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Your biggest pet peeves with the genre?

doefromwhereverdoefromwherever Corpus, TXPosts: 2Member

What do you find when you're playing an mmo that really, really turns you off or irks you? In terms of features or gameplay?
 For me i would have to say, instanced zones in a world, or even bigger than that, this huge trend recently with labeling what seems like any kind of online multiplayer game an mmorpg...I read someone here put some blame on websites like this one struggling for content to put such a tag on games like diablo and even world of tanks...Seriously? Either take the first M out of MMORPG or stop calling it an MMORPG.

I recently tried out the Neverwinter "Open Beta" and as soon as I found out about the different channels for each zone, I logged out. Not what im looking for...

So how about you all?



  • ShakyMoShakyMo BradfordPosts: 7,207Member Common
  • Mtibbs1989Mtibbs1989 Posts: 3,066Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by ShakyMo

    Correction: heavy instancing.


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  • QuirhidQuirhid TamperePosts: 6,230Member Uncommon
    Trinity combat, uninspired quests (or should I say "chores"), respawning mobs, the grind, the downtime... I could go on.

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  • TorvalTorval Posts: 11,868Member Legendary
    Raiding, gear progression treadmills, repeatable scripted instance dungeons, "end game"
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  • AeliousAelious OregonPosts: 3,379Member Uncommon
    Activities with less emphasis on the people around you.

    Lack of open area group content

    Fast path to the "end"

    Worlds that seen molded and pre-pathed

    Lack of diversity between classes and roles
  • mari3kmari3k erger, AKPosts: 135Member

    Instancing is necessary, sorry guys.

    Open world PvP is a relic from the past and should disappear in the future.

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  • AlBQuirkyAlBQuirky Sioux City, IAPosts: 3,828Member Common

    It is in my signature, stated in another similar thread by someone more eloquent than myself :)

    - Al

    Personally the only modern MMORPG trend that annoys me is the idea that MMOs need to be designed in a way to attract people who don't actually like MMOs. Which to me makes about as much sense as someone trying to figure out a way to get vegetarians to eat at their steakhouse.

  • Vunak23Vunak23 In your house eatin'' your cookies, FLPosts: 631Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by mari3k
    Instancing is necessary, sorry guys. Open world PvP is a relic from the past and should disappear in the future.

    Instancing and people like this. 

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  • TjedTjed Baltimore, MDPosts: 162Member

    Also instancing.

    Lack of group focused content.

    Getting to max level too quickly.

    Small worlds with fast travel that give that "tunnel" feeling.

    Lack of buffer/cc classes.

    That's just off the top of my head, there is much, much more.

  • k11keeperk11keeper Posts: 1,048Member Uncommon
    I get so irked by quest hubs with ? and ! over NPC heads. If a game has that I usually quit after a few weeks at most. It bothers me that bad.
  • Beatnik59Beatnik59 Chicago, ILPosts: 2,377Member Uncommon

    The uncertainty.  This genre has gotten too risky, and it's only getting worse.

    We want to buy games.  The only thing the publishers want to sell us are question marks.  They include question marks like, "How can you guarantee to me that this game will last?" or "What sort of guarantee can you give me that this will be the same game six months from now?"  or "How do I know you won't NGE this thing?" or "What happens when I get hacked, the person who hacks me gets my account banned, and I want to get unbanned?" or "How hard is it going to be to learn and re-learn how to play this game going forward?" or "How many patch notes am I going to have to sort through to understand this thing?"


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  • TimEisenTimEisen Columnist Posts: 2,805Member Rare

    Well, I would write it all out but I sorta just did earlier today.

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  • David_LopanDavid_Lopan Madison, WIPosts: 812Member Uncommon
    A$$hats and cash shops (except pure fluff that's can also be purchased from in game currency)
  • RedcorRedcor Austin, TXPosts: 426Member

     Cash shops that sell keys/scrolls to get at loot that dropped in-game ala GW2, STO, Neverwinter and I'm sure many more. Cash shops are OK for cosmetic crap and xp bonus but not for things that you should have earned or even some mystery box crap that has a chance of dropping some rare item.



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  • PreparedPrepared Irvine, CAPosts: 101Member Uncommon

    Abbreviations in forums.  When you're in game, it makes sense to use abbreviations because you probably don't have much time to type everything out, but on forums, all abbreviations should be explained first.  You can't assume that everyone knows what "Do the LU on the RY when the HG happens or it will be QE on the PU"

    If someone is asking a question about something on a forum, the answer should never have any form of abbreviations because if the person asking the question understood the abbreviation, he probably would already know the answer and not have to ask.

    It happens all over forums dealing with Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games (MMORPGs) and doesn't have to.

    Abbreviations is my largest pet peeve in the genre by far!


  • RobokappRobokapp Dublin, OHPosts: 5,798Member Uncommon

    "cash shop"




  • BahamutKaiserBahamutKaiser Hyattsville, MDPosts: 314Member Uncommon
    My big pet peeve is shortcomings. Literally.

    Many MMOs have embarked on great ideas and made mostly grand and amazing games only to fail of several key and fundamental qualities which I can not overlook. Games like FFXI had amazing systems like worldwide community with auto-translate gameplay and a deep and compelling world, only to fall short on combat gameplay and party grief. Games like GW original had an amazing gameplay system and world only to drop new content and over simplify class roles and skills to ease balance.

    This is my huge pet peeve, making a game which thoroughly interests me and missing the mark. If I didn't like it, I could care less if it fell short, but to see a game I appreciate or enjoy fail to meet my expectation, or reach its amazing potential is a true disappointment.

    I'm looking at a game now that flaunts dragons as an awesome gameplay element, yet your still playing as the human character, and only summon in the dragon part time to auto attack your targets. Why stop at having dragon side kicks? If dragons are so awesome let's play them, not insult them by making them pets and mounts for humans. And how interesting can dragons be when all the creatures are dragon like instead of making a rich world with alternate mystical creatures?
    Some games can even be perfectly interesting but have some piratous sales method which ruins the gameplay and makes the content inaccessible.

    It's these shortcomings that upset me, I don't want my interest piqued only to be disappointed.

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  • KenFisherKenFisher Northwest, INPosts: 5,035Member Uncommon
    Lack of depth.  Gameplay seems so shallow.

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  • DatastarDatastar Austin, TXPosts: 245Member Uncommon

    I think for me it would be having my hand being held by the games design, I want to be challenged and I want to work for rewards.

    Oh yeah and any pay to win cash shop items.

  • nariusseldonnariusseldon santa clara, CAPosts: 26,696Member Rare
    Long down time. No instant travel. Lack of instances. Lack of LFD/LFR features.
  • dc1509dc1509 ChernigovPosts: 11Member

    Instancing (especially heavy) when you travel from one area to another. (raid instance is fine for me)

    I'm also fine with WoW type gear grind fest, but why should it be always so straight forward ?

    Why don't developers do randomized raid instance generation, so you won't run the same halls every week, having a chance of rare wings spawn including rare bosses ? (Much like DII/DIII area randomization worked)

    This is the reason I always stop my WoW sub after a month (or two) after each major game update.



    Oh, and of course - fast travel ruins the RPG feeling for me. All those LFGs/LFRs ... I would prefer to run another mile or two to get to the raid/dungeon entrance and not just press a button to queue up, actually sitting in the city. Yes, I miss vanilla wow.


  • eye_meye_m Notta Chance, ABPosts: 3,317Member Uncommon

    My biggest pet peeves? 

    One word.     The players.


    Now I'm not talking about all the players, but the nitpicky ones. You know, the ones that would say "that's two words eyelolled!" Those people tick me off.



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  • DzoneDzone bowling green, KYPosts: 371Member Uncommon

    for me would be

    1. To much solo gameplay, some solo would be ok while you wait for a group, but dont overdue it

    2. cash shops

    3. fast leveling

    4. instant travel

    5. i've recently come to hate auto-grouping from GW 2 aswell, please have us manuall group, 6 man parties are so much better than a crapload of peaple followning each other killing mobs in seconds. To many peaple at once means can't get to know anyone that way. Smaller groups is better IMO

    6. lack of fishing, i love to fish to pass the time while i wait for a group invite, or while i wait to find out what i want to do sometimes, or just to relax after a hard day of work.

    guss i'll stop there heh, i could go on...

  • BrianshoBriansho Woodbridge, VAPosts: 3,586Member Uncommon
    Hand holding, fetch quests, and those damn ! And ? Over quest giver heads. It's starting to bleed into console games. 

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  • MMOPapaMMOPapa Strasburg, VAPosts: 121Member
    Originally posted by doefromwherever
    What do you find when you're playing an mmo that really, really turns you off or irks you? In terms of features or gameplay?

    The fact that there is no death penalty even though difficulty has been dumbed down to the point where death rarely occurs. Difficulty needs to be raised again, death needs to have penalties... make the player actually THINK before rushing into a room screaming about his Leeroy.


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