Massively Overthinking: Let’s ban a word from the MMORPG lexicon
Massively Overthinking: Let’s ban a phrase from the MMORPG lexicon
Some time again, an MMO participant I observe on Twitter who additionally occurs to be tremendous into sports activities retweeted one thing enjoyable into my feed: a thread about banning annoying phrases. “You get to ban one phrase from the complete lexicon of sports activities. What phrase are you banning?”
We have to do that for MMOs. I guess you people can give you some whoppers that we’re all simply sick of listening to. For this week’s Massively Overthinking, you get to ban one phrase (or a quick phrase, if you happen to should) from the complete lexicon of MMORPGs. What phrase are you banning – and extra importantly, why would you, or all of us, be higher off with it gone?
Andrew Ross (@dengarsw): My banned phrase is “rating.” No gear rating, area rating, excessive rating…. no scores. Video games are enjoyable, however MMOs really feel stronger as digital worlds than sport video games. I miss communities greater than my ranks.
Andy McAdams: I’m gonna go for a twofer: hardcore/informal. It’s such a drama-laden distinction, each tormented by idealized (or perhaps demonized) expectations of what the opposite is. Hardcore views informal gamers as ruining their sport with accessibility and informal views hardcore as ruining their sport with guidelines, meta and obligatory min/maxing.
What’s worse is that we’ve gotten into our heads that one facet is best or extra deserving than the opposite and the opposite ought to simply keep of their lane as a result of they clearly aren’t fun-ning proper.
Each playstyles have far, way more in frequent than in competition. I want we may notice that not solely is it potential to have each in a sport, it’s even fascinating.
Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, weblog): I’m dishonest and choosing two: scrub and tryhard. (Sure, I notice scrub is an historic phrase.) These sorts of elitist put-downs grate on my nerves, particularly when the individuals who use them non-ironically to assault avid gamers who aren’t tremendous proficient are simply as prone to deserve the label themselves. No one’s born an elite gamer, and statistically most individuals aren’t the very best. Simply stoppit.
Runner-up could be issues like “race to world first.” I’m fairly dang uninterested in builders attempting to make fundamental MMORPG PvE into a contest. It appears determined and unhappy.
I’ve made my case for “endgame” earlier than too.
Carlo Lacsina (@UltraMudkipEX): Thanks for opening up the can of worms, Bree. I believe we have to quit the time period “DPS.” Why? As a result of it’s too mainstream now, man. Everybody makes use of this time period in all the things and it’s actually overused now. I’d be completely nice if we went again to DD or one thing; what I care about is that we now have a time period that solely MMO diehards would use. And sure, it’s just for the only real motive of people that aren’t MMO gamers utilizing our phrases. Does it sound tremendous backwards elitist? After all it does! That’s the purpose. The trinity phrases was once a part of our secret MMO language, and it’s not anymore. Again then, you’ll know who was actually into MMOs simply by listening to their language. Now even Fortnite-playing middle-schoolers trot the time period round. It frustrates me that jocks blurt the time period out like they know all the things about gaming tradition simply because they know the acronym. It drives me nuts.
Oh man, I actually misplaced it there.
Chris Neal (@wolfyseyes, weblog): I’m undecided it’s used an terrible lot anymore, however the mentality is definitely nonetheless there. “Tryhard” must get the boot. The concept that it’s best to put effort into doing one thing however not an excessive amount of effort actually baffles me, not to mention that attempting to finish an in-game activity or goal with all your would possibly is in some way worthy of derision. Severely, at what level did working your butt off to assist a workforce clear a aim turn into a nasty factor?
Justin Olivetti (@Sypster, weblog): Oof, that’s surprisingly powerful. There are PR phrases (“extremely anticipated!”) that drive me loopy, offensive participant phases (“retard, raped, and so forth.”) that would use to be retired, and a few leet-speak that’s gone archaic at this level. However I suppose the buzzword that I actually wish to see gone is “dynamic.” It’s a kind of phrases like “wonderful” that’s overused, been utilized to each state of affairs underneath the solar, and in consequence it doesn’t inform us something about something. Use different, extra exact phrases to clarify what your function does, MMO. It’ll solely take a couple of extra seconds to do and will probably be vastly extra useful to these of us studying about it.
Larry Everett (@Shaddoe, weblog): Right here’s a sizzling take: The phrase MMORPG must be banned from the MMORPG lexicon. I fully perceive that the which means of phrases and phrases change over time. However the time period MMORPG actually doesn’t imply the identical issues that it used to, and due to that, it carries such a stigma that many builders don’t even need the time period hooked up to their video games. Traditionally, the time period was coined by builders of Ultima On-line, an open-world, community-guided, and protracted on-line sport. Now, MMORPG just about means World of Warcraft to most individuals who know the time period.
Right here’s one other sizzling take: I don’t blame WoW for this. I truly blame all the builders who believed that they may make a fast buck by leaping on the WoW bandwagon. As a result of there have been so many video games making an attempt to emulate World of Warcraft, the time period MMORPG not means the identical factor it used to, and to eliminate the stigma and confusion, I consider we must always do what many builders have already carried out: eliminate the time period altogether.
Mia DeSanzo (@neschria): I’ve a number of solutions to this query. I play Black Desert On-line on Valencia, and I’m going to take a stand towards “meow.” The cats appeared to go underground for some time, however I’ve seen a small uptick in meowing in server chat just lately. Should you’ve been on Valencia for a very long time, you’ll know what I’m speaking about. I usually don’t thoughts the meowing, however it used to get a bit of ridiculous at occasions. However, it isn’t sexist, racist or political, so perhaps server chat wants extra meowing, not much less.
I may do with out “meta.” I do know there’s a number of metagaming in MMORPGs, and I’m nice with utilizing meta for that, however evidently some folks suppose “meta” simply means “optimum construct” (which, to be honest, you would possibly arrive at via the aforementioned metagaming). That latter use will get underneath my pores and skin. Sure, I do know that it’s specialised jargon at this level, and that semantic drift occurs. I’m so much much less pedantic than I was. It’s a private quirk of mine. I do know it’s silly.
I believe that MMORPGs generally may stand to lose “virgin” and/or “homosexual” as insults. Just one phrase might be eradicated? Decide both. My reasoning is: It’s 2019! Develop up, folks!
Lastly, “MMORPG” is basically meaningless at this level. It’s used to explain so many various sorts of video games that it’s a must to actually look right into a sport to determine whether or not it’s a persistent world RPG, an instance-based RPG, a lobby-based, instanced combating sport, a comparatively massive server multiplayer sport (say, 32 or 64 and even 128 gamers per server), or actually another sort of on-line multiplayer sport that decides to tag itself as an “MMO” for no obvious motive. And lots of people appear to affiliate “MMORPG” with a sport being a time sink, a grind, and usually not one thing for folks with actual lives. It isn’t a really useful time period, and it is likely to be working towards getting extra persistent world RPGs into growth. They take a number of money and time to develop, and if MMORPG isn’t clear sufficient to explain the mission so folks know what it’s and the time period makes many individuals run screaming away from the mission, perhaps it’s time to ditch that time period.
Tyler Edwards: Oh, I may most likely give you so much, however the first that got here to thoughts is “welfare epics.” Placing apart the petty online game elitism of it, utilizing “welfare” as a slur is shaming to actual individuals who depend on social help to outlive. It’s disgustingly insensitive, a symptom of how we as a society all the time stigmatize poverty as an ethical failing moderately than the results of financial programs and societal inequality. Most individuals on welfare are among the many hardest working folks you’ll ever meet however are held again by financial elements, racism, sexism, incapacity, trauma, or different elements that don’t have anything to do with their willingness to work. Utilizing “welfare epics” as a pejorative simply additional feeds the stereotype that social help means giving a free lunch to lazy folks. The one benefit to the phrase “welfare epics” is that it’s a kind of speedy indicators to keep away from whoever is utilizing it.