I just quit this mindbogglingly stupid game, after having played for 3 years, been a Customer Service Guide THREE times, and seeing just about everything there is to see. Let’s talk about it.
FIRSTUS, there’s the people. You think you’ve seen idiots, lamers, spammers, message board junkies, script kiddies? Unless you’ve played this online moronfest, you have NOT. You’ve got a bunch of little kids running around in High Elf costumes casting spells and saying such classic lines as, “d00d that wuz my orc u fuking killed now im gonna kill j00!!!” To get AWAY from these idiots you have to pay $40 a month to play on their Legends server, where they offer improved customer support and tons of people who can afford the server! So instead of the kids, you get the geeks. Let’s talk about them, hoo hoo, ha ha!!!
These people are in some ways just as bad. They will have COUNTLESS arguments about game history, Lord of the Rings, Star Trek, anything else their geeky little minds can imagine, and they talk and talk and talk! And then the High Geeks (erudites?) come into play, and they start dominating, and telling everyone to shut up, because EVERYONE should know that CAZIC THULE is the god of fear. WHO CARES??! Why are you filling your VERY limited brain capacity with this shit?
Alright, let’s talk customer service. For giving up 6 hours a week to be a customer service rep in the game, you get free EQ! NOT WORTH IT. There’s so much garbage that you can’t even deal with it. I don’t care if you’re the mother of 5 kids, stable, great job, supporting family, and a perfect head on your shoulders, you WILL GO APESHIT. “He hit me!” “He took over the orc camp!” “They stole my Emporer Crush kill!” “I’ve been played for 17 hours straight and the gnome with the rock hasn’t popped yet!”
How the HELL do you play a game for that long? I know people on there that have been on for 40 hours, 50, and the record I know of, 73 hours.
Marriages END because of this game. Jobs are LOST, people are cast out of society, but that’s okay, because you see…they are now part of a rich online fantasy world, where people care about them, and will nurture them, and…awwwww, isn’t that sweet. I remember when I was a guide, another guide was told by a customer that they wanted to kill themself, so she found his personal info and called 911 for him! Kudos to her, but shit, what a pathetic life for HIM!
Now let’s talk about game play.
Here’s a game where you go through this humongous world…but it’s divided into things like zones. And everytime you try to go to another area, it sits there FOR FREAKING EVER saying, “LOADING, PLEASE WAIT.” EVERY TIME. You’d think it’d get better after you’ve been everywhere, but no! Everytime you zone, die, anything, LOADING, PLEASE WAIT.
The AI in the game sucks, things will come out of nowhere and kill you, teleport you to them, throw shit at you, what the hell ever. From level one you learn to be shit on by the game. And it doesn’t get better with time, oh no. I’ve seen cases where a high level character will die and take DAYS to get back to the point he was at before death. You’ll lose levels! You die, and not only do you have to go through LOADING PLEASE WAIT, but you have to go through the mindless tedium of getting all that lost time back! By the end of it, people have these ultra high level characters and boast, “And I only spent 5/6ths of my life on it! HA!”
Then, when they have that high level character they’ve always dreamed of, they create lower level characters called twinks, which they buff up to be something uber-special. THEN, the normal low level “newbs” have a hard time because of these high level cheaters, and the cycle continues. SHIT ROLLETH DOWNHILL IN THE GAME OF EQ.
QUIT. Don’t think about it. Log in, give away all your stuff. Make some of the lost souls that will never quit happy. Then DELETE the character, and CANCEL the account. THEN, wipe the program off your hard disk, empty the recycle bin, shut down for 3 days and 3 nights, then FORMAT your machine, install the OS2 WARP OS, reformat, fdisk, fill the disk with 0s, replace your CPU, get a new HD, all new RAM, and reinstall whatever OS you were using before. And please, for the love of God, do NOT reinstall this god damned game.