The Daily Grind: What one piece of advice would you give to new MMO players in 2018?

    
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Over the weekend, CCP tweeted out a fun poll asking EVE Online players what advice they’d like to deliver to newbies: Insure your ship, trust no one, join a corp, that sort of thing. I love these little exercises because they’re really not as much about the newbies as they are about the person giving the advice, so we can learn a bit about ourselves and maybe improve too.

For example, the first thing that pops into my mind is spend your freaking e-gold. Many of my MMO regrets revolve around working really hard to amass a video game fortune through econ PvP only to watch it become devalued by powercreep, abandoned for the next game, or turned to dust unspent in a server sunset. What a waste. I should’ve spent it or given it away. You seriously can’t take it with you. There’s a lesson I can give not just to newbies but to myself – in games and out.

What one piece of advice would you give to new MMO players in 2018?

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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Crowe

My advice:
“Hang in there. 2016 and 2017 sucked for MMOs, too. Also, 2019 isn’t looking great either.”

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starbuck1771

Don’t get too stressed out it’s just a game. Raging or whineing just makes you fodder for the trolls.

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Darren Miller

Either don’t start, or quit while you’re ahead. Imo all MMOs out currently are just recycled.

Alex Js.
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Alex Js.

1) Don’t read too much into complaints and whinings of some players on some forums/blogs (especially the ones who whine about certain in-game mechanics like open-world PvP), instead just give the game a try and play it by YOURSELF to experience the game and the specific mechanics first hand and to see whether YOU like it or not ;-) Many MMORPGs have free trials, use those!

2) Don’t encourage lazy, greedy developers by paying to play on any kind of “re-launched” or “legacy” servers. Instead try out different games, or wait for the new ones to appear, or at least play on user-hosted “legacy” servers. By paying
game developers to play on legacy servers, you’re doing a great disservice to everyone – the developers will grow lazy and more greedy thinking “why try to innovate and release newer, better, more beautiful game if the idiots continue to pay for re-launch of same exact shit just with everything reset?”

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rafael12104

Heh. Lot’s of good advice here. So…

You are new to MMOs? Ok,

1. Go to Massively OP and look around. There you will find coverage on notable MMOs and occasional lists with regards to MMOs that are good or undervalued.

2. Decide on an MMO. Don’t drive yourself crazy, since you are new, pick one that you think fits.

3. Watch some live streaming via Youtube and Twitch.

4. Download and then jump in. Heh. Don’t forget you have MoP and other sites supporting the game to look at and ask questions. Fan sites can be a great service to that end.

5. Don’t get trolled in gen chat as a newbie. Remember people are just as likely to give you a bullshit answer just to mess with you. There are better places to get info and support than gen chat.

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Polyanna

If you want to have fun and enjoy yourself in a virtual world, the first rule is: Avoid the forums and reddit. Ignore whatever the internet says. Just play the game. Make sure you’re having fun before you spend a bunch of money on the game. If it’s not for you, you’ll know.

You’ll figure the rest out as you go.

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Shadex De'Marr

Avoid MMOs all together right now and try to find a good single player game or perhaps co-op you can play with a select group of your friends. The MMO player community as a whole has become such a vicious, hate ridden, social nightmare you can barely take two steps on the internet without offending or being mercilessly assaulted by someone. Zero ramification + anonymity has really sent online gaming into a dark place. There are bastions here and there and should you find one you are quite lucky. However, these are dark times, tread carefully.

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TheFoxGoesMoo

Avoid WoW at all costs and pick a smaller older MMO instead.

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Peregrine Falcon

1) Never pre-order anything.

2) Pay ZERO attention to the pre-launch hype. Don’t even read it. “That way to certain disappointment leads.”

3) Don’t buy anything until you’ve read reviews several weeks AFTER launch.

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Godnaz

Can we feature this comment please?

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Hamblepants

The liquor makes things clearer, Bobandy.

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Alex Js.

“Read the reviews” is a very, very bad advice. More proper advice would be “watch the gameplay on Twitch, ignore everything that streamer says about it and make your own opinion based on what you see”.

Many of reviews are extremely subjective and many of them can be influenced by various things, such as “being profitable to jump on specific bandwagon” (for example “it’s profitable to generate controversy by criticising company x” or the opposite “we should not criticize this product so we could continue receive review samples from company x”).

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Dean Greenhoe

Do not give players something “popular” in beta or testing stages and then take it away at release. This can be deadly…