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Forum Spotlight: Game Mechanic Gripes

Posted Sep 27, 2007 by Jon Wood

Forum Spotlight: Game Mechanic Gripes

Each week, Community Manager Laura Genender takes a look at a thread in our forums. This week, she's found one dealing with the most despised game mechanics in MMOs.

We all have our MMO gripes: too much grinding, too easy, too hard, the graphics suck, the community sucks, no PVP, too much PVP, too expensive, too many bots – the list goes on, and on.  And in case you’re curious about that list, poster Ikavadas decided to start an unofficial list of the “Most Despised Mechanics of MMORPGs.”

 Ikavadas starts this list off with the first 8 “despised” features:

  1. Character Levels
  2. Classes
  3. Grinding
  4. XP
  5. Quests (not all, just the lame kill X snarfles, retrieve the zipzup from some NPC, a circuit of waypoints, et cetera).
  6. Instances
  7. Mobs dropping uber loot items instead of components for crafters to use
  8. Special attacks which are innate even though they obviously shouldn’t be (like having a grenade ability where you have a magical unlimited supply of grenades instead of having to purchase them and keep a stockpile in your inventory).

Read the whole column here.


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