The Daily Grind: What small details in MMOs have you noticed?

Because I’m always playing the World of Warcraft auction house, I spend a lot of time hanging out in the Stormwind branch as a result. Other than cursing the Horde jerks that think it’s funny to run in and slaughter the auctioneers, I’ve observed that once an hour, one of the auctioneer’s sons comes in to bring his mother some food.

It’s just a small script that exists solely to be one of thousands of small details that make up this particular game world, and while it’s just “flavor,” I find it an essential part to making places like Azeroth feel alive and fleshed-out.

I love little details like that, such as tiny scripted events, little art details, or environmental storytelling in MMORPGs. What small details in your games have you noticed and appreciated?

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jay

In lotro every now and then you would see a small flock of birds take off out of a distant tree. It’s a really small thing, but I loved it.

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hurbster

In ESO, citizens of a faction will often comment on what you have done in that faction.

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Schmidt.Capela

LotRO is full of those details. All the little references to locations in the books and what happened there, the night sky that mimics that of Middle Earth (which is to say, it’s the same you would see from the English countryside where Tolkien wrote the books), growing pipeweed (and all the animations, mundane or fantastic, for blowing smoke), etc.

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Suikoden

I agree, they nailed it in Lotro. When I first noticed the night sky aligning with the books I was amazed. Once I rolled a new character and read through the books at the same pace I played the game. It was a really cool experience.

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Oleg Chebeneev

Ive seen quite a few in WoW, but its really hard for me to remember anything now.

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Bryan Turner

GW2, in the Crystal Oasis there’s a Awakened Vendor that sells Awakened Minis to help spread the word of Joko.

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Robert Basler

Guild Wars 2’s Aviator’s Memory box lets you make plane noises and fly around with your arms out like a kid (it also makes the whole game old-timey.) I actually giggled.

Also, there are falling stars in Final Fantasy XIV’s sky. Spent ten minutes looking at them one night.

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Makhiel

I mean, Guild Wars 2 is full of these things. Don’t know if you can call it small but my favourite is probably the pub crawl that used to happen in old LA. (Ok, imgur embed doesn’t work here).

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Thomas

I was wandering around a wild area of Elona in GW2 and happened across a wandering trio: a meerkat, a warthog, and a lion cub. It gave me a chuckle, I have to say.

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Bryan Correll

My longtime favorite is the way civilians in CoH would sometimes comment on your recent adventures (“I heard Inquisitor stopped the Circle of Thorns from summoning a demon!”) as you passed them in the streets.

one of the auctioneer’s sons comes in to bring his mother some food.

That could be pretty traumatic if hie mother and her coworkers had just been brutally murdered by the Horde.

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Hellion Girlfriend2: You think s/he could take down your boyfriend?
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GamingSF

Mirrors in DDO, I love to see working mirrors on occasion in rooms – early missions have them as do recent ones as well. Extra spooky if you actually spot an enemy approaching through your reflection!