On last week’s Massively OP Podcast, Justin and I were joking around about how much guild applications have changed over the last many years of online gaming. I can remember back to when we did all sorts of now-bizarre things to “pledge” to early MMO guilds, basically a fraternity rush online: We had to wear an ugly color of clothing all the time, we had to collect and donate resources, we had to show up for meetings at odd hours, and we even had to turn our account info over to an officer so he could log in and make sure we weren’t running any spy characters on the side.
That last one was a terrible idea back then and even more weird now, but it seems to me that even things like formal guild applications have fallen by the wayside, and I don’t think it’s a bad thing. Some of that stuff was just silly, and I don’t really believe it created such a superior guild experience that it was worth it for anyone. So when Justin pops on Twitter and basically says, hey, anybody wanna guild me? it kinda feels a lot more natural for 2018.
What’s the weirdest thing you ever did to get into an MMO guild? If you’ve never done anything especially weird, what constituted the most effort you’ve ever had to put into an online gaming group overall?