Leaderboard: Autorun in MMOs

    
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From this point it looks so easy.

I recently gave Trion’s MMO-ARPG hybrid Devilian a try and was pleasantly surprised to see one particular Asian import included: autorun. Basically, you click on the autorun button next to a quest, and the game will pilot you to its destination. Whether you arrive alive or not is another story, as the game doesn’t mind running you through large mobs, so you can’t just AFK or tune out completely.

I’ve made great use of this feature in other import games to save my wrist from pointless clicking and to take some really great screenshots as my character is loping along the road toward the next thing I need to do. I don’t really see it as being significantly different from any other fast travel except in that I still get to see the world and can stop to interact with it if I want to. But I know other old-school gamers are deeply offended at the idea and say it’s part of the dumbing down of the genre, that we’re basically letting the game play itself for us in some way that is fundamentally different from, say, Dark Age of Camelot’s horse system or Ultima Online’s recalls and runebooks.

How do you feel about this type of autorun in MMOs?

Does autorun belong in MMOs?

  • I love autorun in MMOs (35%, 129 Votes)
  • I hate autorun in MMOs (27%, 100 Votes)
  • I don't mind autorun in MMOs, but I don't use it (14%, 51 Votes)
  • I don't really care either way (23%, 84 Votes)

Total Voters: 364

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carson63000
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carson63000

schmidtcapela carson63000 breetoplay Damonvile CistaCista If sitting in front of the screen, with your hands on the controls, is a part of the “experience” of gaming that you find “boring” and want to be able to “pick and choose” to avoid .. then maybe gaming isn’t for you. Maybe watching Twitch or game videos on YouTube would be better. Or maybe, as someone recommended a couple of weeks ago, ProgressQuest is the game for you.

schmidtcapela
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schmidtcapela

carson63000 breetoplay Damonvile CistaCista 
Nope. We are talking about empowering players to avoid a part of the experience if they find it boring. So, in a way, this is basically those that think all of the experience should be mandatory versus those that want to be able to pick and choose.

And, BTW, in many topics there are noticeable differences in preference between the general population and those that vote on pools, and between those that vote on pools and those that go the last mile and post something. PvP, raiding, and roleplaying are among the activities where this difference is easier to notice, but it’s also fairly noticeable in about anything that pits “casuals” versus “hardcore”. So, yeah, I find the discrepancy here quite natural.

SomniumWintersun
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SomniumWintersun

Vunak Yeah, i voted for loving it, went back and actually read it and was like….weellllll…..okay. Guess that teaches me to read before voting :)

DPandaren
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DPandaren

Click to Move it the most professional way to manage the full Ironforge experience in WoW. Click at the AH and autorun right over there, then click on the back and autorun right back.

Honestly, it’s the best way to play WoW.

ZenDadaist
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ZenDadaist

I’ve had exactly one autorun experience in a game. Poked Forsaken World for a day with some friends some years back and that game has an autorun feature for quest objectives. It kept autorunning me through fire.

No thanks.

(Eve autopilot is different because travel is supposed to take a long time,a nd you can’t actually ‘steer’ or -do- anything with the ship for much of that time becasue oyu’re either in Warp or else you’re in Gatejump. You can, erm, chat to your corpies? Browse the market before jumping to the next system buggers up what you were looking at?)

melissaheather
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melissaheather

i don’t mind the feature, but using it kind of negates the journey and the process.  I feel like once I start doing that, i’m just rushing through the game and griding and carrot-chasing, not really enjoying it anymore.

SwobyJ
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SwobyJ

Hate it. It showcases how very much useless ‘exploration’ is in the design of the game.

carson63000
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carson63000

breetoplay Damonvile CistaCista Old-school hardcore cred? Come on, we’re not talking about permadeath or brutal corpse runs or item destruction. We’re talking about expecting players to actually play the game rather than pressing a button and going AFK.

Equilibrium31
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Equilibrium31

It’s an excellent way to get people to invest time into your game and to slow down the pace of progression without entirely forcing the player into a boring task.

Err, I mean, the immersion!  Look at how big the world is!!!  =P

TimothyTierless
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TimothyTierless

breetoplay In a way I’ve played WOW like this near the end, log in, check instance finder, select one, port to instance, run instance, cry, log out. :D