The Daily Grind: How often are you tabbing out of your MMOs for help?

    
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If I recant this recommendation later, bury me with my money.

If MMOs didn’t have the internet, well, they wouldn’t run at all. But they’d also be devoid of a precious resource, which is external repositories of game knowledge. Our titles are complex and sprawling, and the field of wikis, guides, and forums have been essential to navigating them from the very onset of the modern genre.

That said, how often are you tabbing out of your MMOs for help (or to you technologically rich, using a second or third screen)? I will often be taking quick breaks from the game to look up answers to how to complete quests, where certain NPCs are located, or how to figure out some obtuse system. I mean, obviously in a better world with proper in-game documentation we wouldn’t have to do this, but that’s not the world we inhabit.

Do you tab out for help much? If so, how often?

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Arsin Halfmoon

its like second nature now, i literally tab out whenever I have downtime in the game.

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David Blair

FF14 is terrible about this. The in-game tools for crafting and gathering are barebones to what’s needed. I have to have a website for fishing information, another for crafting information, where to purchase specific items and with what currency, what furniture looks like before you craft it, ugh…

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ZeusBojangles

All. The. Time.

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Schmidt.Capela

I actually do it with movies and series; if I don’t get what is happening I will pause, google up who are all those characters and anything else I might need, and only go back to the video after I have figured what I was missing.

The same with games, though for those I tend to prefer to look at raw data; I do some datamining on the side, even.

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donvweel

Only if I get lost in a dungeon or the puzzle is too hard.

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Maggie May

My Tablet is very useful when I need help on something, I don’t usually go looking unless I have died a couple of times, cannot figure out the clues or am going into a dungeon that has complicated mechanics.

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Jokerchyld

OMG World of Warcraft made this a thing for me! Figuring out to how unlock a particular feature or hell getting into the next expansion has always been overly complicated. Understanding what requirements, which are real, finding the portal, talking to the right NPC in the right order… so annoying.

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Baemir

It depends. It’s not necessary at all with some, whereas with others it’s one of the games’ key mechanics. Space sims are probably the worst offenders, mainly because of trading but also because of the sheer amount of complex systems present in the games. I mean CCP went and added a built-in chromium-based browser to the game lol. GW2 gets an honorable mention because crafting legendaries is such an involved process, at least as a newb. Oh and reaching the profession levels needed to get started with that is very hard without the internet’s help too.

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starbuck1771

WOW so wrong on two statements Justin. MUDS which predate mmo’s didn’t require the internet. As for information repositories pick up a book young man. 😛 We connected to other computers before the internet with a ☎ and here’s 📚 . Yes people still use books go to your local walmart or game store and ask where the game guide’s are. Just because we’re old doesn’t mean we couldn’t do things.

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Bryan Correll

All the freaking time. But I didn’t in the olden days when accidentally hitting the Windows button would just make the game lock up.

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Schmidt.Capela

My current keyboard (which is nearly a decade and half old) has a specific “gaming” switch to disable the Windows button :p