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The Daily Quest: Does Story Matter?

Posted Feb 27, 2015 by Suzie Ford

The Daily Quest: Does Story Matter?

MMOs are based on their older sibling, the RPG. As a result, all contain lore that explains the universe, the background, even the reasons why we as players are even present in the world. Development teams hire legion writers to fill out the story behind the games we play but, in the end, does it matter to most players?

Almost any MMO site you visit has a special section devoted to game lore complete with class background stories, the 'history' of the world up to the point in time when the player interacts with it, a pantheon of gods that pull the puppet strings and much more.

Lore is further expanded in the games through quest dialog, observation points, items discovered to lend more detail to the stories already known, NPCs that literally in some cases, walk us through the world.

Then there are the officially licensed novels that breathe more life into some of our favorite characters or the events that fill our worlds. World of Warcraft alone has many novels, comic series, manga books, a magazine and even a movie being made about it. Warcraft has so much extra lore that an entire new series is being published later this year (see Warcraft Chronicles) to bring never-yet-heard tales and 'history' from the universe to the public eye.

In short, the creation of lore and story is a massive undertaking for any studio contemplating creating an MMORPG. But...does it matter? Do most players jet through the story via the spacebar or quickly accepting a quest, for instance, without bothering to read the dialog?

So today's quest is to tell us: Does story matter to you? Let us know in the comments!

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Suzie Ford / Suzie is the Associate Editor and News Manager at MMORPG.com. Follow her on Twitter @MMORPGMom