A few weeks ago, a MOP commenter noted that MMOs have an advantage over single-player games because single-player games are too boring, especially because you can’t show your progress to others. “That’s what makes MMORPGs interesting,” he wrote. “Show your big numbers.”
There was a gentle resistance to the idea; one commenter bluntly replied that other people simply doesn’t matter about their big numbers as they are too busy playing Fashion Wars.
I loved how this two comment exchange neatly pointed out the dichotomy between playstyle and motivation in MMOs. I’ll admit that I don’t care about other people’s “big numbers” or achievements in MMOs unless they’re friends or allies. I don’t find that interesting at all, and I certainly don’t play MMOs for that. But I’m very interested in things that other people build, for example, and that goes for both multiplayer and single player titles.
But I’m curious what other people think. Are you interested in other people’s achievements in MMOs? How much attention do you pay to the “big numbers” and victories of those around you in an MMO?
https://massivelyop.com/2023/02/20/the-daily-grind-do-you-care-about-other-peoples-achievements-in-mmos/ The Daily Grind: Are you interested in other people’s achievements in MMOs?