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Community Spotlight: Your Most Frightening MMO Experience

Posted by MikeB Thursday September 9 2010 at 5:40PM
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This week’s Community Spotlight focuses on the thread “Most frightening thing you’ve seen in a MMO?” by Oracle_Fefe.  What was Oracle_Fefe and the community’s most frightening experiences? Read below to find out:

Oracle_Fefe:

“Although its probably very outdated and dumb-looking for some. Seeing around 6 of the most badass heroes in Runescape get one-shotted by the Mahjarrat Lucien Did give me a little sore. I've spent months and tons of gold finishing Lunar Diplomacy and Dream Mentor, and the guy I saved who became a big hero just gets blasted to bones, then dust by the bastard.”

Loktofeit found his experience in the Olthoi Lair to be the most frightening:

“Being in the Olthoi Lair for the first time and trepidaciously moving furhter and further into the maze-like depths. I looked up at the radar and it started to fill more and more with dots. It was a like a scen from an Alien movie. The chattering of the Olthoi got louder and louder as they moved closer and closer. I was able to both see and hear the swarm of massive bugs navigating the maze, heading in my direction. My Monarch and I stood back to back in the narrow corridor and fought them off with several near-death incidents. The sights and sounds that led up to the battle really built up the tension. There was a moment of panic I had as I saw an olthoi for the first time, turning a corner and charging straight at me, followed by what looked like a dozen more of them.”

Brif injects some humor to the discussion:

“Click-to-move”

Divion, a hardened U.S. Marine, admits even he found himself scared in an MMO:

“You know for the most part i just laugh at the notion of "Something scarey in an MMO"

Sure there were moment in EQ when i saw a massive train heading my way, and my heart sank, but that inspired anger, not fear.

I mean, hell i'm a U.S. Marine, a video game can't scare me right?

-- WRONG

The scariest shit i've seen in a game was in Requiem, you know, when the in-game time hits midnight..... it's dark... a thick foggy mist rolls in... and then... the glowing eyes pierce through the mist, red, angry, unforgiving eyes... of a Nightmare spawn... their aggro range is HUGE, it screams, and takes off chasing, you - But.. your flanked by a cliff.. no choice but to fight this ugly psycho monster chasing you, then the battle ensues, you stand victorious, bleeding, near death. You smile because you survived the encounter... just as you sit to rest, you see 5 more sets of angry glowing eyes followed by shrilled screams.

But that game was a Horror-MMO, so it was expected, lol.”

I can’t say I’ve ever found myself frightened in an MMO, but I’ve certainly been creeped out before, The end of beta event for The Matrix Online was quite creepy, for example. The game featured unique tech that allowed for the developers to adjust the properties of the sky whenever they wanted to, the day the beta servers were to go down a large singular eye appeared in the sky, and as the day went on the sky began to darken a blood red and filled with images of eyes as far as one could see across the sky. Of course, there were other creepy aspects to the event, such as all the billboards in the city being replaced with messages along the lines of “GET OUT NOW,” and the spread of a flame virus which set the Megacity’s populace ablaze.

A short clip of the final moments of beta can be found here. It was pretty creepy for sure!

What was your most frightening MMO experience? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

agaga writes:

Dathomir in the rain.

Need I say more?

Thu Sep 09 2010 6:39PM Report
MikeB writes:

You know. That is so weird, I had actually thought about mentioning that as well before I went with the Matrix Online story.

Dathomir, rain, giant rancors, and crazy little baz nitches! Creepy stuff!

Thu Sep 09 2010 7:25PM Report
japo writes:

Running my newbie from Freeport to Qeynos...and having to do Kithicor Woods.  Terrifying!!  For a video game.

Thu Sep 09 2010 8:16PM Report
JerYnkFan writes:

Yep Dathomir was one scary place.  Those Night Sisters were bad-ass.  Fort Tusken was no walk in the park either.

Thu Sep 09 2010 8:59PM Report
GrayGhost79 writes:

I've played most MMO's I guess but only one managed to every make me jump. It was DarkFall and it was a specific creature that did it lol. I was running to the center of the map going to explore and try to find the secret dungeon they had hinted about  being opened up, this was back in beta. I was making good progress running along the river bank when all of a sudden I heard this funky noise as I was lit up like a Christmas Tree. I turned and looked around me in all directions, ducked behind tree's with bow drawn and peeking out looking for my attacker ready to turn them into a pin cushion. Seeing nothing I cautiously went back to what I was doing. Shortly after returning to my task the noise returned and I was lit up like a Christmas Tree again and almost died. I freaked out and ran to the water and dived in. 

 

I swam to the other side of the bank and chugged a potion and with bow in hand scanned the area but saw nothing. My hands were sweating and my heart was racing. I was truly nervous. While scanning the other side of the bank I heard a semi loud thud comming from behind me. My heart sped up and I turned slowly hoping there would be nothing there. 

 

When I had made the full turn I saw what had made the noise. It was a giant friggin red dragon and I about fell out of my chair because as soon as I saw it it blasted me with fire again and killed me. 

 

Thu Sep 09 2010 10:00PM Report
Spezz writes:

Runescape underground pass quest

Or

When the wildy was the wildy.

 

 

Other MMOs were too fabricated in the "fear" factor.

 

Ultima, every day was scary :{

Fri Sep 10 2010 8:35AM Report
VikingGamer writes:

I taught 5 teenagers how to drive...

No, it wasn't in an mmo but I don't think it gets any scarier than that.

 

In an MMO? Probably in EQ, commonlands when that roaming dark elf NPC would catch you somewhere out in the open.

Fri Sep 10 2010 8:58AM Report
G2GTech writes:

I've been a long-time player of Eve Online, and there's some intense moments in that.  The one I remember fondest is when I had my Hulk (a mining barge with limited defenses) in a low-security exploration site.  I was harvesting some choice ore, when a covert-ops decloaks and locks me down.

In the end, I probably paid too much for my ship's value and such, but there's nothing like seeing your precious ship crumble under you and being unable to do anything about it.

Sun Sep 12 2010 6:09AM Report

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