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  d_20

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OP  8/21/14 6:31:49 PM#1

I've been subbed to ESO since launch. With today's announcement that ESO's subscriber loyalty program will award me with a pet, I felt absolutely nothing. Well, I did feel curious. I like the game enough as it is to keep subscribing and I don't need any pets. I trashed all the pets I got with my pre-order and Imperial edition because they took up inventory space and I don't use them.

 

I'm not even a cold and heartless min/maxer, but I just don't get it. They are cute and all, but they just don't add to my gameplay experience. I know people even spend real money in some games to buy vanity pets. I never understood that. Also, mount collecting is another one. I understand it a little better than pets, because mounts are at least functional.

 

Why do people like vanity pets so much?

  VengeSunsoar

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8/21/14 6:34:39 PM#2
I like them. Having a pet follow me around is fun. If they were useful it would be even better.

Quit worrying about other players in a game and just play.

  rojoArcueid

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8/21/14 6:37:02 PM#3
unless they pick up loot im not interested in vanity pets. At least in WoW you can do pokemon battles with them so thats also nice. But plain useless vanity pets that do absolutely nothing are just a waste of money IMO. I say waste of money because those are one of the items most cash shops sell, even with a subscription.

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  Bolthar

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8/21/14 6:38:20 PM#4

I hate vanity pets. I also just buy a single mount that if the fastest type and that's all I buy. I am not the type to do collecting. Then again I think the people that this appeals to are the same people that do a ton of work to just have their "look" a specific way. I just take what is next in line and that is it.

What I do like are games like Rappelz where having a pet inherently does something. Or something like Flyff where having the pet auto collects the loot for you. These are the times I get into the pet systems a bit more. I wish more games would get into pets in a broader aspect than just some pixels on a screen that do a few animations and that's it.

  Loktofeit

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8/21/14 6:39:47 PM#5

 

It's an accessory... a way to customize your character. You might as well be asking why MMOs have a character creator as the answer is the same. 

 

 

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  funcon

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8/21/14 6:43:00 PM#6
I think vanity pets are stupid. They do nothing for your character. The pet battle thing WoW has is also very dumb.
  VengeSunsoar

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8/21/14 6:56:22 PM#7
Wow is funny. I used to like collecting the pets. That stopped with the pet battles. I have absolutely no interest in participating in those.

Quit worrying about other players in a game and just play.

  Keller

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8/21/14 6:58:46 PM#8

My first vanity pet was a panda cub in WoW Vanilla. It made great conversation till that last slacker would arrive in BWL or Nax40, 10 mins after the raid normally would have started. (somehow I do not recall waiting in MC)

 

When playing a game, I almost never have a mini pet out. Only when it makes sense (rp wise) to have one out. GW2 had the first mini pet I had out for the most of the time; a puppy. Called him Pancake.

  MadFrenchie

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8/21/14 6:59:06 PM#9
Vanity pets don't bother me until they go outta the way to create outrageous looking pets that simply don't fit into the gameworld. When they stand out like a sore thumb, they become an annoyance to me.

Other than that, I ignore them.
  VengeSunsoar

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8/21/14 6:59:16 PM#10
It's the same reason I spend hours sometimes in the character creator and then in the gear I way in game and in games that have it months and months on my house. It just makes me feel a little more unique and part of the world. In wow last I played I had about 30 different mounts.

Quit worrying about other players in a game and just play.

  Torvaldr

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8/21/14 7:02:30 PM#11
Originally posted by Loktofeit

It's an accessory... a way to customize your character. You might as well be asking why MMOs have a character creator as the answer is the same. 

This is my answer too. A community member in a game once said, "It's not about killing things. It's about killing things with style." We have characters because it's role-playing and customizing and detailing our characters is fun. It's story stuff. Some of us like that kind of thing.

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  Joeyjojoshabadu

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8/21/14 7:07:18 PM#12

It's a bit of psychological manipulation, isn't it? For example, in WOW any player can get hundreds of pets, no loyalty system required. But players (well, some players) will still pay or play extra for rare pets. And ESO has few pets, so a 'special' pet for loyal customers is even more of a status symbol (and quite a cheap and easy one to implement), for people who respond to that kind of thing.

 

  Mr.SeriousGuy

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8/21/14 7:07:48 PM#13
ok fine i admit it i am one of "those people" that use them even when its not a monkey picking up my loot in rohan or a wolf eating peoples faces in arche age . i am the guy who likes having a little beholder looking thing following me that will do nothing . when you hit max level you need things to do and when they are not handed to you and you have to do some seasonal quest to get it or its a rare drop from some place its something to do ... gota getem all
  Joeyjojoshabadu

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8/21/14 7:18:49 PM#14
Originally posted by Mr.SeriousGuy
ok fine i admit it i am one of "those people" that use them even when its not a monkey picking up my loot in rohan or a wolf eating peoples faces in arche age . i am the guy who likes having a little beholder looking thing following me that will do nothing . when you hit max level you need things to do and when they are not handed to you and you have to do some seasonal quest to get it or its a rare drop from some place its something to do ... gota getem all

But it's more than that, is my point. For example, in ESO they could decide to just give everyone a bunch of pets and not limit it to any criteria (e.g. length of time played, etc). It's fairly easy and cheap to do. You'd still get the pet, still have it follow you around, it would still function in exactly the same way if it were given to special customers, or everyone. So why not give it to everyone? It's all about the psychology. It would be devalued in many player's minds, or conversely it would feel more valuable if it were given to fewer people, even if it functioned exactly the same in both cases. So it's not actually about the pet itself, otherwise it would be freely given to everyone. It's about an easy, low cost way to make (honestly, I feel manipulate) people into feeling special.

 

  Dauntis

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8/21/14 8:05:50 PM#15

I think they are kind of cool and great when they are temporary and removed from the game so those that have them can parade them around as status symbols. I think they are also a very appropriate item for the cash shops, they provide no game benefit so avoid the pay to win scenarios.

Hell, they are just fun, and if you don't like them you don't have to use them as they provide no benefit.

I would like to give an opinion on this post, but if I agree I will offend people who disagree. While if I disagree my comment will be seen as inflammatory. Either way I will get banned by this site full of the most delicate flowers in online gaming. Ban people for giving honest opinions... beautiful. Unfortunately I still like the articles.

  d_20

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OP  8/21/14 8:58:33 PM#16

Okay, I now get the customization thing.

 

But for me, that would be meaningful if you had to earn the pet in some way. If the pet were extremely rare, if you had to complete some quests or rep grinds for it, or best of all, if you had to find, capture and train it.

 

To get one just for participating in a non-exclusive beta or subbing to a sub-based game is meaningless to me.

 

However, I will admit the monkey from the ESO beta is rather endearing and it is the only one I haven't tossed. It's on an alt, but I just haven't been able to get rid of it. I got rid of the mudcrabs, though.

  Alders

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8/21/14 9:03:09 PM#17

They're more non-combat related options for players to participate in.  We need more stuff like this.

I'm more of a fashion hound and need to collect as many armor sets as i can.

  Loktofeit

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8/21/14 9:07:57 PM#18
Originally posted by d_20

Okay, I now get the customization thing.

But for me, that would be meaningful if you had to earn the pet in some way. If the pet were extremely rare, if you had to complete some quests or rep grinds for it, or best of all, if you had to find, capture and train it.

To get one just for participating in a non-exclusive beta or subbing to a sub-based game is meaningless to me.

In some games you do have to 'earn' vanity pets. Vanity pets are obtained a lot of different ways in MMOs. Why, though, do you feel someone has to earn a bunny but not an earring, hat, or nose choice? 

However, I will admit the monkey from the ESO beta is rather endearing and it is the only one I haven't tossed. It's on an alt, but I just haven't been able to get rid of it. I got rid of the mudcrabs, though.

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  stayontarget

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8/21/14 9:19:25 PM#19

The game I'm playing has lots of vanity pets that don't do anything.  I got tired of feeding my "plant" pet and carrying it around for 50+ levels for nothing so I decided to delete it.  

One day while doing an end-game dungeon I noticed a teammate spawning his plant pet prior to fighting the last boss.  I had a good laugh until I saw his pet eating all the "Bee adds" the boss was spawning.

Dam I wish I had that pet back.........

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  nariusseldon

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8/21/14 10:53:54 PM#20
Originally posted by d_20

Why do people like vanity pets so much?

Why do people like to collect stamps?

Why do people like to collect action figures?

May be there is some commonality.

 

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