The Daily Grind: Do you consider yourself an expert on your favorite MMOs?

    
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Expertise is a funny thing; it’s the sort of thing usually best demonstrated by never claiming it but simply showing it. Most people confronted by someone claiming to be an expert at a given game like World of Warcraft are going to respond with eye-rolling and no small amount of exasperation, especially if that self-proclaimed expert immediately screws something up. For that matter, it’s almost always accompanying a blatantly incorrect statement. “You should listen to me, I’m an expert at this game, Enhancement Shaman is for healing.”

That isn’t to say that you necessarily aren’t an expert, even if you wouldn’t claim it. Sure, you might not happily shout about how you’re an expert at Star Trek Online, but you know most of the game’s traits cold and can figure out a ship build in three minutes flat; that’s pretty clearly expertise. So share with us, dear readers. Do you consider yourself an expert on your favorite MMOs? And, as a perhaps important corollary, do you generally inform strangers of that fact?

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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Adri

Saying that you are an expert in a field in which most of us only spend their free time is not fair. Standing there in the biggest market square in (ingame) town and proclaiming that you are better than anyone else is not an intelligent move. It only belittles your integrity.
I personally think that I’m pretty okay with the games I’ve played. I don’t know all builds and classes by rote. I know my class pretty okay-ish and I might be able to advise people on overall gameplay or basic knowledge.
I’m a fast typist I can google stuff pretty quickly so people might think I’m smarter than I actually am ;)

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Zen Dadaist

Usually, yes. Though it does depend on how long I’ve been out of it. Caveat: to reach “one of my favourites” status I have to have gone hardcore into the game and seen/done it all for me to consider it. MMOs I’ve popped my head into or otherwise didn’t get too far don’t count, and I cheerfuly acknowledge my lack of expertise there.

For example, I’ve been out of Eve for so long that my knowledge and advice are all but obsolete so I’m not really an expert in that any more, even though I played it hardcore for years and years in the past, and was known as a walking Eve encyclopedia at one point. I’m an ex-expert :D

A counter example is Anarchy Online which hasn’t changed much in a while and I still play regularly at all levels of the game (FC finally fixed my main \o/). I am still a relevant expert there!

I’m getting to expert level in Warframe. I missed out on Raids but apart from that I’ve been there, done that repeatedly on absolutely everything since 2016.

EDIT: Whoops, somehow missed the corollary there – no I don’t go round telling random people I’m an expert. I just answer questions and relate advice as appropriate, then other people call me an expert :p

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Hikari Kenzaki

Yep, I’ve been playing every game since pre-pre-alpha and I totally am one of the top players on all the servers.

Let me give you some advice that hasn’t been relevant for 3 years or complain about quiting because of a bug from launch day that was patched out 2 days later.

I would say I know enough about most of the games I play regularly to give people some guidance if they’re new. I also know enough about the industry to try to give reasonable info to someone looking to try them, but I’ve never had the Awesomerest build or gear in any game (well, except maybe City of Heroes, but I played that for 8 years, lol)

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Bryan Turner

I consider my self well read, but not an expert; I still remember the night I had my ass handed to me in a alcohol fueled game of WoW Trivial Pursuit.

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Jokerchyld

Blame it on the alc-alc-alc-alcohol!

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Roger Edwards

I think the label of “expert” is one that is bestowed upon you by your peers, if it is deserved. To publicly claim it for yourself smacks of hubris.

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camren_rooke

Not me. I am a profession noob in all mmos.

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Little Bugbear

I would never call myself an expert in anything (I would mess it up). I just happily tromp through the MMO worlds as my far more capable companies guide me to success.

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Castagere Shaikura

Nope
Never think of myself as an expert with any mmo. To me this is the big problem with mmo communities today. To many players running around giving bad advice to new players in game and on forums. You can always learn something new.

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Randy Savage

I guess I’m an expert but I don’t go out of my way to let everyone know. I just answer their questions to be helpful. I’m like an in-game Google. I only search for what you inquire about. And I certainly don’t argue with anyone. If you’re arguing with someone, you’ve already lost even if you’re right. I try to avoid the “know-it-all” trope as much as possible.

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Greaterdivinity

Nope, and I’m generally awful about educating myself, so I end up floundering about helplessly. But at this point I’m fine with that, it’s still enjoyable so /shrugs