We all have those “d’oh!” moments in gaming where we make a stupid and immediately regrettable decision. I seem to bump into these quite often.
For example, a week or so ago in SWTOR I was on Voss, merrily questing along when I saw a clickable lore object. Now, I’m not one to collect codex entries, but it wasn’t out of my way, so why not? And I clicked it without a second thought.
Well, that wasn’t a lore object; it was a world boss summon stone. Cue Syp flailing about in panic as an unstoppable bad guy descended to beat the living stuffing out of him. Even better, this happened just as a small group of players passed by, so they saw my humiliation and warned my corpse that it’s not a good idea to summon world bosses solo. Thanks.
Or take last night, as I was fighting my way into a fortress on Makeb. I made it all of the way to the boss and died, so I resurrected and prepared to regroup. I went to click on my character’s buff ability, but not paying full attention, I accidentally selected a port back to my starship. You could hear my “NOOOOOOOOO!” across the galaxy.
Cue Syp running back through the orbital station, taking the shuttle down to the surface, more running, a flight path, more running, more fighting back through the fortress, and my guild laughing at my pain.
Last night again, I logged into WildStar and was questing in the opening bits of Whitevale. My wife called me away from the computer for a few minutes, so I got to a safe spot and walked away.
Unbeknownst to me but knownst to my character, I had accidentally hit the auto-run key, so my character began an unpiloted solo adventure through the zone of Whitevale. I came back to find her incredibly far away from my starting point, somehow miraculously alive but in a dangerous spot. And since I hadn’t bound to a transmat terminal yet, I had to run all of the way back. Really, my gaming session last night was all about pointless re-running
This is your hero, MMOs. This is the person you’ve chosen to save your worlds.