The Daily Grind: What was your most awkward MMO roleplaying experience?

    
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The Daily Grind: What was your most awkward MMO roleplaying experience?

Back in the early 1990s, I glommed onto Star Trek bulletin board systems in the hopes that I might connect with some fellow Trekkies. It was there that I discovered an ongoing roleplaying game that took place on a starship with numerous decks and rooms. I thought it was the niftiest thing, so I created a character and joined in with the fun.

Of course, being 12 years old, the character I created was the biggest Mary Sue you’ve ever seen. I was a Vulcan ex-Borg who immediately tried to take center stage and hijack the ship for my own adventures. After a night or two of that, the sysadmin kicked me out of the game after chewing me out. At the time, I really had no idea what I had done that was wrong, so I slunk away feeling incredibly embarrassed and stupid.

Obviously, that experience hasn’t scarred me for life or anything. What about you? What was your most awkward roleplaying experience in an MMO? It could be something you were a part of — or something you witnessed. Let’s get dorky together!

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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Harlow Games

I was in a lull on SWTOR and wanted to check out the RP scene. So of course, I made an agent and tried to join the service. My “interview” involved taking one of the leaders out into the field and interacting with them like they were my companion? I had no idea what he wanted me to do. So, I was just like “Oh, there is a bad guy” (adds targeting flag to bad guy) [OOC: attack bad guy]. And eventually I felt so awkward and like it wasn’t the RP I wanted (I JUST WANTED SECRET MEETINGS AND SABOTAGE) so I unplugged my ethernet cable and never logged back on that character.

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Kapier

I once played GTA RP and applied for a job, after the interview they told me i wont get hired. I said “ok” left the room logged out and never came back again. Awkwaaard.

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Dankey Kang

“I showed you my lightsabre pls respond”

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Rolan Storm

Some guys played Sith exam for Darth and one of them starting sending me hate whispers in-character. It was on Korriban, in public area. Yet (s)he though I am not supposed to look.

Walking into ERP on fleet. Jeez, get a room.

Learning about a guy RPing 16-year old Sith Sorcerer, Dark Council member – head of Science Sphere.

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Toy Clown

I still mentally cringe thinking on this, even as I laugh. Euch. It was in SWG on my entertainer and I was RPing that she had recently acquired a graul and was teaching it how to dance. In the ME cantina. With all my friends and everyone else around. I had a nifty macro set up to make it look like the graul was dancing. Next thing I know, people were getting upset and breaking character, speaking in OOC brackets, SHUT IT OFF. I didn’t know what was going on and looked everywhere trying to figure out who people were getting upset at. Turns out it was ME!

At some point I had turned screen shake off in options and didn’t realize that when the graul “danced” that it was causing everyone’s screen to shake that had it enabled. I ended up in such a panic that my brain froze and I couldn’t remember how to shut off the macro. I was so horrified that I ran out of the cantina and didn’t log back in for several days, and definitely didn’t visit the ME cantina again for a while!

Eventually, some people I knew that were there began joking about it and it was easier to take at that point. Boy, it sure did number up there as one of the most socially awkward online experiences, as well as RPing experiences!

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Harlow Games

This is unquestionably my favorite RP story, from a fellow former cantina dancer. 😂

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starbuck1771

Always weird walking in on people ERP’ing in a game. I remember once running into it in the original village in SWG at one of the huts. I was like what the hell and left.

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Harlow Games

In GW2 it is ALWAYS ALWAYS a Canthan refugee in The Grove trying to have a deep moment about missing her homeland and longing for a sense of home while the other person is like, “X sympathizes and gently pulls her closer to offer her comfort. He places his finger beneath her chin to bring her face up toward his as he leans in for a kiss” about to lead into his “meandering hands” meanwhile the other character is trying to have a deep, emotional story arch in their character development. lol

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Thomas

Roleplaying generally only works when other players are *not* involved, imho. I have witnessed intriguing attempts at roleplaying only to observe bystander players “heckling” the roleplayers. Yecch. In that sense, I guess I am embarrassed for and by the hecklers. :(

I enjoy playing online MMORPGs immensely, but the RPG part needs to be completely soloable/instanced, or I just won’t do it. For the MMO part, I’m fine with whatever people want to say or do.

I really wish MMOs would make story-based versions of their dungeons that could be 100% soloed or soloed with NPCs, and leave the player party-based content there just for the sheer, goofy fun of it.

Roleplaying/story-based content simply does not mix well with player group-oriented content. The two elements are like oil and water. Considering the way most MMOs manage the “RPG” content, they might as well not bother with any RPG, other than establishing some sort of IP setting I suppose.

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Oleg Chebeneev

I tried to RP one guy, did pretty good job at it. Appeared it was an NPC

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Castagere Shaikura

Guys role-playing as females and trying to get things from me.

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Deadly Habit

Shroud of the Avatar and their naked dance parties.