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Best: Secrate World, Rift and WOW
Worst ever : Aion!
GW2 is shaping up to have a realy awesome communitie, although i wish the forums would open.
PVP games tend to foster terrbile communities.
-GW2: empty chat channels, no real sense of anything going on at all, not even any guild recruitment really. GW2 fanbois in every thread screaming about the game and trashing others, and generally just a shit community. Most people don't even bother rezzing in events, even though it's pitifully easy.
-SOME aspects of LOTRO: this is really an odd choice, I know, but there seemed to be a lot of holier-than-thou but really ignorant asshats that I encountered who wanted to seem knowledgable and just looked like idiots. However, there are a lot of gems there as well.
-AoC. It's toned down a lot, but it used to be dreadful.
-Mortal Online: I met a lot of really helpful people there. Shame the game wasn't really up to scratch.
-Allods beta, pre cash shop: it was like classic WoW (knowing the guilds, people etc who were pretty beeft), but a lot better and nicer.
-Fallen Earth pre-CS: generally nice people, good PvP.
RIFT was a *crushing* disappointment; a shallow, loveless, generic MMO the likes of which hasn't been seen in a P2P format since, well, forever.
Eagerly awaiting: World of Darkness, ArcheAge.
I know the OP didnt want older MMOs but I agree with others here that they are stil lbeing played so they coun just as much...That being said the best 3 I see today are:
1. Ryzom...Friendly, helpful and make you feel wanted
2. EQ...Even though the game has aged the community is still pretty friendly here
3. Atlantica Online....SOlid community where you can actually still sell your stuff
1. WoW...Not even close...Horrible community
2. Runescape....Another one full of alot of immature jerks
3. Path of Exile...Something about these Diablo ripoffs that bring out the worst in its player base....Game hasn't even been released yet and already one of the worst.
Best: EvE, UO, FFXIV
Worst: GW2, WOW, SWTOR.
"Dogs are the leaders of the planet. If you see two life forms, one of them's making a poop, the other one's carrying it for him, who would you assume is in charge."
"The idea behind the tuxedo is the woman's point of view that men are all the same; so we might as well dress them that way. That's why a wedding is like the joining together of a beautiful, glowing bride and some guy"-Seinfeld
"In over 10 years on playing MMOs, Guild Wars 2 has by FAR the most amazing community I've ever had the privilage of being a part of."
I wouldn't be at all surprised if getting rid of a lot of the "the other players are the enemy" features e.g. having separate resource nodes, not having players competing to kill the same mobs for a quest etc, makes a huge difference. If you want a social game then other players should never be the enemy unless they're supposed to be.
In no particular order:
Best: Ultima Online, Final Fantasy XI, EVE Online.
Worst: World of Warcraft, Guild Wars 1 (haven't played 2 yet), EVE Online.
Originally posted by Gorwe It is peculiar how GW 2 has Split Community here... Guild Wars 1 Community is one of the best. Such is price of popularity I guess...
From my experience with GW1, the community was full of immature players. When I started my first character and asked for a person to party up to get the res signet (Prophecies campaign), someone joined but as soon as we left town left the party. Lot's of immature chat going on too.
Best: FFXI, Everquest, .....can't think of another good community
Worst: WoW, FFXIV, anything else I have played since WoW
MMOs can only have communities if they are challenging and force people to work togather to accomplish something that they could not do on their own. I don't know of a single MMO that still does that.
Best: EQ, Vanguard
Worst: WoW, Vindictus, and any other game that allows you to solo
BEST Communities: LOTRO and GW2
Worst Communities: WOW, EVE, any full loot pvp MMO and any P2W MMO
Games like SWTOR and AoC kind of fit in the middle. With SWTOR leaning to the worst side and AoC to the better side. STO seemed to have a decent community when I tried it in F2P.
Best - EVE, LOTRO
Worst - GW2, SWTOR
Awaiting Darkfall Unholy Wars
2. Global Agenda
I have no best and worst. I tend to socialise both in guild and randomly with whoever I meet in games. Most of the time I also keep an eye on general chat channels , especially during crafting etc. I meet both great ppl and asses in every MMO. And I see annoying behaviour but also always very helpfull ppl. Regardless of popularity, payment model and how old the MMO is.
A difference that I do notice is that when there is a lot of trolling in general chat, the help usually turns to private msges. I can tell from when I have questions about things. But this is all from personal experience of course.
It might make a difference that I don't really expect much when there is so many people. You always get some annoying behaviour when many ppl are around imo, It only takes a few ppl to make it noticable. MMO's are not different in this.
I'm looking for one because I've been in only one or two communities for the past couple of years.
Anything by GameDP
"What's up with this? I try to be a nice guy, all I ask for in return's help. When my plans work and ur crying, I'll be laffin!"
"For the Angel of Death spread his wings on the blast,And breathed in the face of the foe as he passed:And the eyes of the sleepers waxed deadly and chill,And their hearts but once heaved, and for ever grew still!"~Lord George Gordon Byron
Based on my experience with other players on my server...
The above average: EQ2(2005-2008), Vanguard, Planetside
Far below average: Mortal Online and EvE
Aion, Rift, SWTOR, and other have been typically average and because there isn't really much (features) that is community drivien it can't exceed that flat threshold. If there were such things it might mean it would be above or below average based on what the players do with it. MO and EvE, players are cutthroat RPG-PvPers and so they abuse the community to their advantage. Where the game is more PvE centered or PvP is cooperative, the community has the potential to be better.
Curious, why did the OP delete his/her account?
Originally posted by Deleted User It's the rebirth of this nearly 3 year old thread i never participated in: http://www.mmorpg.com/discussion2.cfm/thread/246625/page/1 So, to give more spice to the topic, because i have a feeling most of you will refernce EVE or LOTRO (and WOW), what are the 3 best and worst communities you're seen in mmos? WARNING: Because i also know many of you will say the older mmorpgs like UO, EQ, DAOC, SWG, etc, i'm talking about the mmorpgs of today's time, being it AAA, indie, whatever, like Rift, SWTOR, FE, etc (probably the post-WOW mmos). I understand the older times might have been beter, but this is nowadays. Sorry
#1. easily indeed WOW
#2. EVE Online ofc, with the paranoid background checking for spies/thiefs + the horrific self-proclaimed elitist players on 1 side (the big alliances directors + CEO's) and Goons on the other side.
no #3 for me.
"going into arguments with idiots is a lost cause, it requires you to stoop down to their level and you can't win"
I must say I always play on RP servers (if possible), so there might be some differences in experiences.
"We need men who can dream of things that never were." - John F. KennedyAnd for MMORPGs ever so true...
I just can't help but regard anything that mentions WoW or GW2 as either best or worst communities as nothing more than a pissing contest between WoW fans vs GW2 fans. This is because neither of those 2 games have the best or the worst communities. They have communities that is overall average and have a large diversity of players.
Only games that truely have terrible communities are pvp server players on AoC and APB.