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Sanya Weathers: Immersion

Posted Jul 24, 2009 by Dana Massey

Sanya Weathers: Immersion

Sanya Weathers lets off a bit of steam this week as she runs through some of the ways MMOs totally rain on her immersion factor.

Take for example a quest requiring me to talk to a monster that only spawns at night. Every MMO has to have at least one of these quests. It must be in the secret handbook you get issued when you’re hired as a writer. Anyway, as a player, I always seem to get the quest five or ten minutes before “dusk.” Not quite enough time to go do anything else, but plenty of time to sit there at the spawn point and get my nose rubbed in the fact that the “local color” scripts run on a precise 45 second schedule.

“Meow.”

“Good evening to you!”

“And to you, ma’am.”

(distant bell rings)

“Meow.”

“Good evening to you!”

“And to you, ma’am.”

(distant bell rings)

“Meow.”

Read her full column here.

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