The Daily Grind: What’s an MMO UI feature you didn’t know you needed until you got it?

    
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New World has a couple of settings I can’t recall seeing in many other MMORPGs. It’s got a toggle that allows you to flag yourself as somebody who doesn’t duel (so don’t duel-spam me bro), doesn’t have or want voice chat (don’t need to hear randoms eating), and plays only solo (so no need to invite to group). I actually see folks using these, too, and I have to say I appreciate that they exist and that they allow you to set expectations for other players. I would love to see a few more, like “looking for a guild” for “not looking for a guild” (for unguilded people), “looking for PvP,” “looking for duo partner,” “looking to chat,” “seeking roleplayers,” “casual PvEer,” that sort of thing.

Another thing I didn’t anticipate? The toggle for pronouns. What a fantastic idea. All of these things are about setting expectations – the expectations other players can have of you, and expectations the game can have for you too.

What’s an MMO UI feature you didn’t know you needed until you got it?

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Neurotic

“looking for love”
“looking for lunch”
“looking for my keys”
“seeking answers”
“seeking direction in life”
😁

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creationguru

OK for me it’s an oldie but wish more games had it. In UO you could make custom guild titles that went with your name and I miss that in to many games can only use the canned achivement titles.

The only one I really likes was in Tera if you died 50 times you got Angel of Death which I loved as being a priest main (game I had the most fun healing in)

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Arktouros

Most of these auto deny requests are in most games I’ve found.

Big one I never knew I needed was the custom chat filter. Being able to just filter out any specific words was the single most biggest blessing from playing Black Desert and I hate every game that doesn’t have it going forward (almost every single game ever).

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Anstalt

LotRO’s Raid Assist Target

This is where you assign one or more people to be the raid assist, and a little window pops up showing that raid assist, plus whatever they are targetting.

Absolutely invaluable as a raid leader. Make the main tank a raid assist, then everyone can easily target the same thing as the tank, not to mention healers have an easier way to switch to healing the tank. Maybe add a melee and ranged raid assist too to help with herding all the DPSers who wanna hit everything.

Even more useful in PvP. It could get a bit annoying at times as it did mean 24 players could easily focus fire someone, but LotRO was a game full of emergency skills to get out of those situations, so it wasn’t completely overpowered.

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EmberStar

*Reads the article* Oh. In that case, when I finally found the settings in Star Trek Online to block random fleet invites, and the basically hidden setting in Champions to aut0-decline duel spam. Both games also used to have a setting to hide yourself from player searches, but it no longer seems to exist as a menu setting. (The setting still exists because a ton of my characters are flagged as “visible to Friends Only” or “Anonymous”… but I can’t seem to *change* those settings now. Whee.)

In Warframe, they added a menu option that allows you to Mute the mandachord of allied Octavia players, which is very helpful when so many just spam drumbeats so they can teabag until the invisibility kicks in and don’t make any attempt at a song whatsoever. There’s another that allows you to decrease team-mate powers FX and a separate slider that just decreases the FX spam in general, including your own. I prefer the second option.

STO and Warframe both have built-in voice chat and “generously” allow you to opt out of it. Although I’m pretty sure both games have it enabled and active as a default. Both games also allow you to turn off damage floaters, which I *do* appreciate since I am not a fan. The blizzard of numbers flying out of stuff is hugely immersion killing for me, and functionally useless as a tool for judging how well I’m doing in a fight since the numbers fly around and overlap in a way that makes them nearly impossible to read anyway.

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Ken from Chicago

STO also has a command to turn off the lootbox winner notifications.

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Ririrawr

for adjusting anonymity, type the following commands in chat:

Spoiler

to go anon:
/hide
or
/invisible

to stop being anon
/unhide
or
/visible

if your tells / team invites got messed due to the anon settings:
start typing /whitelist
and a menu will appear to select what you want sorted
use 0 after the command to enable, 1 to disable…. iirc, been a while. sry
example: /whitelist_blah 0

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cambruin

LotRO’s filter (alt+r I think).

It allows you to filter out loot you do not want (Lootboxes!!) as well as specific sounds (the excessive amount of yelling on wardens) and more!

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Schmidt.Capela

It’s not just UI, but I would go with unlimited self-organizing inventory. Free Realms had it for everything; DCUO has it for transmogs; WoW has it for transmogs, mounts, pets, and quest items; etc.

(But then, I dislike managing inventories. I’m of the opinion that inventory management makes almost every game worse, apart from those where logistics are the core element of the game.)

Beyond that, well, I’m very much into mods and addons, and for the last couple decades almost every new innovative feature that can be done as pure UI has been done first as a mod before being adopted by an MMO studio.

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MesaSage

Turning off “involuntary emotes” in Lotro. All those cheesy holiday spells just bounce off of me. Nothing makes a smile faster than seeing “Immune” roll off over my head.

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Bruno Brito

Uh…i’m highly sure almost all MMOs have a “decline guild/duel/friend/etc spam”. WoW has it, NW has it, i think GW2 has it. I don’t recall ESO but it probably has it too.

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EmberStar

If Guild Wars 2 has such settings, I’d never found them the last time I was actively playing.

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krieglich

Yep, but Bree is referring to the UI elements, not the decline options. In NW you can set these options as a title (just one though), so everyone can see that you’re not dueling e.g.

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IronSalamander8 .

EQ2; ‘automatically decline duel invites’ was something WoW needed years ago. The duel spam back in the day in WoW was extremely obnoxious, but that’s not a big surprise really.

Oh! And yes, turning off in game voice chat in any game. I never use in game voice chat, we have our own Discord server for that, and it’s been useless or worse, every time I tried to use it.