With every MMO, there’s a learning curve. The learning curve can be minutes, and in some extreme cases you never get it, end up frantically pressing random keys, and find yourself hunched over in a corner sobbing like a little boy. Okay, a little extreme I’ll admit it, but with MMOs releasing today, you can pretty much assume anyone can log in and usually jump right into the game. Hotkeys are fairly easy to distinguish and you can pretty much figure things out. AION is no exception to the rule, actually even a little more enhanced. It’s a big deal to me… I mean I don’t want to have to sit around for hours trying to figure out how to make my character do the hammer, or wave at that hot blond running up the pathway. I want familiarity (is that even a word?)
AION really does a great job of making you feel at home in the MMO. The buttons and UI are very familiar to some other games (Cough: WOW, Warhammer, Age of Conan, EQ2) but they take it a step further embedding some very nice add-ons I wanted to touch on today. Being familiar with the keyboard and hotkey settings is very important to ensure you aren’t spending more time trying to find out how to wield your weapon than actually swinging the thing.
I believe that a large part of me completing a quest is actually trying to figure out where to go. Sweettits over here wants me to go find Orion the buttmuncher and kill some pigs for him. #1 it’s not like I even know who this guy is & it’s not like I have a GPS unit in-game to help me locate these things. Well, AION actually does….in a sense. AION embeds this nice little system of linkable words. YOu click on the word, it opens up another little descriptive text box and you can continue on and it usually will place a ticker on your map of exactly where you can find the location of what you are looking for(in this case pigs for Mr. Buttmuncher). In extreme cases though, it will tell you that your just too far away and can’t mark the map, but that’s okay because in the Menu options, there’s actually a link to the POWER WIKI! Sounds…..powerful…. Seriously though, this WIKI is pretty much full of every quest available, detailed information like the coordinates, description of the quest, and what you need to complete it. It’s like having your own encyclopedia at a couple of clicks of the mouse. It’s very beneficial and handy when you are trying to power your way through 50 levels.
Man what has become of us. We’ve gotten in such a damn hurry to get to the end of things that we actually have had to incorporate in-game pinbuttons, in-game wikis, and pretty much a golden road to the location of a quest. What happened to the good ol’ days of asking others in game…or catch this ACTUALLY READING THE QUEST AND TRYING TO FIGURE IT OUT YOURSELF!! Now you have GPS and coordination assistants to help you locate these things. It’s like we’re paying $15.00 a month to be led around like sheep. Really…think about it. Isn’t part of the game trying to figure out the unknown. Have we gotten THAT lazy where we have to depend on someone holding our hand the whole way. People bitch about our dependence on the government, and it all starts here; in our local MMOs! I’m just saying!