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Posted: Jan 19th 2011 3:20PM Ripper McGee said

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After installation and especially after uninstallation, check machine for various third-party remnants, such as GameGuard, Pando Media Booster or other such programs. They many not be cleanly uninstalled and you definitely don't want them if they're not required.

Posted: Jan 19th 2011 4:40PM pcgneurotic said

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@Ripper McGee

Excellent advice. CCleaner is your friend here.
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Posted: Jan 19th 2011 3:26PM Ocho said

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Rock on Beau. This explains my gaming lifestyle to a T. If I play a sub game, I don't hang around usually longer than a month or two. Then I have a full stable of MMO's I play on a whim, and am always looking at another one to just pick up and try. Most MMO gamers I know are so confused why I do it, and number 8 hit it on the head... I play because I enjoy playing, not for that uber sense of accomplishment. I get the sense of accomplishment from other parts of my life, I don't need it from my games. And I completely relate with number 4... part of me thinks that class guides and boss strategies and whatnot are all forms of cheating. To know how to beat something before even attempting it takes all the fun out of it for me. And having fun is the only reason any of us play these games to begin with. :)

Posted: Jan 19th 2011 4:00PM TheElvenAssassin said

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@Ocho
"And I completely relate with number 4... part of me thinks that class guides and boss strategies and whatnot are all forms of cheating. To know how to beat something before even attempting it takes all the fun out of it for me."

I totally agree. I play MMOs to explore everything and you really can't explore that dungeon if you've already seen how to do everything. The only time I look at class guides are when I've already settled into a character and I want to see if people are doing it the same way I am. I never use the guides, though. It's more fun to break away and do your own thing.
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Posted: Jan 19th 2011 3:46PM Zantom said

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Nice write up. I tend to bound around a lot of games myself and have installed and jumped into a lot of different F2P games. There is some good advice here that I will keep in mind.

Posted: Jan 19th 2011 3:52PM Justpotatoes said

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Good points! I struggle with #4, in particular, and constantly have to remind myself that I don't need that stuff. I'm a perfectionist by nature, and tend to worry that I'm not "doing it right" when I start playing a new MMO, so I spend time browsing through the forums looking for class guides, etc. Sometimes, I end up spending more time pre-planning than I do just enjoying the game. I avoided DDO and Fallen Earth for a long time, because I got bogged down in the idea that if I was going to play, I had to do it properly. That's just silly, and now I make a point of avoiding forums until I actually try a game for a bit.

Posted: Jan 19th 2011 4:13PM Beau Hindman said

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Thanks for the comments so far, guys. And GREAT advice from Ripper about checking for other software.

Yeh I really wanted to put this out to make sure that my lifestyle is OK and that there are others like me. lol Sounds like I am talking about something entirely different!

So some of these work perfectly for me, but might not others. I really don't mind look-ups and stuff for quests especially, since they can simply be broken and might need a reference. For me, though, I have found that going to in-game sources (the community) kills two birds with one stone: you get your info AND find new people.

Beau

Posted: Jan 19th 2011 4:52PM Chris Atlas said

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Great post. I am by nature a game player rather than a gamer but recently i have been inspired by the write up's i see on Massivley to try some of the great titles going F2P.

Simply admitting to myself that it's ok not to achieve everything in game (or even hit cap) has made for a more relaxing and enjoyable experience.

By ignoring the class guides, forums and all the other metagame aspects I have more of a sense of exploration; each new level or zone is a surprise. I also dont have the same pressure to min max or play specific builds / classes. I play whatever looks interesting and just enjoy the ride.

I've also always ended up paying for something in the cash shops and in the case of LOTRO, started a subscription. The F2P model is excellent in that it gives you a good opportunity to see what the game is like over however long you want.

Posted: Jan 19th 2011 5:49PM madcartoonist said

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I play tons of games that I never actually finish, mmo or not. I just like to experience them and know something about them and how things are progressing in the gaming universe. It is especially awarding when a company truly does something significant and I was there to experience it and think about how it might change things. When I am playing MMOs I am not really playing for XP which really blows the minds of some of my friends. They only want to do quests that are worth alot of cancel any ones that are too low. I don't care if the quest is grayed out and worth almost nothing. The only downside is my hard-drive is almost maxed out because of too many different MMOs. I don't want to uninstall them though as I do pop in and out of different ones.

Oh, and I do really like the idea of doing something for the developers and spending a little. If I am being entertained then someone deserves my money. I don't really spend it seeing movies so I'll spend it at the in game cash shops.

Posted: Jan 19th 2011 6:59PM Averice said

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"nickel and diming" - if you want the entire thing, you have to pay for it in pieces. Granted with that definition you could say $15 a month is also nickel and diming, but I feel the difference is that you're always paying the same amount for all the content, instead of pieces.

You may not feel like you're being nickel and dimed when you play f2p mmo's, but many of us do. Different opinions are fine, but remember that an opinion is an opinion, not a state of law for something. No one is "wrong" in feeling that they are being nickel and dimed, because it is a personal opinion.

More than just the MMO genre is suffering from opinions on nickel and diming these days though, all that DLC content? Yeah. That $10 EA program to try and prevent resales? Yeah.

As for the article, I agree with your #9, though I never look at MMO's for just a short stint. I look for MMO's that I will want to play until the next best thing comes out, which could be years. Not much of a MMO hopper. Usually I'll try a f2p or trial for a few hours, and get turned off because I could be playing something much more awesome, so I quit and go do that.

Posted: Jan 19th 2011 7:01PM Shazzie said

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When I find a game I truly enjoy, I do tend to settle down into it for a while... but I'm not exactly a *cough* monogamous gamer, as I frequently have 1-2 sub-based games and 1-2 F2P games going at once, though one of them invariably gets more attention as my 'current fave'. Even the games I truly enjoy I 'take breaks from', (for other MMOs, and/or for getting lost in loved single player RPGs) now and then, knowing that I'm likely to be back later. But, though I have a roving eye, I'm always looking for a game I can get deep into and enjoy for a good long while. Just so long as that game doesn't demand monogamy.

This means I don't exactly fall into the above playstyle, though I can definitely understand it, as currents of it run through my own.

Posted: Jan 19th 2011 9:03PM Jade Effect said

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I don't subscribe to the idea of playing a MMO for years anymore. The "end-game" just feels like too much work for a bit more enjoyment - spend hours and hours doing repetitive stuff just for an additional item or 3 more stat points.

I look at those end-game players in LoTRO who keep farming instances and I wonder, "Woah, people actually find that fun?" So I just walk around Middle Earth, take in the sights, do the nonsensical quests, whack a few mobs here and there, and move on.

I just try a bit of this, a bit of that, and move on to something else. There's always something new in the horizon.

Posted: Jan 19th 2011 10:39PM wfseg said

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Thanks, I like tips 4 and 8. Will there also be tips for settling down?

Posted: Jan 19th 2011 11:14PM Aardvarkk said

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Great write up Beau. Thanks for helping define a newer genre of gaming!

Posted: Jan 20th 2011 5:58AM Halfcentaur said

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Could someone tell me what game that screenshot is from of the man on horseback overlooking the water?
For that matter, what are each of the screenshots in this article from?
I would appreciate any assistance offered.

Posted: Jan 20th 2011 8:56AM Beau Hindman said

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@Halfcentaur In order"

1) Alganon

2) Priston Tale 2

3) DCUO

4) PotBS

Those are some of my characters. PotBS is a stock screenshot though. :)

Beau

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