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Posted: Nov 14th 2009 9:22AM (Unverified) said

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No, i just read the quests for a kind of "desteny quest" like that makes part of the central story of the mmo

Posted: Nov 14th 2009 9:39AM Sente said

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Yes, I read the mission text, I read any lore information I run into etc - at least the first time.

Being an altoholic I do tend to do some missions a number of times with different characters. I do not bother to read the text every time I do a mission, only when I do not remember what the plot was.

Posted: Nov 14th 2009 9:43AM (Unverified) said

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I read the quest text the first time through, but skim or even skip it for other chars.

Posted: Nov 14th 2009 9:55AM Kadamon said

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On my first time doing said quest, yes, I read the text.

Second time thru? Hells no. I've already done this before, on with the leveling.

Posted: Nov 14th 2009 10:11AM Jeromai said

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I love to read the quest text, and not skip any cutscenes the first time around. The only annoying conflict comes when I'm in a group full of impatient people who can't be bothered by story, or have done it so many times before that they no longer care. I might skip reading on alts, if I can remember the gist and don't feel like immersing myself in the experience that day.

Posted: Nov 14th 2009 10:26AM ultimateq said

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Never Ever.

Posted: Nov 14th 2009 10:28AM Inspectah said

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I just read the first few when starting a new game, and then after the starting zone i tend to fall completely off just spam clicking to get to the "accept quest" part.

Posted: Nov 14th 2009 10:39AM archipelagos said

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Always. Could how quests are presented by expanded beyond a flat excerpt of exposition? Absolutely and I hope that they are but not at the expense of world detail. Voice acting is all well and good but there's a reason that people still read books alongside watching movies.

Posted: Nov 14th 2009 10:41AM Laren said

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If I don't 'feel' like reading the quest text, it is the fault of the game, not me. I really enjoy story. But the story has to be worth being told. And as someone else said above, a lot of the story should also come out during the game play...

Someone from Bioware said it best when talking to his quest designers. He told them to imagine Darth vader doing the quests... "Darth Vader, killing 10 rats.". ha.

If the quests are good and varried, I'll read / listen (if spoken like in AoC tortage) every single word. If they are of the 'kill/collect x pls', I'll grow tired of it and stop reading altogether, which is the first sign I'm almost done with the game. Aion is the latest game to suffer this fate.

Posted: Nov 14th 2009 10:46AM niakori said

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I'm a fast reader so it's no big deal for me to read quest text, and I read it all. If I didn't I'll miss out on story (the reason I even play mmos) and gems, like elf porn.

Posted: Nov 14th 2009 10:57AM Laren said

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Oh, another reason I'll skip quest reading... If I get to a quest hub and have dozens of quests to 'pickup'... if they are all different stories, forget it, I'm not reading them. Whats the point? I won't remember them anyways.

A quest hub should have 1 or 2 overall stories for all the quests. Most of the new mmos I've played commit this terrible sin. Nothing worse them being pestered by everyones different problem (I lost my ring, I need ore for armor, the water is contaminated, my daughter is sick, I have this letter to deliver...stfu everyone. lol).

Posted: Nov 15th 2009 12:31AM davidarmstrong488 said

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Gosh, so funny, so true.

I don't care. And even after I get the XP, it's not like I can come back to burn your pathetic little village to punish you for inflicting yourselves onto me in the first place.

God, if I could do anything in an mmo, I'd go back to those god-forsaken starting areas and rip them apart. Kill every npc and every mob they tasked me to kill so no one can ever progress through that area again.

If it was so important the task get completed, have Thrall do it. I don't care, I'm an undead Warlock. If I was so skilled, then how was it I died the FIRST time?!
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Posted: Nov 14th 2009 11:15AM elocke said

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Really depends on how the game executes it. For me, FFXI did it the best way, scrolling the text in your dialogue and giving cutscenes. Although, they really could have used a quest log that saved the conversation.

I really don't like how EQ2 does it, with chat bubbles and having to click through tons of useless dialogue.

WoW is simplistic and I rarely read them since you get the gist once you start doing what the quest asks for anyway.

Sometimes I read Lotro's because they are written so well, other games the writing is horrible, like WAR.

Posted: Nov 14th 2009 11:21AM eNTi said

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I almost NEVER read the quest text. Because they are most uninteresting and do not add anything to the progress short from me knowing what to do. Questing has become so downward stupid and easy, that a 5 year old can do it... in a language he can't understand.

That said it is clear. As long as anyone can do a quest without reading it, the time and efford to create the quest or story behind it, will be wasted almost completely. Make people do riddles, they can't solve without reading. Describe the location of the quest and do not fucking give them a gps'ed automap.

If I gain nothing and lose a lot of time by reading stories, that aren't even very imaginitive most of time, I'll just won't be bothered.

Posted: Nov 14th 2009 11:21AM karnisov said

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yeah i used to read the text in the epic quests on LOTRO, but not the side quests.

Posted: Nov 14th 2009 11:29AM Tizmah said

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No, I actually don't read quest text half the time. Most of them are fillers really and don't really focus on the overall story. If I know the quest is perhaps an Epic, Dungeon, or Mission quest, then yes I will definitely read it because it probably tells a bit of the story.

No one wants to read a huge 3 paragraphs of a guy needing materials for pie and the reason why when at the end he simply says, "Go get 5 red apples and kill 5 goblins, then come back to see me."

I'd rather read 3 huge paragraphs perhaps on the history of the dungeon I'm going to or about the boss that lurks there etc.

Posted: Nov 14th 2009 1:17PM Interitus said

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I always read it the first time, I'll read it again (usually just the first quest) if I haven't done that quest in a really long time. I've been yelled at once for holding up a group because I was reading quest text

Posted: Nov 14th 2009 11:47AM (Unverified) said

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Most of the time I skim through quest text unless a familiar NPC name or important storyline element pops out of a sentence.

Posted: Nov 14th 2009 12:02PM vangeeks said

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No, I have questing mods that give waypoints and descriptions for quests I am doing, if the mod fails to point me the right way or how to do said quest, THEN I will glance over the detail, or read up on wowhead.com

Posted: Nov 14th 2009 1:04PM Russell Clarke said

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I used to read, in the days before every game had a little red cross on the map, or a direction indicator telling you which way to go. But now these 'conveniences' have been added I find I don't need to. Must admit I kind of wish I could turn off the crosses, it'd help with immersion no end.

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