Running isn’t cool. Maybe the trek from Highhold keep to Freeport makes you think of the blonde-bombshell who used to jog past your house in a tight little outfit every morning?
But she was jogging for personal gain not because jogging is cool. And chances are, today, she’s discovered there is a pill she can take that obviates the need for jogging, or she’s bought herself a treadmill, goes to a gym, or has become comfortable enough in life that she forgoes jogging entirely. Most people go jogging to meet a physical need. There is a game where physical needs are simulated for people who are too lazy to deal with their real-life ones, it’s called The Sims. I’ve never played it.
Discovering new areas in an MMO is cool and fun. Revisiting old ones not so cool. Being made to drag your ass through zone after zone/area after area full of grey mobs that you were forced to kill by the 100 until you were sick of them… Somehow that ain’t so fun.
I think the idea that running through old zones, reminiscing about past times, is “developer fantasy”.
Unlike most players, the developers don’t play 6-8 hours a night 5 nights a week and 8-16 hours a day 2 days a week. Developers play perhaps 2-3 nights a week, maybe 2-4 hours. *Perhaps* And they’re not nearly as preoccupied with getting rewarded for their time as a player would be. Sure, you’d like that Sword of WhosTheBossNow,Eh? but I’ll bet you don’t find yourself unable to focus on your day job in anticipation of maybe finishing that quest tonight, do ya?
When you’re a developer, running through the old zones is cool: seeing the newbies progressing, seeing the chatter going back and forth between newbies breaking new ground; the one guy asking ‘what is camped means?’, the guys arguing over whose mob the named was, hehe, answering some lost-soul’s question about ‘where cna i find goblin wanderers?’, and generally seeing that all’s well back in the old world. There’s perhaps even some ego massage, “Yup, it’s still working and they’re still playing it”.
But for those of us who are actually immersed in the game, being entertained and having a great time, it is just inertia. No, it’s gravity and friction. It’s drag. It is cumulatively a game killer.
I’m tired of this sorry, pathetic, immature bullshit that it is unrealistic that I can get from A to B without any effort.
Excuse me, but exactly what ‘effort’ is required for me to get from point A to B anyway? I show more skill and talent scratching my gonads (and probably burn more calories) than I do running through zones full of non-agro, non-exp mobs. I think you’re probably just jealous that I’m never going to become as fat and retarded as you if I’m not subjected to the mind-numbing torment of seeing that pond on the left, the tree on the right, that spot where I must have died a thousand times because of the giant you put there to make travelling “fun”, every few days.
Grow up. When I’ve proven myself capable of getting from A to B, stop making me take my character from A to B. If you insist on a time sink, then do it yourself. Give me a key to press, an NPC to speak to, an item to use, something to do it for me. But stop earning D&D nerds their bad reputation. Making me spend 30 minutes “travelling” when you were my GM for a friendly game with you buying the pizza? That was fair enough.
But I’m the one buying your daily bread now. If you insist that it takes 15 minutes to get from A to B, that’s all well and good. But you’re the one getting paid for this. So you can move my bloody character.
This doesn’t just apply to running.
Take boats. And stick ’em. No, really.
For all that I enjoy EverQuest 2, there is a seething, roiling rage within me every time I have to use a frickin’ boat. I don’t mind that it takes a few minutes. It gives the world a sense of scale.
What I do mind, though, is that I have to wait for the boat. Look. This is a virtual bloody world. I demonstrate no skill or prowess in stepping onto the boat and off it again. So why the hell do you need me to do it?
Why can’t you do it for me? You think it should take 5 minutes to switch continents? That’s grand. You do it. I run to the dock, tag myself for the voyage, and when the boat arrives, you step me onto it and back off at the dock.
Let me go take a leak, make a sandwich, grab a beer, whatever, so that when I come back I’m on the other dock. Then I’m beered & ready to start adventuring when I arrive at my destination. Right now, the first words out of a newly arrived group member are invariably “afk”.
Imagine if your company insisted that you use a mail client at work which doesn’t send mail immediately. Instead, a dialog appears, greyed out, asking you to verify you want to send the email. There is a random 30-180s delay before the dialog un-greys. When it does, you have to type “please” in the dialog to enable sending, and then you have to drag your email from the “drafts” folder to the “outbox” folder before the dialog grays out, where the process repeats but moving from “outbox” to “send now” queue.
Bear in mind – this is at work, so you’re getting paid for this. How long do you think before you were asking if you couldn’t perhaps use Thunderbird or Outlook or Eudora or Mac Mail instead?