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8/25/14 1:23:07 PM#61
I have a better list of the most obnoxious MMO players

5) The Daisyplucker

Stops at every other generic flower texture and goes off about how TOTALLY AWESOMELY CUTE the generic kitten beside the generic flower texture is and vanishes to look up the cash shop if he might buy it there as a pet. Runs randomly off to obviously empty caves or other fluff locations and insists that this is "exploring". Has no consideration whatsoever for his groupmates but crawls egoistically along fully expecting that everybody assumes his playstyle. The worst of all: Never stops talking.

4) The Sucker

Has no idea of game mechanics or is just plain stupid. But beware mentioning the error of his ways when he AGAIN facetanks an elitemob as badly geared sorcerer. If you really care you can read or hear words like "elitist", "demeaning" and a plethora of other completely generic attempts at insulting you in his gibberish. When he is not yelling in his aggressively defensive way he never stops talking.

3) The Man or Woman without a Memory

This one is weird AND obnoxious. Playing with these people is like a constant deja-vu because regardless what you tell them about certain game mechanics, they have forgotten it a few seconds later and do the same freaking mistakes over and over and over and over. All the while they nerver stop talking.

2) The Forced Socializer

Every passable player knows these. Either they whisper you or invite you into a group, then cover you in a rain of emotes and smilies and start talking about topics which have nothing whatsoever to do with the game. Your place of birth or residence, your marital status, your age. All the time interspersing their useless blabber with *generic roleplay postures*. They factually leave you only two possibilities if you choose to walk along with them: Fall silent or start trolling them. Either way they will feel personally affected as if you had thrown some rotting tomatoes at them and depending on their occupation they will start writing articles on online gaming sites about "The 5 worst types of MMO players". Did I mention that they never stop talking?

1) The Living TOS

Be it the roleplaying server naming rules or the most arcane paragraphs of the TOS. These especially obnoxious person knows it all. And never ever stops talking about it. And starting petitions on any kind of forum regardless if the developers even know of its existence. And they make up for estimated 80% of all support tickets, because besides talking all the time about the one and only right way to play the game they also never stop reporting anything and anyone they deem not in accordance with the rules they learned by heart. Their self-righteousness is so appaling that they honestly earned the top spotin this list. Though #2 is close. Very close in fact.

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8/25/14 1:27:44 PM#62

I understand the frustration of Marathon Men, because I enjoy progressing at my own pace and taking in the game, but when a game has you repeat content a thousand times (dailies, same dungeons, etc) people just want to get it done and over with.


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8/25/14 1:42:05 PM#63
Originally posted by remyburke

I hate: The Mutes


It's an online game. Say something!

Just report them as bots, because that's all they are if they don't speak.

Players who misuse the "report" feature like this should be banned.

“There are certain queer times and occasions in this strange mixed affair we call life when a man takes this whole universe for a vast practical joke, though the wit thereof he but dimly discerns, and more than suspects that the joke is at nobody's expense but his own.”
-- Herman Melville


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8/25/14 1:48:59 PM#64
For me it's beggers.....'You got some good armor to spare" or anything  else they can bum!!!!!

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8/25/14 2:04:55 PM#65

if we wanted to make the list game specific:


5) (eve online) Spies  Impressive when you read the articles of their exploits... not so much when your alliance is on the business end :)


4) (EQ1, ff11) people who won't participate in a group until it consists of the exact 6-person configuration that they think is best


3) (DFUW) people who bitch about DF1 all day


2) (eve online again!)  Jita/Dodixie/Amarr/Rens/Hek Scammers who prey on new players.  I dont mind the scammers who set the buy-ins for their scams at a Billion ISK etc because by the time you have a bil, you should know better.  the ones who try to milk the new players out of all their ISK are just working to lower the amount of players in the game and that, to me, makes them assholes.


and finally


1) (TERA) pervs

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8/25/14 2:12:14 PM#66

I've had some really positive, amazing experiences in mmos, and by the same token I'm met some real jerks.  The most interesting players to me tend to be the older ones, 30 to 65.   Less BS all around.  Of course I've met some really cool young players too and it gives me hope for the future of the genre.


People who curse a lot and/or right off the bat want to know my gender and if I'm single are up there at the top of the list.  I play games to relax, forget about work and have fun.  I don't play to hook up with people and have sex....that's what your hand is for. 


I also dislike the people who try and rush through everything or freak out when someone makes a mistake.  Everyone makes mistakes, relax.  I had one guy screaming in our ear in vent one time when someone from our team screwed up.  While he was having a melt down and everyone was playing the blame game, I ran in, killed a bunch of other players and captured the flag.  When we won, the silence was deafening. 


Loot ninjas are irritating.  Control freaks are irritating.  Hyper competitive people are irritating.  Hearing peoples annoying voices that don't match their characters annoy me.  People asking me questions and being chatty during a raid when I'm concentrating annoys me.


Meh, I'm just an old fuddy duddy now I guess, lol.  But I like to RP, relax, take my time, take in a view.



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8/25/14 2:28:18 PM#67
If I'm randomly in a forest,attacking something,or doing missions, sometimes I do not want to be bothered. I think it is pretty normal just to ignore a whisper. Though I usually reply, I brush someone off if I have to. I play the game how I want to, and that is ok.

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8/25/14 2:30:31 PM#68

if there was a general spirit of the mmo, the glorification or mass social play, and an anthem for the mmo age in general,  this whole article and follow up comments works as its antithesis.

Every reason why you should stick to single player games is all right here.  If your going into this building lists of the kind of people you hate, and your list essentially covers the most fundamental properties of everyone you are likely to meet, its time to log out and go put a puzzle together.

my number 1 and only 1 worst player is an intolerant fuck who invests time in categorizing the people they hate.



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8/25/14 2:54:06 PM#69
Oh yeah i'm a  Marathon Man :)

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Wherever you go, there you are.

8/25/14 2:56:38 PM#70

I think Puffmouse over-reacted and took the article the wrong way. /shrug

Part of the equation (not in all cases mind you, but some of the game-play style related) I can't get away from is:  The games themselves often encourage, if not reward, adverse behavior.

I suppose it's similar to "The Marathon Man" syndrome.  I call it "Chicken Heading" through stuff, everyone with rocket boots on.

No need for teamwork.

No need to engage in coordination with each other based on class skill sets (teamwork).

No need to actually THINK, for just a few seconds, about a Pull and how it should be managed by the members of the Team.

No need to buff up right after zoning in to an Instance.  Just zone in and instantly start running down the corridor to be the first to the mob-pack and pew-pew.

Etc., Etc., Etc.

A great many MMO's today encourage, and reward, . . . fast farming runs.

A great many MMO's today ACTIVELY DISCOURAGE, as part of game design, Teamwork.  Specifically, the most singular standout artifact responsible for grooming Stupid into players is:  The DPS Meter.  It's become something it was never meant to be, and is responsible for "training" players it's ok to actively ignore Teamwork and coordination if it benefits your personal meter results.

The result is players who . . . read the list above again . . . race around dragging the entire Party after them.  The party forced to compensate / carry the out of control, spastic, finger-flapping DPS Meter Pimp.  The instance might get done.  The boss might die.  But it's a miserable affair for everyone involved . . . except for those doing all they can to spam DPS.

Puffmouse has it mostly wrong I think.  Yet at the same time there is a bit of truth in there.  You can't expect everyone to act as you'd like, of course.

But all of the things mentioned in the article, which I liked by the way, are MAXIMIZED nowadays . . . because game-world feedback and mechanics, and measurements for "success" by players, often are designed to encourage it.

Me?  The next time I see a Neverwinter Lock or Control Wizard RACE to the next pack of mobs so they can LAZOR BLASTORS PEW PEW ahead of the rest of the Team so they can Pimp the Meter . . .

. . . I think the mobs should be calibrated to crush them in 1.5 seconds.

Wherever you go, there you are.


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8/25/14 3:08:52 PM#71
I'd like to chime in and say that none of these bother me too much. In fact I rather enjoy trolls, I think they are hilarious most of the time.

What really grinds my gears? People who don't fulfill their rolls. I.E. healers and tanks that want to DPS.

If you want to DPS that's cool, just roll a DPS class...

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8/25/14 3:23:20 PM#72
I know some players who are all of those at once, they are true hellspawn

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8/25/14 3:31:22 PM#73
Originally posted by k61977
Originally posted by remyburke

I hate: The Mutes


It's an online game. Say something!

Just report them as bots, because that's all they are if they don't speak.


It's my right not to talk to you, nothing says I have to.  Sometimes I just want to play by myself but in your logic, I have to play how you want me to play. refers to people in groups who never say anything. But have rights and stuff /headpat


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8/25/14 3:52:53 PM#74
Originally posted by Silverbranch

I think Puffmouse over-reacted and took the article the wrong way. /shrug


It isnt just the article though, its all the follow up posts.  Here we are in and just look at the huge list of all the types of other players that people dont want to play with, the list is growing and getting comprehensive as we sit.


Seriously its like you guys love to play games with other people as long as they are your exact clones and dont do anything on this big list.  I get the point of the article and im saying its got a sour concept behind it maybe people should be thinking about.


I strongly agree with your point that a lot of this behavior has a lot to do with game design issues.  


But when it comes to "this person is too chatty" "this person isnt chatty enough" "this person helps too much" "these people arent helpful" "this person thinks they are smart"


JUST LOG OUT ALREADY.  you're just not into people.






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8/25/14 4:03:56 PM#75
The worst type of mmo player has to be the forum poster, obviously.

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8/25/14 5:08:43 PM#76

I can deal with unresponsive people as long as they can play good, know what they are doing and show up, surprised that this list didn't mention Loot Ninjas , otherwise GREAT ARTICLE!

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8/25/14 6:27:03 PM#77

For the above reasons, I prefer to play solo or duo. I use to, years ago, always look for a guild and groups. But online gaming has changed, too many people I want to avoid. I do play single player games when there are good ones to play. I'm not un-socialble, and do join up on occasion in areas where it's needed.



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8/25/14 6:40:11 PM#78

Why do you feel it is my responsibility to respond to your chat requests?  If I don't want to chat with some random person out in the wild I don't feel I should have to and I shouldn't be considered a bad thing!



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8/25/14 6:51:46 PM#79
Awesome. I Think marathon men should be #2 because marathon men are part of the problems with games today. Wanna know why we can't have subscription games (and trust me I don't support subs but I know some people who do and they should be able to enjoy what they want and pay how they want) it's directly due to the marathon men. Look at Wildstar right now. People aren't leaving folks just because of the bugs, or the design flaws, or even the Arenanet style rewards system, they are mostly leaving because they are that type of player. Go through everything without stopping to enjoy anything and boom done, next. To me that's the worst because they don't enjoy anything and they just hop from title to title endlessly and they are always the ones who have to buy a game first prelaunch login first max level first etc. It's not about the content for them at all or even the beauty.

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8/25/14 7:04:36 PM#80
Originally posted by meonthissite
. To me that's the worst because they don't enjoy anything and they just hop from title to title endlessly and they are always the ones who have to buy a game first prelaunch login first max level first etc. It's not about the content for them at all or even the beauty.

You are being very needlessly judgemental of what others enjoy. Some people really enjoy a very achievement oriented playstyle. There's nothing wrong with that. In fact doesn't WS really try to cater to those sorts of players? So the devs have no one but themselves to blame if they run out of content.


Only problem with achievers is when they group with RPers/casual players and are trying to rush them along or  give them orders . People like that should only group with other people like themselves who are just as driven to get things done quickly.


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