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The MMO Report #2

by on May 25, 2012
 

MMO A Beginners Guide

Now there are plenty of people out there who play MMOs religiously, they log on everyday for several hours, even when they aren’t supposed to be logging in. I am looking at you, cubicle jockeys!! But the question remains what about the rest of us, those who have really never picked up an MMO and played it, for one reason or another what is there for us out there to teach us the ins and outs of how to play and how to have fun while playing. Until you read this there wasn’t a whole lot out there.

What is an MMO?

This question is a good one for the longest time MMO was short hand for MMORPG which meant Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game. However with the recently plethora of online games many of them not an RPG in the traditional sense the definition has changed to include every type of Massively Multiplayer Online Game. Be it a racing sim, or a 3rd person shooter, or even a life sim. There are as many types of mmo’s as there are types of games; from games for the casual user to the most hardcore of hardcore there is a game out there for you!

What is my type of Game?

That is an excellent question, and one that should not be asked lightly for it can dramatically alter your perception of MMO’s if you pick the wrong game. Now I am going to tell you back in the day before I started writing about games professionally the only game I played that was an MMO was a little game called Maple Story. It was a fun casual game that some of my friends who happened to be attractive women were into and so naturally I played as well. I enjoyed it, it was fun, it didn’t make me obsessed and everyone who played was friendly and helpful if you are looking for a decent entry into the MMO arena this for beginners and casual gamers would be my choice. From there all I have to say is experiment find something you like, if you are a trekkie, good news there is a game for you, if you be a Star Wars nut, also good news, hell if you are a die hard Conan the Barbarian junkie there is even a game for you. There is a game for every taste and every person out there all you have to do is search for it.

How do I not look like a noob?

The answer is you don’t you are a noob and you just have to deal with it. The good news is that everyone you meet in the game world started off exactly as you did and most times are more than willing to help you out if you just ask. That is the number one rule, don’t be afraid to ask for help because you will always find it, and going it solo is no fun and will often end in many frustrating deaths. Hell odds are one of your hundreds of facebook friends will probably have an account so paste it up and your wall and see if anyone bites, because one day when you are the champion of azeroth and are wandering the game world someone may ask you for advice so pay it forward people.

OK, that’s all cool but what about the cost?

Well there is some good news there, Most MMO’s have gone free to play even the fabled World of Warcraft, however many are free to play only up to a specific level and then you gotta pay, many are just plain free but by paying for a subscription you get certain perks, what you have to ask yourself is what type of gamer am I. Depending on the answer to that, your decision to pay or not to pay will be duly informed. Honestly though I would suggest for those just starting out to play for free, get some game time in, see how you do and then later on, make an informed choice. That is just my advice however and take it or leave it…at your own peril!!! Just kidding, but yeah do what you want, it is your time and your game so enjoy it as much or as little as you want I am just trying to make it a bit easier for you and all involved.

That was the MMO report I promise however to have some treats for you from E3 where I am meeting with several developers of MMO’s to bring you some news regarding your favorite games and some new ones you may or may not know about. So keep safe, have fun and if you feel like playing a game with me drop me a line at gotgame.com I promise I will respond!

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