The Daily Grind: Do you have any strange MMORPG memory associations, and what are they?

    
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I’ve been thinking about this topic for a few weeks, ever since MJ and I did a stream on the City of Heroes base building tool via Paragon Chat. Going into the map brought back a distinct memory for me of happily decorating in my base and hearing a news story about a car accident that really impacted me at the time. I hadn’t thought about it in years.

Whenever I think of 9-11, my mind inevitably wanders back to that one awful dude in my EverQuest guild who chewed me out for canceling a guild meeting about some petty drama originally planned for that same day. I always think of his blue bard armor. It certainly made leaving that game space much easier.

Every time I hear a certain song from a certain album, I think about that one winter I couldn’t make the long trip home for the holidays and sat around grinding Star Wars Galaxies’ terrible holiday events instead.

I can’t go into that one zone in WoW’s Cataclysm without remembering the eight months of extreme pregnancy nausea I was in the middle of when I first tried doing that zone. (For what it’s worth, Uldum is a great zone, but I didn’t realize that until the nausea was over!)

I suspect this is inevitable for long-term or hardcore MMORPG players: Events, small or large, personal or private, are going to be tied to play. Do you have any strange MMORPG memory associations, and if so, what are they?

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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diecastbeatdown

Pretty much all of the canned sounds from Ultima Online are heard throughout all types of media.. Songs, TV, Movies, you name it. Every time I hear that specific door opening sound or a horse neighing I think of UO.

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Grim? Darhk

Dota by basshunter reminds me of both Champions online and League of legends, when I first started playing both of those. going back to my Garrison reminds me of losing my father and house, because I played a shit ton of WoD to get over that.

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squid

Yes! Hearing a particular song by 3 Doors Down (don’t judge~) reminds me of killing shrooms at the zonein to Fungus Grove in EQ1. It’s crazy because I only grouped there once or twice, but for some reason that’s one of the strongest triggered memories.

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Louie

For the first few months-ish that I played City Of Heroes I almost always had The Very Best Of Eagles album on. To this day Witchy Woman, Desperado, Life In The Fast Lane always make me think of running through Positron and Frostfire. Miss that game dearly.

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thirtymil

Every time I open a bottle of Remy Martin I get flashbacks to the Isle of Quel’danas in Warcraft, because the first time I discovered the stuff I was doing the rep grind there. I poured myself a glass every night, I did the daily quest circuit every night… now the two are inextricably linked.

Sadly the sterling friend of mine who bought me that bottle passed away last year, so that memory has now developed a slightly sadder shade.

Amadahy
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Amadahy

Playing EverQuest and getting word from around the world that everyone’s computers were still working on New Year’s Y2K!

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Akagi

For me it’s Papa Roach – Last Resort and me getting into Naruto (which isn’t nowhere near close to an MMORPG) and Fort Minor – In Stereo; The High Road and playing my Night Elf Hunter in Vanilla WoW leveling in Westfall and Duskwood back when I was in high school during the summer break. At that time, the server I was playing on kept crashing and even though they advised people to stop playing until they fixed it, I kept reconnecting every time I was disconnected. The result was the next morning I log in, my character is butt naked, all I have is enough money to buy a dagger or something, I’m like level 13 in Westfall on my first serious character ever and I grind enough money to dress myself up again, it didn’t bother me at all, because I was just getting into WoW and nothing could discourage me. … Fun times.

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Pandalulz

I started playing Asheron’s Call with some of the guys I played Warhammer Fantasy tabletop with, so anything involving AC brings back the musty smell of the mini shop, which then triggers me humming the Macross Plus soundtrack as that’s where I bought the OST. It’s a string of nostalgic memories.

And of course, anyone mentioning Avenue Q triggers “The Internet is for Porn” which I can only connect with the WoW Machinima even though I’ve actually seen the musical live. I’m sure there are a lot of musical connections, since I spent a lot of time replacing WoW’s music with my own, but I can’t think of a specific right now. I listened to an awful lot of P H I L O S O M A T I K A radio at the time, streaming psytrance.

On the subject of 9-11, not MMO related, I was watching Honey I Shrunk the Kids at the GF’s house on HBO, the ONLY channel without news, so I had no idea. So unfortunately, HISTK is forever tied to 9-11 for me.

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rafael12104

Well, one does come around once a year.

So, my friends and family are party people. They like going to parties, throwing them, and crashing them. Thus, New Year’s Eve is the event of the year. And if our fave college football team is in a New Year’s bowl game? We are going to need about a week because we are going and bringing the party with us.

Such was the case circa 1993 when our team went to the Sugar Bowl. But that New Years I couldn’t go. I had to work. To make long story short, I finally accepted my adulthood and didn’t call in sick or come up with some laughable excuse. I was going to work and take it like a man should. Heh.

So, I did my duty. I was sad at first but felt better about things as the work evening wore on. Finally in the wee hours of the New Year my shift ended and I found myself at home wide awake, alone, and starting to feel sorry for myself.

Only one thing to do. I booted up my system, connected my super duper 28.8 kbs modem and launched Diablo! 12 hours later I finally crashed and had to sleep. But I was totally satisfied. I did my duty, played some Diablo “online” and had a great New Years!

I think about that night/day every New Years since and chuckle as I see friends and family scurry around planning the holiday events. They don’t know about my fave New Years, but even if they did, they wouldn’t understand it. Lol!

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Utakata

…does re-experiencing mushroom trips when first entering Zangarmarsh count? o.O