So you’ve been playing your very first MMO like World of Warcraft or Star Wars: The Old Republic for some time now, perhaps even for several years and now you want to branch out and join the MMO community at large. Good for you! There’s no better time to be a part of this wonderful, ever expanding community of individuals who love MMOs of all kinds. But you don’t want to be just a faceless number do you? Of course you don’t, you want to be recognized as one of those community members who’s “in the know.” When you talk about the genre you want to do so intelligently and to garner respect from your peers. If this is you, then there are a few simple steps you need to follow to become a part of this elite, inner circle.
You’ve been playing a traditional MMO for a few months, perhaps even more than a year but you’re still rather new to the genre. Unfortunately this puts you at a disadvantage. Having a pedigree that predates vanilla WoW is important if your opinion is going to be taken seriously. However no cause for alarm, just make it up! That’s right, even if you’ve never heard of Ultima Online, Everquest, or Star Wars Galaxies be sure to reference them as much as possible and allude to the fact that you too were playing MMOs “back in the day.” You may want to do a little research so that you aren’t completely ignorant of your claims but when in doubt just make it up. If an actual veteran questions your knowledge just insult their parentage or personal hygiene to prove your superior knowledge of some of the most historically notable MMOs.
Know the Issues
Having established your pedigree within the MMO community your next step will be to cultivate an awareness of some of the key issues we’re facing in the genre. Business models, cash shops, the sandbox versus theme park debates, and many other concerns should be the bulk of your conversation on Twitter, reddit, and in the comments on sites like Massively OP. And it’s not enough to simply be aware of these issues and to discuss them publicly, no, you must be absolutely livid about everything happening in the genre today. Imagine every developer, publisher, and MMO gamer has just kicked your puppy, insulted your mother, and drawn a moustache on your face while you slept before you set about writing on the most popular topics. So long as your opinion is an angry one, actual facts supported by sound arguments are unnecessary, possibly even a hindrance.
This last step may seem counter intuitive but it is quite possibly the most important step in establishing the credibility you need to be viewed as an upstanding member of the MMO community; you must spend all your time talking about MMOs but never actually playing them. Nothing will verify your claims to being an “old school” MMO player remembering the glory days and furious over the present state of the genre like never actually playing anything currently being offered. Given that you began this journey out of a sincere love of the game you were playing, this will be the most difficult step as well. However if you are serious about joining the MMO community at large and becoming one of the more respected members with legitimate opinions about the state of the genre, you’re going to have to give them up completely. It’s a difficult sacrifice to make to be sure, but when the masses are hanging on every word of your grumpy, miserable voice it will be well worth it.
Congratulations friend, you are now a shining example of the MMO community’s best and brightest!