The Daily Grind: When was the last time you saw something truly heartwarming in an MMORPG?

    
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A few weeks ago, my husband found himself in a bit of a reorienting Overwatch match. There was a young kid on chat sounding super depressed, when several of the players piped up and tried to talk him out of his funk. My husband is kinda used to being teamed with kids, given the weird hours he plays, but this time there were several much older men in there (one of them was talking about his new grandbaby!), and he was surprised and heartened to the fact that instead of facing typical toxicity, he was witnessing mentoring and encouragement. I don’t know whether those dudes made a difference in that kid’s life, but they sure tried, which is a lot more than I can say about way too many gamers.

This year we made it a point on MOP to feature “warm fuzzy” stories like this specifically to balance out the stories that make us feel miserable; in fact, we’ve been binning them together so we can find them later. We’d love to hear more. When was the last time you saw something truly heartwarming in an MMORPG, and how did it turn out in the end?

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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Daniel Miller

((Edited by mod. Please stop spamming.))

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In Elite:Dangerous, every time I see a live streamer do a charity stream or some kind of charity event always gets a great response. The community has kind of adopted Special Effect as a charity and it gets a lot of support.

Just goes to show there’s more to people who play games that angry white ‘gamer-gaters’.

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Jack Pipsam

If you’re after a wholesome in-game experience, this springs to mind.

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Paragon Lost

Not to be a killjoy but I really don’t like this aspect of mmo gaming. I don’t want to hear about other peoples problems or be trolled with some fictional crap while playing an mmo.

Part of why I don’t care to use voice chat at all is due to stuff like this, the good and the bad. Basically this stuff is really a turn off for me when it comes to playing mmos.

I log into a game to play the game, with others if possible and get a way from it all. I don’t want to play amateur camp councilor or as I said find out I’m being trolled by some bored ass who wants to see who they jerk around.

BTW, just to make it clear, I don’t mind these article at all, I am not criticizing that you all do them Bree. It is enjoyable to learn that players are/were being nice to someone else. That is indeed heartwarming. :) I just wish that players didn’t use the mmo medium to do the things that they tend to do often.

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Zion Orion

I try to make a point to counter toxity any and every time is see it. I have too often been the target, and have found those who chimed in my defense or tried to encourage me have had a profound impact on my attitude. Bullys have no place irl or online. If you don’t see a hero then be a hero. 😉

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Dwarf-Orc

I don’t really like kids in MMOs, but I always find it touching to see parents playing MMOs with their kids. Especially if they are doing something “hardcore” like dungeons or stuff. Owning noobs in PvP with your mom? That’s just awesome lol

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IronSalamander8 .

Seeing good sports in Overwatch is nice. I never have personally encountered the nastier stuff I’ve seen linked, but it wasn’t a friendly community overall when I played. World of Tanks was far worse, but yeah Overwatch being that cool is a nice surprise.

I can’t think of a single truly heartwarming time in MMOs but several smaller good events instead; getting that Mage to CotH my cleric stuck on the OT boat from a directx bug when I couldn’t get help from anyone else, the many friends I met in EQ1 from summoning their corpses as my main SK when they were stuck in a wall, the very friendly Furia in a Paladins match last night with the great attitude, etc.

I haven’t seen anything as far-reaching as what happened in OW in the article, but have seen many small acts of kindness over the years.

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Back when I played WoW there was an older gamer group (TOG) on Proudmoore.

They ran retro raids and it was about the most stress free raiding I have ever done.

There was an older guy who ran them who was like the digital version of Mr. Rogers.

He explained the fights, explained strategies and what people should do. Never rushed or hurried.

If we wiped all night he would find something positive to say about our progress or even our lack of progress. There was never any screaming or elitism, just calm encouragement. He was just there to make sure everyone had a good time.

And we did. Well, I did at least, but everyone else seemed to as well.

Wish I could remember the fellows name.

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Paragon Lost

Wish more players approached mmo gaming like that.

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I’ve ran with TOG on many different MMOs and it was always a wonderful experience. There are not too many groups that will pause a dungeon run to allow someone some time to change a diaper.

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Person Dude

I remember learning to tank a cataclysm dungeon and was really struggling with a mechanic on one of the bosses (for some reason). I had PUGed the group but the healer was super helpful and walked me through the mechanics. His philosophy was that if you teach a tank to tank, then you got more tanks.

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Dolnor .

The Older Gamers (theoldergamers.com) still exist and play many games. Per what @camren_rooke and others have written…are part of the reasons why I and many have become members of TOG. They are level-headed players who enjoy the competition and cooperation found in games. They are all very cool! -)

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xpsync

Last time was in Fallout 76, hearing people being helpful, polite, courteous to other players on the open mic.

It’s such a contrast from the internet to in game and it’s refreshing to find that most players aren’t angry volatile trolls.

You can hear the surprise shock in the voice of the person being helped, like omg i wasn’t expecting that when they were expecting to be tared and feathered for asking a simple question.

I’m sure 99.9% of the things people say on the internet they wouldn’t dare in real life, it’s the mask of anonymity in which they hide behind, using voice takes a step away from that for many, unfortunately many also still wear the mask and use voice as only another means to troll.

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Mr.McSleaz

“in Fallout 76, hearing people being helpful, polite, courteous to other players on the open mic”

Lies & Propaganda, You must have had a waking dream that that happened.

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xpsync

Maybe or Bethesda is most certainly using the Card Stacking propaganda technique.

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Neiloch Fyrestarter

In FF14 at the end of the ‘omega’ line seeing the little montage of Alpha exploring the world, that was pretty friggin cute.