The Daily Grind: When’s the last time you got out of your comfort zone in MMOs?

    
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For the longest time I had difficulty taking FFXIV’s Lalafel as anything but a bizarre joke. I mean, I love short races, but they seemed way too cutsey and comical to be taken seriously as an actual player combat race. But then I forced myself to roll one, gave her a punk hairdo, and now I’ve strangely fallen in love with her. In a totally platonic way.

Getting out of our comfort zones in gaming can be difficult to do, but I find that there are amazing discoveries to be had when I do so. I might find a style of play, an activity, a class, or a type of game enjoyable when I had previously poo-pooed them.

When’s the last time you got out of your comfort zone in an MMO? What was the result?

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Sleepy

When FFXIV shoved me right out of it, kicking and screaming.

Alex Js.
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Alex Js.

Yea, I also tried to create Lala characters a couple of times, and just quit them after a very short time. It just feels… wrong to play as a character which looks like a child (regardless of the actual age). I don’t mind if others enjoy playing them for whatever reason (even for other than “platonic” reasons), but it’s not my kind of thing. I’ll just keep playing my catgirl instead ;-)

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rafael12104

Not too long ago, I went into a top tier raid with little prep and a nervous heart. Heh. This was one of those raids where one mistake by anyone in the group means a wipe.

So, I became completely serious and focused, took all instructions to heart, and decided, no matter what, to see it through to the end.

4 hours later, I had my first clear of said content, a new topnotch weapon, and all without a fatal mistake to the team.

I was ecstatic. It was a wonderful moment of achievement. Had I not chosen to step out of my comfort zone, I would have been the worse for it.

BUT, it also made me reflect on the negative. I play games to decompress and remove stress. This raid didn’t remove anything. In fact, it added more pressure, 4 hours worth to be exact. And when it was over, my relief was equal to my achievement.

Moral of the story, careful with that comfort zone, boys and girls. It might be why you play these games, to begin with.

Alex Js.
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Alex Js.

I play games to decompress and remove stress. This raid didn’t remove anything. In fact, it added more pressure, 4 hours worth to be exact.

Oh yea, I know that feeling very well. This is why I never enjoyed doing any “end-game Savage/Ultimate/whatever” dungeons in any MMO – not only they require you to follow an extremely strict pattern but also require the same from your group and all of this combined feels like doing a very stressful job, especially if someone else starts to screw up something.

This is also why I strongly believe that a well-designed MMORPG game should allow you to have an option to earn all items (especially the ones available in “end-game dungeons”) through alternative ways. Like for example crafting, or some other mini-games, or PvP (if the game has it).

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Schmidt.Capela

Why do you think I really prefer MMOs with free and freely available respecs? I get bored if I’m not changing my playstyle all the time, preferably to something I’m not yet skilled with. I’m the kind of player for which the “random character” option in fighting games was created.

In some other aspects I never leave my comfort zone, though. I will never, ever, play any game where other players can attack me without first securing my consent, even if I lose nothing and the attacker is punished for the attempt. In a similar way I will never ask for help in a game; I would rather delete my account.

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Ironwu

When I started tanking dungeons and raids in ESO, for sure. Fortunately, I was part of a really active and supporting guild filled with great people. Had never tanked on any basis previously, and it actually encouraged me to do some tanking in Legion, although never to the level of raids.

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Bryan Correll

Why would I get out of my comfort zone? It’s comfortable in here.

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Oleg Chebeneev

its how people stay fat

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Pandalulz

It keeps me warm in these cold winter months.

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Sleepy

oops, mistyped

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laelgon

I’ve made a habit of playing the latest sandbox MMOs, despite hating the kind of community that always on, full-loot pvp fosters. I keep hoping I’ll learn to enjoy it, or at least tolerate it, because I really tend to enjoy the rest of the sandbox experience.

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Danny Smith

Ask any XI player and they wont have an issue with potatos since lalafells are just a short race but treated and more importantly act like real people. Their XI equivalent the Taru Taru talked in actual baby talk like “that monster is scarey warey!” and it was fucking awful.

Characters like Lolorito may be an asshole, but at least thats a real character, its like going from a early learning kids tv show mascot to yoda or something :p

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Toy Clown

FFXIV threw me way outside of my comfort zone when I started engaging in group content with a healer job. I allowed the negative people experiences through the years in MMOs to corner me into a quiet little corner where I played alone.

FFXIV had just enough hand-holding experiences to lead me through the end of the game where I now comfortably join roulettes of all content but trials and raids, and just enough helpful and nice people that the occasional bad people experience didn’t jar me out of socializing.

This is a major step for me in reclaiming my right to be who I am publicly in lieu of all the internet toxity and trolls saying otherwise. I even take pride in being the exact opposite of mean, nasty and unhelpful, because I want to be the person that helps others keep from falling over that line into what I fell into.

On that note, I’ll tackle trials and raids in the coming year. All in all, I’m not as afraid of dealing with people on the internet as I used to be and I’m grateful for FFXIV’s playstyle, which helped with getting out of that hole.

Alex Js.
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Alex Js.

Yeap, I was also pretty impressed by how friendly and helpful the FFXIV’s community was. Of course you can still find assholes who will treat you poorly for every mistake in raids/dungeons or creepy stalkers but vast majority of players are not like this. At least on the servers that I played.

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Utakata

No, the pink sweater is just fine. Thnkx! >.<