The Daily Grind: What real-world critter do you wish were in more MMOs?

    
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The Daily Grind: What real-world critter do you wish were in more MMOs?
"Koala" by Mike Lawton

The other day, my family was having a discussion about why more of the animals they’ve seen on TV zoo shows are never represented in the online games we play together. My son, for example, loves koalas, but I couldn’t immediately think of an MMO with koalas. My husband blurted out wallabies, which are cute little kangaroo subtypes. I had no idea he liked wallabies. But he’s not wrong!

Now, I’m sure some MMO out there has these, so you can feel free to drop them in the comments, but that is not really our topic for the day. And maybe it’s for the best that some of these cutiepie animals aren’t MMOs because let’s be honest: Designers would probably just be asking us to kill them, and we already have to kill too many cute critters. But it’d be nice to see more diversity, right? What real-world critter do you wish were in more MMOs?

Image credit: Mike Lawton

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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Franklin Adams

Pack mules. Most fantasy style MMOs have huge armies at one point or another, and you see horses and wagons but you never see pack mules. How are you going to transport tons of war materials without a mule train? Even in the 21st Century they still train logistics and Special Forces officers and NCOs to run mule trains, at least the US Army does (SF also learns some more mundane animals like Donkeys and Dogs and more exotic species like Camels, Llamas, Reindeer, Alpacas and even Elephants) so it would be nice to actually see it.

Knights, Archers and Mages can’t fight without food or medical supplies, and it’s gotta get there somehow.

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Swordphobic

I want a raid deungeon where all the enemies are geese

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Jon Camp

Tanuki!

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Suikoden

I miss my Red Panda from Echo of Soul.

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Gipfeli

koboldmakis!
we need koboldmakis :( !

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Andrew Ross

Oh damn, that’s a cool name! We just say “Tarsier” in American English.

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Rheem Octuris

Just an FYI, Both Koalas and Kangaroos are monsters in Path of Exile. Usually late Act 2, in a side area to the last outdoor zone in the act.

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Nick Smith

Yes, we do need more sloths in MMO’s. My personal favorite sloth is in the game Glitch.

When you fed this little guy some metal rods, he would spit out some nails for you. Best. Sloth. Ever.

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Harry Koala

I’m torn between the naked mole rats, the platypus and the tardigrade.

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Jo Watt

Tardigrade is in everything. You just can’t see it. :)

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Franklin Adams

Star Trek Online has giant tardigrades like the ones from Discovery. One of the better ex-Foundry authors even created an NPC in his missions which is one of them.

Unfortunately Cryptic being themselves never added the NPC model for it and threw away the entire Foundry system because it was deeper than their obvious goal of Alpha Quadrant Genocide Simulator 2411 with new and improved lockboxes and microtransactions, but there are indeed Tardigrades in that game.

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NeoWolf

Birds, so few games include birds of any sort.

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kjempff

Agree. You beat be to it. Birds would really improve on environmental immersion.

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Sleepy

I don’t think I’ve ever come across a caterpillar in an MMO. I’m profoundly glad, because they give me the willies, and you can bet some bastard developer would make them huge.

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Fisty

Its up for a vote in WoW right now! #teamcaterpillar

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Zsokorad

Rift has them.

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Sleepy

Had to include a picture, didn’t you.