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Community Spotlight: Public Quests?

Posted by MikeB Sunday August 5 2012 at 9:51PM
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In this week's Community Spotlight we focus on the thread, "Public quests, yay or nay?" by Dowie. In the thread, Dowie polls the community on their opinion of public quests vs. traditional questing:

As i have just begun to skim over the forums here at once again i took a look at the WAR forums, and it made me think back to the release of Warhammer online and i remember being pretty impressed by the early stages of the game. It was not the so called "huge RvR" or the iconic world that impressed me, it was actually the public quests in the game that impressed me, the flow it added to the game. it was really easy to join a group and you could enter the quest at any stage, and it also felt quite social, at least in the early release of the game, when people still where trying to figure out the certain tactics for the encounter. Just to bad Warhammer online failed to deliver on the other aspects of the game. 
I haven't played GW2 yet, but I've seen a couple of videos and read a bit about the game and it seems like GW2 is taking the public quests to a new level. Although the lack to "the holy trinity" will probably keep me away from the game. 
So, what are your view on public questing? Do you think it adds to the social aspect of the game? Do you prefer the "wowish" way of questing or maybe just the gather-a-group-in-a-dungeon-and-kill-stuff-for-XP way?

So, what is the community saying? Read on to find out!

Xiaoki breaks down the pros and cons:

Public quests have good points and bad points.

The good is that they bring people together out in the world.

The bad is that no one talks. During the event/public quest no one talks and after everyone just goes their separate ways.

Ive seen this with Warhammer Online, Rift and Guild Wars 2.

Maybe its poetic that what is bringing people together is also making them feel more alone than ever before.

Saydien isn't a fan:

I honestly neither like public quests nor dynamic events overly much. I admit they are better than killing 10 boars/rabbits over and over but my experience so far has been that they are VERY anti-social indeed. You might be together in the same quest with quite some people but hardly ever will you actually get to talk to them and of course you occasionally will get a random guy rage on you because he hates competing for the objectives with you.

Of course it is a matter of taste but I personally would rather play a game with no quests at all that actively encourages the social interaction. Social play for me has nothing to do with solving quests together with others. I would like to talk and chat and have fun with the others. In GW2 it most of the time was no different than playing with a horde or group of KI characters. Very disappointing experiences there so far.

evilastro prefers public quests/dynamic events to traditional quests:

I prefer it to traditional questing. I guess you could criticise it for being relatively anti-social, but it is less so than solo questing. You can still help other players, even though you dont need to talk to them. Some players will talk, others will silently assist. It all depends on the player. Much like many groups you participate in, some players will say the bare minimum and others will chat the entire time.

In GW2 on BWE3 I ended up chatting to a few people doing the same events as myself and we ended up running around doing puzzles together.

Just like in real life, you cant force people to be social, you just have to make the effort yourself and hope that some people reciprocate.

I'm definitely a fan of public quests and dynamic events. It's great to be able to just play with your friends or even with random people without having to worry about the hassle of quest chains.

In the specific case of Guild Wars 2, I feel like the events do a great job of telling the story of the world without having to use cinematics that some MMO fans feel break up the experience. It's a good middleground that fits the MMO format.

Zooce writes:

Bland.  Much rather here Bill chime in on

Mon Aug 06 2012 12:25AM Report
thamighty213 writes: I love them,   as a pretty social person I find that if YOU take the responsibility to start the conversation then it generally will flow.  If everyone has the attitude well no one is talking then nobody will talk. Mon Aug 06 2012 2:08AM Report
khamul787 writes: I love them as well, and I don't stand the anti-social claim at all. How social is the average person while questing or exploring? They aren't. At all. Public questing forces groups of people to fight together as a team, and if they're silent, they're silent. However, the mechanic of making group content so fluid really helps to bring out some comeraderie.  Mon Aug 06 2012 9:24AM Report
Grakulen writes: For me PQ were the best part of WAR and I was really glad to see them used in Rift also.   Mon Aug 06 2012 2:26PM Report
SymGunnerz writes:

why fiesta online isnt part of the public quest mmorpg? or public quest and kingdom quest is different? anyway, few years ago fiesta was crowded and fun, especially the kingdom quest that the game have where in every 1 hour they would recruit 24 player in  kingdom quest (different level gap, different type of kingdom quest) where you will fight through the map with 24 player and get decent rewards. you could sign up anytime and anywhere as long as they are reqruiting. That was a fun gaming year for me... :)

Tue Aug 28 2012 6:32AM Report writes:
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