The Daily Grind: Do you have a good grasp of your MMO’s history?

    
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As someone who’s played his fair share of both Guild Wars and Guild Wars 2 over the years, I have to confess that I’ve had a poor track record of picking up and understanding Tyria’s history. I actually had to end up watching a few nicely done YouTube videos in which a knowledgable fan took all of the fragments of the game’s history and lore and then put it into an accessible presentation. Even with that, I am frequently clueless.

For MMOs that you’ve been playing for a while, do you have a good grasp on the world’s backstory? Are you a loremaster of reknown or an adventurer who flunked out of history?

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SorriorDragneel
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SorriorDragneel

Lol i do the same thing man…”Where are my keys..Oh in.my.pocket” “Say do you know the 10,000 year history of aion? No? Why let me tell you then”
I think i will start working on ffxiv soon lol…Also scary bit i barely played aion never reavhed cap but damn do i have it’s backstory down.

SorriorDragneel
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SorriorDragneel

FFXIV has an INSANE amount even classes have it(when you become a class they teach you it’s origins) it’s crazy even things like how the races came to be in eorzea is covered(like Miqote coming from across the sea during an ice age).
The game has more detail then i think i have ever seen before.
GW2 is ok but honestly they never really touch on it in game which is a massive mistake in my mind.

SwobyJ
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SwobyJ

I think I have a very good grasp on Telara’s history. But I don’t know a lot of details, sure.

mbbrazen
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mbbrazen

wild_abyss mbbrazen  Oh yes! I know that experience. LOL

direpath
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direpath

I like to have a grasp of a games history. How well flushed out the lore is and how well that is revealed through gameplay is a big thing for me. I am so attached to WoW because I know and have lived it’s story. SWTOR gets me too, even though some of the lore choices by BW/EA are sometimes not what I would have chosen, I can invest myself further in the game because of it.

I think this is why I don’t get as into new games or some of my other selections like GW2 or FFXIV:ARR. It’s not to say they don’t have lore and story, I just haven’t given it a chance to sink in.

Peregrine_Falcon
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Peregrine_Falcon

Well, I played STO and I’m a trekkie. So I have in-game lore covered.
And I wrote a blog page that kept a detailed timeline about the game’s launch and its treatment of one of the two factions. So I had history of the game itself covered.
So… yes?

blast tyrant
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blast tyrant

Benjamin Seeberger Seeing the word “Gemstone” in an MMO discussion made me unreasonably happy.  Cheers!

melissamcdon
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melissamcdon

Landari_Omega I wish WT’s interface wasn’t such a mess.  I’ve tried, really tried to like it, but it’s awful.   This is one place they seriously need to copy Wargaming a lot more.   Their UI is so much cleaner and easier.

melissamcdon
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melissamcdon

Benjamin Seeberger *chuckles* yes, i think Tolkien would “probably” earn a place “somewhere” on the list.

melissamcdon
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melissamcdon

the generic nature of most games’ storylines and mythos are one thing that really hold me back from getting into them.   Mostly because it’s just a mishmash of foreign-sounding names and places, with a Mysterious Object/Weapon in play, a villain or two, and it’s you who must save the world.
Thinking about it a minute, I can only say I know one game’s mythos thoroughly, and that’d be Lord of the Rings Online.   Next i would say SWTOR and Everquest, but beyond that, my eyes (and ears) tended to glaze over at the B-team-fantasy-novel stories and names and places that most games give you.

“And Granthor the Blacksword won the Sacred Harkenshield of Angladoom, long fortold in the Tomes of Rithium..”   Hey, i should write for less-than-AAA-mmos, huh?  ;-)

Or you could just play Age of Wushu and be completely immersed in Chinese names, which was difficult for this round-eye.   Lei Ping sent me to visit Ping Lei, who told me to go speak to Pang Lee, etc., this is how it sounded to my ears and eyes, but I’m sure Mary Smith and Mike Jones would begin to sound the same to them too after a bit.