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MMOWTF: Infamy in MMOs

Posted Aug 17, 2007 by Jon Wood

MMOWTF: Infamy in MMOs

This week in his MMOWTF column Dan Fortier uses a piece of fiction to punctuate his views on playing an infamous outlaw character in an MMORPG.

There are many different ways to enjoy yourself in an MMO. Some players find entertainment and profit in becoming master crafters whose wares are widely sought. Others find fulfilment by systematically defeating every challenge in the game till nothing left remains except to train for the next expansion. Others however revel in the joy of being the villain much like Rainz, Serenity Now, and Cynewulf. These players don't just want the joy of being hated but also long for a life outside of 'normal' society and truly wish to suffer the consequences of their actions. For them it's not good enough to kill weaker players if there is no penalty and enjoy the thrill of leading a virtual life 'on the lam' so to speak.

This week I wanted to muse briefly on the topic of playing an Outlaw in an MMO and the systems that make it rewarding. Grab your bifocals gramps and read along with the grandkids about their newfangled video games!

Read the whole column here.

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