The Daily Grind: If you wanted to sell your friend on an MMO, what would your pitch be?

    
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Our favorite video games tend to make evangelists of us. It’s only natural to want to share something you passionately love with your friends, family, and that cute barista at Starbucks, after all. But sometimes the overwhelming scope and complexity of MMORPGs can make these games a difficult sell if you’re trying to drag someone into one.

I’ve given many pitches for MMOs over the years, and when I do that, I usually focus on just one or two key details that I particularly admire about the game. For example, if I was to try to sell someone on Lord of the Rings Online, I would probably extol the sweeping and detailed world that allows adventurers to explore Middle-earth in a way that you can’t find anywhere else.

How would you sell your friend on an MMO that you like?

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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butterpanda888
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butterpanda888

[2. Trade] [ButterPanda888]: New Friend for Sale. He’s pretty friendly, frequently uses puns, team player, not THAT annoying. 1k gold. Will accept cool mounts instead.

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Ken from Chicago

STAR TREK ONLINE is a familiar IP so the lore is simple to understand. The game is legit free to play from start to max level. It has the smartest “pets”, Bridge Officers, aka Boffs, that can help you Solo missions. And its Federation tutorial is fantastic! Yeah, there are advanced features but you can get by with basic and found gear.

oldandgrumpy
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oldandgrumpy

Don’t mention it is an MMO :)

Mordyjuice
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Mordyjuice

Need a time sink, enjoy long term storylines on par with the Syfy Channel, already have no life or no desire of an outside social life?

Let me introduce you to this gateway MMO called World of Warcraft, after that loses it’s high we can introduce you to the hard stuff.

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Utakata

I wish someone would sell me whatever game those Mary Poppins are floating down on umbrellas in mass as picted for the header. That looks kinda cool! o.O

…and belated merry Xmas everyones! Good pigtail cheers to all! <3

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Schmidt.Capela

Depends on the friend and the game.

Take your LotRO pitch, for example; using it for a friend that is a Tolkien fan could work, but on the other hand a person that isn’t a fan of the scenario (or, worse, that dislikes it) wouldn’t be moved by it at all.

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Bruno Brito

“It’s either this, or the next EA game.”

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Oleg Chebeneev

Thats easy.
Star Citizen: the most ambitious and revolutionary videogame ever.

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Bruno Brito

You need to have friends to sell that pyramid, Oleg.

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Oleg Chebeneev

You need help with your attitude towards other people’s opinion

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Bruno Brito

Ok Boomer.

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Aggrax

Video games only count if they release

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Oleg Chebeneev

Nope

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Utakata

Err…it’s ambitious and has some neat ideas. But Eve Online beat SC to that revolution punch circa 2003. Not sure what this game is adding beyond more fancy bells and whistles. /shrug

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Oleg Chebeneev

Lots of technology that noone has ever done before.

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Bruno Brito

And hopefully, won’t ever do again.

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Oleg Chebeneev

A hope is all that haters like you still have

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Utakata

I had already covered that under “neat ideas”.

…but in the end, if it can’t run on everyone’s machines, then it’s just a fancy game for the upwardly mobile. Boring. Revolutionary would be that it can run on a toaster.

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Oleg Chebeneev

EVE was ‘neat ideas’. SC is all about pushing tech and gaming forward.

And dont worry, you can play tetris and snake on your toaster

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Utakata

You really don’t get it, do you? o.O

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Rhime

I could argue that watching a “spreadsheet simulator” like Eve Online is quite boring too so there’s that…SC haters won’t actually admit that the game is very spectacular even as it stands right now in development, but they’ll certainly be one of the first players to log in to the Verse when it goes live (wouldn’t surprise me if they already play regularly).

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Utakata

To be clear, it doesn’t matter if EVE is boring or not. This a matter of taste and opinion and subjective there of. Just much like the love for Star Citizen. But not only was EVE original for it’s time, where nothing like it came before it as far as I am aware. That is, A MMO based space sim. But one which Star Citizen is clearly standing on the shoulders of. This history cannot be denied based on how much one loves SC or hates EVE, lol.

Personally, EVE is not my thing either. /shrug

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Aggrax

Which means nothing if the game never actually comes out. Until then it’s just a grift.

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Oleg Chebeneev

Considering how much SC progressed and how much is already finished, argument that it will never come out is pretty stupid tbh

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NeoWolf

Hmm I guess my pitch would be “Buy it, then we can play games together, don’t and we can’t… thems the facts”. :P

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MilitiaMasterV

Considering slavery is against the law, I wouldn’t. Joking about it, even off-handedly, isn’t funny either. Using a term that references it obliquely, is also kind of a poor choice.

But then again, I recently showed my adopted sisters the first two episodes of Roots (Levar Burton version.) to show them how bad slavery was, and how Christianity had a hand in it (The eldest one even tried to argue with me about that point, then was proven severely wrong by comments in the show itself.).

Let’s just say after 2 episodes (It’s what, 8-9 episodes worth) they were practically crying to themselves, so that should give you an idea of how slavery isn’t something to pander towards, nor joke about.

The only people who should be enslaved are those who wish for slavery, so they can get a taste of what it’s like and realize what it’s really like.