EQ2…so very, very lost

I spent most of my gaming time this weekend playing EQ2. Now I played this game at launch and I’ve gone back to it intermittently since then, but since launch Sony has released 5 expansions for the game.

And I find I just have no idea what’s out there any more. And the only reason I realize how much I don’t know is because I look over at Angela’s screen and say “Where is that?” and she’ll rattle off a zone name that I’ve never even heard of. Turns out I’m unaware of huge swatches of the gameworld.

This leads me to wonder how much I’m missing in other MMOs. LOTRO has had a series of free expansions since launch and honestly I’m never sure if I’m in an original area or an expansion area, so I have no idea if I’ve explored everything there is to explore.

I guess the only way to really keep track of an MMO is to be active in their *shudder* forums. But my experience is that after about a day surfing the official forums of any MMO, I’m ready to delete that MMO from my hard drive and snap the CDs in half; forums tend to attract the real bottom feeders of online society, and it only takes a few of these wretches to drown out all the well-meaning people who are saintly enough to endure the environment and stay around to help people. I come out of these places thinking “I do not want to associate with these people EVER AGAIN” and logging into the game means associating with them, so I just go off the game altogether (even though in-game experiences tend to be much, much more positive than forum experiences — this is an emotional reaction on my part, not a logical one).

4 thoughts on “EQ2…so very, very lost

  1. This is exactly why MMO developers need to learn how to design games properly. I’ve been through so many games where I’ve spent days pouring over the forums to figure out where to go, what to do, and most importantly, how to be good at what I want to do when I get to where I want to go. I’m over it, and when people start making MMO’s that don’t require this sort of thing, I predict a mass exodus from other MMO’s.

  2. I agree about gaming forums! Luckily gaming bloggers are a much better crowd. (And you can easily unsubscribe if there is a problem…)

  3. I personally find that kind of research takes the fun and joy out of the game for me. I have one friend that watches raid clips on YouTube even, before ever setting foot in a dungeon to be sure to already know all the pull strategies, good places to stand, etc. and he gets quite angry that we’d prefer to discover these things as part of the adventure. I just don’t understand that mentality (and I know it can be boiled down to a bartle thing) and only rarely will I actively go to look something up. And even then, it’s generally to a database like thottbot, not forums. Am I missing out? I suppose to some achievers I am, but I don’t feel like I am. Nor do I feel lost. I’m on an adventure.

  4. Hehehe I kept thinking I’d be in the same boat if I went back to EQ2. Last time I played was right after the Kingdom of Sky expansion which was what, 3 years ago? There have been quite a few since, apparently.

    Stop posting about EQ2. You and Tipa are making me miss the place. /twitch

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