The Daily Grind: Which MMO has the best bears?

    
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The Daily Grind: Which MMO has the best bears?

To this day there are few things that have bothered me as much as seeing someone refer to bears as “a big pile of Default Mammal parts.” That angers me. I love bears. I think bears are great. I enjoy the heck out of these big snurfly salmon-devouring machines, and apparently that love is shared because 90% of the MMOs on the market feature bears in some variety. They’re big, they’re strong, I married one of them, they’re bears!

But there is still a hierarchy of bears. Some games just don’t really do a great job of capturing how much fun bears really are. Others have bears, but you don’t really remember them because they only show up in a couple of places and don’t really matter. Others have too many bears and you start suffering from bear overload. So which MMO has the best bears, dear readers? When you’re in the mood for bears snurfling about, where do you go?

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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silverlock

LiF had good bears. You’d be like is that another player? No wait it’s a bear run for it!

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Sorenthaz

Probably WoW because the goofy bear dance that you can even get a Darkmoon Faire mount to do is a timeless classic.

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ichi sakari

The Grizzlies in RDRO, there’s an interesting mechanic where you can stare a charging griz down, otherwise they are very noisy while eating your head

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-y9j1LRWLio

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Bryan Correll

They do generally avoid human contact like we have cooties.

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Robert Mann

Many MMOs have bears. None of them act like bears. There’s a beary big discrepancy here, where none of them have the best bears… just things that have roughly bearish appearance.

A bear is not a bear merely because it looks like a bear. That’s falling somewhere short of the beary essence of bears. It’s a sad thing indeed, that we see so much wildlife as nothing more or less than mobs that attack or run away in games.

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Utakata

Your comment is ursine…I mean irksome! O.o

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Robert Mann

I just hope I give some developer paws. I’d be more accepting if the bears were merely looking to pelage any unsuspecting traveler’s campsite for food. :D

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Utakata

…that’s sounds grizzly though. o.O

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Bryan Turner

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Utakata

And tomorrow’s DG: “Which MMO has the best twinks?” o.O

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TomTurtle

FFXIV’s got some nice muscle bears with roegadyn and hrothgar. GW2’s got the norn who can also transform into another type of bear. WoW’s got the Kul Tiran humans and pandaren. Nice variety of bears.

What’s that? Not the kind of bear you meant? Well, that’s not as fun of a question!

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Bryan Correll

Probably Second Life.

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Josh

The bears in ESO look pretty amazing. I still haven’t even tried that game and I don’t know if I ever will, but as a GW2 player, I am jealous of how badass those bears look in comparison.

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Castagere Shaikura

Their pathing needs some work though. After every fight, it stands so close to you that it seems like it’s inside you.

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Utakata

I’m not sure how this subject has any bearing on MMO’s… >.>

(Someone had to say it! >.<)

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styopa

Finally you start to cover important gaming issues.

IIRC there was a cosmetic thing (I think it was a limited duration buff) that made you look beary.
EDIT: Endless Kodan tonic.

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Ursoids forever!

I identify personally with any species for which this is a …startlingly common occurrence.

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-zyROVc7Igjw/TvsVNOaSjZI/AAAAAAAAFKQ/dJ9926qBx9k/s400/Polar%2Bbear%2Bcub%2Bmelts%2Bhearts%2Bof%2Bzoo%2Bvisitors%2Bplaying%2Bwith%2BChristmas%2Bgifts%2B4.jpg

It is unlikely Ryan Bergara (Buzzfeed) will comment favorably on this topic.

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Pandalulz

Admit it America. Bears are not cute and cuddly. They’re killing machines.

These things are not mutually exclusive.

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Bryan Correll

Most black bears are pretty chill. And Panda’s? Fuggit about it.