The Daily Grind: Would you (or do you) play as a villain in an MMO?

    
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Our recent Massively Overthinking discussion on being heroes in MMOs got me, well, thinking. I’m just not one who really cares for labels like that, nor do I need to be the Chosen One who saves the world. In fact, there are times when I wouldn’t mind seeing my character fall a bit into the dark side — maybe not become a villain, per se, but an anti-hero.

After all, these are roleplaying games, but it’s awfully hard to play any other role than virtuous knight of the do-gooders the way that quests are set up. Of course, there are always exceptions — most notably City of Villains and Star Wars: The Old Republic — that let you indulge in darker choices and storylines.

Would you — or do you — play as a villain in an MMO? And what kind of villain would appeal most to you?

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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camelotcrusade

I wouldn’t, but I see Haxx0r, slaying of MMOs, ruining people’s fun (to say nothing of their views, with his big mount and sword) all the time.

In other words, if the game design makes it easy to be a creep, creeps will be everywhere. And with “players” like these, who needs villains?

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J

I played baddies in both COV and SWG. It made for infinitely more interesting RP encounters. As good PCs are always more abundant than grey/evil ones.

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hooby _

Is it really about being the villain, or is it rather the lure of being the anti-hero, that draws people in?

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Life_Isnt_Just_Dank_Memes

In Street Fighter V I main Claw(Vega)who is one of the Four Kings so yes, I do main a villain. He’s also a narcissist so draw what conclusions you will. I’m too busy studying myself in a mirror to notice what you said or think.

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Rolan Storm

I rarely do, but I enjoy fighters, especially with mystical powers. Those who fight for sheer joy of overpowering opponents. Cunning manipulators are enjoyable too – though they are rarely there to be played in the first place.

It was said earlier: most villains are way too plain and/or unconvincing.

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Veldara

):D

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Narficus

Does playing as a Customer for a Nexon game count?

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Utakata

My characters can be unscrupulous at times…not sure that’s evil though. >.<

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butterpanda888

I love playing as villains. I love it when it because I love the villains of Saturday Morning Cartoons and Comic Books. I’m not looking for grey morality or perfectly crafted villain story I wanna be comically evil. It’s why I love the villain factions in City of Villains and DCUO.

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David Goodman

The games that have a “villain” faction tend to make me cringe. I couldn’t do it in SW:TOR; the actions you take aren’t evil, their suicidal and insane, manic and unpredictable. It’s Dark Elf logic: Chronic backstabbing syndrome. The ‘light side’ choices for the Empire aren’t bad, and actually have nuance to them and a good story, IMO.

With that said, I don’t generally play bad guys and I’m not interested in doing so. As a long-ago meme once put it, “my no-consequence power fantasy is to be able to help everyone” and not just to be a murder-hobo.