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I've noticed the biggest challenge for some MMOs isn't the gameplay or combat, it's reading the descriptions for 50 different abilities and trying to place them on my hotbar in a configuration that leaves me with some sense of sanity.
Am I alone in this? A few games off the top of my head that utilize the "way more spells than you'll ever use" mechanics are WoW, SWTOR, AoC, and EQ2.
I realize you aren't required to use every spell, and I'm guessing most people don't. But somehow I feel like I'm doing it wrong if I don't memorize every single spell in my spellbook and make use of them all.
This is just one reason why I'm looking forward to some of the new games on the horizon. I like the idea of decks, having a limited number of slots for the skills you actually plan to use. This makes the game seem more rewarding to build a deck with only a few spells, rather than cluttering screen real estate with seven hotbars full of spells that I barely remember what they do and I will probably never remember to use them when the time comes.
Maybe it's just my roots in online FPS games, or maybe I've got too many things going on IRL to bother with memorizing the exact effect of every ability my character knows. Is there anyone out there who actually uses every spell your character has trained? And if so, what kind of drugs are you on?