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Should MMOs remove the death penalty?

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  • ThorbrandThorbrand West Palm Beach, FLPosts: 1,198Member
    What death penalties didn't know they still existed anymore. Need to go back to XP lose and de-lvling to seperate the bad players for the real gamers.
  • supertouchmesupertouchme corpus christi, TXPosts: 68Member
    Originally posted by Quirhid
    Originally posted by Robokapp
    Originally posted by VengeSunsoar
    Originally posted by Robokapp
    OP I will point out in the most honest way possible why it makes no sense to you: you're looking at it wrong. "So I died...I lose 25% xp...how am I supposed to kill anything". whoa whoa whoa. you started at death ? let's back up another 3 minutes. you're alive. you're seeing a pack of wolves. Do you engage ? it's an important question because you might die and lose 25% xp and run into the problem you stated. why should you fight them? what are the odds you'll win? what are the risks? do you know these wolves well? are you risking it ? is it worth it ? if no death penalty...run in, die, respawn, kill survivors. Booooooring

     You mean you don't do that anyway, regardless if there is a penalty or not?

    we dont. you know we don't.

    Hell, I only play cause fighting wolves is fun. What other point should there be? Not winning is punishment enough, isn't it? What if I don't get a rush from a high death penalty? What if its merely an inconvenience?

    who the hell gets a rush from a death penalty? of course it's an inconvenience. i don't LIKE death penalties and they frustrate me but i ultimately appreciate their purpose. i find it hard to believe the mmo community is largely comprised of pansies who will quit a game because they have to spend a few minutes getting resurrected by a fellow player or recouping experience.

  • NitthNitth AustraliaPosts: 3,684Member Uncommon


    Originally posted by TheScavenger
    Should MMOs remove the death penalty? It never really made sense to me. Especially in the older MMOs. You are dead! Lose 25% of your stats and/or skills! (usually a debuff for x amount of minutes or needing to earn x amount of exp/kill x amount of monsters to remove it) This never made sense. Okay, so I die...I lose 25% of my ability...how am I supposed to kill anything to remove the debuff? Even if it is just 30 minutes...that just means I can't play for 30 minutes? Especially since most MMOs penalize you for killing weaker stuff than your level/skill...so...this seems very counter beneficial Then if all your gear is damaged...how are you supposed to continue in a dungeon or a raid or do anything? gear is very important in almost all MMOs...I guess go and repair it...but usually...ESPECIALLY for tanks...its so expensive, sometimes you cant even afford to repair it all. And then it runs into the same problem as losing stats/skills...but even worse...because gear is usually way more important...so without fully repaired items, again...you are penalized so much, you can't do anything. So going back to the original question...should MMOs remove the death penalty? Or, at least change it to something that still lets you...you know...still play the game even if you die?

    But if we don't die, how do we get the buff in the raid finder!?!?

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  • BrenelaelBrenelael Warren, MEPosts: 3,996Member

    What death penalty? Anything that has released in the last 8 years doesn't even have a death penalty. Dieing in todays MMOs is totally meaningless. Remove the death penalty? It already was removed years ago.

     

    Bren

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  • LoktofeitLoktofeit Stone Mountain, GAPosts: 13,666Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Robokapp
    OP I will point out in the most honest way possible why it makes no sense to you: you're looking at it wrong. "So I died...I lose 25% xp...how am I supposed to kill anything". whoa whoa whoa. you started at death ? let's back up another 3 minutes. you're alive. you're seeing a pack of wolves. Do you engage ? it's an important question because you might die and lose 25% xp and run into the problem you stated. why should you fight them? what are the odds you'll win? what are the risks? do you know these wolves well? are you risking it ? is it worth it ? if no death penalty...run in, die, respawn, kill survivors. Booooooring

    The only game I levelled to cap in was WOW. You just described in 10 words my entire strategy there. :)

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  • RemyVorenderRemyVorender Riverside, RIPosts: 3,266Member Uncommon

    Should they? Haven't they already?

     

    There used to be this thing called risk vs. reward in MMOs. Dying used to mean something, where today, I use it to get a free teleport to town. Without the lows, there can never truly be the highs.

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  • RobokappRobokapp Dublin, OHPosts: 5,205Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Quirhid
    Originally posted by Robokapp
    Originally posted by VengeSunsoar
    Originally posted by Robokapp
    OP I will point out in the most honest way possible why it makes no sense to you: you're looking at it wrong. "So I died...I lose 25% xp...how am I supposed to kill anything". whoa whoa whoa. you started at death ? let's back up another 3 minutes. you're alive. you're seeing a pack of wolves. Do you engage ? it's an important question because you might die and lose 25% xp and run into the problem you stated. why should you fight them? what are the odds you'll win? what are the risks? do you know these wolves well? are you risking it ? is it worth it ? if no death penalty...run in, die, respawn, kill survivors. Booooooring

     You mean you don't do that anyway, regardless if there is a penalty or not?

    we dont. you know we don't.

    Hell, I only play cause fighting wolves is fun. What other point should there be? Not winning is punishment enough, isn't it? What if I don't get a rush from a high death penalty? What if its merely an inconvenience?

    I think death should be an inconvenience.

     

    I am looking at the statement i jsut wrote and i'm not sure how to describe it any more clearly. Perhaps a reference to "the curse of immortality" is in order...but how can one appreciate life if it's permanent ? we don't care a whole lot for the air we breathe other than "huh, we should stop polluting it. I'm going to do nothing about it". Yet if we'd wear an astronaut suit every time we step outside we'd perceive it as important.

     

    the inconvenience of death is in the interest of preservation of life.

     

    it's hard to encourage something you already have without resorting to adversity of alternatives.

     

    can't like living unless you dislike dying. if you don't care about dying, you don't care about living.

     

    As I wrote in an eve topic once...

     

    you're in high-sec. a capsule appears next to you on a gate. Probably a pilot grabbing a ship. good for him. Moving on.

    you're in low/null-sec. a capsule appears next to you on a gate. Is he someone who, like me, 5 minutes ago had a ship? is he a scout? a spy? he has insta-warp, he can follow me anywhere. Maybe he's the warp-in. Maybe he's bait. I can kill him in one shot but would take so long to lock him his friends can drop on me. I BETTER GET AWAY FROM HIM.

     

    note, above is a capsule. no weapons and no way to do damage. yet the sense of preservation of life instantly kicks in. because it'd suck to die to a retard-magnet capsule.

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  • H0urg1assH0urg1ass Austin, TXPosts: 510Member Uncommon

    It should be different for each MMO.  Obviously, 9.5 million people enjoy not having a death penalty in WoW, while some hardcore players enjoy a game where everything is on the line in every fight, such as in EVE.

    The harsher the death pentalty, typically the fewer players.

    For instance, when I played COD 2 heavily, I could pull up a list of servers.  90% of them were softcore team death match with zero respawn timer.  A very small percentage of them, were hardcore mode, search and destroy with one life and no respawning.  I played S&D exclusively because it was a lot more tactical than spawn, charge firing dual pistols, die... repeat ad nauseum.  However, the vast majority of players just want constant gun shooting action with no penalties.

  • RobokappRobokapp Dublin, OHPosts: 5,205Member Uncommon

    you mentioned COD but I'd like to mention counterstrike.

     

    it's old, it's a decade past its prime but by God we all loved it.

     

    what happened when you died ?

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  • H0urg1assH0urg1ass Austin, TXPosts: 510Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Robokapp

    you mentioned COD but I'd like to mention counterstrike.

     

    it's old, it's a decade past its prime but by God we all loved it.

     

    what happened when you died ?

    Honestly, I don't know! lol

    I may be one of the only FPS players on earth that never played it.

    Was it harsh?

  • RobokappRobokapp Dublin, OHPosts: 5,205Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by h0urg1ass
    Originally posted by Robokapp

    you mentioned COD but I'd like to mention counterstrike.

     

    it's old, it's a decade past its prime but by God we all loved it.

     

    what happened when you died ?

    Honestly, I don't know! lol

    I may be one of the only FPS players on earth that never played it.

    Was it harsh?

    well the game was played in rounds. varied by server but about 10 minue rounds. Once you died you could cycle thru the camera views of other players or 'free' but you stayed dead. round ended when time was up, bomb was disarmed/exploded or one team died entirely.

     

    so when you died you'd stay dead the rest of the round.

     

    and if you were like me and died first...and smoked a cig after each death in anger...well you'd do a lot of looking and not a lot of playing. because you'd be alive for 1 minute every 10 minutes.  :)

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  • H0urg1assH0urg1ass Austin, TXPosts: 510Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Robokapp
    Originally posted by h0urg1ass
    Originally posted by Robokapp

    you mentioned COD but I'd like to mention counterstrike.

     

    it's old, it's a decade past its prime but by God we all loved it.

     

    what happened when you died ?

    Honestly, I don't know! lol

    I may be one of the only FPS players on earth that never played it.

    Was it harsh?

    well the game was played in rounds. varied by server but about 10 minue rounds. Once you died you could cycle thru the camera views of other players or 'free' but you stayed dead. round ended when time was up, bomb was disarmed/exploded or one team died entirely.

     

    so when you died you'd stay dead the rest of the round.

     

    and if you were like me and died first...and smoked a cig after each death in anger...well you'd do a lot of looking and not a lot of playing. because you'd be alive for 1 minute every 10 minutes.  :)

    That describes the Search and Destroy mode in Modern Warfare 2 exactly.  That must be where they got the game mode from.

    My overarching point is that the vast majority of gamers aren't looking for that.  Most of them just want carefree play time without any consequences.  It's one of the reasons that the average WoW player doesn't even have a single max level character yet.  Most players these days aren't looking for that harsh unforgiving world of EVE or Ultima Online.  They want their cake and eat it too.

    I don't see the pendulum swinging the other direction any time soon either.  You won't find any big publishers going after a niche market, they all want to steal Blizzards crown and they'll pander to the lowest common denominator all day long in order to do it.  I mean, look at SWTOR.  It's a freakin carbon copy of WoW with lightsabers.

    The more hardcore games, if you're into them, are mostly labors of love from independent publishers that don't usually have mountains of capital and hundreds of devs.  How many people have ever even heard of Darkfall or Perpetuum Online?  Both very hardcore games... both labors of love... both relatively obscure.

  • tollboothtollbooth grants pass, ORPosts: 298Member
    Originally posted by dave6660
    Originally posted by supertouchme
    no

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  • madazzmadazz A town, ONPosts: 1,564Member Uncommon
    What a ridiculous question. Why do MMOs all have to be the same? Seriously, utterly stupid question. I have no idea why someone feels that all MMOs should remove or add such and such feature and all be the same.
  • Goatgod76Goatgod76 Stow, OHPosts: 1,214Member
    Originally posted by Quirhid
    Originally posted by Robokapp
    Originally posted by VengeSunsoar
    Originally posted by Robokapp
    OP I will point out in the most honest way possible why it makes no sense to you: you're looking at it wrong. "So I died...I lose 25% xp...how am I supposed to kill anything". whoa whoa whoa. you started at death ? let's back up another 3 minutes. you're alive. you're seeing a pack of wolves. Do you engage ? it's an important question because you might die and lose 25% xp and run into the problem you stated. why should you fight them? what are the odds you'll win? what are the risks? do you know these wolves well? are you risking it ? is it worth it ? if no death penalty...run in, die, respawn, kill survivors. Booooooring

     You mean you don't do that anyway, regardless if there is a penalty or not?

    we dont. you know we don't.

    Hell, I only play cause fighting wolves is fun. What other point should there be? Not winning is punishment enough, isn't it? What if I don't get a rush from a high death penalty? What if its merely an inconvenience?

    Ugh...the inconvenience rebuttal again.

    Death penalty with some substance (xp loss or gear damage) makes that fight that much more exciting and scary for many people. That sense of what could happen if you lose, Sure, if you die it really sucks...but if you win, it's that much more gratifying.

    Death penalty with some substance makes you think before you act. Otherwise you can just Rambo into a fray because if you die nothing happens. That's just boring...to me anyways. Should be consequences for stupidity...like rushing a group of 6 enemies solo and expecting to come out unscathed.

  • django-djangodjango-django ElthamPosts: 115Member

     

    Having to wait to respawn your character after you die, would also be included as a penalty. Removing the death penalty would open the flood gates to all sorts of issues, as there would not be any risk involved in playing the game. You would simply have an MMO filled with constant zerg battles with no substance or strategy, which mind you already occurs in many MMO's anyways. The death penalty makes a player reconsider there possible fatal choice and insights a form of strategy to insure the safety of there in game character. 

    If you are constantly getting frustrated by the fact that you are dying, and having to forfeit your hard earned coin in game, maybe you should reconsider your actions more carefully. If you are running with a group, trying to complete a particularly hard raid and of course somebody doesn't pay attention and wipes the group, you should probably remove yourself from that group or that player in order to avoid death. 

    I knew a guy who played EVE online for a while during my time of playing, and he was silly enough to not back up his clone. A couple of months of playing EVE who was attacked and his pod was also destroyed, in those months of playing he lost it all in a 30 second encounter.  I personally love harsher death-penalties; it seems to filter out a majority of immature players.

  • FallguyArmyFallguyArmy Davenport, FLPosts: 80Member
    I think a better question to ask is, "What benefits do death penalties have in the progression of character leveling in MMOs?"
  • RobokappRobokapp Dublin, OHPosts: 5,205Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by FallguyArmy
    I think a better question to ask is, "What benefits do death penalties have in the progression of character leveling in MMOs?"

    it's simple.

     

    let's say a questgiver asks you to kill he scary wolf that's terrorizing the village.

     

    the developers can easily make a wolf. It's not very easy to make the wolf scary though.

     

    but if the wolf can kill you can dying sucks...suddenly the wolf just got scary a little, didn't it ?

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  • FallguyArmyFallguyArmy Davenport, FLPosts: 80Member
    Originally posted by Robokapp
    Originally posted by FallguyArmy
    I think a better question to ask is, "What benefits do death penalties have in the progression of character leveling in MMOs?"

    it's simple.

     

    let's say a questgiver asks you to kill he scary wolf that's terrorizing the village.

     

    the developers can easily make a wolf. It's not very easy to make the wolf scary though.

     

    but if the wolf can kill you can dying sucks...suddenly the wolf just got scary a little, didn't it ?

    No?

     

    It just means that the wolf is annoying. 

     

    Until MMO developers implement a decent death penalty system similar to Demons Souls in which you learn and improve based on dying (and the game adjusting itself accordingly), all what death penalties amount to right now are nuisances for most players and joy for those who are masochists, both of which are hardly things a company sould be proud of when advertising their game.

     

  • supertouchmesupertouchme corpus christi, TXPosts: 68Member
    Originally posted by FallguyArmy
    Originally posted by Robokapp
    Originally posted by FallguyArmy
    I think a better question to ask is, "What benefits do death penalties have in the progression of character leveling in MMOs?"

    it's simple.

     

    let's say a questgiver asks you to kill he scary wolf that's terrorizing the village.

     

    the developers can easily make a wolf. It's not very easy to make the wolf scary though.

     

    but if the wolf can kill you can dying sucks...suddenly the wolf just got scary a little, didn't it ?

    No?

     

    It just means that the wolf is annoying. 

     

    Until MMO developers implement a decent death penalty system similar to Demons Souls in which you learn and improve based on dying (and the game adjusting itself accordingly), all what death penalties amount to right now are nuisances for most players and joy for those who are masochists, both of which are hardly things a company sould be proud of when advertising their game.

     

    jesus christ. there's no masochism involved in valuing death penalties

  • FallguyArmyFallguyArmy Davenport, FLPosts: 80Member
    Originally posted by supertouchme 

    jesus christ. there's no masochism involved in valuing death penalties

    So why do you value death penalties in MMOs? What would be the benefits? You said it yourself previously that you don't like them, they frustrate you, and that you admitted they're an inconvenience. Yet, you said you appreciated their purpose. So what purpose does death penalties serve? 

  • H0urg1assH0urg1ass Austin, TXPosts: 510Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by FallguyArmy
    Originally posted by supertouchme 

    jesus christ. there's no masochism involved in valuing death penalties

    So why do you value death penalties in MMOs? What would be the benefits? You said it yourself previously that you don't like them, they frustrate you, and that you admitted they're an inconvenience. Yet, you said you appreciated their purpose. So what purpose does death penalties serve? 

    They make your accomplishments meaningful. 

    When you wipe out a hostile fleet of ships in EVE Online, they don't respawn in a new ship and come right back to the fight.  You just blew up their ship.  It's gone. Adios.  Time for them to buy a new one and and the modules and guns that go on it.  You accomplished something.  They now no longer possess a game item that they once did.

    When you kill another player in most modern MMO's... well ok.  Cool.  All you really did is teleport them to a different part of the map.  Awesome I guess.

    Personally I prefer games where death has a consequence.  It gets my adrenaline flowing more, it makes the fight much more tense.  Especially if I'm risking losing something really big and expensive and difficult to replace like a deadspace fitted Machariel that I sometimes fly when I'm feeling especially courageous.

    These games are in the extreme minority, but I tend to gravitate towards them for the meaningful consequences of living or dying.

  • LadyEupheiLadyEuphei Indianapolis, INPosts: 223Member
    Remove the death penalty and implement perma-death. Problem solved!

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  • zymurgeistzymurgeist Pittsville, VAPosts: 5,211Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by FallguyArmy
    Originally posted by supertouchme 

    jesus christ. there's no masochism involved in valuing death penalties

    So why do you value death penalties in MMOs? What would be the benefits? You said it yourself previously that you don't like them, they frustrate you, and that you admitted they're an inconvenience. Yet, you said you appreciated their purpose. So what purpose does death penalties serve? 

     They punish stupidity. Always a laudable goal. There hasn't been a significant death penalty in MMOs for years. Even EVE has insurance.

    "Strong and bitter words indicate a weak cause" ~Victor Hugo

  • tollboothtollbooth grants pass, ORPosts: 298Member
    They elicit an emotional response when you're close to death.  If there is a heavy death penalty and you're on the verge of death your heart rate becomes elevated and the game becomes more fun.  It's not people being masachist, but about actually having stimulation for your brain.
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