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Posted: Nov 14th 2011 8:09AM EuchridEucrow said

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It is certainly an excellent place show off your stuff or ogle the cool-assed stuff other players have.

Posted: Nov 14th 2011 8:09AM (Unverified) said

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Blame the game, not the player.

Posted: Nov 14th 2011 8:30AM Patently Right said

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@(Unverified) Agreed.

Banksit, or redo that raid for the fifth time in the day or grind daily quests? I'd definitely sit in a public spot instead -- if the game has a housing system, I'd pretty much lock myself up in my home, even if it's instanced.
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Posted: Nov 14th 2011 8:10AM MMOaddict said

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Never even heard the term until today. Therefore, I find it silly and pointless and a tad strange.

Posted: Nov 14th 2011 9:34AM real65rcncom said

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Same here, lol!

This must either be a new term or associated with just one game. Never heard of this in chats, on forums.. anywhere.

Not only have I never heard the term, but never even the activity described ("pretending" to be busy so people notice you)

I'm pretty sure this has to be an extremely low number or perhaps this is something the author "thinks" goes on while people are AFK at a bank or a shop.
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Posted: Nov 14th 2011 11:03AM Space Cobra said

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Same; never heard the term before.

But I have seen it, but not the "all day" affairs. It mostly involves people dancing (on mailboxes) near the bank for money and shouting/asking for group members for a particular dungeon or something or even guild invites. Luckily, most of these things tend to happen at the entrance or outside the bank.

I do see some showing off of items and mounts and things; maybe some players do it too much, but I don't think it's that big a problem. Maybe because I am in/out pretty fast. Sure, I may gawk for a second or two, but I leave. Whatever they do, such as parking their character, that's their business.
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Posted: Nov 14th 2011 12:59PM Plastic said

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Yeah, I was gonna say, not only do I not do it, but the concept is so foreign to me that I almost want to say it must be something just been made-up on the spot by Brianna. =p
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Posted: Nov 14th 2011 1:32PM (Unverified) said

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I thought it was made up too... I must be one of those folks that play the game or get off the game... mind-blowing right?
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Posted: Nov 14th 2011 2:13PM Brianna Royce said

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@(Unverified) Nah -- like several other folks have pointed out, it originated in Ultima Online (and not just for selling things as someone claimed), but people have been using it in lots of MMOs since. In EQ, it often referred to sitting in the common area in front of the bank to spam your goods in auction chat. I picked a WoW screenshot for the post because hey, a bear sitting in a bank! And as another poster said, people do this in WoW in the little area between the bank and mailbox (and AH in some cities) too. It's come a long way from the days of UO and EQ!

Even if you don't know the term (or you know another word for it), most of you clearly know the concept, which is cool in itself. But hey, now you know the word too! :D

-Bree
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Posted: Nov 14th 2011 5:14PM Shazzie said

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Ditto, never heard 'banksit' before today... but now that I have, I can recognize the behavior. I've seen people do exactly this- find a popular location (though not usually a bank, in my experience) and just stand around, to 'see and be seen', with as little interaction as others as possible.
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Posted: Nov 14th 2011 1:51PM (Unverified) said

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Exactly. People bank sit because they are messing with their inventory. Move that to a players home and players will move with it. Or make the game fun to play and people wont sit around chatting.
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Posted: Nov 14th 2011 8:31AM (Unverified) said

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it annoys me cause you have to wade through the lag and the crowd to get to the bank npc so i can get just a few things...i'd rather be killing mobs and pimping out my housing...

Posted: Nov 14th 2011 8:38AM hereafter said

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I know what you mean. I never did it in WoW beyond stopping in Org if I saw someone really cool. I did it more in Champions because you could actually design a cool character that people would compliment if you put your mind to it.

Posted: Nov 14th 2011 8:40AM smartstep said

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Nope, I did not.

Well unless I was trying to find some crafter, or find someone to form a party or to sell some things quickly, etc - back in the day in UO.

Nowadays since all is automated (LFG, AH, quests and all things apart of instances can be soloed) sadly there is no reason to socialize with people anymore.
Well unless someone thinks that going into trash & troll talk in chat chanels is actually socializing.

Just diffrent type of design and diffrrent type of games.

Posted: Nov 14th 2011 8:47AM BaronYiffington said

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I've never heard of "banksitting" before, so no.

Posted: Nov 14th 2011 8:50AM Daverator said

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A long time ago, in WoW I bank jumped.. After a night of raiding, I would hang out in Ironforge and jump in front of the giant vault, from one platform to the other, turn and do it again.

Basically as just something to do while I talked to people in vent or guild or tells until I was done for the evening. I would shudder to think of the number of times I made that jump..

Posted: Nov 14th 2011 9:21AM DarkWalker said

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If I wanted to be seen, I would be dancing naked on top of the mailbox between the AH and the Bank.

That being said, no. I don't banksit or do any other such kind of time wastage. If I stop actually playing for over 5 minutes, I log off. I stay in the cities just the time I need to do whatever task I'm up to and then I'm immediately gone.

(Which is the main reason I like the LFD so much. I just can't stand sitting in the city and spamming trade chat to get a PUG. I will ask for a group when I enter the city and repeat it a couple times while I'm doing whatever I came to do, but when I'm finished, I leave the city and go back to playing; I won't sit in the city waiting for an answer, I would rather log out and play another game.)

Posted: Nov 14th 2011 9:30AM real65rcncom said

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"Gamers love to be seen, and they flock to the most active spots in the game to make sure that happens, even if it means standing around all day pretending to shuffle Very Important Items in their storage vaults while feeling superior to any newbie who enviously inspects their gear."
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If this happens, it's pretty sad. All the years I played mmos I never even thought of someone this starved for attention that they 'pretend' to be looking in a bank. I see people jumping up/down all the time for attention but I always figured people at a bank were either actually using it or AFK as I had done.

Seriously, this is the first time this thought has even entered my mind.

Posted: Nov 14th 2011 9:32AM Celtar said

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Never heard of the term, but to answer the question, no.

Posted: Nov 14th 2011 9:39AM mysecretid said

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No. Never have, and never will.

I play games to /play/ them, not to see or be seen by random strangers.

I actually make a point of completely ignoring obvious attention-seekers, because I find that whole "Look at me! Look at me!" mentality pretty distasteful, and I don't want to encourage the behavior.

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