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?