The Daily Grind: When was the last time you went sightseeing in an MMORPG?

    
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Are you into stopping and smelling the flowers, literally or figuratively?

I started thinking a bit about this thanks to a tweet ZeniMax sent out about Elder Scrolls Online last weekend; the studio was promoting the work of @JXRaiv, who put together a website that allows players to explore all the wayshrines in the game. You don’t even need to log in to enjoy the view. And in fact, I bet most people wouldn’t either. Games seldom reward us for exploration, and when they don’t, we often don’t bother. Even when they do – I’m thinking about Guild Wars 2’s mapping – gamers often just skip past the cutscene to get on to the next one.

Long ago, I decided to go on a tour, by foot, of all the shrines in a different MMORPG; it was one of the most memorable experiences I’ve ever had in an MMORPG. And none of it counted for anything except for my own joy and my own recollection all these years later.

When was the last time you went sightseeing in an MMORPG?

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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Maggie May

Always ….. which is why I’m really slow to lvl, on my way to do a main story quest …. oooh what’s on that hill? Pick up quest, kill random monsters, gather, speak to npc’s ….. What’s that glowy thing in the distance? (More quests, monsters, read books, pick up crap) Oooh what’s in this cave.? (Kill kill kill pick up loot talk to npc’s eat gather).

Or just run around looking at everything …. In FFXIV I probably spent more time at first just taking pics and running around.

Yup I’m that girl.

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GamingSF

Elder Scrolls Online for me at the moment, decided to step into Wrothgar for Orsinium for the first time and am loving the sights as I wander around!

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Alex Js.

I did that sometimes in games that were beautiful (for their time) to look at and had fun places to explore… For example, the LOTRO many years ago (it had some beautiful locations in different areas), especially when “roof exploring” was still unrestricted in Bree. I remember even leading “tours” of showing people how to get into some “unintended” locatio s, which was a fun thing to do by itself ;-)

I also did A LOT of that in EVE Online, since the game world is HUGE there and there are many memorable/interesting places to explore or to look at (from historical remains of some destroyed structures/ships to player-owned structures/locations or large battles you can sometimes observe without actually participating in them) and most of these are pretty safe (with the right type of ship). Plus there was always a possibility of having an amusing/interesting conversation with random people at some location where they did not expect you to appear at, especially if you know more than 1 language ;-)

Never did that in WoW or ESO or any other game where the world/places just looked unattractive/boring and there was nothing fun/interesting to do at.

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hurbster

ESO encourages you to go off-piste, so that’s what I do.

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Nick Smith

Just to explore for the benefit of exploration. Trove Geode, cave diving. Before that was Elder Scrolls Online, I love to take off in a direction and just get lost and see where it takes me. No Man’s Sky just the other day and Elite Dangerous just to fly around to a new area is fun.

Come to think of it, exploring in any game is a big factor of why I play them!

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miol

It’s actually one of the last things, I’m still motivated doing in MMOs!
I don’t feel any pull to do much else there! :/

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Paragon Lost

I pretty much do it every time I log into LotRO.

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Paul

Last night ;-)

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Sashaa

Each and every day. In fact, I would not play mmorpg if it wasn’t for the magic ability to travel a rich world/universe in a few mins. This and the ability to share your adventures are the reasons I still play this kind of games 20 years later. Between the snowy mountains of Wrothgar, the desert of the Alik’r, Summerset, the Black Marsh or Vvardenfell, sightseeing is one of the main reasons why I love the Elder Scrolls Online so much… Whatever I am doing (mostly raiding these days) I never log off without visiting some place with a scenery I like. My only regret is that housing is way too limited and you can’t just place your house where you wanted, just like in SWG.

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Black Desert is fantastic for sightseeing, and I drag Hubby along with me. Let’s go to see the desert! Let’s go see the new forest! We are never high enough to be there, but we do get node managers ahead of time, and see what it’s like. My only male character is a sailor, and he loves to go out and look for islands, and find node managers at sea.

We were exploring up against an invisible wall a couple of weeks ago, and got 4 new node managers, and filled in a good bit of the map.

I’ve been that way in all my MMOs. First trip into Stranglethorn, we got eaten by panthers two or three times. What’s the worst that can happen, right?!