The Daily Grind: Do you enjoy fully ‘mapping’ MMO zones?

    
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Apart from going through particularly good quest stories, filling out a map is my favorite MMORPG activity. This means slightly different goals depending on the game, but generally, “mapping” is when you fully explore and complete all of the goals, objectives, and vistas in a zone.

Guild Wars 2 put this verb in our lexicon thanks to how its map — with all sorts of “come here, do this” symbols — promoted such an activity. Likewise, Elder Scrolls Online’s zone guide urges completionists to do their duty.

Do you like mapping out MMO zones? If so, what makes it enjoyable or satisfying for 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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Ken from Chicago

Yep, exploring a map is the way to go. It’s fun to discover new sights or to get achievements or badges for exploring new places. 👍👀

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Dean Greenhoe

Love it..

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Toy Clown

Definitely! Exploring is my favorite activity, alongside building, in MMOs. Especially when a game has appealing graphics and hidden corners and easter eggs to discover.

There are several things I find immensely satisfying about the experience. First is doing everything in a zone before moving to the next. I like that sense of accomplishment. Second is I love when a section of map becomes clear and I can see what’s on it.

GW2’s gameplay feeds this side of me and it’s a nice activity to participate in and not feel rushed by others.

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zoward

I love find odd little nooks and corners with scenic vistas in MMO’s. it can keep me occupied, quite often longer than the directed content will…

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Anstalt

I like going everywhere on a map, and removing the fog of war.

I usually don’t care about completing all the side-activities and collectables, given how boring they usually are.

Main thing I am always looking for is interesting landscape features that I may not have seen, and then cool stuff to fight. I’ll happily spend 10 or 15 minutes trekking to some remote corner of the map on the offchance that they’ll be a random boss to fight, or a ruined castle to explore. But, i’ll defs ignore crappy collectables along the way.

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Michael18

Yes! Esp. if you do not just unlock PoIs on the map but uncover the actual map itself step by step.

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Sarah Cushaway

Not in games like GW2 where they have icons spattered all over the map telling you where to “explore” :)

Had an absolute blast exploring the map in RDR2 though. Mainly because they don’t tell you where the cool stuff is–you have to go find it. No stupid icons outside of towns or camp, no stupid “oh you explored the map, here’s a prize” crap– just freedom to go look around and find hidden cool easter eggs or even hidden quests.

MMORPGs have been doing it very very wrong for a very long time now.

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rk70534

I absolutely do, as a completionist and a fan of exploration.

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Paragon Lost

(Points up) What rk70534 said.

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Bruno Brito

GW2 has one of the best map explorations systems to date for me. That being said, they also have some achievements tied to exploring things not on the POI system, and that’s a tedium to find.