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[Column] General: Heartfelt Tribute Shows Community in MMOs is Still Relevant

SBFordSBFord Former Associate EditorMember LegendaryPosts: 33,126

When people talk about their experiences gaming online, especially in MMORPGs, it can often feel overwhelmingly negative. It’s not uncommon to hear that MMOs are irrelevant, too expensive, cash grabs, superficial, and at worst, have ‘communities’ in name only, full of either apathy or trolling. Take your pick. Yet, while the genre has seen shifts over time, there is still something about MMORPGs that remains unique, and brings out the best in online community. Unfortunately, these moments of a community’s finest all too often happen as they do in real life - in moments of difficulty or tragedy.

Read more of Christina Gonzalez's The Social Hub: Heartfelt Tribute Shows Community in MMOs is Still Relevant.

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  • victorbjrvictorbjr Member UncommonPosts: 212
    The whole Sanctum of Rall server on GW2. One heckuva tribute. :)

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  • BillMurphyBillMurphy Former Managing EditorMember LegendaryPosts: 4,562
    Originally posted by victorbjr
    The whole Sanctum of Rall server on GW2. One heckuva tribute. :)

    Yeah, few folks outside of Gaiscioch or GW2 really know that one.

    http://www.sanctumofrall.com/about/legend.html

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  • DarkholmeDarkholme Member UncommonPosts: 1,212
    MMO communities tend to be microcosms of real life (at least in the US). People tend to to be separate, living their own lives, keeping to themselves... until someone in the community around them is in need, then everyone comes together to help. It's still there in MMOs...

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  • NildenNilden Member EpicPosts: 2,912

    Before I clicked on this I thought, bet it's not a F2P game.

    Then after reading it I thought, those people that play these as single player games are so missing out.

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  • silkillionsilkillion Member Posts: 2

    Reminds me of when we lost people while I was playing MUDs back in the day - we lost a GM to suicide and to this day a monument to him still stands in the game (over 10 years later).

     

    The best part of playing a MMO is the company you keep.

  • ZzadistZzadist Member UncommonPosts: 35

    This is why I play MMOs. The community will touch you so profoundly. 

     

    This reminds me of when we lost Sean "Vile Rat" Smith in EVE Online to the Benghazi attack. 

     

     

    http://www.themittani.com/news/rip-vile-rat

     

    http://youtu.be/pzBGHNzGi8M


  • krondinkrondin Member UncommonPosts: 106

    People tend to forget that we, as humans, have a fundamental need to socialize. It isn't recognized as the real reason why we all come together on MMO's or any other games, social sites,  and or activities that involve others, even be it on just the internet, BUT it is the real main reason we are here, be it reading this post, playing games online together, playing solo but communicating < minor socialization > via forums, or even just sitting in a chat services talking with others about anything common.  Doesn't matter if its about the games we play, this weeks sports, world news, politics, or even religion, its all based on our human need to socialize, even if just a little, to survive and stay sane mentally.

     

    I am sure some will disagree with me on this, but science backs me up 100%. We all have a need for at least minimal socialization with other human beings. MMO's , gaming online ,  forums, twitters, facebook, doesn't matter what we call it, it full fills our basic need to socialize.

     

    So to say community is still relevant is an understatement . Its Required!

     

  • kitaradkitarad Member EpicPosts: 5,264
    Community is indeed everything and the only reason I stay in a game otherwise I am gone after the new wears off.

  • PhryPhry Member LegendaryPosts: 11,004
    Making friends in an MMO does not make them any less real, and for me, the communities in the games i play are often why i play them. So many times you hear about bad behaviour in various MMO's by a few individuals, and so often, the good things are left out, its only when something like this happens that attention is brought on just how good, not to mention caring, these communities often are, i don't think FFXIV;ARR is alone in having this, but its a very good sign that it does.
  • Cramit845Cramit845 Member UncommonPosts: 395

          Although these all seem to happen during the worst times, it is great to see there are communities supporting these folks.  This is the first instance of me hearing about any of these instances, like codex or Wowmom.  Very interesting and wonderful to hear.

          I had my own experience in this when a fellow guild member had died and we had an in-game funeral for her with her BF and all of us old & new guildies.  Although it was rudely interrupted by Saga PVPing everyone in wintersgrasp but at least it showed a good community back then.  I'm glad that there are still these kind of communities thriving no matter how big or small.

  • JaedorJaedor Member UncommonPosts: 1,173
    Originally posted by zzadist

    This is why I play MMOs. The community will touch you so profoundly.  

    This reminds me of when we lost Sean "Vile Rat" Smith in EVE Online to the Benghazi attack. 

     http://www.themittani.com/news/rip-vile-rat

     http://youtu.be/pzBGHNzGi8M

    Thanks for posting this.

     

  • BoneserinoBoneserino Member UncommonPosts: 1,764

    Wow, that brought a tear to my eye!

    It really shows what MMO's could be like community wise if perhaps we weren't all out there trying to win!   Still looking for one where people come together to create things things or to solve problems, versus just constant conflict.    That always seems to bring out our worst side.

     

    Well done FFARR community and thanks for the article.

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  • AreteoAreteo Member UncommonPosts: 30
    Community?  I remember that.  Pity it doesn't really exist in any current MMO...
  • drivendawndrivendawn Member RarePosts: 2,124
    Well it's there you just don't like the style of the new games enough to stick around and find the community in them.
  • ScotScot Member LegendaryPosts: 12,191

    The community is still there but is there in spite of the games, not because of them. Good to hear about Codex and his exploits.

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  • hockeyplayrhockeyplayr Member UncommonPosts: 604
    reminds me of when the old nite passed in runescape.  That game really had a community back in the day.
  • RobokappRobokapp Member RarePosts: 6,122
    Originally posted by Darkholme
    MMO communities tend to be microcosms of real life (at least in the US). People tend to to be separate, living their own lives, keeping to themselves... until someone in the community around them is in need, then everyone comes together to help. It's still there in MMOs...

    you should see the east-european communities.

     

    perfect reflection of real life.

     

    Upon joining one in EVE, I immediately discovered that the leader has nick-named himself "The big sausage" and made sure everyone adressed him by that...and in return the other players starting referring to one another as "sausages" varying in size (but never "the big one").

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  • ThourneThourne Member RarePosts: 757

    There was also The Moraj Memorial  on Tatooine in SWG.

    It was placed for a beta tester killed in a car accident.

  • itchmonitchmon Member UncommonPosts: 1,953
    Remindse of vile rat and ribbitribbitt, I participated in both of those sadly.

    It's sad that it often takes a tragic event to make you realize the great people around you.

    Rip codex.

    And a big plus to ff14, a rare game (along with eve and eq2) where community is, as the design would say, a feature.

    RIP Ribbitribbitt you are missed, kid.

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  • AlBQuirkyAlBQuirky Member EpicPosts: 5,576

    Interesting article.  I had no idea this happened.  It's good to read about.

     

    However, this part of your article made me cringe:

    "Yet, the spirit of community is still alive if you look for it."

     

    One should not have to look for socialization in a genre built around social interactions.  Massively Multiplayer does not mean "Solo til you drop."  It also does not mean play with random strangers in order to get anything accomplished.

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    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.
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  • VelocinoxVelocinox Member UncommonPosts: 1,010
    Originally posted by AlBQuirky

    Interesting article.  I had no idea this happened.  It's good to read about.

     

    However, this part of your article made me cringe:

    "Yet, the spirit of community is still alive if you look for it."

     

    One should not have to look for socialization in a genre built around social interactions.  Massively Multiplayer does not mean "Solo til you drop."  It also does not mean play with random strangers in order to get anything accomplished.

    In any endeavor where many people come together, there will always be those that seek to tell everyone else how they should behave.

    'Sandbox MMO' is a PTSD trigger word for anyone who has the experience to know that anonymous players invariably use a 'sandbox' in the same manner a housecat does.


    When your head is stuck in the sand, your ass becomes the only recognizable part of you.


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  • AlBQuirkyAlBQuirky Member EpicPosts: 5,576


    Originally posted by Velocinox

    Originally posted by AlBQuirky
    Interesting article.  I had no idea this happened.  It's good to read about.However, this part of your article made me cringe:
    "Yet, the spirit of community is still alive if you look for it."One should not have to look for socialization in a genre built around social interactions.  Massively Multiplayer does not mean "Solo til you drop."  It also does not mean play with random strangers in order to get anything accomplished.

    In any endeavor where many people come together, there will always be those that seek to tell everyone else how they should behave.
    So very true! Pot. Meet kettle.

    - 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.
    - FARGIN_WAR


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  • VelocinoxVelocinox Member UncommonPosts: 1,010
    Originally posted by AlBQuirky

     


    Originally posted by Velocinox

    Originally posted by AlBQuirky
    Interesting article.  I had no idea this happened.  It's good to read about.

     

    However, this part of your article made me cringe:
    "Yet, the spirit of community is still alive if you look for it."

    One should not have to look for socialization in a genre built around social interactions.  Massively Multiplayer does not mean "Solo til you drop."  It also does not mean play with random strangers in order to get anything accomplished.


    In any endeavor where many people come together, there will always be those that seek to tell everyone else how they should behave.
    So very true! Pot. Meet kettle.

     

    Really?

     

    Your response is, Nuh uh! You are!

     

    How old are you?

     

    'Sandbox MMO' is a PTSD trigger word for anyone who has the experience to know that anonymous players invariably use a 'sandbox' in the same manner a housecat does.


    When your head is stuck in the sand, your ass becomes the only recognizable part of you.


    No game is more fun than the one you can't play, and no game is more boring than one which you've become familiar.


    How to become a millionaire:
    Start with a billion dollars and make an MMO.

  • CecropiaCecropia Member RarePosts: 3,972
    Originally posted by Velocinox
    Originally posted by AlBQuirky

     


    Originally posted by Velocinox

    Originally posted by AlBQuirky
    Interesting article.  I had no idea this happened.  It's good to read about.

     

    However, this part of your article made me cringe:
    "Yet, the spirit of community is still alive if you look for it."

    One should not have to look for socialization in a genre built around social interactions.  Massively Multiplayer does not mean "Solo til you drop."  It also does not mean play with random strangers in order to get anything accomplished.


    In any endeavor where many people come together, there will always be those that seek to tell everyone else how they should behave.
    So very true! Pot. Meet kettle.

     

    Really?

     

    Your response is, Nuh uh! You are!

     

    How old are you?

     

    Wise to have changed that post, lol.

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  • AmjocoAmjoco Member UncommonPosts: 4,858
    Originally posted by victorbjr
    The whole Sanctum of Rall server on GW2. One heckuva tribute. :)

    This is what I was thinking the entire time I was reading this. In fact, I joined the server because the story influenced me! 

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