The Daily Grind: What’s your favorite way to show off in an MMO?

    
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It’s a holiday here in the United States, and more specifically it’s a holiday we usually celebrate by blowing things up in colorful displays while cooking a whole lot of meat outside. These things don’t have a heck of a lot to do with colonist uprisings, but they do have a lot to do with showing off. And since we’ve asked you folks all of the obvious holiday questions by this point multiple times, let’s talk about showing off for a bit!

Because let’s face it, MMOs have our own fireworks. Not just in-character fireworks, although those usually exist as consumable items too; no, I’m talking about things like special glowing gear or rare mounts or neat emotes or minions or just sitting outside of your huge house and telling people to look at what you have. So what’s your favorite way to show off in an MMO? And heck, what fun stuff will you be doing for the day?

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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MurderHobo

I like to create spectacle, and will go to great effort to set up ad hoc performances or events. It’s probably my favorite thing to do in online worlds.

I was the guy who would farm up enough fireworks to keep all of Shattrath lit up for an hour. I’m also an in-game fop, perverse but fastidious about the upkeep of my transmog, dyes and pets.

And when my Area 52 teleportation device turns me into a female Draeni, it’s time to stop whatever I had planned and hearth back to Orgrimmar to dance naked on the mailbox.

I also had a Hello Spino dino parade that made One Shots one time.

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Brazen Bondar

Wearing or equipping a rare drop from in-game activities and achieving some milestone that comes with a title. Yeah, that works for me.

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kjempff

Items that required effort acquiring playing the game. Shop items/cosmetics hold zero value to me. Most stuff you can buy with [insert game currency/points}, unless it is really expensive and hard to get kind of points, is also low value/respect.

In games relying on cosmetic shop as their income, I kinda make a rule of not wearing anything that come from that; I know it is wrong and that I should support the game (buy stuff) if I like it, but the whole shop and cosmetic business just triggers a deep defiance in me, sorry.

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Zero_1_Zerum

Rare cosmetic items that I got through playing the game, not the cash shop. Even better if they’re only available through gameplay.

I’ll also spend hours putting together an epic outfit with all the different cosmetic pieces I have. Takes a while to find different styles that fit together we’ll, without much clipping, but worth it.

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NeoWolf

Cosmetics, making my character look individual and cool.

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xpsync

That i do, i love that transmogrification in wow, and eso, i never really used them before.

ESO i couldn’t get a look i really liked but was happy enough with it, but wow just started using it first time on my “wow revival tour” lol and nailed a look i love using all basic starter gear lmao but looks so cool and wildly unique, it’s costing me a fortune as i hit that look around level 10, 90’s now and yea, i really don’t want to anywhere unless i’m in that look :)

Maybe i’ve started a retro fashion craze lmao :) i’ve gotten a few tell compliments and to me it was cool af to others i thought it prolly looks lame :)

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Fred Douglas

I like portrait flair and titles that show I was around from the beginning, that I’m a bonafide OG. The twelve year frame in LOTRO, for example.

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Castagere Shaikura

I like the same thing. Titles that let people know I was there at the start.

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Ironwu

For me, titles.

For instance, during WotLK the title ‘Loremaster’ meant that you had completed a very significant achievement. It meant that you had done every single non-dungeon/non-raid quest available for your faction. Every. Single. One. This included all the elite, breadcrumb, item drop, remote, whatever quests. It was quite a journey to finish some of the zones.

I still wear that title to this day, although it does not mean as much now as it did back then. It is just so much easier to ‘finish’ a zone’s quests in the dumbed down Retail version of today.

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I’ve never displayed a title? Literally, not ever in any game. Dunno why it’s no biggie and got nothing against them i really think it’s i don’t like all the extra text. Probably why 99% of the names i use are on average 5 character give or take 1, but less is preferable.

I’ve even had huge achievement titles like that and i still don’t, which then makes me think how much of ourselves we reflect within the games we play, i’m super low key, lone wolf kinda guy with very small number of select friends, and i dunno this article really kicked off that line of thought for me, i kinda reflect/project/mirror that in gaming too.

I guess it was my surprise so many people like titles i guess, but something you mentioned really trig’d a huge problem i’ve had with mmorpg’s and prolly why i’m loving emu as they remain static in that if you blood, sweat, and tear through something huge, whatever you had to do to achieve something the beauty of emu is that it’s never going to be taken from you by a upcoming patch addressing all the crying casuals that chit is too hard.

I’ve had that happen so many times and it really takes the wind out of your sails going forward with any game/mmorpg really. I’m face rolling wow like i never thought possible within any mmorpg, (i’m having a great time for the record) but yea feel you as it totally sucks.

Creature handler in SWG is bit of a mountain to climb, i’m sure for more than i woudl imagine it would be completely off the charts as in would never understand or dedicate to getting that going becaues for lack of a better word it’s fukin “HARD” lmao. in a regular mmorpg i dunno if i would bother because next patch you can click a button with $$$ instead of committing a couple months of game time to accomplish this single project.

In SWG i had no problem and was my joy to go through all that as i know forever and a day everyone whom follows that path will have to do it all too. So part of the problem with games is that it’s not that they are over the top casual it’s the fact that anything of any challenges what so ever will be dumbed down for the casual peeps because heck they’ll simply throw money at the “hard reward” instead, oh i can get that in the cash shop, SOLD! unreal.

I’m really hoping wow sticks to the classic promises and not simply repeat the mistakes of the past, as much as i’m enjoying wow retail it just becomes so programmatic like a method, take quest, faceroll quest, faceroll dungeon, here is another level you barley did fuck all for… rinse repeat, but other hobby is more in my mind atm and that formula fits.

I think in the end (i dunno) but got a feeling i’m going to click with classic pretty good as the goal posts wont change and hard challenges wont be taken away from you in the next patch.

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Oleg Chebeneev

Reking people at BGs and boasting big scores: https://imgur.com/a/KHjINvH

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Hikari Kenzaki

I mean… if it isn’t obvious how I show off, you haven’t been reading my Twitter or One Shots:
https://massivelyop.com/tag/one-shots/

But things that glow and glitter are nabbed for fun :)

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Love the ice skater shot what game is that?

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Hikari Kenzaki

Overwatch Symmetra 2018 Winter Event skin.

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Mordyjuice

It’s all about looking fabulous!!!

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