The Daily Grind: What bit of MMO control snobbery bothers you the most?

    
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Time is on my side, after a fashion.

I’ve been using my mouse for hotkeys for years, to the point that I feel most comfortable doing that for abilities rather than clicking. But I don’t have anything against people who still prefer to play by clicking on hotkeys to activate abilities; instead, I have something against the people who still treat “clicking on the buttons” as if it were some great sin against playing MMOs. Some people prefer playing that way. How someone else is playing the game has no effect on me beyond actual in-game performance, which is why I neither ask nor care if someone has a sequence of hotkeys that personally comfort me.

Unfortunately, MMOs are what they are, and control snobbery is a thing, with everything from people complaining if you use the arrow keys to move to click-to-move to targeting to… oh, you know. You name a way to control an MMO and I’ll point you to something that someone has decided isn’t a sufficiently hardcore way to play. So what bit of MMO control snobbery bothers you the most?

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jimthomasUS
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jimthomasUS

A funny topic given Massively is the home for all things mmorpg snobbish.

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Gooty

There’s a lot of mmo snobbery that annoys me, but controls aren’t one of them. As long as people pull their weight in higher end content, it’s no problem with me if they click skills or anything.

deekay_000
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deekay_000

at least AddOns aren’t playing the game for you!

Alyn
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Alyn

What ever happened to “having a little fun”? We need a p.h.d. in button keybinding for games now?

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Toy Clown

Several years ago it was upsetting, due in part to pain problems if I don’t take care of /how/ I game. I can’t tell you how many arguments I got into how apathetic gamers who felt that “keyboard turning” was “bad” and made the player “bad”, even if they were looking for solutions to disabilities, pain problems, etc.

Many gamers, I guess the snobbitys?, see with tunnel vision. Couple that with youth and not having much real world experience yet, and we have a case of many armchair experts in the audience that haven’t developed perspectives outside of their own as yet. When I realized that, I stopped messing with them, and sought hardware help from other places.

It’s akin to people telling me I have to use voice, even though I’m deaf. This still gets a sad face and a laugh from me because it’s woefully ignorant and a mirror of the problems cropping up in first-world societies, and at the same time so stupid that I can’t believe people are that bad with all of their education.

On the hardware side, I love my rollerball mouse and can’t live without it, nor my ergonomic keyboard, and my newest addition to my hardware family is a foot pedal that mimics clicks of a mouse so I can play BDO without pain. I love FFXIV because I can map most keys to my left hand and it’s one of the few games out there that I can continue to play pain-free with all of their support. And yeah, I PvP with one hand. xD

seculaparsec
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seculaparsec

Couldnt disagree more with this article.

People religiously defend clicking still perform worse than an equally skilled player who binds.

Ask any highly skilled pvp player in any mmo they would laugh if you were trying to play as clicker…but then again the journalist who made this article has clearly never touched this part of mmos.

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MassivelyMacD

but then again the journalist who made this article has clearly never touched this part of mmos…

… which makes him a better representative of 95% of the MMO player base than any high skilled pvp player would ever be.

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Baemir

How someone else is playing the game has no effect on me beyond actual in-game performance

Uhm.. isn’t that super important?

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Castagere Shaikura

This is something that used to get on my nerves. I think it was when I played Rift. Elite players were all about everyone making the same kinds of Macros. I never played with anyone in MMO’s but real-life friends. So this was not ever an issue for me. And to this day I am a proud clicker and arrow key user and won’t change for anybody. I used to here insults in forums and in-game chat to other players that didn’t play like others wanted them too. I really don’t like any elitism in MMO’s. Probably why if I can’t solo in any MMO today I won’t bother playing it.

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Paul Plaster

For me, it was people having a problem with me remapping skill hotkeys to my number pad, basically just using the mouse for camera control.

Left hand for movement, right hand for skills. I loved the setup, but everyone I ever shared it with said it was stupid.

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kjempff

But what exactly is this snobbery?
If you said you could go as fast on your pogostick as I can on my bike, then you are denying basic physics laws.. But you might still hold on to your opinion and call it snobbery.
If you said you could get the job done as well on a pogostick as on a bike, the job being a obsticle course, then you could call it snobbery if I said the bike would always be the better choice.

In the case of mmos or games in general, we have both the denial of facts and the snobbery kind. Where would you place a claim that someone with a controller could play as a competetive first person shooter as well as someone with mouse+whatever?