The other day I logged into Star Wars: The Old Republic for the first time in a while, and I once again felt jarred by how unorthodox the user interface layout is in that game. I quickly moved the chat window from the upper-left to the lower, and the minimap from the lower-right to the upper before I could breathe easier. Maybe I’m a creature of habit, but that’s how I like my MMO format, especially when I’m jumping between games a lot and don’t need vastly different layouts.
City of Heroes was even worse. I have vivid memories of spending way, way too much time dragging around UI elements and paging through settings for each and every superhero I made (and that was a lot). I just couldn’t enjoy myself in that game until the interface was the way that I liked it.
How do you set up your MMO UI? Do you have specific tweaks that you like to make every time you start up a new game or character? How do you arrange your different elements? Bonus conversation: Do you lean heavily on mods to help with these modifications?