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[Column] General: The MMOlympics

SBFordSBFord Associate Editor - News ManagerThe Land of AZPosts: 16,610MMORPG.COM Staff Uncommon

2012 is an Olympic year with athletes from around the world gathering in London to compete for the 'best in the world' title. But what about us? What about those of us who let our characters strut their prowess? Don't we deserve an MMOlympics? We think so and have The List of events we'd like to see included. Read on!

But what’s missing? Why MMO-style events! That’s right. We think that there are some great in game events that would make terrific additions to any Olympic celebration. Check out our list and then add your own ideas!

Read more of Suzie Ford's The List: The MMOlympics.

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  • TomBaker_fanTomBaker_fan Elmhurst, ILPosts: 131Member

    UO can offer sailing

    Rift can offer soccer with the soccer skull ball you can buy on ember isle

    Lotro and several others can offer equestrian

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  • ComanComan Hattem, AKPosts: 2,032Member Uncommon

    Aliens hunting - Face of Mankind.

    I mean there is shooting in the olympics, but hey it a lot more fun with a living target....that is also trying to kill you. Hmm then again they tried it once with living targets, however do not believe the bird tried to kill the one shooting them.

    Racing - Fallen Earth

    Horse, buggy, car, motor, etc you name it and you can race it in Fallen Earth.

    Arena style shooting - Firefall

    Not only do they try to kill you, they can actually shoot you as well. Only thing more fun then shooting aliens, shooting other humans.

    Whatever you want - Second life

    Hate it or love it, but if you really want to create a virtual olympics, Second Life seems to be the best platform to hold it on. You should be able to create a lot of different event, maybe even all the event in the real olympics.

  • TardcoreTardcore MinskPosts: 2,325Member

    Very amusing article, Suzie.

    I'd have to say that the Olympics mirrors the MMORPG world quite well. An obscenely bloated budget spent mainly for the self aggrandisement of the "Parent Company", to create a vast and self important spectacle that includes none of the values, and bares little to no resemblance to the roots of its source material.

     

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  • AnirethAnireth Posts: 599Member Uncommon

    GW 2 will introduce keg brawl, which from the description sounded like rugby with kegs. You can also have olympic snowball fights, or base jumping (wtihout parachute though). Swimming is in, too.

    Oh, and it wasn't that hard to synchronize dancing in GW - it had a built in option to start dancing at the begin of the next 10 second loop. Everyone types in /dance *, and unless they took so long that they missed this loop, everyone would start at the same time.

    Organizing big dances like INC Frosty etc. did was still a lot of effort, because with so many people, someone is bound to miss the loop, and they had to gather all this people and devise a choreography in the first place.

    I'll wait to the day's end when the moon is high
    And then I'll rise with the tide with a lust for life, I'll
    Amass an army, and we'll harness a horde
    And then we'll limp across the land until we stand at the shore

  • itchmonitchmon west islip, NYPosts: 1,714Member Uncommon

    dont forget the troll-athlon!!

     

    wow.... making a troll and bringing him to barrens to ... troll

     

    eve.. trolling in jita

     

    LoL.. joining a random match and trolling people for being nubs

     

    the troll-athlon!!

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  • kb4blukb4blu Fuquay Varina, NCPosts: 683Member Uncommon

    Don't forget Gnome Punting.

    This could replace shot putting.

     

  • RocknissRockniss Youngstown, OHPosts: 1,034Member
    There are some nice mountain peaks to base jump from in Azeroth, sometimes we go to them and slowfall/parachute off and see how far we can travel in one jump. We even get extreme by first ramping our mount off the peak, dismounting and catching a slowfall from a teamate or deploying a parachute, time falling and distance is factored into the overall score.
  • KonfessKonfess Dallas, TXPosts: 949Member Uncommon
    Well done article.  KonGrats.

    Pardon any spelling errors
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  • ComanComan Hattem, AKPosts: 2,032Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Rockniss
    There are some nice mountain peaks to base jump from in Azeroth, sometimes we go to them and slowfall/parachute off and see how far we can travel in one jump. We even get extreme by first ramping our mount off the peak, dismounting and catching a slowfall from a teamate or deploying a parachute, time falling and distance is factored into the overall score.

     

    and the landing should also be factored in!

  • lotapartylotaparty taxila canttPosts: 514Member
    suzie ford comes up always with innovation while writing her articles . pretty cool actually

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  • ZooceZooce B, FLPosts: 586Member

    <3 this article, nice Suzie!

    Originally posted by Suzie_Ford
    I wonder if Michael Phelps mentally trains himself by swimming in Evendim?

    He mentally trains on the Brandywine pipe weed.  Physically, he prepares by afk swimming under the docks in Darkfall.

  • ZinzanZinzan NorthPosts: 1,351Member
    Synchronised dancing GW? Erm, hell no, SWG thank you!

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  • ariestearieste toronto, ONPosts: 3,308Member Common

    EQ2 cross-zone races on Leapers and Gliders.   

     

    All games these days have ground and flying mounts.  Those are pretty straight forward.  EQ2 however, has two other mount types - Leapers and Gliders.  Leapers jump super-high and move quickly across landscapes while gliders jump up and glide - they move faster than flying mounts but are notoriously difficult to control in the air.

     

    I've always thought that having races on either of those two mounts would be pretty fracking awesome - especially the gliders.

     

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  • demonic87demonic87 strathroy, ONPosts: 421Member Uncommon
    No Keg Brawl for GW2?
  • lqw6843128lqw6843128 burnaby, BCPosts: 39Member
    (EDIT: uh oh... fail quote....) thank you ~ i just watch a INC Frosty dance video. It is awesome. 
  • ComfyChairComfyChair BirminghamPosts: 758Member
    Sorry to burst your bubble, sync dancing is really easy in GW1 lol, all you need to do is type /dance * (the space * is important), which then prepares a sync with people in the area who also do that.
  • DragimDragim Boring, KSPosts: 867Member
    Originally posted by Zooce

    <3 this article, nice Suzie!

    Originally posted by Suzie_Ford
    I wonder if Michael Phelps mentally trains himself by swimming in Evendim?

    He mentally trains on the Brandywine pipe weed.  Physically, he prepares by afk swimming under the docks in Darkfall.

    Bahaha that is awesome.  I especially love the AFK swimming under the dock in Darkfall.

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  • WellzyCWellzyC Stillwater, MNPosts: 557Member Uncommon

    The MMOlympics... 

     

    Where the obese and lazy can still achieve greatness.

    The way mmo's were: Community, Exploration, Character Development, Conquest.

    The way mmo's are now : Cut-Scenes,Cut-Scenes, solo Questing, Cut-Scenes...


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  • VyethVyeth Fayetteville, NCPosts: 1,459Member
    Originally posted by WellzyC

    The MMOlympics... 

     

    Where the obese and lazy can still achieve greatness.

    lol..

    Funny thing is, some of the best players around the world that I have seen or even know are no where near obese and live pretty active lifestyles..

    They are just good at video games.. 

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  • jdlamson75jdlamson75 Jacksonville, FLPosts: 984Member Uncommon
    In Darkfall, we used to play Dwarfball.  Dwarf crouches down, and teams perform knockbacks on him until he crosses a goal line.  Repeat until time is up or a certain score is reached.  MMOlympics-worthy I'd say.
  • LithuanianLithuanian vilniusPosts: 205Member Uncommon
    Sprinting (in Istaria) - althought short in time (kind of 3 minutes) - everyone uses it just to reach that ore vein faster or escape from this nasty monster. Not sure how about competition, since gear influences speed...but it's sport almost everyone practices several times a day.
  • ScotScot UKPosts: 5,762Member Uncommon

    Go team Great Britain!

    Oh sorry right, Lotro has tons of games, seasonal only games, drinking contests, dancing, just way too many to remember. Equestrian sport being a favourite.

  • Postal13Postal13 Milton, ONPosts: 94Member
    Don't forget the music system in LoTRO - they can put on the orchestral work for the winning countries!

    Cunfushus says "Only through wasting time do we realize that time should not be wasted."

  • maccajnrmaccajnr LA, CAPosts: 86Member Uncommon
    We have horse races in LoTRO too
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