The Daily Grind: What’s the funniest conversation you’ve witnessed in MMO world chat?

    
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I know it’s common wisdom to simply jettison the world chat window as soon as you log into a new MMO. It’s not healthy to have a firehose of angry, bitter, and combative people spewing crazy onto your screen without any filter.

Yet I usually leave it turned on, and this one act makes me a noble and brave soul indeed. It’s not that I want to set people straight over politics, religion, and how this game isn’t like World of Warcraft; it’s that once in a while, world chat can be pretty amusing. When people aren’t acting like cranky toddlers who missed their naptime, they can foster a fun sense of community with jokes, memes, and pun wars.

Yeah, I’m the guy who misses Barrens chat.

Assuming that you do drink from that firehose once in a while, what’s the funniest conversation that you have ever witnessed in world chat? Is there a running gag that keeps you chortling as you play?

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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Lieutenant BaconWaffles

If I can’t outright close chat, I will shrink it until it’s unreadable.

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Maggie May

Bad puns …. not buns, puns ! I remember one time long ago in LOTRO when someone started with the bad puns …. people started jumping in, using phrases from the books, movies etc. Some people just hate bad buns, I mean puns and there were people angrily going nuts while the puns just kept coming, it was hilarious. Eventually new people were jumping in using the same bad puns that had been used earlier. I wish I could remember some of them.

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camelotcrusade

As I was writing this story my reply sort of morphed into favorite MMO prank. There’s an idea for another DG, Justin. 😀

The chat was “BUT I SAID NO!” and yes, you had to be there (IKR?).

In EQ2’s Sentinel’s Fate there was a platform where you could go to the Library of Erudin, a beginner heroic zone. Nearby was a platform that would take you to a much harder one, the Royal Palace. When you clicked on it you’d get a pop-up that would ask if you wanted to go, Y/N.

Except there was a bug with the Royal Palace teleporter, and even if you clicked “No” it would send you anyway, in grand fashion, by spiriting you away on a moving disc for all nearby to see. When you got there, it dumped you in an massive empty room, and if you moved off the dias it would start a ring event, trapping you (no leaving in combat) to your doom.

Even better? The teleporters weren’t labeled, so unless you knew which was which, the way to find out was to click on it.

Naturally a favorite prank was getting noobs to click on the Royal Palace teleporter. We would jump on it, stand around it like it was the important one, etc. It was also more fun than it should have been to watch people in protest in group or guild chat (“BUT I SAID NO”) and even more hilarious if you knew they were the sort of person who cannot sit still and immediately jumps and runs around before they leave.

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Veldara

I wouldn’t know, the first thing I do in an mmo is turn off global chat.

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Stormwaltz

There’s a player on LotRO Gladden who RPs an egotistical elf woman named Vanya. She has a bunch of alts, which she rotates through, praising herself in a Tolkien/Buffyspeak dialect while the rest of world chat tells her to stop spamming with varying degrees of politeness.

Most people find her annoying, but it’s the most entertaining thing I regularly see in chat.

I wouldn’t say it’s “funny” so much as “ironic,” but I’m often struck by the frequency of in-chat rants from angry conservative players about “socialism” and “ess-jay-dubyas” … in Federation Spacedock of Star Trek Online.

“Did you guys ever watch the show?”
– Galaxy Quest

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astrid

Well, “funniest” is a big word to live up to. I feel that I must be forgetting some truly hilarious conversation from long ago that was definitely the funniest conversation ever. But since I can’t remember it:

In the “amusing” category, Project Gorgon will occasionally scramble what animal players say and replace a word they typed with an animal sound. The effect can be reduced with a higher skill in beast speech, but even the most well-spoken pig will still have the occasional “oink” creep into their conversation. I tend to get a fair amount of entertainment out of watching animals repeatedly try to pronounce a word and failing.

I can’t find my screenshot at the moment, but I fondly recall one global chat conversation that went roughly like this:
Player 1: Help, I mo a cow! Mooo am I supposed to do??? I do not mooo how to moooo like this!
Player 2: Ah, did you get cursed by the cow boss?
Player 1: Moo.

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Bullet Teeth

Murloc Movie titles were always hysterical. I can still vividly recall fishing in the Redridge Mountains Pre-BC and literally pissing myself from laughing at these on my old Dwarf Rogue.

The first few times someone used Anal [Skill] or used an entire spellbook to form a hilarious sentence was memorable too.

“In my pants” and variations of pants (pantaloons, dungarees, jorts etc) when responding to “Where’s Mankriks Wife?”.

Or the Moon Guard server itself…

Just wholesome early-20s fun…boy how I miss those days.

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ping

EQ2:Kingdom-of-sky xpac. Back when the wizard spires where timed teleporters to the over realm and back. People would congregate waiting for transport. I was standing on the ground waiting for transport when two other players ride up and have the following conversation:

P1: OK, here’s the teleporter.
P2: OK.

P1: In a few minutes a party of people will teleport down here from the skies above.
P2: OK.

P1: When they do…
P2: Yes?

P1: … kill the one in the red shirt.
P2: Got it! (draws sword)

For those unaware, it’s a classic StarTtrek meme.

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NeoWolf

I was in a very brief pick up group in a tutorial zone once with a guy and his little brother, the younger of which had never played games before. I won’t put thier names here but the eldest was called “D” and the youngest was called “M” for the purposes of this story.

Anyway, D was explaining to M over party chat the basics of moving. He was saying “M, you use the WASD keys to move around”.

To which his little brother D responded by typing “D Wait, I Don’t think I hAve thoSe keyS, where Are they”?
(reason it was funny is bolded above, i.e in order to say he didn’t know where they were he managed to use every single one of them in making that statement)

Needless to say this was a facepalm moment and although I didn’t say anything, I was laughing, HARD.. sometimes kids CAN be hilarious in games without even realising it :)

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mystwen

I just like to look at the character names and guild names. There was a guild early on in BDO called Unemployed Nagas. I was totally amused.