When it comes to making combat in video games feel real and visceral, there are only so many tricks in a developer’s bag. The team can make the screen shake, add some punchy sound effects, and throw huge floaty numbers as if a mathematics piñata just exploded, but the barrier between the player and the game is still fairly significant.
Another way that some non-MMOs have attempted to communicate the hits and explosions during in-game encounters is through rumble packs on controllers and haptic feedback. To my PC gaming knowledge, I don’t know of any MMORPGs that currently offer this, although I’m willing to be informed in the comments (surely there are a few console MMOs and mobile MMOs that do?).
But my question to you today is this: As MMOs seek new ways to make combat interesting and enjoyable, is it worth investing time into vibration, rumble, and haptic devices for that extra little buzz?