Not everyone plays MMOs, but the vast majority of people have at least tried one, and/or found one to enjoy. I was asked a question last week that I wanted to really sit down and consider. They put it up to me that there are two types of MMO player for the most part, and asked me to think about which one I was. There’s the MMO Pioneer, and the MMO Scavenger. But what are these? The MMO Pioneer is going to be there on day one, and loves the competitive nature of MMOs. He’s going to do his homework, research on Reddit, either gets into every beta test for it, or will have the footage/information from it from dataminers. He dominates the game, or at the very least tries to, and after the challenge has ended, he moves on to the next game. Rinse, repeat. The MMO Scavenger is the guy who waits for things to settle down, get balanced, and then for F2P games, stuff to go on sale. Once the game is less buggy, the population is down, then they arrive and really just enjoy the exploration of the game. Even more than social interaction, they enjoy the experience of the game.
So I really had to figure out if I fit either of these molds. I have to say that I’m not! I’m a social interaction MMO player. I enjoy working/grouping with others, meeting people, and then getting into the challenge of the game. But if I had to be a part of one of those, I’m definitely in the MMO Pioneer camp. I love exploration and the experience of the game, but I want to know as much as possible before I really get down and dirty. I want to know as much as possible, so I’m not surprised by a challenge later in the game. I definitely fall somewhere in the middle though. Because I’m willing to start day one and explore as much as I humanly can, to immerse myself in the experience. It depend on who I am playing with also. I have friends that are very casual, and friends that are horrifyingly competitive. When we speak of MMOs, and not just those, but Fighters and anything else that’s competitive, how do you handle it? Are you someone who likes to just have fun and explore the game, or do you get in there with as much knowledge as you can to crush everyone?