The Daily Grind: Have you ever rage-deleted an MMO character?

    
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During our insane streamathon on Friday, Massively OP’s Jef confided in us that he ragequit Star Wars Galaxies after the NGE hit — and worse, he deleted his main character. I don’t know whether you guys heard my audible gasp, but my goodness, that hurt. I don’t care how angry I am at a game; I never delete! I can’t bring myself to do it because like Jef surely did, I might regret it deeply later if the game changes course.

Then again, I’ve been plenty angry at studios and games, so I can understand the reaction. And I know that some people delete characters so that they won’t be tempted to return and give the company one more penny. How about you guys? Have you ever rage-deleted an MMO character?

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Observer98

FeveredDreamer 
Hah!  I grouped with a tank working on that achievement- he ran when things loked bad, some of us dying.  Fortunately he did too- serves you right, cowardly tank!

mysecretid
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mysecretid

Estranged Cyroselle 
Garth? I think you mean Chris Gaines. Hee hee hee. :-)

Cyroselle
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Cyroselle

My straw in AA was when I took a two week trip to Japan, and tried to pay up on my account for overseas so I wouldn’t lose my house and adjoining plot. For some reason Trion my login, then my credit card and bank card. I tried contacting customer service, but in the time that they finally got back to me, my land has already expired and my house was no longer there.
Actually in hindsight that was probably the best thing that could have happened, because I’m no longer playing ArcheAge!

Cyroselle
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Cyroselle

I really loved playing the WAR orcs, so fun to plan names and talk in character. For this reason alone, WAR was the only MMO where I’ve made a make character.
That game needed a better chance at life, deserved one, but didn’t get it.
Suddenly changing the engine midway through development did it no favors either.

Caec
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Caec

I deleted my first complete set of level 50s in SWTOR, when we left the game, to try to reinforce the decision to never go back, but I love huttball so much that I have an entire new complete set of level 50+ toons.
But, I’ve never both hated and loved (albiet, one very small aspect) an MMO enough to ever do something similar, before or since.

Cyroselle
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Cyroselle

Totally agree with you on both games!

Cyroselle
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Cyroselle

I *do* ragequit, but I never delete. You just never know if the game might one day improve to the point that you’ll want to come back. So far only one of the games I’ve done that with actually got better to the point where I wanted to log back in again, where’s the rest have permanently left my stable and been wiped off my harddrive.
But I don’t delete.

scathson
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scathson

not necessarily rage – more like disgust when i deleted my characters from ArcheAge – just to make sure temptation would not return

did rage delete my character from FFXIV – couldn’t take the forced dungeon/raiding necessary to advance my character anymore – – – deleted my character, uninstalled the game and tossed the boxed game into the garbage

melissamcdon
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melissamcdon

I’ve made one that I later realized was broken or malformed in some skill point / class choice kinda way, delete it to reclaim that name, and make one all over again and fix my mistakes, sure.
Not just out of anger, that’s stupid.   ;-)

purewitz
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purewitz

I was the opposite with the NGE in SWG. The NGE actually stopped me from rage deleting characters. I started playing SWG in the Summer of 2004 and never like the pre-CU for its combat queue and combat speed, but I stayed because it was Star Wars. Then had hopes that the CU would be better, but it wasn’t. I was getting so frustrated with SOE with how they were handling the game and Then the NGE came and saved the game. Only things I didn’t like about the NGE was the reduction of profession from 32 to 9, the lack of skill points, the profession trainers. Other than that the NGE brought much needed changes to SWG that prolonged its life. I think if the NGE had not happen I would have left and a lot of other players would have left too. And the game would have shutdown long before 2011, if they would have stuck with the CU.