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Posted: Jul 12th 2011 8:07AM Issmir said

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It's probably just me, but I can't for the life of me see why being influenced by how popular a class is would be fun. That being said, I'm not aware that I go the other way and pick minority classes on the grounds of them being unusual.

I tend to go for the class I enjoy playing or the one that looks the most Issmirian.

I will avoid builds that feel cheap or exploity though.

Posted: Jul 13th 2011 3:37AM Lionhearted said

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@Issmir

Off the top of my head, I'd suggest some people could be influenced because that's what they're seeing around. That's what we like to call advertisement :p

It makes people think of it more, and it leads people to think that maybe there's something to why a class could be popular.

Obviously, this goes more for newer players than people who've been around long enough to learn the game and understand the pros and cons of each class.
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Posted: Jul 12th 2011 8:12AM Jesse A said

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This rings completely true for me.

In LOTRO, I started playing on launch day and chose a hunter. I had done some reading from beta on the classes, since they weren't your typical fantasy names. I was going to play the Lore-Master (seemed like the closest to a magic class), but some guy said the hunter was the ranged nuker in LOTRO and the closest to the mage in WOW. So I picked hunter.

Little did I know that every Legolas-loving player that came along would choose the hunter too.

Now, I'd like to play the Sith Inquisitor in SWTOR for similar reasons, but it already looks like it's going to be one of the most popular classes. So I'll likely resign myself to the bounty hunter instead.

Posted: Jul 12th 2011 8:33AM OmegaDestroyer said

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For me, the less popular a class/powerset is, the more likely I will try to find a way to make it work for me.

Posted: Jul 12th 2011 8:52AM dragonandante said

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No, class popularity never influences me. I simply play whatever class I'm certain I'll enjoy. I could care less if it happens to be one of the most popular.

Posted: Jul 12th 2011 8:55AM Dril said

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Personally if something is way too popular, I won't play it (it's one of the many reasons I never play a pure dps class.)

It normally means massive competition for loot, ridiculously limited spaces for raids/dungeons and being considered part of the "tard" class.

Although I still love my DK in WoW :P

Posted: Jul 12th 2011 10:22AM Loopy said

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@Dril
Ditto.

To add to that, i like having some individuality to my gameplay experience. Nothing irks me more than seeing multiples of the same class as mine, sharing the same armour as me. It doesn't make me feel like i am contributing at all.

If i pick a class, i like to be "wanted" and "needed". No better feeling than seeing people in your group say "Oh wicked, we got a *insert_class* ".

In ToR I was going to go with the Trooper class, but everyone i talk to is doing the same. So now i'll probably have to switch Consular instead.
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Posted: Jul 12th 2011 8:57AM jealouspirate said

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I'd like to say that it doesn't influence me, but truth be told I'm less likely to play a class that is extremely popular. It's stupid, but I guess some part of me wants to go against the grain. Ugh.

Posted: Jul 12th 2011 11:10AM (Unverified) said

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@jealouspirate

That's not stupid. If anything, it justifies the fact that your trying to be different. Dril has a good justification too. Who wants to fight over resources when you're the same class? Of course, that all depends on a games mechanics, but it's a simple generalization for argument sake.

I first choose a class based on mechanics. If I enjoy playing the class, that class is going to be my main character. I'm not sacrificing my needs of enjoyment over playing something I don't "want" to play. On the other hand, I gravitate towards support classes. I like to take care of my team; performing as the hidden crutch that helped carry my team towards the goal. Those type of classes are usually less popular... LFG Heals/Tank anyone?
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Posted: Jul 12th 2011 9:01AM Wic said

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I agree with the writer and play the same way except I tend to go for the least popular, I dont always go for pet classes, I don't roll female if it becomes a serious character I usually end up paying a rediculous fee to go male. Hats are fun just look at TF2 pyro cone hat anyone!

Posted: Jul 12th 2011 9:02AM Wic said

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Oh and if I hit a wall I dont know I have hit I then tend to start rerolling blaming the class teehehehe.

Posted: Jul 12th 2011 9:04AM Paeroka said

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Popularity is one factor for me. If there's a really popular class that interests me the most out of all classes, I do not care and play it either way. If there are several classes that interest me and one is a lot less popular, I usually choose this one.

The bad thing about choosing a popular class is that groups (for instances, for example) don't need or want you because they have enough of that class/role already. That reduces the fun I could have.

So, I usually choose a class that can be helpful and isn't too popular - which is usually something like a healer. ;)

It doesn't stop me from creating a popular class as an alt, though. I don't have a problem with not feeling special in this aspect. I do like feeling helpful and wanted, however. ;)

Posted: Jul 12th 2011 9:18AM Nerves said

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I also don't generally play DPS classes for the same reason. If you plan on grouping, being in demand as a class makes for easier and more frequent grouping.

Posted: Jul 12th 2011 9:18AM DarkWalker said

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I often don't even try to find which is the most popular class. I don't feel more, or less, compelled to play a class due to it's popularity.

On the other hand, I do have a few criteria that drive my class choice. The most important being flexibility; I don't play pure classes, and usually go after the classes that offer more roles. It doesn't matter how much I like a class otherwise, if I don't have enough flexibility to satisfy my tastes, I won't keep playing it.

(This also means I don't play MMOs where all classes are pure classes, or where respecs are restricted, BTW.)

Posted: Jul 12th 2011 9:22AM CaptKillsteal said

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Popularity is a huge factor for me. I'll usually log into an MMO and ask which classes are in need, and make a choice on those. That's probably why I was a tankadin in WoW, a tank or healer in Lotro, tank in GW, and an off-tank/healer in Rift.

I enjoy being one of the in-demand classes, and everyone likes to have a group member that is familiar with the class that they play and usually knows that they're doing ;)

Posted: Jul 12th 2011 9:34AM Unshra said

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If I am having fun I will play it, if I am not having fun I wont. Flavor of the month does not affect me, what does is if I am getting my moneys worth in entertainment. So if I happen to pick a class that most of the player are playing I simply think that they enjoy playing the same type of class that I do.

An example, I never could get into LoTRO as I found most of the classes bland until they added the Warden, now when I run around in Middle Earth it feel like almost every other player is playing a Warden. It doesn't affect my enjoyment of the class I just feel like they are having as much fun as I am. ^_^

Posted: Jul 12th 2011 9:35AM FrostPaw said

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No, I won't have what I want to do influenced by people I don't care about. For example I don't care how popular Jedi will be in SWTOR I'll still make mine and enjoy it.

Posted: Jul 12th 2011 9:46AM AtomicConnor said

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I enjoy playing as a less popular class, because you end up standing out more. It wouldn't really affect my decision on what class I play, but I definitely enjoy it.

Posted: Jul 12th 2011 9:59AM Sente said

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I don't actively avoid classes/professions/archetypes that are very popular, but often it seems those that I pick tend to be among the leats popular.

That is perhaps because I get bored with typical pure damage dealer options or others that typically involve a simple key rotation only.

This is especially true when it comes to holy trinity gameplay, since that can make the damage dealer even more boring.

Add in some debuff and/or crowd control capabilities that forces more active play and situational awareness to work well I will in most cases pick that instead. But these options never seem to be on the top of the popularity lists.

Posted: Jul 12th 2011 10:01AM pross182 said

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There was a time when I didn't want to play a class that was too popular. Like when everyone was a Paladin in wow during a certain time I didn't feel like playing mine. I got out of that eventually when I realized I was putting too much effort into playing something I didn't enjoy as much as what I wanted to play.

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