The Daily Grind: What visuals do you wish you could hide in MMOs?

    
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Last week World of Warcraft made some aspiring nudists happy by announcing that it was going to let players hide pretty much every piece of gear if they so chose — with the exception of pants. Here at Massively OP, we’re exactly the opposite. If you wear pants on a given day, you are roundly mocked by the rest of the staff.

And speaking of hiding things, I had a friend complain about other players’ minions, saying that she wished she could select an option to visually disable all pets around her. I guess I can understand that; sometimes I have wished I could turn off certain spell special effects that were a particular eyesore or made other players’ mounts transparent so that I could access what their giant horse butt was blocking.

If you had the option, what visuals would you love to hide in MMOs? Would it be limited to yourself or extend to others around you?

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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Ben Stone

Forced blur effects

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Anton Mochalin

Will there be a singleplayer fan in the comments who will say “other players”?

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Maggie May

Basically the big flashing signs over npcs heads, exclamation points and those rediculous signs over the horses in Black Desert. Looks like a neon sign …

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Bryan Correll

Elves.

MurderHobo
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MurderHobo

Regarding the UI, all of them. Bonus points if I can just move it all to a second monitor, tablet or MFD.

In-game… most of it as relates to performance. I loathe unnecessary bloom or whenever some idiot thinks lens flare and water-on-lens effects are immersive, but the most important bit is allowing for those who only have a potato. It’s one of the things that WoW had going for it.

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Bel

Nameplates. All of them, for everything, including my pets. Especially my pets – looking at you Gw2 Necromancer and Ranger.

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rafael12104

Buff and status bars or boxes that pop up with such frequency that suddenly it’s like you have 12 item toolbar going across your screen.

Oh, I get it, and in the best games, you need to be aware of buffs and status. But when they take over your GUI because there are so many that you can’t see in front of you?

These bars need to be completely customizable moveable and optional.

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Utakata

Oh, this reminds…to “hide” any outfit to which the hemline ends at the thigh or worse, so it would appear just above the knees to me and everyone else. And yes, I am looking at you Blade & Soul! >.<

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rafael12104

Lol! Just read this again, and laughed again.

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kalech

I dont really care about shiny characters or over the top spell-effects. If those things are too much for me, its probably not the right game for me.

One thing I do appreciate being able to do though, is hide other players. This was a thing back in Aion I believe, when there were very large battles. It really made it easier on the ol’ fps.

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squid

Screen-shake.

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rafael12104

You can turn it off in some games, but yeah. It can be annoying.

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MurderHobo

Yes. This is the best answer.

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Oleg Chebeneev

Some MMOs go full retard with combat visual effects. Like BDO. Would be nice to hide or lower them drastically