The Daily Grind: What false MMO rumor did you totally buy into at one point?

    
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The Daily Grind: What false MMO rumor did you totally buy into at one point?

In Final Fantasy XI, all Goblin enemies have an ability called Bomb Toss. It hurts your entire party a fair amount when it hits, but sometimes the Goblin drops the bomb and blows itself up. This is a flat percentage chance to happen, but for years there were rumors that you could “force” the Goblin to drop the bomb by moving in certain ways, or hitting certain abilities, or any other sort of weird set of actions.

None of these did anything, of course. And I tried all of them. In fact, for a long time I swore that “take a quick step left, then two steps right” would cause an assured bomb drop. It was, of course, not true and did not work that way, which makes it one of the longest false rumors I believed for a distressingly long time. And having shared my story now, I’m eager to hear yours. What false MMO rumor did you totally buy into at one point, even though you now realize it wasn’t correct?

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Sorenthaz

That you could be geared out like a Demon Hunter in Vanilla WoW with a glaive/blindfold/etc. since they put that image out there on the game’s box + it was featured in a strategy guide.

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HolyAvengerOne

Chronicles of Elyria.

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Armsman

Mine? That stats actually mattered in old (circa 1999-2003) EQ. ;)

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Falebrindor

I remember Erebrandir’s Horseshoe in LOTRO. There were the wildest theories about wat it did or did not do.

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Adam Russell

I dont know if it was true but there was a rumor in EQ that you could force the ancient cyclops to spawn in southern ro for the Jboots. I didnt know how though so I was killing stuff trying to figure it out. Then I get cussed out because Im messing it up. So I told him I didnt know the process and could he tell me how its supposed to be done so I know how not to wreck it. He insisted that I knew but wouldnt tell me how to do it, or even how to not wreck it. Crazy stuff.

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Axetwin .

Remember when GW2 was going to be a casual game that wasn’t going to have a focus on min/maxing end game gear and raids? Yeah, I remember too.

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Yangers

It is a super casual game though.

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Mark Mealman

Star Citizen.

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Alyn

I do believe that way, way back in the early days of World of Warcraft, about the time of alpha there was talk of player housing. After it released, of course no housing, however in Stormwind there was a place where you could see a swirly behind what looks like grates. This was supposed to be the portal to the housing area I do believe.

I always found that to be one of the fascinating things that never transpired in WoW.

Alyn
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Alyn

This might interest some of you-

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Castagere Shaikura

The ArenaNet manifesto for GW2.
That really had me. It was so new and needed. But I don’t just blame them for it. I blame all those Wow players that flooded the forums with “The game should be like Wow to succeed”These players had a big hand in what happened.

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styopa

If a bunch of forum posters literally changed their course on basic design issues with the new iteration of a successful franchise, then their “manifesto” was what, written in pencil?

If they abandoned their original plans in meaningful ways, that’s 100% on the devs, not some vague forum-feedback strawman.

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Crowe

I liked the GW2 concept but it turned out that I actually much preferred role-based games. Action MMOs and every-class-does-it-all games just don’t work for me.

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Schmidt.Capela

I believe the last time I was truly fooled by a game-related rumor was in the SNES era. I’m highly skeptical by nature, and my first college degree included classes on system analysis and reverse-engineering to boot, meaning I was trained in a rational approach that can be used to research and debunk rumors.

What does happen with me, instead, is that I won’t believe true things that sound like a rumor until I have definitive proof, which can lead to me missing in-game content or features designed to sound like rumors, like many eastern eggs.