The Daily Grind: Where do you go to mourn in MMORPGs?

    
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Our team is still in shock over last night’s news that legendary MMO dev Brad McQuaid has passed away, and I can only imagine it’s a million times more devastating for those who were closest to him. As I sat here last night watching respect and love pour in for him and his family on Twitter and Reddit and even our comments, the absolute last thing I wanted to do was log into an MMO. My brain wants to run and hide from the sadness, not embrace it inside a gameworld. And let’s be honest, even if you didn’t personally jibe with Brad McQuaid’s “vision,” there are very few places in the MMORPG genre you can go and not see remnants of that vision etched into the walls. That’s just how fundamental EverQuest is to what we do and play here.

But that’s just me. Other people take these tragedies and turn to MMORPGs to help them cope. We’ve seen it time and again, when someone’s sick or someone passes away, be it a developer or player or journalist or even a famous actor attached to a franchise. We see gamers holding vigils and petitioning for in-game memorials and studios more than willing to do their part to support the community and families in-game and out. Really, just the link-dump right here with some of the times gamers and studios have joined together to cope should be a comfort.

I suppose if I were going to go mourn in an MMO against my nature, I’d go back to the beginning, back to Ultima. I’d set out for a shrine by myself, maybe Sacrifice (it’s pretty and nobody ever goes there), and then turn off chat and just think.

Where do you go to mourn in MMORPGs?

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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Veldara
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Veldara

Truly I just go to their official social media account(if they have one) and pay my respects there.

Phaserlight
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Phaserlight

My only real video games and mourning story in recent history is how the violent death of a friend who touched my life:

https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.miamiherald.com/news/local/crime/article227505289.html

Caused me to seek refuge in creating a digital escape in the game Distance:

https://steamcommunity.com/workshop/filedetails/?id=1700094617

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Nick Smith

So very sad to hear this news. I’m currently celebrating Brad’s life by playing Everquest (project 1999) on Green right now.

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MurderHobo

It really doesn’t matter. Somewhere with people and something to do or someone to help. Borrowing too much grief seems self-indulgent.

I’m more inclined to give that grief to a song I associate with the moment. In this case ‘My Silver Lining’ by First Aid Kit feels somehow appropriate. Brad did not take the easy road. He wanted to build worlds.

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donvweel

They should put a shrine in Pantheon, like the one for Gary Gigax in DDO.

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Nephele

I’m not sure I have a good answer about where I go to mourn – but in general when I’m down, I’ll log into games and simply go find a pretty place in the world somewhere. A good view from the top of a cliff, or a waterfall, or a rock overlooking the ocean. Somewhere that speaks to the amazing world that we get to be a part of and explore. I’ll just stay there, sometimes for minutes or sometimes for hours, and just let myself get lost in the view and the music.

One of the things Brad said a few years ago that really stuck with me was that he wanted to make worlds, not games. He said a lot more in that blog post but what I came away with was that MMORPGs should be places where our characters lived and had adventures and that we kept coming back to because more could always happen, instead of them being just places that we used up and discarded as we moved on to the next one. I wish more developers (and more importantly, publishers) out there had that kind of a vision for their games.

If Vanguard was still around I would probably just head out into the wilderness of northwest Thestra and find a good spot to quietly reflect in Brad’s honor. Actually, maybe I’ll log into the emulator project later today and do that. But really, it doesn’t matter which game it is. If EverQuest hadn’t succeeded, I’m not sure any of the worlds we play in today ever would have been made. So I think that anywhere you go in any MMO, there’s a little bit of Brad’s influence and legacy there.

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Java Jawa

I take a moment and think about what that person did and how it affected me. Perhaps it was a magical moment or a motif of music. It’s a bit chaotic. But ultimately it ends at what they made and why I enjoyed it.

In this case with Brad, I’m reminded of the time we chatted in vanguard over our fandom of rpgs, tabletop and star wars.

Also would be the awesome world of Norrath, the great opening theme song of everquest and the anticipation of seeing his vision in Pantheon.

I’m a firm believer it’s his penultimate vision of his days working on EQ and Vanguard SoH.

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Mordyjuice

I don’t mourn while playing games.

I actually have this tendency of disassociating my self from negative feelings, it’s a toxic male trait I think.

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Utakata

…like I do in RL, I go to a quiet place to think about it.

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Rick Mills

Same.

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Armsbend

I haven’t had the misfortune of mourning in quite some time – but on the occasion where I did – I’d log in an use my guild/linkshell/clan’s chat system as the blanket I needed at that time. It didn’t matter where I was I just wanted to speak to some in-game friends.