The Daily Grind: How have pandemic responses affected your MMO socializing?

    
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Last week, my kids and I were playing Trove when I realized that global chat was absolutely filled with blabbering about the virus. It’s everywhere. I wound up making them log out because the tone of the chat had turned dark indeed and I didn’t want me to see it, never mind them.

The weird thing is, my own MMO guildies haven’t been this chatty in ages. Everyone’s coming together to vent and freak out and pass along news and check in on people (we’ve had people affected, but everyone’s OK overall so far). I definitely feel closer to them now, even though the actual distance hasn’t changed at all. It’s definitely made me want to play more and connect to people.

How have pandemic responses affected your MMO socializing? Are you intentionally socializing more in MMOs while under lockdown?

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Jim Bergevin Jr

Considering General Chat is typically toxic or filled with spammers on a normal basis, a pandemic certainly isn’t going to make me unhide it now.

Otherwise, my level of chattiness with the people I game with on a regular basis hasn’t really changed.

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Fred Douglas

I became a hard-core raider for like five days and then realized even a lethal pandemic canceling all work can’t make me enjoy MMO raiding.

Mordyjuice
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Mordyjuice

Not much, I’ve always self isolated. I suppose the big difference is when people in game hear about being a PCT at a Hospital I get bombarded with questions, then people get freaked out because they think they’re going to get the New York experience like we’re experiencing (since I live in New York); then I get annoyed at my self because I wasted an hour talking about work on my day off when I should have been questing FFS.

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Vaeris

So, my 3 kids are all old enough to play and control characters now. Along with them and my wife we have our consistent 5 player group. We’re hitting level 40 now and having fun. We don’t mess with world chat. Granted I have seen pretty bad chat over 20+ years of MMORPGs and ours is no where near it. There are a few trolls though, and folks wanting to talk about the pandemic even though mods have said it’s off limits. Any egregious offending chatters are put on ignore and we party on.

My kids know to not engage in world chat at all and to let me know if anyone IMs them. They all sit less than 2 feet behind me (that’s where their computers are, makes home schooling awesome) so I can keep an eye out.

So, socializing even more with my kids/wife, 100%. Socializing with others, not so much.

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William_Hououin

I’ve always been quite chit-chatty in my mmos, so on that end, the pandemic didn’t affected my way of engaging with people.

What I’ve seen more is low IQ trolls come to spout some slurs in chat….

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Pandalulz

So… uh… FFVIIR came out… and uh… yeah.

That being said, got my daughter an XBox and she’s on that with her friends constantly. I’m not even convinced she plays games, just sits in group chat.

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Mewmew

Personally I’ve been playing some single-player games I haven’t had time to play during this extra home time. Though I’m also dabbling on some mobile stuff, I’m not chatting much on it.

I’m glad I am for now, I think all that virus chat would probably drive me nuts and not feel very relaxing. I’m still helping some older people who can’t go out with groceries, and while I’m super overly careful, I just want to relax when home and not be constantly thinking about COVID-19 stuff (as difficult as that is). So going to game and hearing all about it wouldn’t be that fun for me.

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Mewmew

@Bree – I haven’t played Trove in a while, but it used to be you could press Escape and go into Social Settings somewhere and uncheck chat channels and they wouldn’t show up anymore. So you could still let the kids play and not deal with chat :D

Some people will tell you that you can’t leave Global and main channels because the normal /leave command doesn’t work, but you can go into the Social Settings and turn them off there and they will shut off.

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CapnLan

I’m socializing even less than normal now. The amount of people online has gone way up since most are stuck at home and the more people I see online, the more chat has turned into garbage. Turns out people are even more awful that normal when they’re bored, stressed, and quarantined. So I just turned my chat off entirely. Don’t want to deal with that trash.

On top of that I’m going back to single player games. I think I mentioned in WRUP that I was getting into X4 and it’s single player. Turn on some good music and go fly in space by myself. Perfection.

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Robert Mann

… here I am, just going to work and hitting single player games pretty much while I wait (outside the occasional set get together with friends in online stuff).

In short, between working an off hour job, and the factor of MMOs having not really worked to appeal toward my own interests in most ways in a fair while by and large, I really can’t say that I’ve been on enough to notice.