The Daily Grind: How often do you have to look up information in your main MMO?

    
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The Daily Grind: How often do you have to look up information in your main MMO?

My wife was sitting behind me and leveling one of her alts in Final Fantasy XIV, looking for a particular enemy. “Where are these stupid orobons?” she asked.

I glanced over my shoulder to see where she was, and then immediately knew exactly where they were. And no sooner had I said it than we both paused for a moment and wondered why the heck I knew that off the top of my head. We’re both Legacy players in the game and have been around the block several times, but she has apparently not devoted her brain to remembering where mid-30s enemies are located on a map. I have, and I cannot for the life of me imagine why.

Some of us do seem to just have something of a mental sponge for this sort of information, though; I have friends who remember ability names and exact levels when classes learn things in many games, while I frequently have to look that up if it’s relevant. But when it comes to navigation, I can almost always remember it instinctively. Which leads to the obvious question: How often do you have to look up information in your main MMO? And is it usually the same information, or just various things that slip your mind?

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StClair
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mysecretid StClair Mine too, of late.  Especially since they also run TOR Fashion. :)

mosselyn
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I look stuff up regularly. Probably almost every time I play. Where is that place? Who sells that item? Where do I get this mat? How many whosits am I going to need to eventually craft a whatzit? I like to tell myself it’s because I use up all my focus and mental energy at work, but the truth is, I just have a crap memory for this stuff.
I’m eternally grateful to the friends I play with who have a seemingly encyclopedic memory for game minutae. I’d still be blundering around, lost, in any number of virtual jungles without them.

BryanCo
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MinionDave Wandris  It actually adds to the immersion for me.  Instead of leaving the game to check things in the ‘real world’ it makes it feel like the game is taking place in the real world.  With a modern day setting why wouldn’t I be able to do web research?
The immersion does get broken when the first four hits from google on a subject are links to TSW guides instead of the ‘raw’ information I wanted to actually solve the problem legitimately.
Oh, and sadly the in-game browser is pretty bad.  I usually tabbed out and used a ‘real’ browser.

TimothyTierless
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TimothyTierless

These days, not nearly enough.

mysecretid
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StClair 
Dulfy.net is my first stop when looking for general SWTOR news and guidance, if that also helps when you’re searching.
Cheers,

mysecretid
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StClair Nordavind MinionDave 
But hey, that’s not the fault of FunCom, or The Secret World; that’s just how Google searches work over time.
I can tell you for a fact that those TSW Investigation mission solutions were not there as top-result hits”when the content was initially released — I busted my ass trying to figure out some of those mysteries, precisely because Google and other search engines had nothing.
FunCom can’t be held accountable because Google search algorithms work over time as they were designed to work. :-)

Cheers,

ZenDadaist
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Depends how long I’ve played it for and how much I have committed to memory already :p At the moment, I look up a lot of Warframe stuff on the wiki because I’m new. I hardly ever have to consult AO Universe for Anarchy Online any more because I have a huge amount of those vast resources in memory already. Given how long I’ve played it, off and on, it’d be weird not to remember where Victor Nonya is, or where to go buy Arul Saba bracelet parts, or where to find level 100ish DOJA-dropping mobs in Scheol.

I just end up remembering game stuff. Tons and tons of fairly pointless game stuff.

TSW investigation missions are awesome when they require you to have real life knowledge. It’s never so obscure you can’t find it within a few minutes of cleverly-applied googling and it works superbly well if yuo’re taking the roleplaying or immersion angle. “Hm, I think this might be some morse code. I don’t know morse code though. Hey Dragon lady, you know what the dots and dashes spell out?” “No but I bet I can find an App that’ll do it.” I actually downloaded a morse code app on my phone, put my phone up to my speaker and got the app to spell out the message for me. Pretty much exactly as our charcters in the game were doing. Using their smartphones. The ones their Faction handlers have given them, and call them on, and text them with, and email using.

StClair
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mysecretid Same here.  I know my way around STO pretty well… I’m not as familiar with SWTOR, so I do a lot more research, web-surfing and/or wiki diving (sometimes into the Internet Archive’s backup of TORhead!).

StClair
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Nordavind MinionDave Part of the problem, though, is that 99% of the time, the top hit on a Google search will be the exact solution for that particular puzzle.
“… Well.  Guess I just type that in, then.  Puzzle solved.”

Nordavind
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mbbrazen Yep, I had a notebook for TSW.