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I got to thinking the other day, where did all the giants (in game moderators) go in MMORPG's.
My first MMO was Lineage 1, and while not frequent, in game moderators would actually show up in person to meet out some form of justice if someone was intentionally griefing someone. (most common was blocking access to something, since it had collision detection)
These avatars were oversized, all powerful and they could and would actually smite other players unto death if necessary. This all came to a head when Richard Garrot joined NCSoft and actually took control of a special GM avatar that proceeded to battle to the death all of the titles legendary npc bosses in a fight extraordinaire in the colisueum (which we all had filed into to watch) one memorable night.
My next title was DAOC, and while I never saw a GM enter the gameworld to mete out justice, I did have a quest glitch on me once and when I opened an in game report a moderator actually appeared in front of me in the form of a blue glowing crystal.
I explained how my quest line had broken and she actually reset the quest and then she and I blinked from place to place in the quest chain to make sure I got credit for each leg of the quest. She didn't actually kill anything, but she was with me in game for each step until I got it completed.
I know in EVE some of the Developers play the actual game using standard avatars, but actually having GM's "walk the earth" doesn't seem to happen very much these days.
Anyone know of more modern titles where the "Titans" still wander the land?
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