Doing Something Dumb? I’m In!October 3, 2008
Someone in our guild read this post this morning and put out the call — it’s time for Chicken Wars!
My natural inclination for these events is, “Sorry, guys, but I’m in the middle of pushing hard to hit T4 by November so I can… oh, who am I kidding? CHICKEN WARSSSSSSSSS!”
I love stupid player-run events in MMOs. I just love them. Listen, I’m all for dev-created content that’s involving and fun and whatnot, but often we forget that these games are a giant playground that we’re not, y’know, playing in. We end up hammering away at four-square to become the champion so much that we lose sight of the dozens of other options out there, like hide ‘n go seek, tetherball or (my favorite) run up to the girl, flick the back of her head in a 3rd grader’s attempt at flirting, and run away crying when she punches me in the mouth. Adults often have to be retaught how to really play, which involves a hearty dose of imagination, irreverence for rules (Calvinball, anyone?), and a willingness to look and act silly. As you may assume, this doesn’t often go over well with the hardcore PvPers/raiders/min-maxers. But it goes great with Syp!
MMO scavenger hunts? I’m there. Naked whatever races across high level zones full of nightmare creatures like Razor Wire Tapeworms? Yup, I’m already nude a day before the race even begins. Parades through enemy-controlled areas just to get a pocket full of ooze? Why not!
I admire guilds that make it part of their mission to organize games and activities for their guildies that aren’t standard MMO protocol. If the call goes out for people to reenact Hamlet in the middle of a RvR lake, I’m all down for being Ophelia. If someone wants to organize all the dwarfs into a giant smokathon on Earth Day, I’ve got my trigger finger on /special already.
Really, why can’t we color outside the lines in MMOs once in a while? I’d love to hear what wacky events your guild has done!