The Daily Grind: What’s the point of collecting MMO vanity pets?

    
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The Daily Grind: What’s the point of collecting MMO vanity pets?

In my book, there are two types of MMO players. No, it’s not warlords and carebears. It’s not even subbers versus freebies. The only two categories that matter is whether a player is a pet collector or a pet denier.

I mean, how can you not want to go out and get yourself some adorable or bizarre traveling companion? And yet there are plenty of people who don’t see any appeal in snapping up virtual pets and parading them around for the world to see.

So if someone asked you, “What’s the point of collecting MMO vanity pets?” what would you say? Or would you simply shrug and say, “There isn’t,” and leave it at that?

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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kjempff

Fluff disguised as content is what I say about that. But then again the whole dress up game in mmos doesn’t really speak to me. Unless it is to show a particular hard achievement or a statement.

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Demon of Razgriz

I like vanity pets that fit the aesthetic of my alt. If I’m a demon, give me a Imp that follows me. If I’m a robot, give me a small robot with a spark like it’s broken (or a Steampunk look).

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NeoWolf

What is the point of collecting anything? Because it makes you happy. simple :)

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Utakata

Folks seem to like them. Is that not a good enough reason? o.O

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Pandalulz

I have no answer but I like it. It’s basically just another fancy cosmetic. In FFXIV, I like the ones that chill on my shoulder. The Puff of Darkness cracks me up, just kind of lounging on me. And some interact with each other. My moogle will dance with another person’s moogle if they are near each other.

I did like WoW’s gotta catch them all system. It was pretty fun.

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Phubarrh

Having just discovered that Final Fantasy XIV has added a ferret–er, weasel pet to the game, I’m watching farmers trying to play the market in them and failing miserably. Bring your price down another 200K, guys, and I’ll be happy to buy one.

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TomTurtle

Usually just for looks, which I’ll only care about a select few. But then there’s World of Warcraft which gave an actual use to them, and I subsequently have been collecting and leveling up as many as possible.

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Sleepy

I have one LOTRO character that’s made a point of picking up as many bird pets as possible. When you’re in the business of orc genocide, you have to cultivate your nurturing side.

GW2 minis though, those things freak me out. Here’s a very small person that will follow you everywhere

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Pandalulz

At least FFXIV’s say “wind-up” something or another before the name, making it clear it’s a doll automaton thing and not a tiny clone of the sultana, for example. Especially since FFXIV has also made it clear that clones are totally a thing in universe.

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Gamhuin

One of my favorite features of the garrisons was that you could have a handful of your favorite pets roaming around your base. :D

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Bryan Correll

Ummmm…..they’re cute.