A few weeks ago, I was happily joyscrolling about home improvement ideas for my new house when I bumped into a comment that keeps sticking with me. The random poster was ranting about a lamp fixture I was considering, likening it to, and I quote, “an insect nest.” I had literally never noticed or thought about it that way before, but I sure do now, and it completely killed my desire to buy it. I can’t unsee it. I can’t go back to before that random poster accidentally ruined that lamp for me.
This is an MMO website, not a lamp website, but I bet you’ve had this happen in games before. I have. I’ll be scrolling through the City of Heroes Homecoming forums when suddenly I’ll see a rant about how poorly a certain powerset performs in the current meta – like, say, Radiation Emission, which years ago was a top choice and is now considered mediocre because of how fast the endgame moves and how other powersets have been buffed to edge it out in utility. And just like that, it can ruin whole characters for me. Sometimes a well-timed forum debate can ruin an entire game for me.
How about you? Has anyone ever accidentally ruined an MMO for you? How do you fight those sudden bursts of new knowledge that change the way a game looks and feels to you?