The Daily Grind: Do you ever get pressured into playing a role you’d rather not in MMOs?

    
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A post that we did earlier this year pointed me to a rather funny and catchy song called “No Mercy” by The Living Tombstone. In it, the singers share the rather relatable experience of Overwatch gamers being pressured into playing support and healing roles that they would rather not (hence, “I don’t want to be Mercy” as the chorus).

Since I don’t play team shooters a lot, I haven’t seen this phenomenon quite as often, but I have witnessed and even felt it from time to time. Sometimes it’s a positive peer pressure event, where everyone’s trying to work together for the common good and so someone who is skilled in a role they don’t particularly like will acquiesce to playing it. Sometimes more strong-arm tactics are employed, and that’s usually when I balk and get out of there.

Do you ever get pressured into playing roles you’d rather not be playing in MMOs? Have you seen this happen? What’s your response?

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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Arsin Halfmoon

Sometimes i wanna level a dps, but most of the people I know are scrubby DPS too, so i end up tanking lol

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Jokerchyld

I usually only play DPS but found in BFA that they are way more squishy than before, or I just play bad. I hate tanks but rolled a blood DK… and now its like I’m playing an entirely different game. I’m still weary of tanking in dungeons, but so far it makes questing way more fun for me. So who knows.

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thalendor

Nope, because I enjoy all three of common trinity roles. There’s some specific implementations of those roles I don’t care for, but that’s the answer to another question.

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zoward

Nope. I love being a healer, and no one ever seems to complain when I queue that way! They might complain on the occasion that I screw up, but for the most part they seem to understand that if they chase me way, they’re just gonna have to wait longer for a group after they queue DPS.

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Toy Clown

Not roles, but factions. All my friends went Sith when SW:TOR released and I was the only one that wanted to play the other side. I ended up rolling a comic relief Twi’lek that spoke fluent Huttese and barely any basic while tending bar on the Sith side. Admittedly she ended up being a lot of fun to roleplay, so I was more forgiving on that.

When I tried WoW, a friend pushed me to Horde side and I just hated the way the races looked. I ended up a little resentful and learned that it’s better to be happy than miserable playing something I don’t want to.

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Sorenthaz

Only one time I ever did and that was back in RIFT where I went from mostly DPSing as a Pyromancer/Warlock/something Mage to being a healer as a Chloromancer.

But Chloromancer in that game was basically just DPS that gave off heals through damage with a few big heal-specific spells for emergencies or such. I was comfortable enough with it to where I didn’t dislike it but I was definitely more used to being someone who pushed to do high DPS.

In FFXIV I actually have the issue where I have a hard time actually being able to go Tank when I want to due to who I play with regularly, lol. But I stubbornly stick with DPS if that’s the case.

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h4

Nah i just go byob and accept the fail if it turns out some role was required, and move on. I don’t even care what the other players bring. I understand this approach doesn’t work for some high difficulty content, and I’m alright with not completing those. I think the real fun in games is working with what the group has, rather than following a template for guaranteed success.

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Louie

Weirdly enough, I kind of pressure myself into tanking in MMOs sometimes. But it’s usually me weighing the benefits to what it’ll cost. I mainly play FFXIV, and DPS is by far the easiest role with the least amount of pressure and it’s fun, but I think “do I really want to wait 20 minutes just to run a 20 minute dungeon? Eh, I enjoy tanking enough I’ll just tank it” even if I feel like DPS would be more fun at that given time. There’s also a whole other aspect of me feeling special because I like tanking after meeting so many people who have and will never try out the role, and it also hearkens back to the first time I ever tanked in City of Heroes but that’s a whole different nostalgic ballgame lol

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Dean Greenhoe

YES! Several times.

Now a days, I refuse to fall on my sword. If everyone wants to play class X and I do as well, I play class X. I am tired of taking up the slack just because the devs cant make more classes interesting.

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Veldara

Nope, can’t say I have had that experience. I only play ranger/archers/gunners in MMOs and all my friends know that, nor would I bother with a guild or any group of people that tell me to play another class/spec that I don’t want. I play games, not work in them.