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Posted: Jun 11th 2010 8:16AM (Unverified) said

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Yes, obsessively so even. I frequently run census polls for the MMOs I like before choosing a character. I *hate* playing a popular class.

Unfortunately I have a very common taste. Take WoW for example: I *love* the Paladin class, and I even have a couple despite them being so popular. But I can never keep playing them because they're so popular.

Posted: Jun 11th 2010 8:24AM (Unverified) said

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definitely!
if there are no players, there is no mmo.
also, the time of the population is important.
i cant play on an us server because if i log in, almost everyone is sleeping or at work. so i play on an eu server.

Posted: Jun 11th 2010 8:38AM (Unverified) said

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This is a strange topic for me.
On one hand, in most MMOs I look for something that appeals to me. I don't really research the min/maxing capabilities before hand.
In WoW, I chose a shaman because its the only class that was fun for me. I don't really know why it was fun. I think it had to do with the Draenei starting area not sucking huge amounts of murloc. But it was the last of the 9 classes that I'd tried, and the first one that I'd liked. So I stuck with it, and rolled a frost DK once Wrath came out. I chose Frost when they announced the talent trees. Each talent tree had like a one sentence synopsis at that point, but I chose frost because I wanted a tank and envisioned frost as this great big impervious killing machine. Like a glacier plowing into new york or something. Then some manga came along and they've re-envisioned frost as some weeaboo class for people that want to play a rouge but also want to roll on plate gear.

In Cabal Online, I chose a Force Shielder.
I did this because I figured... its the only class that looks like a tank. Then... 125 levels later... found out they were really bad at PVP. Worst in the game in fact.

In FFXI, I played a monk. I played for 6 months and only got 40 levels. That about sums up my experience for FFXI. Nobody wants a monk in their party until the end game, so I only got into parties that were... substandard. I still love the class, and ever since then I've had a fascination with brawler type classes.

It really perplexes me as to how and why most MMO developers shy away from fist fighters. Not just MMO developers, but RPG developers in general. Its maybe once every two years I actually get to play a brawler type class in an MMO.

But just so we're clear on my priority list.
1: Brawler type characters
2: Things that sound really cool and are fun to play, but then once you hit level cap/endgame status you discover are very underpowered.
3: Tanks. I like playing tanks because you just stack HP, keep aggro, dodge crazy stuff that you really don't want to hit you, and blame the healer when you die. Unless it is the developer's fault.

Posted: Jun 11th 2010 1:19PM NeoDodge said

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I suggest you come to City of Villains and play a brute. Merrily combines all three criteria you've just cited.

As for me, I'm more of the "screw the people" kind. I play whatever I fancy regardless of the trends, with a preference towards the pet classes.
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Posted: Jun 11th 2010 8:44AM gildhur said

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Elf Hunters are probably the most common combination in LotRO too.

Posted: Jun 11th 2010 9:40AM (Unverified) said

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I fully admit to having one, too. If I'm going to be a cheap hero knock-off then I'm going all the way, dang it!
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Posted: Jun 11th 2010 10:25AM gildhur said

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Hobbit > all. The End.
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Posted: Jun 11th 2010 11:00AM paraLogiki said

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I have one, and it's not because I wanted to be Legolas, it's because they had a racial for increase Bow damage. No brainer for a min/maxer =\
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Posted: Jun 11th 2010 8:58AM Ocho said

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Ha! I'd be the type to play the least popular combination. When vanilla WoW first came out I leveled a warrior as protection spec all the way from 1-60. It was rediculously unpopular to do because killing anything took way too long. It wasn't until much much later that they fixed the prot spec damage output. I didn't care, though.

In the long run, its all about what you enjoy, popularity be damned. I thought I would really enjoy a tank class in LotRO, but I've found I'm much more enjoying the (very popular... I see them everywhere) rune-keeper. So it goes...

Posted: Jun 11th 2010 12:28PM (Unverified) said

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Im with you, boss.

In every MMO I play I enjoy the sword-and-board style class, regardless of popularity. I'm not a fan of casters and healing tends to get boring after a while. It may be due to my laziness that I enjoy being able to just run into a group of mobs and not worry about my own safety :D

Also...I love Dwarves and hate the dirty long'uns. The thought of being an armor-clad, ax wielding ball of beard and ire makes me happy inside.
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Posted: Jun 11th 2010 9:21AM (Unverified) said

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In EVE Online, every miner trains for the Hulk. It's natural. No ship can match the sheer mining yield of a Hulk. A fleet of Hulks, aided by an Orca (a heavy hauler), can completely disintegrate an asteroid belt in mere hours.

On the other hand, there's a fair amount of variety in what kind of combat ship to fly. There's the drone-boat Dominix, the 'LAZOR'-cannon-ships Abaddon and Apocalypse, the heavy weapons Megathron, and many, many more. Some people fly Electronic Warfare ships to disrupt the systems of their opponents, other people choose the lightly armed but very agile and fast Assault Ships, and again other people fly (super)capital ships in lowsec and nullsec, such as carriers, dreadnoughts or even a collosal titan. There are several popular choices, but they are so numerous there is not one so popular that it's the only ship you see.

Posted: Jun 11th 2010 10:27AM (Unverified) said

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Look at EVE in terms of each variation of ship class.

Avatar is the most overused Titan
Revelation is the most overused Dread
Armageddon is the most overused Battleship
Drake is the most overused Battlecruiser
Rifter is the most overused Frigate
etc.

Personally I trained for a Phoenix instead of a Revelation (or Moros) because of how popular they are.
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Posted: Jun 11th 2010 10:49AM (Unverified) said

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I dunno about the geddon being the most popular battleship. According to the lastest economic quarterly, the Raven is the most popular battleship.
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Posted: Jun 12th 2010 10:06AM (Unverified) said

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Sorry, I should have specified I was talking about PVP.

The Raven is the most popular in PVE and since most people in EVE never leave highsec it is the most used battleship.

In PVP you see hardly any of them because they are useless in remote-rep gangs, where the Armageddon is the king.
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Posted: Jun 11th 2010 9:27AM (Unverified) said

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I try different characters and gameplay styles for every game. I restart alot too.... I don't really care what's popular or not. But if the character I do choose to stick with for awhile is popular, it's not because it's popular, it's because I enjoy playing with that character.

Posted: Jun 11th 2010 9:40AM Arkanaloth said

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not in the slightest...

Posted: Jun 11th 2010 10:14AM Tom in VA said

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My biggest problem with the elf race in both WoW and LotRO was with the (male) character models, which are far too wussy-ish (LotRO) and/or weird looking (WoW), imo. I really do not like the elf models in either game. Love my orc and dwarf hunters in WoW, though, it's a very resilient class.

The fact of the matter, however, in WoW is that the hunter class is also one of the most solo-friendly classes available. Perhaps *that* is why they are so popular. As for the elf thing, that I don't get.

I like pet classes, what can I say? WoW does a decent job with pets. The pet classes and pet AI in LotRO (Captain and Lore-Master) are absolutely terrible in comparison. In Guild Wars 1, pets weren't so great either.

In SWTOR, it looks to me as though ALL of the classes will be pet classes or at least have a pet option (and the pets ["companions"] look really well realized and awesome), which makes me very excited for this particular game. Yay, Bioware!

When GW2 announced that had had decided to drop Companions, whereas SWTOR announced they would have them, this moved GW2 ahead of and past SWTOR in my overall estimation.

As for unusual race/class combinations, I was always quite partial to my gnome warrior and dwarf rogue, both off which are as rare as hen's teeth in WoW. ;)

Posted: Jun 11th 2010 10:14AM HooDiergod said

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I often try to avoid playing what is too popular, but sometimes it is the class I wanted to play before I knew it was popular so then it becomes saving the best for last.
Lately, been aiming to just play what I want, regardless of popularity. But sometimes it sucks when your position is often filled in the group. Attributes to altoholism.

Posted: Jun 11th 2010 10:51AM Azlew said

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Playing a 'nerfed' class and finding fun in doing it. Something like the Illusionist on EQ2. Kudos to those that are still playing - most rolled a Summoner I swear.
I play a Warden - an extremely overplayed class, but I think I'm very good at it. I knew nothing about the game when I started playing, other than my girlfriend played a Fury and I wanted a similar class so I chose a Warden.

Posted: Jun 11th 2010 11:10AM Vendayn said

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I don't mind if something is popular or not. But, I always play nature related classes...cause I LOVE nature, so a class like a Druid or Shaman (in WoW) is perfect for me.

Druid happens to be a very popular class in WoW, but thats fine because they are so fun. Shamans happen to be one of the less popular classes, but I don't find them as much fun as a Druid, but still they are fine.

The way I see it, way worry about popularity if you enjoy the class? I'm not going to let other people influence my decision on what to play, how to play or what I do with the class in a game.

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