Just going to throw out a controversial statement here: Nobody really wants to die in a video game. When your health reaches zero and you have to suffer a death penalty in an MMO? Not a fun time! You are not happy about a death penalty! But not all death penalties are created equal, and some of them just make you respond with a “gosh darn it all to heck” or similar while others make you wonder why in the world you are still playing this MMO.
That doesn’t actually mean that the death penalty is really all that bad, mind you. City of Heroes’ experience debt was, for reasons I cannot adequately explain, always deeply demoralizing to me even though it was immediately preceded in my play experience by games that would just take my experience outright. So what’s your least favorite death penalty in an MMO? Regardless of how harsh or inconvenient it may actually be, which one just grinds your gears?