The Daily Grind: Do any MMO monsters creep you out?

I can’t say that I’ve ever encountered truly disturbing and creepy MMO mobs. I think it’s by the virtue that they are in an MMO means that they’re usually all over the place, and any initial disturbance grows lessened with familiarity.

However, I’m sure there are exceptions. The Bogeyman in Secret World is pretty creeptacular, especially his appearance in the spin-off The Park. I know that some of my friends who suffer from acute arachnophobia are all “nope nope nope” when giant spiders scuttle across the screen.

Are there any MMO monsters that creep you out? What is it about them that gives you the heebie-jeebies?

Every morning, the Massively Overpowered writers team up with mascot Mo to ask MMORPG players pointed questions about the massively multiplayer online roleplaying genre. Grab a mug of your preferred beverage and take a stab at answering the question posed in today’s Daily Grind!
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flyingltj

Most MMO monsters are extremely cutesy and adorable. Artists seldom walk the line between abomination and adorable… There are strong tendencies to have a strong lean one way or another. In the case of MMOs, there is that heavy HEAVY lean toward adorable.

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adri

I don’t like monsters that you can’t see on first sight. Like burrowing worms or those who camouflage. You really don’t feel safe. The whole time is like “I hope there aren’t any left!”

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Ian Wells

TSW / SWL Familiars give me childhood flashbacks to the redeads from Zelda: OoT, complete with their uncanny valley appearances and blood curtailing screams. Add to that they gather in small mobs and are found in places you would have found the students of Innsmouth Academy before they up and murdered a bunch of them… Seriously, down at the tennis courts they are set up to play doubles complete with spectators and judges.

Special mention to the Infected from the same game. As you fight them, they scream in pain, begging you to stop and pleading for you to listen that they aren’t in control of their own bodies. When they die, they writhe in pain for a few seconds before erupting in a cloud of Filth.

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James Mock

The evileyes in EQII because I would be minding my own damn business and turn around and one would be right behind me and I would want to cry.

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Oleg Chebeneev

Is that ENB?

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James Mock

Enchanted Lands

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Oleg Chebeneev

Didnt mean zone name. Colours on picture look abit off, like it was filtered. Similar effect comes from ENB

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Utakata

Hobbit’s in LoTRO. Kinda reminds me of that dancing baby screensaver from the 90’s…

“Uta, they’re not monsters…”

…least not intentionally. :(

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Phubarrh

There’s a certain dungeon wedding in Final Fantasy XIV…

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Ian Wells

Yeah, that is one very strange and dark sub-plot. If the main story was more along those lines, I may have actually stayed interested in it. Instead, we got poorly written dialog between a cast of highly forgettable characters going through the motions of essentially the same damn plot of the last five FF games (foreign invaders, oh no! Better get the MacGuffins!)

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Rolan Storm

Secret World takes all prizes in this contest. I might remember some creepy creatures over the years met in MMORPGs, but in SWL it’s almost all of them. They are revolting and/or creepy. Especially that mission with Pyrokinetic child, I think in London.

Funny thing though – they are not scary. Once storyline puts me in operative’s skin my perception counts everything as ‘bad day in L.A.’ Yeah, they are ugly but hey – that’s occult outbreak out there. That’s the job.

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connor_jones

I hear ya man about the consistency of Secret World. It’s almost like they don’t need a Halloween event because every day is Halloween there.

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Rolan Storm

AHAHAHAHA! Damn right. Couldn’t have said better if I tried.

Last event with Filth bird was meh. Boring. Good thing I like everything else. To be honest running through old zones is like re-watching everything easymode hands-on. If I’d take it to express through game lore it’s controlled lucid memory experience to get into shape before new chapter.

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Tobasco da Gama

Gaki

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Stormwaltz

In LotRO, the warrior and queen variety gredbyg are everything I hate about insects, and the size of my car.

NOPE.

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Siphaed

The new cactus creatures in GW2:PoF. They look like a very ugly, living voo-doo doll. Yuck!

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