I suppose right now we start at the beginning, the basics if you have the time. I mean, that is where we usually start, is it not? I guess the first thing to address is the topic of conversation today, the Browser MMORPG (Browser Based Role Playing Game) and general behavior.
Now, what is a Browser MMORPG you may ask? Well, let us break down the actual phrase itself for a quick moment. Wikipedia defines a browser game as; “a game that is played over the Internet using a web browser.” Pretty simple right? Now, Wikipedia also defines RPG as a “game in which players assume the roles of characters in a fictional setting.” Now, putting them both together you have a stellar game played right in your browser that can take you away to places that only your imagination can conjure.
Now, when playing a Browser MMORPG, as with most MMO (Massively Multiplayer Online) games, you must bear in mind some common courtesies that you may be unaware of. Let us begin with something simple such as behavior. Being nice to someone may seem like common sense, however, common sense is unfortunately in this day in age, not too common at all. Being kind in a game extends much further than just simply being nice. Sometimes generosity and self sacrifice are involved. Maybe as a damage dealer you decided to die to save a healer in your group. Perhaps you gave up an item that benefited you, however, it benefited someone else a bit more. Or maybe you did something as simple as loan a friend some e-cash to get that last crafted piece. That is what I am talking about.
Now, there are people out there who just deliberately are trying to be mean… jerks. We call them “Griefers,” people causing you grief. Every game has them, they are not just exclusive to the Browser MMORPG. An example of this could be being a high level in a low level area, and going around killing players just to do it. Or perhaps you just thought it was funny to kill monsters someone else needed for a quest, but you didn’t need them at all. It is just plain rude and you should not do it. Plain and simple.
Luckily for some, RPG’s are not simply restricted to playing with other people. Honestly, some folks, well, just do not play well with others. Unfortunately for those people, game play can be a bit… predictable. Without additional live people behind the characters, the game is restricted to the AI it was programed with, instead of being able to make split second decisions. Non Playable Characters (NPC’s) make the game function on a basic level, however, they lack the unpredictability that a human controlled toon has.
In the end, I want to encourage our non MMO players to give them a try. As we build the gaming community we are seeing more games, better games, and even more players. And please remember, being nice WILL get you further in your Browser MMORPG, I promise.