The Daily Grind: Do you watch MMO strategy videos?

    
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I never cease to be amazed how there always seems to be a video guide out there for anything to do with an MMO, even if it’s some mundane, two-second activity. But I’m not complaining, either, because sometimes it’s really helpful to see something explained — whether it be a boss fight or a tricky quest — than to read a step-by-step description.

That said, I don’t really dip into strategy videos unless I get stumped or I’m worried about looking like a fool in a brand-new dungeon. Generally I like to figure things out on my own, even if my choices end up being less-than-optimal.

What about you? Do you watch MMO strategy videos, and if you do, what drives you to viewing them?

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Franklin Adams

For new Trials in ESO, especially if I know there’s going to be some gimmicky mechanic, like most of the two tank trials. To be fair, I don’t play them much, I got raiding out of my system back in WoW and don’t have the time or patience to really get into it in ESO, or hell, any game anymore.

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Armsman

In/For FFXIV – Yes, ALL THE TIME!

(Unless you’re in one of the first groups to ultimately try and finish a new Trial or Raid just after the new content has been added; it’s needed so you don’t cause a wipe when using the Duty Finder Roulette.)

For all the other MMOs I dabble in – nope, not needed.

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treskatay

it’s a requirement in ffxiv. people will not wait for you or help you because the only people ever doing bosses besides you are people on their 452nd run on their 27th class

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Motherball

I watch dungeon videos because I don’t want to be the jerk that wipes the group. I’d rather learn from doing or by being led by friends, but I no longer have those luxuries. And players them run so fast, half of the challenge can be just trying to keep up. I can control my level of bad by watching videos, which makes keeping up much easier.

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Pandalulz

Since I’m a lowbie doing old content I’ll go read a gamerescape overview before I go in. Basic stuff like when boss does A, you do B, when he does C, do D, etc. If somehow a brief paragraph isn’t enough for me to get it, maybe I’ll waste time on a full-blown video. Very rarely is it necessary though.

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Malcolm Swoboda

I’m happy to.

After a first story run.

I’m trying to not spoil myself.

If there isn’t an easier mode, yet I’m still expected to ‘pull my weight’ by watching spoilers ahead of time, I’m just more likely to quit.

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Witches

Figuring out the solution is the fun part of raiding for me, if i know exactly what do and just have to do a choreography i’ll pass, that’s why i rarely raid, if i happen to be around when a new raid opens that’s great, otherwise there’s no point.

At any rate you will have to do that raid over and over again to get the gear you need for the next raid, so why make it even more boring?

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Nephele

Back in the old days we had this crazy idea that you didn’t have to know every single mechanic of every fight in order to be successful – instead, you could be successful through communicating during the fight, learning to recognize cues and think on your feet, and just being willing to fail a few times before you succeeded.

Crazy, right?

For me, I’m generally anti-video. I have occasionally gone and looked up videos (or written guides) for very complicated raid encounters in order to understand what a mechanic was doing, but it’s generally been because I was trying to understand a specific mechanic, not the whole fight. In my experience, if your group is reasonably skilled, communicates well, and has the right attitude, 90% of content in current MMOs can be cleared within 2-3 attempts, no guide required.

People just don’t believe in themselves enough to try that, apparently.

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Franklin Adams

There’s no incentive to do that for less experienced players, if they don’t know their shit most groups will probably vote-kick them. I’ve been playing MMORPGs since UO and it’s even happened to me for not knowing or correctly anticipating something I’ve yet to actually see.

I don’t especially like it, and I’m with you on missing how things used to be, but anymore groups usually expect a level of ability close to perfection from anyone in their group. I don’t know the answer to that, but if watching a video or reading something detailed about what the individual needs to do in their role helps, then I’m all for it.

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NeoWolf

I’ve watched Strategy videos for occasional raids in order to understand the mechanics of the particular raid, but beyond that nope.

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EmberStar

I’ve watched a handful of videos about suggested mods for Warframes. With like… two exceptions, I then proceed to ignore them because it turns out the build doesn’t suit the way I want to play. For example I *hate* using the Corrupted mods, which greatly boost one aspect of casting powers in exchange for crippling another. Such as a huge increase to power strength that comes with a nearly equal *decrease* to range or duration.

Beyond that… nope, I don’t watch video guides about MMO(ish) games. In fact one of the many things I hate about “raids” is that you’re usually expected to have memorized any such guides before even attempting it. If I’m going to devote time to “mastering” a skill and doing homework, it’s going to be something that I can actually do in the real world, or at least outside the game. Drawing, painting, gardening, sewing, repairing my own car, learning how to build a dry-stone wall that won’t collapse the first time a sheep leans on it.

“Stab imaginary dragon with imaginary sharp thing while avoiding imaginary fire” is so far down the list of skills I feel the need to “master” that it doesn’t even appear in the index.