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LFM LFDs In MMOs PLZ THX

Fall of the Lich King

Replacing "fall" with "fail" would be such an easy joke.

I had planned to write a post about the LFD-tool, since it’s been one of the hot MMO-topics lately. I had even written a paragraph or two before going back, reviewing what I had written and then deleting that chunk of text. There’s been so much said about it lately, that I’m not really sure that I can add very much to the discussion (feel free to point out more links to LFD-related posts or forum entries in the comments).

All I will say at this point is that it’s a powerful tool. There’s been a LFG-tool in WoW for a long time, but it’s never been very useful. Blizzard just took that tool, revamped it, made it easier to use and added cross-realm search and voila, you get LFD. Are we getting less social because of it? Not me, since I never PuGged before. The whole idea of the dungeon quickie, where all you say is “hello” and “thanks for the group, bye”, fits me perfectly.

The only daily I might do is the Jewelcrafting daily, and I’m always extra happy when it’s the daily to kill members of the Scourge – that means that I won’t have to go out and, you know, look for mobs to kill. Pop into a dungeon run through the LFD, kill an undead or two, hit up the bank, craft, cash the quest, profit. I did the Tournament dailies for a couple of days, but I don’t really see what they have to offer for the absolute drudgery that is WoW’s “mounted combat”. I also bought my way to Exalted with Sons of Hodir, one of those reputations I should have fixed way before entering Naxx, so I didn’t have to do their horrible daily quests. Yuck.

Will it always be like this? I certainly hope not. Cataclysm will hopefully stir things up a bit, but that remains to be seen. It’s not that there hasn’t been any new content added to WoW since I left, but I’m just tired of Northrend. I just want to get that continent over and done with, just like Outland before Wrath of the Lich King was released. Some new zones, not just new content added to the old ones, would do wonders right now. Until then, I’ll be happy just popping into quick dungeons – just like I spent most of my time in Warhammer Online queuing up for PvP scenarios.

Fail of the Lich King

Oh, wait... /cry

Are we becoming more and more anti-social? Maybe. But haven’t we been that way for a long time? Blizzard have always got a lot of flack for turning their MMO into a more and more solo focused game. The LFD is just the logical follow-up for this kind of gameplay and I’m sure that most people love it. I can’t help feeling that the tool in itself isn’t complete, that it needs the updated guild tools/functions. We’ll see.

Actually, I wish that more games had similar tools – especially for people like me, who moves from MMO to MMO, would benefit greatly from a system like this. It would be an awesome way to see group content without having to bother with finding a guild first. I usually feel like the annoying newbie when I end up in guilds with players mostly sitting at level cap (like in Vanguard, SWG, LotRO and EQ2). Right now, there is a wall between me and the community in most new MMOs I try out. Until now, the same could be said for new players to WoW – now, they can easily get to see dungeons that just a few months ago stood completely abandoned. Deadmines and Uldaman are still really cool instances, and newbies no longer have to beg level 80s in Stormwind to rush them through that content.

Ooops, I did end up with an entry about the LFD-tool anyway.

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What’s Wrong With This Looking For Dungeon Picture?

An added disclaimer: I came home from the office, tired, angry at the trains for always being late, stressed and all that usual stuff. In the entry below I might sound a bit harsh at times – if so, I’m sorry. I will not edit the entry in any way though, I shall leave it as is. But this is what can happen when you have a personal blog that is yours and yours alone. Be kind, and please, if you disagree with me, let me know in the comments.

Since the release of the Dungeon Finder tool in World of Warcraft, a lot has been said about it. It’s been praised, ridiculed and criticized – people can’t decide if they love it or hate it. Neither can I, after only having spent one evening with it (yes, I’m resubbed to WoW, will get back to that later). All that I can state is that World of Warcraft, with the introduction of said tool, is a completely different game compared to only a couple of weeks ago.

Copra, on Twitter, linked a blog entry that caught my attention more than the others though.

The Basic Premise

The post is called The Porn Star and the PUG, written by Elnia at The Pink Pigtail Inn. The basic premise of the entry is twofold. Number one, Elnia applies a quote from Sharon Mitchell, former porn-star turned doctor (who runs the AIM Institute, which tests actors/actresses in the porn industry for STDs), to her own life and later to PuGs through the LFD tool. Number two, she draws an analogy between porn in general and the LFD tool.

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