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  Dewm

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Players come for the game, but they stay for the people- Most Devs have forgotten this.

 
OP  9/13/12 1:40:54 PM#1

 

 

So this thread is kinda in conjunction with the other socializing thread on the board here. But I didn't feel it was on toppic enough to post there.

 

But in the discusion people were talking about whether grouping is the same as socializing, which quickly turned into a thread about why you like or dislike chatting in groups and what not..

 

... my view/question would be:

    Is chatting and socializing getting the shaft because games are quicker these days. Here is what I mean, it used to be in the old days, it would take 10minutes-1hour to get a group togeather and in this meantime you would be sitting in a partial group chatting it up, and then you would go to said zone and start killing mobs, now the attacks were slow enough you could quickly get out some chat in the meantime "Mob behind you", "don't pull the rabbit" "buff please" etc etc... and then the whole group would have a 20 second cooldown before the next pull/attack.. Lots of time for chat.

 

But nowdays everything is so fast paced, you join a random group, 1-2minutes.. you get auto transported to the begenning on the dungeon, you zone in...start kiling stuff and all of the skills happen so fast and have fast enough of a cooldown that not many people chat and there is no communications, which not only leads to less socializing but also less communications leads to more mistakes = more disasters.. frustration etc..

 

so I guess I'm wondering what your opinion is.

  User Deleted
9/13/12 1:45:40 PM#2
Originally posted by Dewm

 

 

So this thread is kinda in conjunction with the other socializing thread on the board here. But I didn't feel it was on toppic enough to post there.

 

But in the discusion people were talking about whether grouping is the same as socializing, which quickly turned into a thread about why you like or dislike chatting in groups and what not..

 

... my view/question would be:

    Is chatting and socializing getting the shaft because games are quicker these days. Here is what I mean, it used to be in the old days, it would take 10minutes-1hour to get a group togeather and in this meantime you would be sitting in a partial group chatting it up, and then you would go to said zone and start killing mobs, now the attacks were slow enough you could quickly get out some chat in the meantime "Mob behind you", "don't pull the rabbit" "buff please" etc etc... and then the whole group would have a 20 second cooldown before the next pull/attack.. Lots of time for chat.

 

But nowdays everything is so fast paced, you join a random group, 1-2minutes.. you get auto transported to the begenning on the dungeon, you zone in...start kiling stuff and all of the skills happen so fast and have fast enough of a cooldown that not many people chat and there is no communications, which not only leads to less socializing but also less communications leads to more mistakes = more disasters.. frustration etc..

 

so I guess I'm wondering what your opinion is.

 

Socializing is getting the shaft from the players? Absolutely...not.

 

I'll make a thread about this later, I think.

  Thorbrand

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9/13/12 1:46:16 PM#3
Yes and yes. Everyone is in such a rush to get through the game they don't care about making friends or meeting people or taking the time to help someone understand the game. No one really cares about anyone but themselves today. Just the nature of society and it has most definitely carried over the MMOs.
  StonesDK

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9/13/12 6:35:07 PM#4
Give people options to avoid socializing, while still progressing like everyone else and they will
  Ausare

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9/13/12 6:39:42 PM#5
Just about every guild i have been in in many gsmes are aways talking and helping each other.
  Wizardry

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Perhaps tomorrow will be better.

9/13/12 6:44:56 PM#6

It is worse than the op thinks,mmorpg gaming is so bad right now it curtails an entire ME ME theme.

Players no longer want a rpg or a game world they want pvp and they want the very best gear in game so they can be the very best in pvp.What these players want is so far removed from playing a mMORPG they truly do not belong in a rpg.They are looking for a first person game,the only problem is fps games tend to be a little more FAIR ,aside from latency of course.Players don't want fair,they want their ZERGS or ganking or simply to have the best player in game so pvp is EASY MODE.

USUALLY at least in UT your skill is all that really matters,there is no gear to make you stronger or better.Plain and simple players hate to lose,if they can't win they whine or quit.

For the gamers that truly want to enjoy a RPG world,they do like getting int oa group and talking with other players.Furthermore the RPG typr players enjoy working together more than agaisnt each other.

IMO any notion of PVP is a fail fail for ANY game.The reason is simple math,in EVERY fight there is a loser,so you have a 50/50 crowd of happy and angry or bitter.

In a Socializing atmosphere it is a win win,becuase  all that matters is the friendship,the pace needs to have some tenacity but it is not the most important thing.Without your fellow player,there simply is NO game world,yet so many want to turn this genre into a ME ME screw everyone else.

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  MindTrigger

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9/13/12 6:48:03 PM#7

It's pretty simply really.  If player interdependency is a feature of the game, people will chat and work together.  Some people call this "forced interaction" and "forced grouping".   I call it gaming.   Also, if there are social features and social places (down time), then people will socialize there.  Not everyone, but a lot will.

The auction house, and lack of methods for people to sell their own crafted goods also killed community.  In older games, you would establish relationships with others as crafters, mat suppliers and customers.  If you kicked butt at crafting high end stuff, you got a reputation and people sought you out.   In SWG, I would get emails from crafters about when they had specials and new runs of gear, or when they needed materials.

Now what do we have?  Put it up on the AH and forget it.  No need to talk to anyone.

That's just *one* example, but while there are more solo-happy players in these games today, there's also less incentive to even bother trying to be social to see if you like it.

I've heard this weird statement from some players who say "I don't want to talk to others, I just want to know they are out there".  What?  

A sure sign that you are in an old, dying paradigm/mindset, is when you are scared of new ideas and new technology. Don't feel bad. The world is moving on without you, and you are welcome to yell "Get Off My Lawn!" all you want while it happens. You cannot, however, stop an idea whose time has come.

  evolver1972

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What is "real"? How do you define "real"?

9/13/12 7:26:04 PM#8

Mama told me never to talk to strangers.  I think that's a big aspect of the anti social behavior in many games today.  It used to be that only a certain type of person (usually geeky teenaged males - no offense, just telling it like it was!) tended to play MMOs, or even RPGs in general.  So, most everyone had a common passion that came out quickly in most interactions in the game playing.  That common ground was a natural ice-breaker for many people, so it was easy to build a fairly tight-knit community especially within a guild setting.

 

Then comes WoW.  If nothing else, it put MMOs into the mainstream.  But now that means that many people no longer have that common ground at first.  The new people to MMO gaming didn't have that passion for RPGs and MMOs, they had a curiosity about a game and then maybe developed a passion for that particular game.  Some of those people have branched out to other games and may be a little more social than the freshest MMO noob, but are still not as social as the old school players.

 

Fast forward to today, and most people are living fast paced lives, so they don't have much time to devote to slowing down and talking to people.  They also have a heightened sense of security which brings them right back to the "don't talk to strangers".  I think many people shy away from talking to others online, even in a game, because they just don't know, and hence don't trust, the person on the other computer.

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  Aerowyn

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9/13/12 7:33:35 PM#9
I agree with the OP ...fast pace of games definitely attributes to the feeling of lack of socialization for some people.. like the OP said back in the old MMO days you generally had time to talk during fights and the pace of everything was much slower in many games. Nowadays I don't see this type of game really getting mass appeal anymore as obviously the more "action based" combat systems seem to be taking more center stage... but think of it like CS or CoD.. all very team oriented online games that require teamwork and coordination to do well yet no one types anything because to be productive you NEED to really be on voice chat.. voice chat is much much bigger nowadays than it was in the past and this as well can attribute to some people feeling games as being less social.

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  VirusDancer

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9/13/12 7:38:42 PM#10

I'll say the same thing I said there: http://www.mmorpg.com/discussion2.cfm/post/5295460

Originally posted by VirusDancer

I was out having a smoke and thinking about this.  Thinking some more.  Thinking some more.

Goals.  Short Term vs. Long Term.

Long Term goals - would they not lead to folks being more social?

Short Term goals - wham, bam, thank you ma'am.

I would say that games today are full of STGs rather than LTGs.  Outside of those perhaps working on some LTG, there's going to be little socialization.  There was a period where even with the STGs, there would have still be the socialization - but in many cases, because of that focus on the STGs...socializing can actually be seen as a hindrance to them.  You need to do X now - you need to acquire Y now - you've done X and got Y, so now it's time to do Z!

Everything's faster - shorter....there's no room for socialization.

Kind of gets into the complaints about the death of community and the rise of cliques.

 

I miss the MMORPG genre. Will a developer ever make one again?

Explorer: 87%, Killer: 67%, Achiever: 27%, Socializer: 20%

  ShakyMo

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9/13/12 7:38:48 PM#11
People mention wow, but coh came before it and was more casual. (wow was casual at release but 1 year in until workloads it was raider heaven)

The difference been coh did casual very "right"

I'm sort of seeing that with gw2, a game I think borrows heavily from coh, and daoc, but isn't quite there. A mixture of them 2 would be best themepark mmo ever though.
  ShakyMo

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9/13/12 7:42:46 PM#12
I wonder, some problems with mmos now seem to be through ling established multi game guilds and a sort of closed shop.

Could someone make some sort of survival sci-fi sandbox where you get dropped at some random point on some alien planet then have to go out and find friends to survive / avoid marauders players that want to take your stuff.
  nariusseldon

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9/13/12 8:59:18 PM#13

Of course, as it should be.

I play games to PLAY, not socialize. If i want to socialize, i go socialize (chatroom, or god forbide, actually MEET a friend).

Grouping is different. Grouping is a gameplay style .. that i play co-op. It is not impossible that i may chat with someone in a group, but certainly that is NOT the norm, and NOT why i play a GAME.

  Theocritus

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9/13/12 10:11:01 PM#14
    I think people are so socialized from facebook, twitter, and their cell phones that they don't need it from their MMOs.
  Scot

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9/14/12 7:53:15 AM#15
Yes, the easymode nature of the modern MMO has done in the social aspect. Guilds have not been affected, but outside that it has died. This has been mentioned many times before and it can only get worse, but until they decide guilds make the games less casual then guilds are a safe bet.
  Bossalinie

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9/14/12 8:10:21 AM#16
Originally posted by Theocritus
    I think people are so socialized from facebook, twitter, and their cell phones that they don't need it from their MMOs.

Ding ding...friggin ding...

MMO's social explosion worked hand in hand with the 'chatroom' age of the internet. It was the popular thing to do, ingame or out of game. Fastfoward a decade, into the mobile chat age, out goes meeting one place online to converse and in comes multiple app chat services such as ventrilo, teamspeak, STEAM chat, and of course you social networks. Heck, look at Blizzard and their crossgaming chat interface. 

It's not MMO's fault that they can't go back in time.

  MindTrigger

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9/14/12 11:16:22 AM#17
Originally posted by ShakyMo
I wonder, some problems with mmos now seem to be through ling established multi game guilds and a sort of closed shop.

Could someone make some sort of survival sci-fi sandbox where you get dropped at some random point on some alien planet then have to go out and find friends to survive / avoid marauders players that want to take your stuff.

Actually, this was sort of the feeling you get when you first start playing the game Xsyon, only it's a post-apoc earth, not an alien world.

That game is broken as can be, but the first thing people did was gather together and start working toward group goals, and helping each other out.  Coming up on a "stranger" in the wilderness was an andrenaline rush, because they might just chat with you, or kill you.  Or they might chat with you and then kill you. 

The first person I came upon, we stayed a good long distance from each other, and discussed our intentions.  I was crossing over a part of his claimed land, and he wanted to make sure I wasn't there to steal resources and/or hunt him.  After a few minutes, we traded kind words, and he let me pass.

I had more immersion and player interaction in the week I tried that game than I did the previous several years of themepark gaming. That particular game sucks, but you can still see the potential of a great sandbox in it.

A sure sign that you are in an old, dying paradigm/mindset, is when you are scared of new ideas and new technology. Don't feel bad. The world is moving on without you, and you are welcome to yell "Get Off My Lawn!" all you want while it happens. You cannot, however, stop an idea whose time has come.

  Rossboss

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9/14/12 11:59:51 AM#18

You're on the right track, but I think it is a much larger problem than in MMORPGs. It's a cultural thing that MMORPGs have to adapt to in order to make money. If they revert to the slow style, the risk factor in the game goes way down. I mean if you take away the fast pace, the less disasters players have and the easier the game seems. The problem is that we have been desensitized to these small disasters and need some large disasters faster than they have ever been before. But that's another discussion.

 

It also has a lot to do with the kind of players you surround yourself with. I like to find a small group in the game and sort of progress through the game with them. That means we all know eachother's playstyle and can expect certain things from eachother so we know when is a good time to type or converse with eachother. It's really the "random groups" or PUGs that give you the bad impression of social scenes in gaming. If you take the time to assemble a group on your own, it will probably show through in your successes and failures. Not everyone can manage a group/raid, which is why these ragtag groups often fail miserably. If you or someone you know can take the initiative to make a group with the right players, you will most likely do better than one with a randomly assembled team because of the communication between the leader and the group members. That and if you know these players, it will be easier to talk with them while doing something that requires focusing on.

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OP  9/14/12 12:04:42 PM#19
Originally posted by nariusseldon

Of course, as it should be.

I play games to PLAY, not socialize. If i want to socialize, i go socialize (chatroom, or god forbide, actually MEET a friend).

Grouping is different. Grouping is a gameplay style .. that i play co-op. It is not impossible that i may chat with someone in a group, but certainly that is NOT the norm, and NOT why i play a GAME.

 

See and this sort of mentality cracks me up, you say you play games to PLAY games... not socialize.. Isn't one of the great challenges of gaming working on a team?

Look back in time before computer games, look at other games that were around..

Football

Soccer

Baseball

Basketball

Vollyball

Cricket

Hockey

(I could go on for a long time)

 

All team based games, when did gaming become about AVOIDING challenges? 

All of our great sports movies now day (mighty ducks, remeber the titans etc...) were about getting a group of people and actually forming a team, getting them to work togeather..

Even 4000 years ago people hunted in groups, they worked togeather, this singlistic attitude that people have now days is unrealistic of the way we were designed.

 

 

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9/14/12 12:13:28 PM#20
Originally posted by Dewm
Originally posted by nariusseldon

Of course, as it should be.

I play games to PLAY, not socialize. If i want to socialize, i go socialize (chatroom, or god forbide, actually MEET a friend).

Grouping is different. Grouping is a gameplay style .. that i play co-op. It is not impossible that i may chat with someone in a group, but certainly that is NOT the norm, and NOT why i play a GAME.

 

See and this sort of mentality cracks me up, you say you play games to PLAY games... not socialize.. Isn't one of the great challenges of gaming working on a team?

Look back in time before computer games, look at other games that were around..

Football

Soccer

Baseball

Basketball

Vollyball

Cricket

Hockey

(I could go on for a long time)

 

All team based games, when did gaming become about AVOIDING challenges? 

All of our great sports movies now day (mighty ducks, remeber the titans etc...) were about getting a group of people and actually forming a team, getting them to work togeather..

Even 4000 years ago people hunted in groups, they worked togeather, this singlistic attitude that people have now days is unrealistic of the way we were designed.

That's a list of sports. Sports are about teamwork vs another team. Primitive toys didn't have AI, and the challenges were presented in the form of puzzle or games. For greater challenges, people took to playing against each other. With computers, we now have another opponent to challenge us. Life, culture and technology - whether you want to accept it or not - has progressed over the past 4,000 year.

It's unrealistic to enjoy Crossword Puzzles and Sodoku without others?

It's unrealistic to have fun playing an FPS or CRPG without others?

Maybe it 'cracks you up' that he plays games to just play because you are spending more effort rationalizing your own view than trying to understand the views of others.

 

 

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