MMOs – Massively Multiplayer Online games are hugely popular – and can provide countless hours of entertainment, whether you’re just a casual player or you have aspirations of being a world-famous broadcaster with a whole horde of followers. However, when you’re just starting out, say if you’ve only ever played single player or two player co-op RPGs on your console, or you’ve not touched a controller since Nintendo stopped making SNES games, for anybody new to MMOs, it can be a daunting and challenging experience. So, to make life a little easier and to help you on you journey to gaming stardom, we’ve put together a list of simple but important tips.
1. Read the Manual or Play the Tutorial
Well, duh! Really, really obvious – but a vital step that’s often missed! Sure – just launching into a game is great fun, randomly pressing things to find out what they do – but it doesn’t always work out well, particularly when you’re playing an MMO so, for the best results, we suggest taking a few minutes to read the manual, examine the controls, and play any available tutorials. Apart from teaching you what button performs what action, tutorials give you a feel for the game, try out a few strategies, and decide if you think you’ll be able to get into the game.
2. Don’t be Afraid to Communicate
Now, while there are a few morons out there in every MMO waiting to criticize, abuse, and generally put down new players, the vast majority of players – including the seasoned veterans – are really welcoming and are usually more than happy to lend a hand. So don’t be afraid to communicate. If anyone bugs you, if it’s at all possible – just block them. Otherwise ignore them and ask for help whenever you need it. You’ll improve faster if you reach out to fellow players for help and advice rather than bumbling around all alone. Remember – you’re playing an MMO. When you’re just starting out, take advantage of the advice and guidance from the more seasoned players.
3. Don’t be Intimidated
Lots of new players are put of because of nasty little trolls targeting noobs or by the seemingly insurmountable task of making serious progress. Don’t let yourself be intimidated. Every player – even the max level veterans started right where you are – with the worst weapons, no experience, and no skills.
Lots of MMOs have training areas and new player realms. Use them. Don’t just complete the very basics and move on. Use these areas to hone your skills. This strategy will save you hours of frustration. Stay in the newbie realms until you’ve had plenty of practice and have totally mastered the basics and worked on your strategy. It sets you in good stead for the often brutal open areas.
5. Be an Active Part of the Community
As well as asking for help, you should aim to be an active part of the game community. Reach out to other players, form alliances, team up and go do quests. This is one of the best ways to improve – and, with some games, there’s quests that you just can’t handle single-handedly.
6. Enjoy the Game
This sounds totally dumb. A complete no-brainer. But it’s crucial. If you’re going to excel, you really have to enjoy the game you’ve chosen and have a passion for it. Obviously, give it some time as a lot of MMOs are a little frustrating when you’re just starting out. But, if you just can’t get into a particular game after several hours of play, go find another that you do enjoy. Don’t just attempt to play the most popular trending game because it might get you a few viewers and followers. If you’re planning to broadcast your antics, we’ll let you in on a little secret – what viewers really like to see is not only awesome gameplay – but a broadcaster that’s genuinely enthusiastic about their game!