The Daily Grind: How often do you use macros in your MMOs?

    
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My relationship with macros stretches back to Final Fantasy XI, where they were considered downright vital. Since the game had no form of hotbars and a rather clunky menu system, macros were considered a vital component of making your actions readily accessible in combat. It actually felt weird to me that World of Warcraft didn’t expect you to macro everything but instead had you just clicking on a hotbar (yes, clicking on, that muscle memory took a while to change).

This is fresh in my mind from the ongoing debate over macros in Final Fantasy XIV. There are a lot of bad uses of macros in the game, including adding text that plays when you do things (I don’t need to know who you’re raising, I can see the raise icon), using macros that actively make you worse at the game (don’t macro your Ninja abilities), or other pointless elements; there are also very useful macros that rely on action locks or conditional abilities. But they certainly aren’t necessary, which raises the question of how often you use the ability to make macros in your MMOs. Is it something you do on the regular, reserved for special circumstances, or do you just not bother with macros?

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Robert Mann

I don’t, usually. I’ve played setups that people consider very difficult (with macros, that is) without the macros and done okay.

They can make life easier, but using them for much of anything is rarely something I want to bother with. Instead, I’d rather just have fun playing the game without bothering setting up a bunch of macros.

Now, add-ons/mods that have some good functionality without doing too much can be something I enjoy (such as pre-saving text so that I don’t have to type it all on the fly)!

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Tobasco da Gama

Yeah, if a game has a bunch of actions that are so rote and unreactive that I feel the need to macro them, I’ll probably get bored of playing it before I even get to the point of learning the macro system…

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Rees Racer

I’ve messed about with a few macros in a few games over the years, but nothing terribly outrageous…even as my dexterity is not what it was when I was in my 20’s.

However, Blade & Soul lends itself to wanting to use them, especially since some of the combos require several timed key presses, and vary between characters. Of course, NCSoft technically doesn’t allow them through 3rd party software, and has made it easier over the years to not employ them.

Hypothetically then, I would find them useful, though. ;)

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Cosmic Cleric

Depends on the MMO.

When I used to play WoW, all the time, required. Mostly so that I can have one spell slot have different spells, depending on if the target is friend or foe, er, help or harm.

For FFXIV, not at all, which is ironic, since I tend to use macros to limit my spell slot buttons to a single handful/5, and FFXIV is known for its quantity of spells.

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Mr.McSleaz

I just started playing FFXI again on FFXIEden so I use Macros Constantly.

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Castagere Shaikura

Never and really hated the whole macro idea if you don’t use them you suck. This is something the modern MMO players do.

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Mr.McSleaz

“This is something the modern MMO players do”

Shows what you know…………Nothing.

FFXI is FAR,FAR,FAR,FAR from “Modern”. Go try to play it without Macros.

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starbuck1771

I only used macros for SWG.

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NeoWolf

Never, I am not into the notion of taking the thought out of gameplay in order to automate it irrespective of how convenient it may be.

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BalsBigBrother

Macros or at least the ones I used don’t automate anything they just concentrated several skills in each hot bar slot. I would still need to press the key to activate them it was never a case of press a key once and fire off half a dozen skills.

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Nosy Gamer

In my current games (EVE and ESO), macro use is against the EULA/ToS and gets you banned. But I did use them in Vanilla WoW & EQ2 because their use was built into the game, you just needed to create them.

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Shadex De'Marr

As I got older my hands would really start too hurt if I played for long so macros helped me a lot in mmos with repeatable sequences. I am a huge crafter and in games like FFXIV you use the same sequences a lot. Recently I have had a difficult time finding a keyboard that does what the old Microsoft keyboard macro software did. They will often record keys but not timing of anyone has a suggestion.

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Pandalulz

I don’t have a Logitech keyboard, but my mouse uses the same software and there’s a checkbox in the software settings that specifically says, “Record delays during quick macro creation.” Maybe that’s what you’re looking for?

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Pandalulz

Here’s a screenshot of me just assigning a mouse button a random bunch of key presses. It’ll record the timing on push-and-hold and between presses.

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Shadex De'Marr

Thank you Pandalulz I may try this one. Looks like it does have an option for keystrokes as well.

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Tandor

I used them a lot in MUDs, but never in MMOs. However, I don’t play competitively so I’m not pushed into the “Everyone else is using them so I’ll be at a disadvantage if I don’t too” argument. They quickly become a form of cheating and a lot of developers don’t allow them.