The Daily Grind: What are the basic rules of conduct for an MMO community?

    
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If there’s one thing I’ve learned from 18 years of playing MMOs, it’s that games train us to abide by some pretty weird codes of conduct.

Drop a bag on the ground in real life? Anyone who snatched it from the ground at your feet would be chased down and arrested for a thief. Pick up a fallen bag in Ultima Online, though, and that’s just business as usual. The game doesn’t consider that stealing, and neither do most players.

And sometimes the game mechanics make conduct a heinous crime in one MMO but a cooperative event in another. Harvest a tree in Guild Wars 2, great – everyone else can harvest it too. But do it in World of Warcraft and you’ll be branded a node-stealing jerk. And those guys who harvest while you’re in combat next to the node? They’re destined for the special hell.

But surely there are some rules that are universal, right? What would you say are the most basic rules of conduct for playing in an MMO, things that everyone should know and are applicable to almost every game world?

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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bobuliss30
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bobuliss30

Zennie No, I don’t think any pvp should be removed from the game.  But regarding your penalty comment, I think you are confusing legal with moral.  Basically, it’s a game, and you should do whatever you enjoy doing, within EULA guidelines.  That is my original point.

Zennie
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Zennie

How exactly is someone a dick for doing pvp in a pvp game?
How am I a dick for roaming in an environment where there is no penalty for pvp (nullsec) or very small penalty (lowsec)?
Would you like to remove all PVP from the game except of duels?

ChockFull
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ChockFull

mysecretid ChockFull I can recognize a good joke just fine…..when you finally write, let me know.

mysecretid
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mysecretid

ChockFull 
It’s truly tragic that you’re unable to recognize a joke when you read one. Hopefully, they’ll get those sense of humor transplants available in Trolltown General Hospital any day now.

schmidtcapela
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schmidtcapela

ohforfs jefreahard 

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schmidtcapela

Gibbins bobuliss30 
As long as they make it clear that it’s a game that welcomes players being dicks, fine. Then I can just avoid ever spending any money on them.

BTW, EVE is why I now have this more strict point of view, why I will never, ever, again play any game where other players can attack me without my consent. I used to give a chance to games those games — well, I gave EVE a chance — but, after seeing what passes for entertainment in EVE, I’m done with that.

ToyFuzion
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ToyFuzion

I think that’s why GW2 did so well (or I was attracted to it for a few years), because they took away game mechanics that were the source of players fighting with each other in other games. It was also the first game I’d played in a long time where I started opening myself up to playing alongside strangers again. 

The whole reason I don’t like playing with strangers in MMO environments anymore is because of the abusive behaviors that come alongside “competitive” game mechanics.

Estranged
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Estranged

I’m more of an arse. LOL

ohforfs
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ohforfs

jefreahard Can someone explain this meme to me please? I hate being the one guy that doesn’t get it ;)

ohforfs
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ohforfs

Gibbins bobuliss30 They filled me up with so much rage that I had to quit the game because it was affecting my health. Mostly Russians and I now hate Russia and Russians with a passion that I don’t think will ever leave me.