The Daily Grind: Do dinosaurs help or hurt your immersion in MMOs?

My kids, being of a younger age, tend to find dinosaurs pretty darn awesome. They went bananas the other day when they saw a dino mount in Neverwinter and screamed at me for not getting it (“cash shop ploy” does not mean much to them).

Not every MMORPG tosses in dinosaurs, but they get slipped into fantasy worlds more often than you would think. From World of Warcraft’s Un’goro Crater to Trove’s Jurassic biome, there seems to be this thought that dinosaurs can punch up a title and pander to that young, impressionable kid in all of us (and I won’t even get started on the whole ARK phenomenon).

It might be a frivolous topic, but do you think dinos help or hurt MMOs? Are they just too immersion-breaking and bizarre to toss into most fantasy worlds? Does their scale hamper their inclusion? What do you say?

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smulb

I FUCKING HATE DINOSAUCES! that’s why I never bought ARK. Might try Dark and Light since the comparison with Ark minus the dinosauces.

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Lord Zorvan

Dinosaurs can be bad for immersion, but elves and dragons are fine? ROFL

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quark1020

I…have no strong feelings one way or the other.

To me, its not about whether or not a game has dinos, but what the game does with them. I love them in monster hunter. I love them in ARK. Didn’t much care for them in WoW, but I blame that more on my dislike of jungle biomes in WoW and its Troll zone/dungeons.

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Robert Mann

Depends on the world… but I’m really not a huge fan of them unless it’s themed into the world overall. So ARK, for example, having Dinos makes sense. Putting them in one small area in an MMO? Well, it isn’t the biggest flaw of MMOs by any means.

That all said, the trend to throw them everywhere does nothing for me. I’m actually more interested in new and creative ideas instead. You want that sense of wonder, give me something that is well designed and completely original.

As to the over the top stuff, I’ll avoid it thanks. At least for any game that isn’t 100% aimed at comedy.

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Sashaa

Souvenirs …

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Suikoden

I agree with NeoWolf, the context is important.

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NeoWolf

Depends on the context of their being present for me i’d say. As a thing I have zero objection to dinosaurs, but it all depends on why they are there to begin with so long as they contextually make sense, I have zero issues.

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luxundae

I dunno… The Cataclysm beta was the high point for dinosaurs. I feel it’s been downhill since then. ;p

(see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bcejITJRXw0 )

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starbuck1771

Neither I am neutral. Now they need to make an MMO based off Dino Crisis. :P

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nobleeinherjar

It depends. For instance, back when ARK was just survival with dinosaurs (with some strange, sci-fi goings-on in the background), I found the game to be very immersive. But when they started throwing in everything and the kitchen sink, that lack of coherence didn’t gel with me.

But when it comes to straight-up MMOs, immersion isn’t really something I focus on. Unless I’m RPing (and sometimes not even then), it’s hard to be immersed in whatever I’m doing when I’m also chatting with friends in my guild and such.