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Trinity is still the superior combat mechanic, by a large margin.

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  • HowbadisbadHowbadisbad Member UncommonPosts: 453

    Having to wait to find a Healer or Tank is the absolute worst, the trinity also normally comes with classes so that's another big problem.


    The tank archtype is just retarded, pretty much destroys whatever immersion you could have.

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  • EndariokEndariok Member UncommonPosts: 12
    Originally posted by Loktofeit
    Originally posted by Endariok
    Originally posted by Loktofeit
    Originally posted by Dr_Shivinski
    Originally posted by Loktofeit
    Originally posted by Kiyoris

    Some people love to hate on trinity, but it is still the superior combat system.

    The major alternative so far has been ....

    ...collision detection, smart AI, skill-based systems, turn-based systems...

     

    But you go ahead and write your own history. You're doing juuust fine. 

    So the major alternative so far has been...Buzzwords? Sounds about right. The alternatives to the Trinity system have have been chaotic, zergy garbage.

    WAR had collision detection and still had the Trinity. S

    mart AI? In any mmo? Not really.

    Skill-based? Anything takes skill of some form or another. Turn-based also doesn't imply a lack of the Trinity. 

    Lets be honest here, there has yet to be a good alternative to the Tank/DPS-CC/Healer combo. Hell games that don't have a native Trinity system have it crammed in there by the playerbase. We did it in EVE with Incursions. We needed Healers (Logistics Cruisers) DPS (Pirate Faction Battleships) and in 20 and 40 man Incursions we had Tanks (Tank fit battleships that people Anchored to.)

    You say EVE has Trinity combat and then cite as your example Incursions, home of Sleeper AI. 

    Added a link to help you out. 

     

    Hmm, incredulity mixed with sarcasm or genuine ignorance?  I can't really tell.  The fact is that a trinity setup is actually quite good at dealing with Sleeper AI.  Its all there, the tank battleship holds aggro, the healers (logi cruisers or triage carriers) heal and the dps...well, dps.

    Either you don't understand what the trinity is, or I missed the memo on a new taunt skill that was added. 

     

    Look, any clown that says the trinity is DPS, Defense, and CC/Support is just that... a clown. EVERY conflict scenario has those roles. So, yeah... if you are going to look at combat as the roles of combat, EVERYTHING is trinity, which makes 'trinity' a pretty damn useless term for this conversation, as it has nothing to do with the difference in types of combat mechanics. I don't know why this crowd has so much problem with it, but that's the main reason this conversation gets nowhere. 

    Once you acknowledge what defines the trinity, then you can see beyond it. As long as you cling to the illogical and bizarre notion that trinity is referring to three of the multiple possible roles in a conflict scenario then you're no longer talking game mechanics and just waxing pedantic about universally understood roles in combat. 

     

     

    You cited an article (The Evolution of the Trinity) that states clearly, "The tank takes all the damage issued by the opponent, the healer reduces this damage, and the dps gives damage (dps is "damage per second", non-players) to the opponent."  This definition is how I understand the trinity in MMORPGs; that is how I define it.  I am not trying to eschew the definition of trinity into pedantic semantics.

    Dr_Shivinski used his example of Sleeper AI in EVE Online to highlight just how well the trinity system works and how pervasive it is.  That is to say, even in a game that was never designed around the trinity, players have still found a way to make it work even without a taunt skill. 

  • RemyVorenderRemyVorender Member RarePosts: 3,842

    In other news: Water is wet. 

     

    In all seriousness, I agree 100% with you.

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  • simmihisimmihi Member UncommonPosts: 706
    "No trinity" means that groups are easier to create - yay, joy! Until people realized that you still had to be a specific class with a specific build and specific gear to be accepted in progression groups, because a perfect balance between skills and classes etc. is very hard to implement.
  • LoktofeitLoktofeit Member RarePosts: 14,247
    Originally posted by Endariok

    You cited an article (The Evolution of the Trinity) that states clearly, "The tank takes all the damage issued by the opponent, the healer reduces this damage, and the dps gives damage (dps is "damage per second", non-players) to the opponent."  This definition is how I understand the trinity in MMORPGs; that is how I define it.  I am not trying to eschew the definition of trinity into pedantic semantics.

    Dr_Shivinski used his example of Sleeper AI in EVE Online to highlight just how well the trinity system works and how pervasive it is.  That is to say, even in a game that was never designed around the trinity, players have still found a way to make it work even without a taunt skill. 

    Reading the second half of that paragraph. The trinity isn't defined by the tank taking the damage (that is the point of any defense) but why he is taking it. 

    EDIT: And imageimage for the use of 'eschew'. :) 

     

     

     

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  • Stone_FountainStone_Fountain Member UncommonPosts: 233
    Originally posted by Howbadisbad

    Having to wait to find a Healer or Tank is the absolute worst, the trinity also normally comes with classes so that's another big problem.


    The tank archtype is just retarded, pretty much destroys whatever immersion you could have.

    In games that take 3 weeks to max level? Yes. And these are the games that do not really require it. SO the majority of games that have come out recently in other words have sucky character development and sucky combat. In games that take a very long time to level and develop a character, you don't get such lengthy waits. Especially if people know you're good at the class you play. And a Tank is not retarded. He is the man or woman that stands toe to toe with their enemies and looks into their eyes. How in the HELL is that retarded? My Rogue or thief does his best when attacking at the flanks. He's so...squishy. 

     

    Without differentiating one character from the next (more than just looks you can buy in a cash shop) you get the same experience. And when you add PVP into the mix, you see alot of the same kind of toons running around then. The Trinity is fun and being appreciated for playing your class well is not insignificant. What is insignificant is the same kind of games coming out as of late.

     

    I tried some games from Korea and they suck elephant balls. 

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  • Nightbringe1Nightbringe1 Member UncommonPosts: 1,335
    Originally posted by Kiyoris

    Some people love to hate on trinity, but it is still the superior combat system.

    The major alternative so far has been making every class a DPS class, and introduce dodging and evading attacks. Basically this is how 99% of the games from Korea work. It's basically console gameplay.

    The problem is that it's solo gameplay, even in a group, you're basically a class that solos, you don't talk during the battle, you don't ask for heals or ask for support, there's no designated CC or designated puller, no designated tank, you basically...mash buttons and constantly dodge.

    I just can't wrap my head around how people think this is good. It's bad, pretty awful compared to trinity where your group is dependent on each other, and where everyone has a well defined function.

    Combat in Korean MMO is too easy, boring and repetitive.

    Raids in those Korean MMO are even worse, they're zergs, they really are, there is no cooperation, no class officers, no preparation, just mash those buttons.

     

    This action style combat has other downsides, the fact those games lack any form of community, why socialise when you can just solo everything and don't depend on anyone. It actually attracts console players, and anti-social people. It's mindless zerg and there is no sense of community or hierarchy or class definition.

     

    Combat in MMO has become stupid, it's so dumbed down to the point of being dumber than console combat.

    I agree, and right now Pantheon is my hope for a good trinity based game.

    (And DPS was never considered part of the holy trinity. DPS was what you looked for after you had Tank/Healer/CC.)

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  • NightHaveNNightHaveN Member UncommonPosts: 1,051
    Group content is good when there is a constant flux of players. But after 2 or 3 years when a MMO starts getting old, and not that many players are leveling around you start having problems finding a group to do group content.

    And f2p model doesn't fix that. Swtor has constant flux of players early. But from Alderaan and later is very difficult to get one.
  • tordurbartordurbar Member UncommonPosts: 421

    I do agree that the Trinity is the superior combat mechanic - mainly because it was developed by players! Heck, I can remember playing D&D back in the late 70's and we used the Trinity when we fought the boss.  It got pretty frustrating as a healer having only a certain number of spells to cast but we managed to survive most of the battles.

    However, as for the Trinity encouraging social/group mechanics - no.  Everything in Trinity games is set by gear level or documented achievements. If you do not have the appropriate gear level or achievement then you are either booted or ridiculed. Yes, guild raiding builds social interaction but that is what guilds are for!

    I find it ironic that many posters (especially on this site) decry how the newer mmo's all act like single player games yet most of them want action combat.  An earlier poster said it right - action combat belongs in single player games like consoles.  People miss the reason why mmo's are going that route - the developers WANT to console audience. Who sells more games - PC or console. Console does. That is what the game developers are going after now - the console audience. (Actually the worm has turned somewhat as the game investors are more interested in the mobile market but that is another story.)

  • Agent_JosephAgent_Joseph Member UncommonPosts: 1,340
    mmo's should to be only  focused on group & social gameplay ,trinity is what is mmo's are about  , not action only dpsing without any talk or coordination with in game mates
  • PepeqPepeq Member UncommonPosts: 1,977

    Trinity is for the people who don't want to be responsible for anything but one thing.  I tank.  I heal. I dps.  

    What the tank died?  That's the healers fault.  

    What the tank died?  The dps was too slow.  

    What the dps died?  The tank couldn't hold aggro.  

    What the dps died?  That's the healer's fault.  

    What the healer died?  The tank couldn't hold aggro.  

    What the healer died?  The dps was too slow.

     

    Compartmentalized and pass the buck.

     

    Non-trinity is for people who know how to do more than one thing at a time.  I tank/heal/dps.

    What I died?  It was my fault.

     

    People think it's chaotic... only because they don't organize themselves.  It's a tag team.  You have aggro, you keep your ass alive.  You don't have aggro, you dps.  If done well, it's as choreographed as any trinity setup ever was.  If you treat it like a bunch of individuals beating on the same mob, well, what did you expect?

     

    Trinity is for those incapable of doing more than one thing at a time.  Non-trinity is for those who like to do more than one thing at a time.

     

    Trinity... Superior combat?  No.  Easier combat?  Yes.

    Non-Trinity... Superior combat?  No.  Easier combat?  No.

     

    It's really a question of which is easier, superior is just a personal preference, not a statement of fact.

  • RoguewizRoguewiz Member UncommonPosts: 707

    If Trinity was the superior combat mechanic, we'd still have it. :)

    Oh wait...you mean the bastardization that WOW created by making Tank, Healer, DPS the new "Trinity"

    Yes, that bastardization is the superior mechanic when compared to these new games with healing and support as secondary things to do.

     

    TLDR Version

    The real "Trinity" died when WOW came into being.  The original Trinity from EQ was Tank, Healer, Support.  You'd then fill the rest of the group up with DPS/Warm Bodies (or cold bodies if they were worthless and died frequently).  Enchanter and Bard are by far my most favorite classes ever.

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    Tank - Healer - Support: The REAL Trinity
  • ninjapyninjapy Member UncommonPosts: 39

    Just a little background on my gaming xp before i comment on the topic. Starting from Atari 2600 all the way up to current gen including ColecoVison, Intellivision. Commodore Vic, 64 and 128's. I have played every gamer genre, anyone remember the Zork series?

    That being said the MMO genre has evolved into this multi-game style we see in most MMO's today. There is no lack of Trinity, it is just molded in with various other gamer styles. What happens tho is we lose a bit of the grouping part of the MMO because all class models now in MMO's have the Trinity folded into themselves. For instance lets look at 2 popular games with 2 basic familiar classes. WOW Rogue now vs EQ Rogue 2000. Wow-Rogue can dodge or tank some incoming damage and heal themselves if need be. EQ-Rogue 2000 Needs a tank to hold aggro as he or she is not designed to take damage and then leads to the tank IE Warrior needing a healer class which gives us the need for Trinity, Dps Tank Heals.

    Whats Changed? Everyone wants to play there game solo at some point. People complain to the devs they want more solo-ability from there class and the ones that squeak the loudest get the oil. Then the other classes complain about class balance and the squeaking and the oiling goes on and on till they evolve into what we have today, MMO's that do not need the mutli part anymore. 

    Why are we seeing more posts about old school MMO's and trinity play style? Not sure, but from my point of view it is most likely the lack of new games being released with what i call the "True" dungeon crawl with a "True" trinity group. Don't misunderstand me, i love games like GW2 and the like. There is a need for these play styles. But some game company needs to bring back the bread an butter of "The Trinity".

     

     

  • EndariokEndariok Member UncommonPosts: 12
    Originally posted by Loktofeit
    Originally posted by Endariok

    You cited an article (The Evolution of the Trinity) that states clearly, "The tank takes all the damage issued by the opponent, the healer reduces this damage, and the dps gives damage (dps is "damage per second", non-players) to the opponent."  This definition is how I understand the trinity in MMORPGs; that is how I define it.  I am not trying to eschew the definition of trinity into pedantic semantics.

    Dr_Shivinski used his example of Sleeper AI in EVE Online to highlight just how well the trinity system works and how pervasive it is.  That is to say, even in a game that was never designed around the trinity, players have still found a way to make it work even without a taunt skill. 

    Reading the second half of that paragraph. The trinity isn't defined by the tank taking the damage (that is the point of any defense) but why he is taking it. 

    EDIT: And imageimage for the use of 'eschew'. :) 

     

     

     

    Good point, I like how you said that.  Why is the tank taking the damage?  Alright, lets dig into this.  In MUDs, a tanking role was the solution to the problem of position, as discussed by Richard Bartle in his blog (for those just joining us).  In this case, diversity of gameplay increased by allowing others to specialize in different forms of combat instead of everyone being heavily armored (as necessitated by everyone occupying the same space).  To wit, one person could chose to be the tank and everyone else could be whatever they wanted.

    Enter Everquest.  Owing its lineage to those MUDs, the trinity was introduced there as well; but to solve a different problem.  In Everquest, discrete positions were a thing and room granularity was gone.  Access-containment was possible because the players in metal suits could block enemies' access to other players with their metal-clad bodies.  The problem was, as it was in high school, people could block access to other things too, like bathrooms or water fountains.  So collision detection was out and taunting skills were in.

    But EVE is a little different, CCP never intended for trinity style threat management or tank/healer/dps specialization to be present in their game.  Until it emerged as a player solution to maximizing group efficiency in farming sleepers in wormholes.  Pve tanking in EVE missions was a joke and consisted of arriving first in a room and not dying.  There was no such thing as threat because NPCs never changed targets.  Until, along came a Sleeper, who could and did change targets.  Sleeper AI was brutally effective, they would pick off logi, support, dps; but it also hated EWAR with the excluding passion that only programmed algorithms can create.  So instead of a taunt button we have an ewar button, that (for Sleepers atleast) does the same thing.

    So, why trinity in MUDs?  Because position.  Why trinity in EQ (and by proxy, most other MMORPGs)?  Because griefing.  Why trinity in EVE?  Because efficiency (admittedly, it solves a unique and very niche problem in the grand scheme of EVE).

    All of this says to me that trinity represents pattern and structure.  I've played games without a trinity structure and they're always choas because thats how the developers think combat without threat tables should work.  The only choices left to make for combat are when to dodge, run away, or heal.  So for me, trinity equals more gameplay until something better comes along.

  • HowbadisbadHowbadisbad Member UncommonPosts: 453


    Originally posted by Stone_Fountain

    Originally posted by Howbadisbad Having to wait to find a Healer or Tank is the absolute worst, the trinity also normally comes with classes so that's another big problem. The tank archtype is just retarded, pretty much destroys whatever immersion you could have.
    In games that take 3 weeks to max level? Yes. And these are the games that do not really require it. SO the majority of games that have come out recently in other words have sucky character development and sucky combat. In games that take a very long time to level and develop a character, you don't get such lengthy waits. Especially if people know you're good at the class you play. And a Tank is not retarded. He is the man or woman that stands toe to toe with their enemies and looks into their eyes. How in the HELL is that retarded? My Rogue or thief does his best when attacking at the flanks. He's so...squishy. 

     

    Without differentiating one character from the next (more than just looks you can buy in a cash shop) you get the same experience. And when you add PVP into the mix, you see alot of the same kind of toons running around then. The Trinity is fun and being appreciated for playing your class well is not insignificant. What is insignificant is the same kind of games coming out as of late.

     

    I tried some games from Korea and they suck elephant balls. 



    The tank is retarded, why would you attack a guy in super heavy armor with shit damage when there are all those free squishys actually doing damage right behind him?

    It's PVE so of course it won't ever be a challenge (without heavy artificial difficulty) or make sense, but why do the mobs have to be so dumb it kills the immersion?

    EDIT: Above explains it due to technical limitations basically.

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  • CrazKanukCrazKanuk Member EpicPosts: 6,130
    Originally posted by Pepeq

    Trinity is for the people who don't want to be responsible for anything but one thing.  I tank.  I heal. I dps.  

    What the tank died?  That's the healers fault.  

    What the tank died?  The dps was too slow.  

    What the dps died?  The tank couldn't hold aggro.  

    What the dps died?  That's the healer's fault.  

    What the healer died?  The tank couldn't hold aggro.  

    What the healer died?  The dps was too slow.

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    Trinity... Superior combat?  No.  Easier combat?  Yes.

    Non-Trinity... Superior combat?  No.  Easier combat?  No.

    LOL @ the excuses. You aren't wrong. That's quite alright, though, we're just teaching our kids that we should continuously make excuses over taking responsibility for you contribution to the overall failure. 

     

    On the second bit, I don't think that Trinity combat is EASIER, per se, it's just different. Trinity combat have much greater dependencies on others to not be dumb. Non-Trinity combat may have more difficult encounters, in general, but there are fewer dependencies, meaning you can get away without a few people. If your tank or your healer are dumb then it's pretty much game over. 

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  • NightHaveNNightHaveN Member UncommonPosts: 1,051
    And the OP is misleading something.

    Action combat doesn't have anything to do with trinity. It is just control play mechanic. How you move, how you mitigate damage.

    GW2 May not have full healers. But have tanks, damage dealers in all their forms: sustained, burst, dots. Also have support which convert debuffs & dots into buffs and hots, and part time healers, not the WOW style that can bring someone from 10% to 100% in 2 moves, but still can heal something.

    Tera has tanks, damage dealers and heals too. One of the healers the Mystic drops orbs around and is a player job when health is dropping run to the nearest orb.

    Wildstar also has the trinity. But like most western games do they limit the gear choices, do when leveling you will have to choose whenever getting dps or 2nd Role gear. And as heals you are not going to level fast alone.
  • NightHaveNNightHaveN Member UncommonPosts: 1,051
    Many Eastern games may not offered a full trinity by lack of full heal class,but I have seen that in legacy tab targeting and even turn based games.

    So I may conclude that the OP for some reason dislike action combat, and is trying to associate the most common denominator (GW2) without actually taking time to understand the different mechanics.
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  • Nightbringe1Nightbringe1 Member UncommonPosts: 1,335
    Originally posted by Incomparable

    With a trinity they ruin 1vs1 scenarios since its difficult to balance for that case. 

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    massive MULTIPLAYER online

     

    MMO's should never be balanced around 1v1 instead of by role. By building for 1v1, you are destroying the multiplayer. You might as well go play a MOBA.

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  • DibdabsDibdabs Member RarePosts: 2,921
    Originally posted by Kiyoris

    Some people love to hate on trinity, but it is still the superior combat system.

    Sooooo stale and boring though.

  • AxehiltAxehilt Member RarePosts: 10,504
    Originally posted by simmihi
    "No trinity" means that groups are easier to create - yay, joy! Until people realized that you still had to be a specific class with a specific build and specific gear to be accepted in progression groups, because a perfect balance between skills and classes etc. is very hard to implement.

    Why would someone do progression content and expect their decisions not to matter?

    • Progression content implies challenge.
    • Challenge implies only a narrow set of the right decisions will result in success.
    • The wrong decisions (including the wrong combination of class specializations) will fail.

    If you want trivial decisions (ie playing any damn class you want) then play a game's trivial challenges.  Every game has em.

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  • Jean-Luc_PicardJean-Luc_Picard Member LegendaryPosts: 8,149
    Originally posted by BadSpock

    It doesn't have a better community or better players...

    XBox live chat makes WoW's "barrens chat" look like an intelligent and mature discussion between rocket scientists...

    But then, most multiplayer FPS games on PC have utterly bad, stupid and/or rude player bases, just like on consoles.

    I still think MMORPGs have much better communities than consoles though.

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  • SavageHorizonSavageHorizon Member RarePosts: 3,432
    Originally posted by Roguewiz

    If Trinity was the superior combat mechanic, we'd still have it. :)Oh wait...you mean the bastardization that WOW created by making Tank, Healer, DPS the new "Trinity"Yes, that bastardization is the superior mechanic when compared to these new games with healing and support as secondary things to do. TLDR VersionThe real "Trinity" died when WOW came into being.  The original Trinity from EQ was Tank, Healer, Support.  You'd then fill the rest of the group up with DPS/Warm Bodies (or cold bodies if they were worthless and died frequently).  Enchanter and Bard are by far my most favorite classes ever.

     

    No it didn't, Vanguard released in 2007 with full trinity and Pantheon will continue it.




  • Flyte27Flyte27 Member RarePosts: 4,574
    Originally posted by tordurbar

    I do agree that the Trinity is the superior combat mechanic - mainly because it was developed by players! Heck, I can remember playing D&D back in the late 70's and we used the Trinity when we fought the boss.  It got pretty frustrating as a healer having only a certain number of spells to cast but we managed to survive most of the battles.

    However, as for the Trinity encouraging social/group mechanics - no.  Everything in Trinity games is set by gear level or documented achievements. If you do not have the appropriate gear level or achievement then you are either booted or ridiculed. Yes, guild raiding builds social interaction but that is what guilds are for!

    I find it ironic that many posters (especially on this site) decry how the newer mmo's all act like single player games yet most of them want action combat.  An earlier poster said it right - action combat belongs in single player games like consoles.  People miss the reason why mmo's are going that route - the developers WANT to console audience. Who sells more games - PC or console. Console does. That is what the game developers are going after now - the console audience. (Actually the worm has turned somewhat as the game investors are more interested in the mobile market but that is another story.)

    So basically gaming is not going to be worthwhile if it is at all now.  Developers can make crappy mobile games for a fraction of the price and kids will enjoy playing them/grow up with them.  That's not much different how a lot of the people in their late teens - 30s accept a lot more simple gameplay and are content thinking it is very challenging.  When you grow up in an age when computers and consoles are in process of early development then you understand complexity and patience.  Most things were in a very raw form that forced complication.  Now we live in an age where we have lots of computer choices and companies and trying to make things as simple as possible to lure as many people as possible in.  Even in the 90s that probably wouldn't have been possible.  There was too much of a learning curve for most people to invest the time and patience required.  You would really have to love computers.  That is the difference between the user of today and the user of the past.  The user used to be someone who loved computers.  Today the user is simply someone who uses a computer if it makes their life more convenient in some way.  What that translates too is it has to be intuitive, quick to learn, and cause no complication to the user. 

    I would take offense that console games are simple though.  I'm playing a console only game called Dark Souls which is probably the most difficult combat RPG out there right now.  I also played many turn based RPGs on Nintendo and Super Nintendo that were fairly complicated for someone who is young and doesn't know RPGs.

    I don't remember the trinity being in games like UO and EQ until people found that it was the most effective form of combat for grouping through experimentation.  It's not much different then people finding out that x class was the best for soloing (even thought no class was supposed to solo in the game).  Some things worked and some things didn't.  Most were found by the community unintentionally.  The developers didn't think of such things at the time.  They just grew over time as people tried new and different things that hadn't been anticipated.  The classes in EQ were fairly close to D&D 2nd edition.  D&D 2nd Edition generally had low level campaigns and relied on resting outside of combat to heal.  I'm not certain there was any intention to have certain classes only perform a certain role.  Each class had the ability to DPS in some way even if it was fairly inefficient.  I believe the Cleric class was meant to fight in melee combat like D&D, but since they were very poor DPS it didn't work out that way if you were going for the most efficient form of combat.  There was no real rhyme or reason to the classes in the beginning.  SInce they were based on D&D there wasn't really much balance other then each character could add something that was important in some way.  I don't believe that is the case with current MMOs.  Now we have games where you can do anything with any class.  No class Is really important to have.

    I don't want to bash people who play today as I know they are probably smarter then me in a lot of other facets of life then gaming.  They may just choose that gaming is not that important to them and perhaps the smartest decision of all, but to some of us gaming is more then just a side attraction.  We like to invest time into it.  It's difficult to do that when a game is setup to be easy and you have to handicap yourself to make it harder.  It makes the time investment feel much less worth while (if you have the time to spend).

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