The Daily Grind: Walking in MMOs – or running?

    
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The Daily Grind: Walking in MMOs – or running?

A few weeks back, when MOP’s Justin did a Daily Grind about whether folks prefer helmets on or off in MMOs, one reader took a roleplay approach to the decision. “Off in conversations,” Lord Nox said. This seems like a no-brainer – pun intended! – but really, unless you’re a hardcore roleplayer, when was the last time you actually did take your helm off to chat? In fact, when was the last time you did anything like that just to be more immersed in an MMO?

That got me thinking about walking vs. running. I’m gonna be honest, even in MMORPGs where I am roleplaying, I absolutely hate walking. I hate being slow. I hate feeling slow. I would always rather be running in a game, even if it wouldn’t make much sense to be running from, say, shop to shop in a mall.

Do you swap between walk and run in your MMOs, or do you slap on run and never look back?

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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Walking in an MMO is a sign that I’m really enjoying just being in its world. I don’t spontaneously walk that often, maybe 5% of the time, but when I do it’s always a fun time just watching the mobs and npcs and other players go by. (Or I’m out in a particularly gorgeous part of the landscape)

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xpsync

Can’t remember mmorpg’s but i hear ya, whatever mmorpg i’m like totally not going to get all caught up in high end game and savoir every f’in pixel, read all lore, all quests, walk everywhere that running around is for the birds, that’s not how you play an mmorpg, for once really get a lay of the land and the world, Complete Immersion. Oh i remember one.. SWL long story short, that clearly didn’t happen, and the other omg i know it can’t remember the name, it was wide open world so yeah walking at the start was cool in all, but unpractical, and there was another one a fantasy but yeah walked the first night i played, then yeah, got on the lemming train.

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Fred Douglas

I only walk when the NPC in a follow/escort quest is also walking and I don’t want to touch and go run the whole way.

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Zero_1_Zerum

I always run. Even better when the game has sprint.

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Malcolm Swoboda

Walk – In a close quarters (typically indoors) focused first-person game.

Run – In an open zone, third-person game.

Sprint/Mount – In an open world/large zone, MMO game.

I’ll walk in a MMO if its all about some theoretical ‘explore a mega infinite mansion first-person’ game that doesn’t exist. Soak up the atmosphere and all that. But otherwise I’m going to run. And jump. Bunnyhop. Sorry.

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NeoWolf

1. If I’m RP’ing I’ll walk where necessary if I’m not I’ll run.
2. I prefer to use mounts and travel between areas rather than fast travel where feasible.
3. Helmets off or on as the situation requires, I do wish more game would include a slottable macro for toggling this that could be put on action bars rather than having to go into settings as it would make life much simpler.

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RoarAshley

I am terrible for RP walking! I’m always doing it.

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laelgon

If there was a way to have walking be the default without also making the game feel painfully slow I would love it. The more a game wants you to be immersed in it and feel like a resident of the world, the sillier it is to see people sprinting constantly.

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Bryan Correll

Running of course. Walking is something escort NPCs do just to piss you off.

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Tobasco da Gama

Although, as is tradition, said NPCs always walk slightly faster than the PC’s walk speed.

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Bruno Brito

And slower than runspeed. Which means you must either move like you lost control on half your body or mount up and walk…

backyards.

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starbuck1771

Running but in the end it always comes down to the situation.

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Dean Greenhoe

Run run run. Walking in most games seems more like slow lumbering. I walk with a purpose in real life, faster than the lumber in games. It is just slow enough to just annoy me. :)