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Debunking MMO Gamers

Playing MMOGs for about most of my college years, I’ve found that gamers can be classified into 5 categories depending on how they interact with other players and the game itself. Note that these descriptions apply to the games I’ve played like Ragnarok Online, RF Online, RAN Online, Maple Story (wth!), Final Fantasy Online as well as those that I’ve just gotten a look of like Guild Wars and World of Warcraft

The game-aholic

Game-aholics are likely to be NEETs (Not in Employment, Education or Training) thus giving them enough time to spend for gaming. These players own characters that you’ll see almost 90% of the time when the game servers are up exploring, leveling, socializing etc. They’re people who you can describe as living their characters since the interact with their online selves so much that they have little time to go out and meet people IRL (in real life) thus they’re either stuck gaming or making a living out of it by selling in-game items for RMT (Real Money Trading).

Game-aholics are responsible for the most detailed leveling guides, character builds, skill guides, item recipes, monster hunting tips and quest resources available mainly because of the time they can spend exploring the mechanics of the game.

Guild Wars

Game-aholics do not need to worry about the cost of their gaming because they more than make up for it through RMT. Considering the proliferation of Internet Cafes, most of Game-aholics are either proprietors of said business or related to one who owns a cafe in one way or another. The least of their number are rich bastards who suck off their family’s money to support their gaming and have little motivation to do anything else but play.

The PL-guy

PL-guy (or Power Level-guy) is an individual that can still be categorized as a hardcore gamer who intends to get the most out of their characters without sacrificing their social life (this includes work, partying, movie going and any outdoor activity) by getting stuck on hours of gameplay just to inch their way to the next level. PL-guys are the most resourceful of the gaming populace because they are the ones who find the best ways to increase their level at the least amount of time. Leveling guides, item recipes and quest resources are almost always created by PL-guys. Although not as detailed as the ones created by game-aholics, they offer help that’s easy to follow and understand.

Lineage

Some PL-ers are willing to monetary sums to ease up on the hassle of leveling. Their purchases or trades includes any or all of the following:

  • Premium service (if available)
  • RMT (Real Money Trading) for in game premium items
  • RMT for pilot service
  • RMT for in-game cash

While PL-ers spend more for their characters than the Game-aholic, they remain part of the quality players since they still provide contribution/s to the gaming community.

The Casual Gamer

Casual Gamers are the most abundant of the flock. Usually, you will find them playing a game to test things out if the game’s environment and population suits them and if it’s all worth staying. Casual gamers who choose to stay are those that prioritize their Real lives over gameplay thus you can only spot them during weekends, after hours and holidays/vacations. As you’d expect, casual gamers are usually the first to quit when something major happens in-game that negatively affects players and their characters since they are the ones who spend the least time and dedication (if any) on their characters thus aren’t really attached to them.

Ragnarok Online

While it’s attractive to base the game’s population on the number of casual gamers, bear in mind that their loyalty to the game is the most volatile so if a competitor pops up all of a sudden, you may find most if not all casual gamer migrating on greener grass.Casual Gamers can be found in numbers on a number of occasions like:

  • At launch of the game (servers just got up and system is at Open Beta)
  • An in-game event that’s open to everyone
  • The start of a major implementation like new quests, classes, dungeons.

Casual Gamers leave the game for a number of reasons as well:

  • A new, more attractive game enters the market (usually at Open Beta, Closed Beta is after all limited to a lucky few)
  • A major event that affects players (negative ones like database corruption, roll backs, duping incidents which causes massive number of bans)
  • Loss of interest. This usually occurs when the resources are already saturated to the point that nothing sort of a revamp will revitalize old players.

WoW

The Lazy bum

Lazy bums are usually casual gamers who are willing to spend cash, trade in game items or flirt (yes, it does happen) to ease up on the hassle of leveling. Their purchases or trades includes any or all of the following:
Premium service (if available)

  • RMT (Real Money Trading) for in game premium items
  • RMT for botting/pilot service
  • RMT for in-game cash

The main difference of the lazy bum from PL-guy is dedication to his character. Lazy bums almost always drop their character and/or the game once they find an obstacle that money cannot buy. Like the casual gamer, a lazy bum’s loyalty to the game is volatile.

The idiot

These guys the lowest ranked characters/players in the game. Even if they spend as much time as PL-guy trying to achieve a certain Level, finding a certain item or defeating a certain boss because of several things:

  • The idiot can’t decide w/c character class to stick to.
  • The idiot picks fights with everyone he sees for no apparent reason.
  • The idiot BEGS for items, money, party you name it.
  • The idiot always has a complaint up his sleeve, be it the game system, his party mates, his experience level, his items, the gms, etc. He rants on complaining day in and day out flooding chat channels, boards, blogs-basically anywhere he can rant. He spends so much of his time complaining that he doesn’t have time to level properly.

Encountering an idiot in the middle of his repertoire can either be an annoying or amusing experience. Annoying if you’re at the receiving and amusing if you’re just on the sidelines. If you wish to enjoy your game time, I suggest to stay very far away from any idiot. Left to their own devices, they can only leave the game for the sake of everyone or multiply.

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  1. Andrew November 17, 2007 Reply

    Hehe, interesting stuff. Have you watched “Welcome to the NHK” anime by any chance? That’s where I learned that NEET meant, otherwise I wouldn’t have an idea… They don’t use that in my country.

  2. sylv3rblade November 17, 2007 Reply

    Yep. That’s where I first heard the term. Thanks for commenting

  3. Josh November 18, 2007 Reply

    The idiot

    The idiot= usually the casual category, but attacked for not being the gameaholic category.

    Gameaholic elite= Those that run big guilds and raids, usually the same person that alienates all casuals. And helps build the empire for the Powerleveler/gold farmers.

    All these things are linked together, so to classify them as stand alone categories is foolish.

  4. sylv3rblade November 18, 2007 Reply

    Everybody is entitled to their own opinion and this post was not meant to segregate people into stand alone categories.

  5. jerald July 4, 2008 Reply

    Very nice subject, Silverblade. I have been playing pRO since 2002 and you are most definately correct in identifying what type are the majority of players who play online. But, have you ever thought of the minority that also makes up the gaming populace?

    Nice idea, yeah? concept from IT.

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