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Community Spotlight: Adrenaline Rush

Posted by MikeB Monday July 1 2013 at 12:53AM
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In this week's Community Spotlight, we're focusing on the thread, "Last time you felt real emotion/anxiety/adrenaline?" by Tierless:

When was the last time MMO you felt any of the above in an MMO? Mine would be Darkfall original. My first gank. Poor guy was knee deep in mobs when I happened upon him. I was such a lowb I had to use my mount to kill him, which I did. Then I had to run away as the mobs were nearly 1 shotting me. I had to run to the corpse, loot a bit, run away, heal, repeat 5 or 6 times. The entire time I kept thinking "oh god he is coming back to get me". It was intense, like so much in that game. I miss that in MMOs.

Read on for similar experiences from other community members!

bcbully offers up a tale of 'script stealing' in Age of Wushu:

Age of Wushu.

Script stealing. The first time I got a script. I made a post about it. I'll link in a second. Heart pounding stuff, literally.

I'm in the clear.

Not quite. I hear some swords clanging down the hill where I was going to run. *stay calm* I ran back around the wall and let the fighting die out. Down the hill I went. All I have to do know is jump down this 150 meter water fall *stay calm*. I [Jumped Across the Clouds] out over the lake at the bottom. After a leg kicking, arm flailing 5 sec fall, splash! At the bottom. Ummm, why do I see seven or eight other people too? It was a dead end. A big ole moutain enclosed area. Wtf is these !?! I check the map. Guess what? There's a pass! BACK in to the damn school!? *sigh*

Boneserino shares his experience in Fallen Earth:

Just a few minutes ago actually.

Playing Fallen Earth.  A team of 3, one clan member and a friend.  We were in a high level area and holed up in a safe spot,venturing out to take on mobs and bosses, never knowing if we would get overwhelmed or not.  Well we did a few times but we managed to battle out of it and save ourselves.  Oh and we did die a few time as well, lol! 

Just great fun working as a cohesive team and and facing tough odds that gave you the satisfaction of helping a fellow player survive! 

Oh , and guess what?

It wasn't PvP !

How could a thread like this exist without an EVE example? Torgrim shares:

My real first time and only time I had adrenaline rush while playing was back in 2004 I think, I had play EVE since launch 2003 and haven't really PVPed much mainly frig fights.

I got my first battleship and back then battleship were really really expensive, our Alliance NORAD was enganged in the first galactic war that was named The great Northern war, I join a fleet this was my first fleet battle I had and basicly I did fly something that I couldnt afoard do lose, yes I broke the very first rule of EVE back then but I can't be helped, the Alliance needed every pilot they could get their hands on so we could invade the Phoenix alliance space.

We jumped in to the system and the local chat were flashing red, tright there and then my adrenaline and heart were pumping, ships were locking on to me I locked on to them and the battle raged.

As I sead I had PVPed before but I used frigs because I could afoard losing some, now I was flying a Megatron and euqiped it so it was a blasterthron which meant I needed to get up close.

Man what a fight.

Here is a History lesson what the great nothern war really was all about

Gosh, it's probably been forever since I legitimately had these sorts of reactions in an MMO. I would say DC Universe Online was probably the last time I got a real adrenaline rush. I played on the PvP server and we were always up for random PvP in the streets -- except for this one time I just didn't feel like it. As you might expect, someone else certainly did and they chased me all across Gotham trying to pick a fight. Communicating with my friends, I had one of them meet me at the halfway point to our destination and I stopped once I got to him. He froze the guy chasing me in a ball of ice and I turned around, picked him up, and threw him a couple blocks down.

And then we flew off.

This was honestly much more satisfying than double-teaming him and killing him. I'm sure he found himself quite a bit more frustrated by this particular turn of events.The chase itself was pretty exciting as it was, but just turning around and throwing the dude a few blocks away after he had chased me for a good 10 minutes straight really sealed the deal.

What about you? Share your tales with us in the comments below!