The Daily Grind: Which MMO does the best job of honoring fallen players?

    
17
You've seen my dog.

Online games are shared spaces, and for some players they’re particularly important spaces. That means honoring and remembering those who pass in the game in some way. Several games have done this in various ways, ranging from several World of Warcraft memorials to Guild Wars 2‘s subtle and touching tribute to an excellent blogger. It’s the sort of thing that makes you get misty when you know what the tribute is, and it also frequently stands through changes; even with an overhaul to the tutorial, City of Heroes kept Coyote in place as long as the game was running.

So today, we’re going to be a little bit sad and ask you to point out which of these tributes is most relevant to you. Which MMO does the best job of honoring fallen players? Are there games that you feel should do more to erect memorials for community members who are no longer among us? And as something of a morbid bonus, are there any games you would like to immortalize you when you’re gone?

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!
Advertisement

No posts to display

newest oldest most liked
Subscribe to:
Veldara
Reader
Veldara

I don’t think you can put a metric on something like this. I believe that no matter the gesture, big or small, when studio honors one of its players that’s something I give kudos to.

rafael12104
Reader
rafael12104

I’m of two minds on this because the question on which MMO does the best job honoring fallen players is not a simple one.

Which MMO? I don’t know. I’ve seen MMOs that have honored players by naming particular areas or NPCs in memory of fallen devs or notable players. ButI can’t say that one is the best at it. Situations dictate what is done and by whom, so I can’t say one game does it better than the rest.

I think in general it is a grand thing, a tribute to a fallen player. Because even in these fantasy worlds we play in, real world tragedies are often felt. So I appreciate the question in that regard.

But I also feel like it is a personal thing. Tributes should not be rated. There shouldn’t be a race to see who can do them the best. I think that MMOs that allow this type of thing should be mindful of that or not do it at all.

Reader
Al_Bundy

Whenever a big studio “honors” certain player, even though that’s certainly a good thing, I always feel like it’s slightly “unfair” towards all the passed away players who were dedicated to the game, too, but were not “honored” because the didn’t tell anyone what was going on or simply died al of the sudden.

Not everyone mentions his condition. That one older guild member with the nasty cough that just never logged back in again? The one girl, that had depression and never appeared on the Teamspeak again? We all know storys like this and only god knows what happened to these people.

Instead of big studios picking and honoring certain players, I’d rather have a player-driven “cemetary” were people and guilds can maintain their own graves in memory of people they’ve lost. I wonder if something like this could work or if trolls would ruin it for everyone.

Reader
Koshelkin

This is a morbid and tasteless question. Sorry. It’s not like it should be some sort of competition but a heartfelt and sincere thing.

rafael12104
Reader
rafael12104

I have to sort of agree. I don’t think it is a morbid or tasteless question, but I’m with you on this type of thing turning into some macabre competition that devs and or players would engage in.

Heartfelt and sincere tributes shouldn’t be based on what other guilds have done or what features in the game exist.

Reader
Kickstarter Donor
Vunak

Didn’t GW2 write someone that passed away into the actual lore of the game?

Reader
Rayko
Reader
Rayko

Guild Wars 2 ;)

Reader
Rheem Octuris

I remember Ribbitribbit from Eq2. Granted, that was more players and he was alive at the time, but the way the community pulled together for one person was amazing.

Bree Royce
Staff
Bree Royce

EVE Online is going to get a lot of nods, but to me, the best is Ultima Online, where the players themselves maintain many (MANY) memorial buildings with mementos and virtual dedications to passed-on players. More than I can count. I’ve never seen an MMORPG with so many, but then, there’s no MMORPG older than UO either, and few MMOs allow that level of customization, so I guess that just makes sense.

Reader
Kickstarter Donor
Patreon Donor
Loyal Patron
BalsBigBrother

I have never know any of the community members that have been memorialised in the various games I have played. So my reaction is usually oh that is nice I am sure it means a lot to those folks who knew them but beyond that /shrugs.

I do like when games like Star Trek Online memorialise folks who are part of the franchise at large and its good to acknowledge their contribution to them even if it an indirect contribution. The same principle applies to Elite:Dangerous in their naming of stations and so on after famous folks. While they may not have contributed to the actual game they have made contributions to society or science among other things that many of us benefit from.

Reader
Bruno Brito

I don’t see it as a competition. As long as they do it, i’m fine with it. Honoring fallen players is always something incredible, be it a player initiative, or a dev one. And i believe that memorials should be kept by the devs.

I’m still of the opinion that the EVE cemetery should be a sanctuary zone.