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Posted: Nov 4th 2010 8:23AM GaaaaaH said

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(Insert game here) is a game full of crybabies who will whine if anything doesn't go their way.

Posted: Nov 4th 2010 8:28AM Pewpdaddy said

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(Insert game here) is full of trolls all trying to tell you that WoW was the first MMO. Hoping to start the nerd rage.

Other than that it seems that LoTRO is full of reasonable folks aside from the a for mentioned basers.
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Posted: Nov 4th 2010 8:33AM GenericPerson said

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I've played quite a few different games in the past year and in all honesty they all remind me of a high school. You've got people that help (teachers), got people that like the solo content (emo), got the people that run raids continually (jocks) and you've got the dungeon runners, questers and casual players (general population). None of them talk generally, most just want to be left alone to be popular within their own little clique. I miss my old MUD communities that were usually helpful, insightful in the mechanics and generally played simply to escape into an imagined world. Now there is nothing to imagine so people just become zombies and just mock people with questions or berate people just starting out.

Posted: Nov 4th 2010 9:17AM Ocho said

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Very nice breakdown. There are also the people into theatre (roleplayers), nerds (min-max economy players), and stoners (naked dancing on mailboxes)... But yeah, I completely see the corrolation there.
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Posted: Nov 4th 2010 8:52AM Comrade Domovoi said

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SWG: a lot of people just doing stuff, was a chill attitude since being the best required cooperation and being nice (to an extent). Can honestly say that I ran into only a couple of people who were asses.

WoW: Not even remotely as bad as everyone makes it out to be, speaking from years of experience.

City of Heroes: One person told me to lrn2tank :D, other than that it was good people.

LotRO: Ohboyherewego.jpg. This community thinks that its the best around and in no way is it. It has more than its fair share of annoying bastards and outright morons. If anything, I notice them here more so then any other game. Vets like to say that F2P brought in a lot of "garbage" but they need to take their nostalgia goggles off.

EVE Online: Thar be dragons here.

Matrix Online: It seemed like nobody gave a crap and everyone was having a good time.

Age of Conan: Mixed bag. I always play on the PVP server where often red=dead, so you're not going to exactly be socializing with people that often (because a number of them have ganked you and I'm not going to lie my friend and I killed a lot of people as well). When people aren't killing each other on sight, the community is rather good.



Posted: Nov 4th 2010 11:30AM Birk said

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@Comrade: Haven't had the same experience at all, actually. I just joined LOTRO at the dawn of FTP, and absolutely everyone I met has been helpful and friendly. Yes, there are a few loud, obnoxious, arrogant folks. But they number in the single digits thus far, and I've had more than a fair share of vets (with level 65's and alts) help me out of sticky situations.

In my opinion, the community on Landroval is the best, bar none. I've been looking for a great MMO community since Dransik, and this is it.

I'm a self-proclaimed LOTRO evangelist. Even if the "shiny" wears off tomorrow, the community is incredible.

-Birk
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Posted: Nov 5th 2010 4:19AM Revrant said

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LOTRO definitely has that snobby elitist issue, but it's a deeper game with a rich base of lore that stretches back into the primordial age of high fantasy. So these people are definitely attracted to it, but I can't think of any other game where you can stand outside the inn at Bree and play Ozzy's Dreamer converted into an ABC notation by a talented individual and discover a whole guild of musicians that you then jamband with.

If Cataclysm wasn't coming up, I guarantee you I'd be playing new songs on my lute with my LOTRO friends.

Dragons thing made me bust out laughing by the way, good one, and understated too.
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Posted: Nov 4th 2010 8:52AM Higurashi said

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I've been playing different MMOS for years now, and Lineage 2 has the worst community I have ever seen in an MMO, and the game is like 70% bots, and people who bot. Fortunately it's no longer "my MMO", since I stopped playing it.

Posted: Nov 4th 2010 8:56AM (Unverified) said

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in almost any game i play i turn off the more annoying public channels... trade, global etc.

If there is something I need, I simply turn them back on for the time being.

I generally don't go onto game forum sites either. I've found that there are generally better sites out there for the number crunching and informational than what exist on the game's site. (this is typically the case for most games)

I guess I play my MMO's more like a co-op game, associating with people I have met. I don't shy away from PUG's or any other massive game play, I just dont bother talking with the faceless masses.

Posted: Nov 4th 2010 9:03AM Zaetal said

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EVE has a great community when you find people to work together with, share your timezone, interests, etc. It can quickly goes downhill fast due to the open ended nature of it all and the freedom to be a complete ass with little consequence.

Not to mention that playing the actual game is a chore at the best of times. I used to say "20 minutes of exhilaration followed by 2 months of boredom."

Most MMOs you can find chill guilds on any server to hang with, shoot the breeze, do a few things, some more mature than others. The raid centric guilds in any game will be closer just due to being on vent with 20 of them all the time. They are also hugely prone to burn out and drama and said guilds tend to explode from time to time, reforming, burning out again, etc. Only a handful escape that fate, usually with members that do things together offline.

ANY MMO's forums are the worst place of community gathering. There are no exceptions.

Posted: Nov 4th 2010 9:06AM Higurashi said

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Other noteworthy communities that I've come across that are bad are Gates of Andaron and Flyff. Gates of Andaron is full of little 13 year olds that aren't even mature enough to play WOW.

Flyff has actually been one of my favorite MMOS over the years, but I can't deny that the community is pretty crappy. Players just follow you around and beg you to power level them all day. Everyone is so lazy in Flyff.

I agree with "cosmic" that stated that he stays away from official game forums. They tend to be full of delusional freak jobs who flip out when you suggest that anything is wrong with the game.

Posted: Nov 4th 2010 9:23AM Rilgon said

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"Everyone is so lazy in Flyff."

Isn't that the truth - except for those of us idiotic enough to play a FS Ringmaster.

And even when we work twice as hard as any other class and demonstrate incredible support capability, we're usually screwed over by most leveling partners for loot split, our good item sets (level 30/level 105) are price-gouged to high hell... Yeah.

Mind, that all went away when I found my permanent partner when I was playing FlyFF "regularly", but most FSRMs aren't that lucky.
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Posted: Nov 4th 2010 9:36AM Rilgon said

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And clearly my memory's going, because by level 30 set, I mean level 45 set (Wedge/Flurry). :P
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Posted: Nov 4th 2010 9:10AM J Brad Hicks said

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Star Trek Online: Worst. Community. EVAR. Turn off the Zone chat channel and play only with your personal friends, if you can manage it. I've been a Trekker since 1968, and I've never seen a group of people who could convince me that all of the worst stereotypes about Trekkies were true ... until I saw public chat in Star Trek Online. Whiny, vicious, immature, bigoted, self-important, ungracious, and bone-ignorant in ways that make your average rural Tea Partier look like a college-educated Unitarian.

Posted: Nov 4th 2010 9:33AM (Unverified) said

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I don't know as though I agree quite as strongly with you, but it is a mixed bag.

STO has a rather large number of 'whiney' players, but it also has a lot of really fun players. I think the general problem with STO if you will, is that it's not a community as such, too many people play solo, enter PVP, and just sit there to get their dailies, and join teams and refuse to reply to other players.
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Posted: Nov 4th 2010 10:05AM Jef Reahard said

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Ah yes, bemoaning stereotypes in one breath and perpetuating them in the next. Well played, lol.

Back on topic, the AoC community has its highs and lows like all of them do. That said, I have to agree with others that have said that you will never find a more wretched hive of PvP-focused whining babes (particularly on the o-boards). The folks in-game are considerably nicer and better adjusted.
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Posted: Nov 4th 2010 10:06AM Jef Reahard said

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My reply was to Brad, btw, stupid comment system.
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Posted: Nov 5th 2010 4:21AM Revrant said

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This is what happens when you have a base of extremely dissatisfied players who, while hating the game, are so devoted to the subject matter that they can't leave it, thus dragging down the game.
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Posted: Nov 4th 2010 9:15AM Solp said

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12 Million people playing WoW, the vocal minority of morons is vast. Playing on The Scryers, the community is really very good.

Anyone who tries to take that for more than a generalization... please don't.

Posted: Nov 4th 2010 9:19AM (Unverified) said

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Whiny, vicious, immature, bigoted, self-important, ungracious, and bone-ignorant in ways that make your average rural Tea Partier look like a college-educated Unitarian.

lol that was funny.

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