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The mark of a great MMORPG should never be its gameplay, lore, character cusomization, size of the gaming world etc., but the subjects and contents of its online conversations. THAT'S WHAT MAKES A GAME GREAT!
I find it funny that one of the mark's WoW has left on our little MMORPG community is a term which describes the absolutely inane, worthless chatter that floats across our chat windows in any given game we are playing.
In no less than three games I have played in the last 6 months, this term has found itself lodged in the chat comments I found myself scanning while playing. LOTRO, EQ2 and Vanguard, whose rabid fans shun any thought of similarity to our MMORPG juggernaught, find at least some comparison in the mindless gibberings that clutter our texted conversations.
It never fails. It seems like every playing session, I get "OMG, we're in Barrens chat!" "This is just like Barrens chat." "Barrens chat ftw!!!!" scrolling down my screen. Every possible topic seems to find itself pee'd into the gutter of a game's general chat channel. And every so often, some deeply profound subject comes and it's like watching 2 year olds trying to play chess. It's almost physically painful. And God forbid you actually enter the muddy water with rest of the sermonizing mob. It doesn't matter what you type, it still sounds stupid next to the rest of the heathen.
It's like some virus has mutated and invaded other hosts, quietly spreading, eventually destined to bring an end to the world as we know it!!!
Barrens Chat. Why not Stormwind chat or Ironforge chat? I've played Alliance and those thinktanks are as retarded as the Horde. Anyway, any other games you've come across where Barrens Chat is mentioned in the general channel of your MMORPG? I'm curious to find out how far this moniker has imbedded itself into our psyches.