The Daily Grind: Does an untidy MMO quest log drive you nuts?

    
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I’m a checklist kind of guy. My days are structured by a cross-platform task list that keeps me focused and on track to accomplish both small and large goals. Getting that list down to zero by the end of the day is always pretty important for me, which is why I feel the same in my gaming life.

A fat and full quest log in an MMORPG might offer a lot of options, but to my eye, it’s an offense against nature. It’s an abomination that needs to be tackled, sorted, and eliminated piece by piece. If I can’t keep my quest log under control, then I know I have failed as a human being and a leet gamer.

Do untidy quest logs drive you nuts in MMOs? Do you go out of your way to finish up non-rewarding quests just to get them done and off your list?

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MilitiaMasterV

I mean, most games have a ‘toggle’ so you can set your actives…because they tend to just slam quests in your face at every turn and expect you to sit there reading every few seconds (distraction, to keep you from continuing and slow you down, same with cinematics…a way to stop you/keep your attention, so you don’t realize how little content there actually is. ESO used books with random gibberish in them/bookshelves to do it…whereas from what I understand, the originals actually included lore in every book.) so you won’t rush headlong into the content and wipe it out too fast and leave.

I tend to ignore that whole area of the UI unless I’m actively working on one nowadays, and that’s just to see how far it’s progressed to get it off the list.

What bothers me the most is when a quest you picked up replaces the one you were working on. They usually have some kind of ‘journal’/’logbook’ etc that writes down the new quests for you so you can get a hint and go back to it…but usually when they hand em to you, you ignore the side quest..because you were already on one to begin with. But yes, the ones that don’t even organize any of it, and clutter your stuff with them…well, they can’t drive me nuts because I was already there, but they certainly don’t help matters.

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Bruno Brito

Cluttered and non-intuitive UIs in general bother me. I hate the DCUO UI with passion.

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NeoWolf

Not so much, I’m able to compartmentalize fairly well, so I just focus on the objective nearest to where I am and work my way outwards. Or if quests are in a level range I just do nearest to farest from lowest to highest level etc..

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Utakata

Yeah is does..

…I still think quest caps are a bad idea though.

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Nibbana

Hey what game is the header image from? Feels like I haven’t played it, but …. should.

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Pandalulz

That was the cover art from Epic’s 3rd person MOBA thing, Paragon. It shut down a few years ago.

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Nibbana

Ah, thank you!

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Loopy

In games where you go quest hub to quest hub, it’s nice to have a nice tightly packed quest log. There is something about that satisfaction of turning in 7 completed quests at once.

However, in games where it’s a lot less linear (like Classic WoW for example), i prefer much smaller quest counts. It allows me to focus on one chain instead of spending 30 minutes doing advanced math just to calculate the most optimal travel route for quickest turn in on most number of quests. This is where the adventuring turns into automation.

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Jim Bergevin Jr

What really drives me crazy is going in on a play session thinking I’m going to make headway on trimming down my quest log, only to find that every quest I complete unlocks three more that I have to add and get done.

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Fisty

Full is fine if it sorts by distance or zone. In ESO, the quest log is the worst for me. Showing 1 quest that I accidentally switched to that is 5 zones away is the worst

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Hirku Two

No, I like a jam-packed quest log. What drive me nuts are active quest limits that prevent me from achieving even greater heights of untidiness.

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Pandalulz

Hahah yes. I’m coping with this now. I started ARR over again on a different data center a month or so ago. I decided I was just going to blitz the MSQ and ignore everything else and get it done as fast as possible. I can’t do it. I have to click all the exclamation points. I have to make them done. I am broken.