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Posted: Jul 10th 2009 8:07AM (Unverified) said

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I play in the 3rd person, until I go up a level, then I'll play in the 4th person.

Posted: Jul 10th 2009 9:02AM nomoredroids said

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So you'll control your avatar as you look at somebody else's screen, who's looking at you? Seems complicated.
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Posted: Jul 10th 2009 8:11AM (Unverified) said

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I prefer to see what my character is wearing and get an overview of the world thus I play in third person all the time. I get enough first person experience just by typing this comment...

Posted: Jul 10th 2009 8:15AM fzzzt said

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Well, I prefer to play in first person, as I did in EQ, but I'm forced to play in third-person in all recent MMOGs.

Posted: Jul 10th 2009 8:16AM (Unverified) said

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Third-person nearly all the time.

Only time I would go into first-person was during 2005-era WoW raids, when I would do so and angle my camera downwards to get a better view of 40 heath bars on my screen. Ah, memories of playing a Priest.

Posted: Jul 10th 2009 8:22AM (Unverified) said

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1st person even though it pisses folks off when you are in a group. I played this way since EQ and can't get use to 3rd.

Posted: Jul 10th 2009 8:44AM (Unverified) said

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In MMO's I use 3rd person. Same for second life (SL) But for reading signs you don't use first person you move your camera. Ctrl + ALT click to center on what you want to read zoom in. It doesn't have the camera constraints that games have.

Posted: Jul 10th 2009 8:55AM (Unverified) said

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I can't stand 3rd person at all. I tend to avoid games that require you to play that way and don't give a choice. I prefer to play in 1st person, however the best is when you can a choice of either and can scroll out with the mouse-wheel when its needed.

3rd person just strikes me as console-esque.

Posted: Jul 10th 2009 9:14AM elocke said

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3rd person. I've always hated first person RPGs. EVER single one of them, no matter how good a game. Yes, even the Elder Scrolls games. For me it is the whole fact, that it isn't truly first person. I have no peripheral vision to help my eyes. I'm very limited in what I can see.

I prefer looking down on my character, much like when I was a kid and played with Star Wars figures or G.I. Joe. That's how I like my RPGs.

Posted: Jul 10th 2009 10:10AM aurickle said

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You've hit it on the head there.

Add to that the fact that when you walk through the real world there is a natural head-bob that takes place, linked to your stride. When a game doesn't have this effect, you feel like you're just floating through the world rather than part of it. It's very distracting. When a game does have the effect, it's too smooth and doesn't feel even remotely tied to what a real stride would be. Not only is it as bad of a distraction as no bob at all (or even worse), but without the connection to your body that tells you this bobbing is correctly synchronized the result can actually make me sick to my stomach.

Third person for me, for sure. There is only one game that I've ever managed to enjoy in first person, and that was Fallout 3 on the Xbox.
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Posted: Jul 10th 2009 9:39AM regn said

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For some reason I played EQ in first person. I think it was something about how the camera was set up though, you couldn't zoom out far enough to see around your character much.

In all my years of playing WoW I've only met one person who played in first person. He was in the opening areas of Gnomer before the instance and kept dying to pats he couldn't see. I told him he should try zooming out, but no, he wanted to "be" his toon. The funny thing is, unless you can get peripheral vision and full surround sound, there's no way to do this. It's like role playing a horse with blinders on and stereo hearing.

Posted: Jul 10th 2009 9:55AM (Unverified) said

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I loved the way EQ did 1st person, but really all the new games do it wrong. It loses the immersion when you never see your hand or feet do anything. So I try it in every game hoping they will get it right, then I am dissapointed when they don't.

Posted: Jul 10th 2009 10:03AM (Unverified) said

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I prefer the Mouse-look (1st Person) view in SL, but wish the controls were better optimized for it. Luckily I use a 3DConnection (Logitech) Space Explorer* motion controller with a programmed button that allows me to quickly flip from Mouse-look to standard (3rd Person) views.

In the near future, I hope to use a pair of VR glasses in combination with a human control system like Microsoft's NATAL**, to provide a truly immersed level of augmentation. It will be interesting to see if/when Linden Lab adopts NATAL, given their past philosophical aversion to all things Microsoft.

* http://www.3dconnexion.com/3dmouse/spaceexplorer.php
** http://popwatch.ew.com/popwatch/2009/06/e3-microsoft.html

Posted: Jul 10th 2009 10:26AM ed anger said

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3rd person when exploring, 1st person when fighting

Posted: Jul 10th 2009 10:14AM Meagen said

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I can never get the hang of first person controls. In third person I can see exactly where I'm standing and it's much easier to maneuver. I generally avoid games that don't leave me the option to switch to third person.

Posted: Jul 10th 2009 10:23AM (Unverified) said

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It all depends. I mostly travel with the camera behind me when I'm walking about; once in a while, though (not often), I want to get closer in on something. Then I go to "mouselook," as we refer to it in Second Life. I actually find I drive better with the camera behind me when I'm using a vehicle of some kind, at least to date.

Posted: Jul 10th 2009 1:07PM (Unverified) said

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Third person nearly all the time in WoW; I'm usually a gnome, and seeing all those mob-knees and flower-stems gets dull. :) Sometimes first person in really laggy places (Lagaran!) just to cut down my view so the video card doesn't suffer to much.

Third person also nearly all the time in SL, the main difference being that in SL my camera is quite often nowhere near my AV. First person often for flying through complex objects, because first person (mouselook) steering works better than third person. Note that in SL first-person view (for no apparent reason) causes much of the UI to be hidden, which is annoying.

Agreement with the posters above who pointed out that first-person view is really *not* like what we see in real life, due to the lack of peripheral vision real 3D sound, etc. If we get 3D headsets that fix that, I might be in first-person view more often. (Or not; think how much fun camming all over the place at high speed will be then!)

Posted: Jul 10th 2009 2:05PM (Unverified) said

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I always play in 3rd person if I can help it. From that angle, I can see more of the area that my character can. In addition, I am prone to get motion sickness from games, so if I need to run around a circular staircase, I'd rather do that from as far away a perspective as I can.

And what's the point of that snazzy new armour you just got if you never look at how cool you look? :)

Posted: Jul 10th 2009 2:11PM (Unverified) said

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I've played in 3rd person since I realized that I could in EQ many years back.. I like to see what's going on from all sides including behind me.

Posted: Jul 10th 2009 4:36PM (Unverified) said

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I stand over someone's shoulder and tell them to move the avatar for me. What is that, like 5th person?

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