Since the wild successes of Everquest and the even more popular World of Warcraft, massively multiplayer online (MMO) games have become many gamers’ favorite genre and the number of fans continue to grow every day. That being said, the world of MMOs is not exactly the friendliest place for newcomers, and many long-time players do not take the time to explain the more complicated aspects of their world to neophytes. The average MMO player spends 22 hours a week gaining vital virtual-life experience. Journalist Malcolm Gladwell is famous for his popularization of the rule of thumb, that it takes 10,000 of focused practice to become a true master at something, and granted that World of Warcraft (WoW) was released in November 2004, a WoW player that has been playing sine day one would now be dangerously close to that 10,000 hour mark. Obviously, there is no possible way to overcome this experience deficit, so we’ve taken the liberty of compiling a list of ways you can really get the ultimate edge over the millions of seasoned veterans currently questing online.
Get a Better Computer
First and foremost, if you want to have a performance advantage, a high-powered gaming computer is a must. A mid-range computer will definitely still do the job, but adding the extra processing speed and a better graphics chip, prevents those costly lag-outs and frame-rate drops that plague many players. These little hiccups seriously disrupt the flow of the game, and as nearly all MMOs utilize real-time combat, meaning that there is no chance to pause the battle, lag can mean your virtual death. Plus, other than increasing your competitive advantage, being able to run newer games at the highest graphical quality possible makes the 22 hours a week you’ll inevitably be logging a much more aesthetically pleasing experience.
Some examples of pre-made gaming computers:
Get a Better Sound System
You can’t protect yourself from a sneaking enemy if you can’t hear them; it’s as simple as that. If you’re still trying to pipe your sound through two tiny built-in speakers, you are going to be at a marked disadvantage. While this advice applies more to faster-paced MMO first-person shooters or action oriented games like EVE Online, sound quality matters across all genres of play. Quality speakers and subwoofers are generally a cheaper expense compared to vast majority of computer equipment, especially if one is using a wired system rather than a wireless one.
Don’t want to blow the house down? There are dozens of brands of gaming headphones that even provide a better sound experience than any speaker could. Here are some places to start looking:
Back and neck problems have been shown to be serious issues for hardcore MMO gamers as many lack proper back and neck support. How can you prevent chronic pain as a result of killing thousands of rats and other low-level monsters? Get comfy. While it is nothing new to long-time gamers, chairs specifically designed for marathon virtual-reality sessions have been in production for decades, and they have continued to develop with the technology. For those with serious dedication, there are several chairs that have been designed with built-in speakers for the full experience.
Famous British Prime Minister once said that “seeing much, suffering much, and studying much are the three pillars of learning” and this is just as true in gaming as it is in life. In any game, there are tips and secrets to success that are common knowledge to the veteran, but take months and maybe years for the newbie to learn them. Luckily, some entrepreneurial old-timers decided to share their secrets for a price, and many companies publish comprehensive guides to individual games that teach players how to master battle, professions, quests, and whatever else your specific game entails.
Here are some great guide sites:
Now go forth and conquer as the kings of old!
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The author is a gamer and writer at Ffxivarrclasses.com. When not on an adventure quest, he writes gaming guides and reviews.