The Daily Grind: How solid do you think your memory of your favorite MMO’s history is?

    
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The Daily Grind: How solid do you think your memory of your favorite MMO’s history is?

Ages ago, I wrote a column in which I jokingly pointed out that in order to really get the WoW Classic experience, you should need add-ons to enable multiple action bars. People tried to counter that this was not the case, as the game already had the option… but it didn’t at launch. Multiple action bars weren’t added into the game as a default UI feature until patch 1.3 in March of 2005. That’s not exactly a four-year gap, but it’s still not a launch feature World of Warcraft had. Just like chat bubbles!

People obviously do not need to memorize every aspect of a game’s history, of course. But I do personally find it amusing to compare my own memory of things with what must have been the case based on actual dates, like how I have to remind myself sometimes that Final Fantasy XIV didn’t have a cosmetic gear system until patch 2.2 (the second post-relaunch patch). So what about you? How solid do you think your memory of your favorite MMO’s history is?

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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Solid enough to know that the game in it’s current state is drastically worse and not worth playing.

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Malcolm Swoboda

I have a weird thing where I go through it regularly in my head. I do similarly about recounting main questline progression in my favorite RPGs like FF9 (“So its Mist Forest, then Dali Village..”)

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NeoWolf

My memory is fairly impeccable but also pessimistic. In so much as I will remember every bad thing that ever happens to a game I play, but remember very few of the good things that happen to it lol.

I guess the negatives stick more as they are more noticeable and impactful on you directly. lol

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MilitiaMasterV

I used to have a memory like a steel trap, for many things.

People on WoW (Not my favorite) would ask me how I could level a character so fast, and I’d just tell them I knew exactly what quests were at what level/what they required purely from doing them once, and where to acquire them. I could grab a list of them, and just knock all of them off at once and jump whole levels.

Nowadays, my memory is getting kind of ‘derp’, so I can’t do that as much/as well in games.

But for the one I spent years on, I’m pretty solid on it. (Though I’m sure things changed after I left : Unwillingly, due to bad people in power ruining the experience.)

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Hikari Kenzaki

I tend to remember everything I read. If it’s in there, it’s likely someone could jog it out with a question.

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Bryan Correll

There was this one game I played where the devs made a small nerf to a single skill and the forums were on fire with people with people saying the game was ruined and they’d never play again.

Oh, wait…..that’s every minor nerf in every game.

Edit: I don’t trust my memory much at all, cause that bastard tends to lie at the most inconvenient times.

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MilitiaMasterV

I am liking your post just for the edit, because it had me laughing. My mom has had memory issues for years, and now I’m starting to suffer from it, so I feel the same. :P

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hooby _

There’s nothing quite as unreliable and notoriously biased as human memory (and perception as well).

There’s a reason why science mostly ignores this completely (unless “human perception” actually is what’s being investigated).

Funny then, how much law and judicial processes rely on this.

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Ironwu

Well, it is really tough to actually know. If a game is far enough back in time to make remembering iffy, then it has probably changed so much at the present day that there is know way to actually check.

And, that’s ok.

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Fisty

As solid as a plate full of jello.

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Arktouros

Pretty good for 20+ years.

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Utakata

Memories are not as reliable as you might think they are though. (Lots of stuff and debate about that on internets and other mediums.)

Personally, if I am unclear about something, my memory is fuzzy about it, or is certain but I want to back that up anyhow, I Google-foo my research on it before posting it. As well I am open to any new and sourced information that is contrary to they way I remember it going down. Because you never know…

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Arktouros

Well back in 1997 the internet was still relatively new so finding details of events that occurred back then let alone game updates and game states is not as simple. Like I remember our guild “hacked” the OSI/UO website and put Richard Garriot’s head on a pike with pirate music playing in the background. But if you try to google that it’s pretty difficult to find.

Most of my early UO experience was largely defined by the exploits going on at the time and the ever shifting metas that would develop as they tried to counter them.

Edit: This was the only thing I found find discussing it and it makes me still laugh super hard 20 years later. All they did was give guilds FTP access to upload their own banners/logos/guild information but never restricted access to the rest of the website. So “hacking” the website was just a matter of replacing the main website’s logos and information. That’s it. But if you read the thread there people acting like we were the biggest l33t hax0rz around that wouldn’t ever leave a trace and deserve to be jailed and impaled lol. Glad to be reminded the Internet hasn’t gotten any less ridiculous in 20 years.

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Turing fail

Also glad there’s statute of limitations?

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Arktouros

Again it was 1997 back when people were more reasonable and all this was newer. It wasn’t some cyber-crime heist of the century, they just gave out too much access to their servers and our group decided to have some fun with it. Their response was basically “oops, lets close that on up.” Like they knew exactly it was us who did it. They still let us keep our access to update the guild info even. Just different times.