDude

Dusk had fallen upon the city, and with it brought the scum of the Earth crawling out of every nook and alley. They peddled their disgusting Superadine, robbed innocent SWAT officers of their purses, and broke into every tree within their reach. Only one man–one hero–had the courage to stand up to this filth. He squared his jaw, gathered his loyal allies, and gave them their command.

Go. Hunt. Kill Skuls.

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BalsBigBrother

:p

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Jeremy

I made this one a few years back after a bad night in Naxxramus. :)

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Minimalistway

None! sorry … first time the joke is funny, 10th time still somehow funny, 100th time? nope, no more, i would love to give some examples but i’m afraid people will use them again :-)

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Veldan

It’s not always the joke that’s funny, but people’s reactions to it

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