Valuable Lessons MMOs and MMORPGs Taught Us

Posted in Kulturecade by - January 13, 2017

I always believed that games take on a huge connection and role towards our perspective on life, our personality and how we go about things and respond to circumstances.

Recently I was wondering how all the MMO’s and MMORPG’s I have played have affected me; did I learn anything? Did it have some impact on me on the areas I have described on my first lines here?

After thinking and analyzing I realized yes, they did. However, let’s start from the beginning, I want to walk you through the whole mental journey I went to get to this conclusion and what are the lessons I believe we can learn from the genre.

A massively multiplayer online game(MMOG or MMO) is an online game which is capable of supporting large numbers of players, typically from hundreds to thousands, simultaneously in the same instance (or world). MMOs usually feature a massive, persistent open world, although some games differ. These games can be found for most network-capable platforms, including the personal computer, video game consoles, or smartphones and other mobile devices.

MMOs can enable players to cooperate and compete with each other on a large scale, and sometimes to interact meaningfully with people around the world. They include a variety of gameplay types, representing many video game genres

MMORPG’s are massively multiplayer online role-playing games: any story-driven online video game in which a player, taking on the persona of a character in a virtual or fantasy world, interacts with a large number of other players.

By their nature, these genres give almost complete freedom of choice to create your own journey, your path in the world. However, what does it mean to have total freedom?

It means to be aware of the consequences and impact of any one of the choices you make and to have to make decisions all the time, about almost everything. To have total control means you have all the responsibility if your character’s skill combinations aren’t working then it’s only your fault. The inability to achieve certain goals within the game falls solely on the player’s understanding of the game’s mechanics.

If you are drawn into these games, then you are probably someone who already likes to be in charge, but still, with time you end up realizing that it pays off to prepare your character for the journey ahead both with their build and in other aspects. In these two genres, you can go about it casually which may result in loss of opportunities and experiences have to offer, but is a lighter, easier and more relaxing way to play. Conversely, you can go about it with a more hardcore mentality, which means you’re going to be willing to dissect every little dark corner, easter-egg, secrets, glitches, bugs and individual quests/events the game has to offer. It can be a delightful, deep experience, but it can also be stressing with all the planning, studying and strategizing it may require.

This aspect of the genre is just like real life, and through the years I’ve played I realized that, because just like the games, in life you can go about it in a care-free way, which is amusing, lighter and more unpredictable. You can also be someone who makes more plans with a more strict and regimented approach to life which provides you a much more complete and profound experience, but can sometimes be too much or too stressing.

MMO’s and MMORPG’s also highlight the importance of exploration, to just go out into the unknown and discover. I even dare to say that one of the most important features of this genres is the sense of wonder it can provide to its players, and more often than not the games do provide worlds worth exploring and great rewards for doing so. However, there are two types of rewards: the items/experience points and the knowledge you gain from embarking on those quests.

There is also a point in every MMO or MMORPG game in which you just can’t keep doing things only on your own, you will need friends. If you are not very good at socializing, the game forces you to expand your comfort zone, because you will need guilds and clans if you want to be high level and fight the best monsters and dungeons someday.

This genre is important because they offer a complete experience; they teach us that to really apply ourselves into something can be incredibly amazing, to be curious and adventurous can be extremely rewarding, and that share and socialize is an important aspect of life that need not be overlooked.

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