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I don't understand the new-age MMO player. People get so mad if they die, in a world where death no longer has penalties, people still get pissed if they die.
I was playing one of the easiest MMOs on the market, Neverwinter Online, and a cleric dies on a boss fight. We killed the boss just fine, after our only healer abandons us midway through the fight saying she is tired of getting beat up by him. Sure, a tank could hold aggro better (even though aggro control is wacky in NWO) and perhaps other measures could have been taken by other players, not to mention the cleric, to avoid death. But when has it become ok to quit after 1 death? I am finding it seems to be a growing trend more commonly seen in f2p games, but surely not limited to them.
I am not here to say how "hardcore" I am, because i'm not and this would by no means make me "hardcore". What this does make me, as one whom accepts death in an adventure, is a rational video game player. If I go through and take on 50ft demons time and again, surely it seems fit I die my share of times. With death no longer penalized in the new-age of MMOs why are people so upset? Is it wasting their time? If your time is so precious, stop playing a video game.....
This I know just goes into a common trend around the MMO world of "player entitlement". But expecting to never die and if by some off chance you do, killing a 100ft dragon, not be penalized is down right silly and pathetic. At some point a game seriously becomes pointless if you believe you should never die slaying dragons and demons... Here's to hoping EQ Next challenges us players, making us use teamwork, tactics and caution to have a fun adventure across magical lands with (you guessed it) danger lurking around every corner!
As a poll and to generate comments, because I am curious to see overall what people think of death and the wild and interesting justifications of never wanting to die, I will ask this:
If I want a world in which people can purchase success and power with cash, I'll play Real Life. Keep Virtual Worlds Virtual!