MMORPGs are difficult for new players. Anyone expecting something
they’re used to is going to be shocked at how differently they play,
even if they’ve enjoyed games of similar type in the past. They’re
simply an entirely different experience, and it’s not uncommon for
some people to be overwhelmed when it comes to getting into an
MMORPG. For those people, and anyone still having problems
breaking into the genre, here are ten tips to surviving an MMORPG.
1 "Be optimistic and friendly
There’s a good chance you’re going to get
confused early on, and acting frustrated
isn’t going to get you anywhere. Instead,
be cheerful, friendly, and optimistic –
there’s a much better chance you’ll enjoy
yourself that way, and it will help when
you need to...
2 Ask questions
You’re not going to know everything. Nearly
every MMORPG has problems with tutorials,
and even the best ones fail to explain
everything. There’s simply too much content
to keep the MMORPG entertaining while
explaining it, so much of it is left untaught.
To learn the tricks of the game, you’re going
to have to ask questions.
3 Ignore jerks
More than any other genre, many MMORPG
players for some reason feel a bit entitled. Some
are elitist, and take joy in knowing more than
everyone else. There are plenty of kind people,
but expect to run into others who will pretend
they were born with all of the knowledge of the
game, and don’t feel like helping newcomers.
Ignore them. Just because they’re being mean
doesn’t mean everyone is, and they’re just a
vocal minority. That said...
4 "Read everything
Even the kindest MMORPG player will get
annoyed when someone asks questions they
could easily find the answer to on their own.
The quest’s text usually says where the
objective is, the map usually has the locations
of important places, and there’s a great deal
of information online to teach new players
what to do. Read it all, you’ll be well informed
and better for it. Speaking of which...
5 Join the MMORPG’s forums
You’re going to feel out of place, but it’s a
great resource for learning how to play
outside of the MMORPG itself. Just like asking
questions in-game will teach you on the go,
asking for broader help on the forums can be
beneficial as well. On top of that, it’s a great
way to meet new people to help you with
the game. Just in case you don’t...
6 "Bring a friend
The point of an MMORPG is playing with friends,
so why not bring one along? It makes some of
the issues listed above much less significant, as
two heads are better than one when it comes
to problem solving and learning how to play. It
also makes finding a group easier, and a
fighter/cleric duo is better than either one
alone. Well, as long as you’re communicating
well, which means you should...
7 "Use voice chat
Many MMORPGs come with built-in voice chat,
meaning there’s no reason not to join in the
conversation. There’s a sense of urgency in
MMORPGs; player death can be much more
important than it is in a typical shooter, and if a
game has the tools put on the headset. Even
when an MMORPG doesn’t have voice chat there
are other options, such as Ventrillo, but that’s
not an issue as long as you...
8 Pick an easy MMORPG
There are plenty of MMORPGs out there, some
simple, some complex. Even if you’re interested
in space travel, “EVE Online” is likely difficult for
a new player. “Free Realms” and “World of
Warcraft” on the other hand, are much easier to
learn -- but there are others in-between. Choose
one you’ll like, but make sure it’s not incredibly
difficult. The genre is hard to get into in the first
place, and picking a hard one doesn’t help. Either
way, you’re going to want to...
9 Plan around it
I know, this might sound insane, but it’s
important early on. Be it an hour a night or an
hour a week, having a set time to play can help
get into a rhythm. Before long, you’ll notice
that many others do this as well, and you’ll
begin recognizing faces and making friends.
Even so, always remember to...
10 Know your limits
MMORPGs are incredibly fun, but are equally
addictive. If you notice your work performance
dropping or grades slipping, it might be time to
cut back, play more casually, and remember
that it is, indeed, just a game.
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