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For those who truly love and enjoy this game, and would like to see it continue to grow...
You might want to tell certain, more veteran players among you to stop hanging around newbie areas acting like a-holes to new players. I was barely in the game 10 minutes, and some jerk was following me around, running in front of me, getting in my way, killing mobs I'm attempting to kill for one of the starter quests, etc. etc..
And before someone says "lol carebear" or "it's a PVP MMO" (because many believe it's the "hardcore, chest-pounding" thing to do when you play a PvP MMO... I know). I've played PvP MMOs. I've PvP'd lots in PvP MMOs. Small skirmishes, up to clan wars, up to siege-level encounters. I don't shy away from it.
Problem is, what this person was doing was not PvP.
I had the newbie shield up, so they couldn't actually do anything to me. They knew this, as well as I. They were harassing me, plain and simple. Some insecure twerp, safe in their anonymity, trying to be "cool on the internet" by screwing with brand-new players in the game in the only way they can, knowing they're safe because there's nothing I can do about it.
At least in L2, if someone is going to screw with you, they flat out just killed you and got it over with, or try to get you to flag so they could act against you without penalty. They didn't follow you around like idiots for 10 minutes, harassing you. In Shadowbane, someone could only screw with you if you left the starting area and went to the mainland, at which point you were (ideally) prepared for it, and they would just drop you if they could. Not even in Darkfall did people bother screwing with me unless they could actually attack me and get something out of it.
This is the first PvP MMO I've played where idiots who know they can't do anything to me physically, instead chose to harass me in purely passive-aggressive ways. That's just sad. Very sad.
And really, while I realize these idiots exist in every MMO, PvP or otherwise... Considering the restricted nature of the newbie experience in MO, and that there's absolutely nothing tangible they can get for their effort... it makes me wonder why they would be doing that?
Is it indicative of a bigger problem with the game?
Is there nothing more worthwhile to do in Nave?
Perhaps the game doesn't give them enough to do to keep them occupied otherwise?
Should I take it as a sign of a boring, or troubled MMO where people find it more fun to harass new players than to be off doing something more productive for their own character? I mean, the game supposedly has myriad things to do... so why are people opting to hang out in lowbie areas, harassing newbies?
Whether it's a sign of people just being jerks, or of a boring game... it's not a very good first impression and it's already got me wondering if I want to even bother logging in again and wasting my time dealing with these people.
And, when you're talking about a game that already has a very limited player-base, and a dubious reputation... the last thing you want to be supporting are people harassing what new players the game does get.
You don't build a gaming population by pissing off new players through lame passive-aggressive behavior. To those who do this crap, you're only hurting your own game in the process. To those who don't do it.. you might want to persuade your mates to cut the crap.
The veteran players in L2 learned this lesson early on and started actively going after lowbie griefers, because they saw the negative effect it was having on the game's population. Not enough new blood due to people being run out of the game by griefers/gankers = stagnant player population. And if there's one thing a PvP-driven MMO needs... it's people to PvP against. When you run off new players through griefing/harassment, you are quite literally starving the game of its very lifeblood.
So, perhaps the people of MO can/will do the same as the Vets of L2 did early on and try to deal with it. Otherwise, an already very limited player population will continue to be even more limited.
Just some friendly advice.