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Author: neschria

Have you hugged a newbie today?

Posted by neschria Friday September 21 2007 at 11:40AM
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My last entry ended rather abruptly when my husband announced he was taking us out to dinner. When he decides to do something, there's nothing to do but run to keep up. :)

That's ok. I was nearly at the end of my thoughts regarding game music anyway. In a lot of games, it isn't worth leaving on. It's bearable in some games, and really lovely in a very few. I think EQ2 music wasn't too bad, and as I previously mentioned, Lineage 2 and Horizons have music that's actually pretty good.

After I wrote that, I was thinking about FFXI, trying to remember the sound of that game. All I can remember is that it took me a few days to get used to the interface, but after that it was kind of fun. I spent several days trying to find my way around and figure out how to play, but then I met someone nice who helped me out.

Those nice people can really make a difference in how I perceive a game as a newbie. If a game has a high population but I feel like I am lost and alone on a busy city street or a low population where the few people I see don't respond to me at all, as if I were invisible, that's going to reflect badly on the whole game. If it is a so-so game, but people are friendly and helpful, that makes the game seem better than it really is. Those early interactions can be crucial. I wonder how many people log off and uninstall a game after they ask an honest question and get made fun of in a general channel.

Granted, it is annoying to see the same questions over and over again. I am one of those players that is willing to answer random question tells from newbies, but answering "what weapon should I be using?" and "where should I go at this level?" does start to get old after a while, particularly when the question arrives out of the blue while I am busy doing something else. I always try to be friendly and polite, but sometimes I just give a quick, canned answer. I am always aware that if I got snide or snippy, it could ruin someone's day or turn them off from the game completely.

Ah, the husband is ready to leave again. I guess I'm done with this entry. I may dig up some screenshots to post later. It is Friday after all. I've only done it once before, but I would like to have at least one regular feature to this blog, so I will try to get to that this evening. ;)