The Daily Grind: What one MMO mount would you eliminate forever?

    
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We all know that poor horses have handled more than their share of schlepping around MMO players over the years. We also know that there are only so many different types of horses that developers can, erm, trot out as travel options. So it is completely understandable that devs might look to other animals and even machines as alternate mounts.

Some of these make sense — some, but not all. I don’t think that any plus-sized fox is going to be able to carry a heavily armored warrior, nor do I suspect that jumping on the back of a pterodactyl — as awesome as it looks — would actually result in anything other than eyes getting pecked out and fed to its young. Some are annoying or just wrong for the game in a way that’s hard to describe.

So with our eyes on not-so-great mounts, which one mount would you completely eliminate from your MMORPG forever if you had that power?

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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MilitiaMasterV

Just mounts in general.

We’re playing fantasy games, why is flying so far fetched?

Why must we enslave/dominate another being into being on our beck and call?

Heck, most of them have some form of ‘magic’, so just call it levitation magic and be done. Or if you have to, use something like hover-boards or something.

But the real reason they won’t do it is because then you’ll just ignore everything they put in the way to block you and waste your time and just go around to it. It makes it way easier for them to slow you down/and deny your movement (Along with snares and other types of slowdowns) and huge health pools to slow your movement through an area.

I mean, if you’ve ever seen someone on a mod account with instant teleport/flight/get anywhere in the game world in seconds movement, you’d know the games already have that kind of ability, they just don’t want YOU to have it.

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Erika Do

One of the things I really liked about Champions Online back when I played it. No mounts, but everyone can fly or use whatever other travel power they wanted.

But on the other hand, guild wars 2 at launch always felt like I was spending half my time slowly running on foot from place to place wondering why I didn’t have a horse. (I know they’ve since added mounts, but I quit long ago.)

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EmberStar

Do you need a cookie? You sound like you need a cookie.

Planned to say something else, realized there’s no point and that it came off more like baiting than debating. Especially considering one of the few games I ever mention on this site is Ark. Where a core mechanic is taming large numbers of creatures to use in combat and industry.

I use a mod called “Immersive Taming” where most things can be tamed by feeding them and being nice rather than beating them unconscious and ramming food down their throats. But I’m still totally taming this megatherium because she *HATES* bugs and I need more bodies to throw at Broodmother Lysrix.

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MilitiaMasterV

Huh?

Totally didn’t mean to ‘like’ that either. Just mis-clicked, and apparently we don’t get a takesies-backsies on this website.

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EmberStar

“Huh?”

You went on kind of a rant against mounts and (as I interpreted it) basically any kind of game mechanics where the player controls other creatures. I had started to write a reply, but changed my mind about what I wanted to say. Rather than post what I had written, or simply post nothing, I posted… what I posted. The games I spend the most time on (and my favorite types of characters to play) are basically “creature taming – the game” and I was pointlessly trying to defend that in the original post.

As for the “Like” – they’re completely pointless. I don’t think anything tracks them beyond whatever post they’re attached to, and they don’t mean anything. At best, they’re a popularity counter. You can delete a post (the gear icon next to your name/avatar at the top of the comments section) but there doesn’t seem to be a way to delete a “like.” And for what little it matters – I think my most “liked” post (basically ever) is one where I swiped someone else’s meme and straight up posted a link to a short youtube video. It had like… six “Likes” the last time I noticed.

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MilitiaMasterV

Ah. I’ve played games with ‘taming’ mechanics. In fact I was rather high skilled on that in the game I played many years, to the point where I could, and did, tame a crocodile to ‘keep as a pet’ and ‘fight for me’ (Could ride it, but it was slow as heck…) since they are armored war-machines essentially in that game and I could poke whatever was smashing on it in the backside and gain some skills that way. I’m just not a fan of the idea. I understand it’s common in games…(I’ve played plenty of ranger/hunter classes that use them as fodder too.).

I just don’t like the concept and wanted to put it forth as an idea that we should really think about…would we want to be ridden/used that way?

(Don’t answer that, I’m sure there are people that would….and that came off more ‘ahem’ than I intended it to.)

Also, yeah, likes are utterly pointless, but I tend to only give one out if I busted out laughing/it really deserves one for it’s message, so if you ever see one from me, it’s got meaning normally. I rarely get likes for anything I say, because people hate me and my comments and my outlook on life.

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Utakata

None…

…although there’s a few whose size I would like to take the big ole nerfbat too. Just saying.

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EmberStar

The anachronistic one that totally doesn’t belong in that world. (Aka, TERA and those stupid go-cart mounts.) Failing that, whatever humongous mount that for some reason still has a hitbox while in towns and allows selfish dipsticks to block access to the mailbox *and* the bank at the same time, because they got an “iBlockDoors” model brontosaurus that takes up an entire city block all by itself. (I love dinosaurs. Really really like dinosaurs. Just not *that* one.)

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styopa

I’d have to say the most obnoxious ones ever would be the Brontosaurus in WoW.
I mean, I love dinosaurs as much as the next kid (and in WoW had a triceratops myself which was pretty much the closest I’m ever going to get to actually fulfill that 1st-grade bucket list item), but OMG was that brontosaurus a pain in the butt to everyone around it.

And maybe the folks that spent what, 5 MILLION GOLD on it should perhaps read my ancestor Thorstein Veblen’s “The Theory of the Leisure Class” the section on Conspicuous Consumption (iow: epeen) a little more closely.

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Courtney Haynes

Guild Wars 2 shame-filled Pegasus mount. Players have won it through black lion chest and complained about getting it as rare as it is to get anything from those chests.

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Katriana

Anything bigger than a horse that just gets in other players’ way.

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Phubarrh

Or, anything bigger than a house…looking at you, WoW.

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EmberStar

SWTOR was trying to compete there, too. For a bit, anyway. They kept adding bigger and bigger speeders, then started adding actual droid walkers (like the AT-ST from Return of the Jedi) and then freaking spider tanks. The only upside is that the robot walkers tended to go up rather than out, and didn’t have collision boxes that *completely* blocked access to stuff. But I’m *pretty* sure the guy who parked his spider tank on the mailbox in the Empire fleet station for two days straight was trying *really* hard to be a jerk with it.

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Bruno Brito

None. Options is always good.

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Dug From The Earth

There arent any mounts that bother me

Players on the other hand…

Games just needs better systems in place to prevent players from being toxic with certain mounts. IE: large mounts sitting on top of quest/key npcs you need to interact with.

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Grimmtooth

I dunno, why don’t you ask /spit boy?

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Schmidt.Capela

I’m tempted to say “every mount that is exclusive to lootboxes”, but that is more about my hate of lootboxes than about disliking the mounts per see (though lootbox mounts are often among the most ridiculous the game has to offer anyway).

Otherwise, none. I might speak against a mount being added, but from the moment it’s already in the game I wouldn’t want it removed, even if some do need quality of life improvements for the players that don’t use them (such as an option to turn off other player’s mounts sound if it’s obnoxious or loud, or a despawn radius around important NPCs and interaction points for any mount large enough to cover it).