20 July, 2009
Some things in games just get under your skin. Yes, it’s a game and things don’t have to mimic the real world, but sometimes things happen that just irritate you because they’re so senseless.
Let me list some of my favorites.
Note that while some of these come from LotRO, that’s just because it’s my game of choice at this point. I’ve seen all of these in other games as well.
It’s patch day! You know what that means…
Yeah, it means you probably aren’t going to be able to play. Maybe your custom UI won’t be updated for a day or two (and the default UI is too hideous for words), or maybe instances will too laggy by far (but your guild still wants to raid). Whatever the reason, it’s best to just not even log in most of the time if its patch day.
On the other hand, you’ll miss being able to exploit a bug for the few hours it’s available, and you’ll miss the downtime for the emergency hotpatch to fix the exploit.
Your class (or favorite skillset) is found to be too powerful in some situations (such as PvE, PvP, raiding, having infinite mana, etc.). You get smacked by the nerf bat even though you aren’t going to be in that situation anytime soon.
Bonus points if the developers assure the players that situations other than X won’t be affected… much.
Sudden, unexplained death
You’re fighting a monster, running over to help your friend when BAM! You’re dead. What happened?
Oops, looks like you didn’t know that the water in this area was deadly, did you? Don’t expect any information from the text area, either. You’re just supposed to know that this water is deadly, whereas that other neon-colored water over there isn’t.
Your next quest: go makes some fast friends
Yeah, getting that group quest after a long series of solo quests still irritates me.
What do you mean that gear is on layaway?
There’s some nice equipment rewards from a reputation grind or raid in an area you’re adventuring in. Too bad nobody does that grind or raid anymore because the level cap went up. It probably made more sense when this was the top-level area in the game before the expansion.
Of course, by the time you’ve completed enough of the grind or gotten together enough people interested in doing the raid, you’ve almost outleveled the expansion content, too.
Is that a quest target or a random goodie bag?
There’s an elite monster over there among a bunch of normal monsters. They often carry some nifty bonus treasure, so you decide to get your friend and go after it. After a tough battle, you only find trash loot.
Oops, guess that was really a quest monster! Of course, to add insult to injury….
I already did that, damn it!
Yeah, that elite you took down? The guy at the next quest hub asks you to go kill him. No, the fact that you just did it doesn’t matter. The beast is only a horrible menace meriting a reward after you get the quest, not before.
Extra bonus points if the quest monster is in a hard-to-reach area where you just had to go for a previous quest. “Thanks for throwing the One Ring into Mount Doom, Frodo, but we need you to go back and throw this Trinket of Malice in there, too. So sorry for not telling you in the first place.”
Now fetch me a herring! It’s next to the place where you found this shrubbery.
Speaking of previous quests, get ready to visit that place a few more times. Seems new threats pop up there all the time. Just try not to aggro the elite guy that you’ll have to kill for the final quest too many times, okay? *evil chuckle*
Enjoy crafting while you can!
You do some crafting because it seems like a neat way to make gear for yourself. Or, maybe it’s a fun little game in its own right. Too bad the high level content, the newest tradeskill, or some feature in the latest expansion has made your tradeskill obsolete.
And, never, never, EVER stick with a stupid tradeskill hoping it’ll get better. It never does.
Ninja items or abilities, but the awesome kind
You’re going to be given some super, class-defining items or abilities. Getting these items or abilities will be a definite enhancement to your character and let you define your role in the world.
It’s really a shame there’s no in-game explanation for how to acquire these items or abilities. Hope you visited the right third-party sites or have some informed friends in the game!
There are 10 of my current favorite irritants. What are yours? Try to stick with things developers can control. For example, guild drama irritates me as much as the next person, but developers haven’t been able to patch the fact that people are broken.