As part of my little “sentiment gathering” experiment, I’ve made a list of the Least Wanted MMO features to go with last post’s Most Wanted. It’s a summary of the most complained about aspects, taken from various forum threads and blog comments.
So far, here’s what I’ve heard, in order of loudness:
- Infinite gear grind (better gear to kill better mosters to get better gear to kill…)
- Infinite quest/level grind (kill things, get reward, kill more things, get reward, kill…)
- 50 thousand skill buttons (primarily targeted at WoW-alikes)
- Flying, teleportation, and quicktravel (loudly proclaimed as ‘ruining the experience’)
- Tank’n’Spank style combat (tank, healer, damage-dealer)
- Skill rotation combat
- Useless junk (vendor trash such as “ruined pelt”, or “broken bone fragment”)
- Zerg guilds, Zerging in PvP, Zerging in general
- Spam. Commercial spam (advertisements) + Game spam (mass invites).
While this little bit of research is nowhere near professional or complete, I’m still surprised at what types of rage floated to the top. First and foremost, I’m surprised that not one complaint surfaced about cash-shops, or more notably the blatant ubiquitous advertisements for in-game cash items. That’s on my personal top ten.
What’s sad is that the worst offenders (for this sample) happen to make up about 85% of all game-time (gear grind, and quest/level grinding). Unfortunately, it’s easy to make extremely vague complaints, and it was no different in the threads I observed. Among the vocal crowd, there’s clearly huge dissatisfaction with the leveling process, as well as combat. Pretty much the loudest players would like a significant move away from WoW’s mechanics in whatever new game they play. As of 2013, I believe that those dreams will continue to be realized. Ever since breakthroughs like The Secret World and Guild Wars 2, we’ve moved on a little farther.
Also the rallying cry for “No Quicktravel” was surprising. I wonder if people would still be in favor if they actually had quicktravel removed, or if this is more of a knee-jerk injustice.