Annoying people in MMO’s… and how to avoid being one of them

I like playing MMO’s. It can be very fun and relaxing, if you play a good game with some nice people. But like everywhere on the internet, there are people who just want to ruin your day. Some might do it on purpose, while others simply don’t know how annoying they really are. Here is my personal list of annoying behavior in MMO’s, and how to stop being that rude bum, who I’ll be likely to hate. The list is in no particular order.

Duelists: Games with the ability to duel are plenty, and those who want to use that option are also plenty. But I wonder, do they ever think about if others want to duel them? I’ve only ever done duels, when there was an easy achievement involved, or because it was my first time ever in the game, and I wanted to try it out. But overall, I don’t want to duel! I actually despise PVP, which is why I am often on RP servers. People who walk up to me, and try forcing me into a duel, without even asking me first, are just plain pricks, and they won’t get any reaction from me, other than maybe an ignore. Quite often, those people are over geared, and just looking for an easy win anyway, which is why they often target new or casual players. To avoid coming across as an idiot, just contact the person whom you want to duel first, and make sure that person is around your level of experience. If anything, state in the chat, that you are looking for a duel partner, and you might just find a few like-minded people to share your interest with.

Little helpers: This might just be me having issues with such people, but I really hate it, when someone is following me all the time, attacking my monsters, and get impatient when I’m AFK… when I don’t even know who that person is. The same goes for those who want to give me free stuff when I’m low level, and just open a trade without asking. Chances are, the character I’m playing is just an alt, and I really don’t want freebies, because I’m already loaded with tons of stuff from other characters. Once again, I recommend asking before just “helping”, as you might be seen as someone who wants something for your effort, or even worse, as someone who is trying to steal mobs from other players. It’s really nice to help others, but not if they never asked for it.

LFG / WTS spam: Yeah, I get it. You are looking for a tank for that specific dungeon, and I understand it’s hard to find one. I also understand, that you have a nice item you want to trade for cash, because to you that item is useless, but to someone else it might be a true treasure. But do you really have to let the whole server know 10 times every second? I don’t know about others, but I tend to avoid such people, and won’t join their group or buy their stuff. Instead of spamming, try writing a short and neat recruitment message, and post it every time you need to update it, or when one minute or more has passed. As for item sales, there is usually a market of some sort, where you can put your stuff up for sale. Advertising for something that is up for grabs a few times, is better than spamming for people to meet you at the fountain.

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Random invites: I know this irks a lot of people, if not just about everyone who gets them. That random invite from someone you don’t know, and after the random invite, probably someone you don’t even WANT to know. Being guildless doesn’t mean I want to join any random guild on the server, so don’t throw invites at me, as it will just cause me to do the exact opposite of what you want me to. Same goes for group invites, as I will not join a group by force. I’ll just think you are an idiot, and plant your sorry bum on my blacklist of other people like you. So don’t be a jerk, and send out random invites to people you don’t know. Ask before you do anything, and you will either get a yes or no. I usually answer people who politely ask me if I want to join their guild or group, and even if it’s a no, I’ll do it in a nice way. That way, we can both leave a good impression on one another, and maybe I’ll join someday.

I could say that I hate ninja looters too, because I do. But that’s something I’ve only ever experienced to the fullest in WoW, as other games try their best to avoid such methods of item obtainment.

The list would become too long, if I were to write about every kind of person that can make me angry in an MMO, but these 4 kinds of people are the worst really, and they should paint a good picture of what sort of gamers I avoid.

If you play MMO’s, or did in the past, I’m sure you’ve met some of them, and maybe even have a story to tell? Let me know what people ruin your gaming experiences, and how you would like them to stop being jerks towards you. Who knows, maybe some of them will read this, and think twice about their actions 🙂

Screenshots by me.

Subbed or dubbed anime?

Ah yes, the question we all love, but can’t ever find a good answer to, as it depends on the viewers/listeners taste. I will write about my own experiences and opinions here though, so you don’t have to agree in any way.

First of all, when I watch anime online, I do prefer the subbed versions, like so many else. The feeling of watching something that’s still new in Japan, in their own language, translated by fans who love the series just as much as I do, is just really nice. Since anime is such a big deal in Japan, their voice actors put a lot of effort into bringing their character to life, and you can hear that when watching a subbed series.

But there are also countries doing a good job with the voice acting after the translation. I’m not talking about America here though, as every time I watch just a snippet of a series in that language, I feel like chewing my own ears off. It’s like they don’t take their job seriously, and make some sort of Spongebob voice on purpose, because an anime is just another cartoon, right? Wrong! An anime is so much more than just another cartoon, and I wish more of the studios who dub them would realize that.

I’m not gonna bash the American voices only though, as the Danish ones are just as horrible. We don’t really dub anime though, unless they are sure to be a hit, like Miyazaki’s movies or Pokémon. Heck, we don’t even get subbed DVD releases anymore, because the distributors think the fandom died out years ago. We still get the newest Pokémon movie dubbed though, so go figure.

Then there’s the third language I speak, and the one I use the most when it comes to anime; German. Over the past 15 years, Germany has become really good in dubbing anime. I know, a lot of Germans would probably want to chop my head off for saying this, but I actually think it’s true. Thinking about how Agent Aika was voiced by actors who sounded like they were about to fall asleep, compared to newer releases like Black Butler, where Sebastian sounds like the cunning devil he is supposed to be, I think it’s a huge step in the right direction.

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Whether I watch a series subbed or dubbed also has to do with what I’m used to, and where I can get my DVD’s. Back when I was a bumbling teenager, I watched Hellsing on German TV, and since that’s how I got to know Alucard and company, I also got the German dubbed DVD’s. Code Geass on the other hand is my favorite series, which I watched online, and thus wanted to own the UK subbed version. Black Butler is a totally different story for me though, as my boyfriend got me the first DVD box in German. I watch the new seasons in their original language, but I’m fine with continuing my DVD collection in German. And then there’s Free!, which was a struggle, because I really wanted it with UK subtitles, which didn’t seem to ever happen. In the end, I was forced to buy it in Germany, but am quite alright with it, as their voices are way better than I thought they’d be.

Watching a series dubbed is not always about voice acting though, as it can also be nice to do something else while watching. I sometimes find it hard to concentrate on the subtitles when watching a series, especially when I’m stressed or tired. Watching a series in a language where I don’t need to read anything can be quite relaxing though, and it lets me do other things while following the series. It’s also nice for my son to be able to understand what is happening in a movie or series, which is why I tend to buy Ghibli movies with Danish dub if available. The voice actors actually do a pretty good job on those at least.

That’s all I have to say about my opinion on subbed vs. dubbed anime, and why I sometimes choose one over the other. What thoughts do you have about this? Do you prefer subbed or dubbed? 🙂

iZombie – First impressions / Review

You know those lazy evenings, where you’re just sitting around, and nothing is on TV? Yeah, we had one of those yesterday. The heat was boiling our heads, and we zapped through all channels twice, with no luck. Then my boyfriend asked, if there was anything on Netflix. The first thing that met my eyes when I opened their app, was a newly added series called iZombie, and I read the description out loud. It sounded funny enough, so we gave it a shot. Now, 4 episodes later, I’m kind of hooked, and want to leave my thoughts about the series here. It’s a review, so no spoilers.

We meet Olivia, a young woman who is attending a boat party, a bit unwillingly. She will soon enough regret having been there, as a zombie outbreak turns the party into a massacre, yet leaves her alive… or should I say, half-dead? A fellow party guest befallen by the disease scratches her arm before she falls into the water, and she wakes up in a body bag on the beach.

6 months later, we see her being all pale, having no hair color, and her pulse is down to 10 beats per minute. On top of that, she broke up with her fiancée, because she is afraid of turning him into a zombie, just like herself. Now working in a morgue, she often finds a spare brain to eat, which helps her stay sane, and not turn into a mindless monster, like the zombies we know from movies and series nowadays. Her boss though, Dr. Ravi, finds out about her appetite for brains, but doesn’t seem concerned about it at all. As a matter of fact, he wants to study her, and eventually find a cure.

It’s not all that easy though, as many of the bodies they get in the morgue are victims of murder, and Olivia can see the things they experienced when they were still alive, after eating parts of their brain. Although she can’t control when she sees something, and what exactly she sees, it’s enough to give clues as to who the person was, and who killed them. Clive, a detective working at the Seattle Police Department, makes good use of her abilities, and solves one murder case after the other with her help.

Things become nasty when the party guest who scratched her arm shows up though, as he is not as nice as he wants others to believe. Olivia doesn’t trust him, as she sees him dealing with shady humans in a back alley, and it turns out he is a brain dealer, and willing to turn others into zombies for his own benefits. Of course, they become enemies, as Olivia is working for the police, and he is a criminal who is not easy to catch. Both being zombies means nothing to her, as all she wants is to help people, not kill or turn them.

This is a thing she sometimes forgets though, as eating someone’s brain partly turns her into that person, as she is taking over their personality traits. It only lasts as long as the brain is in her system, or until she eats another person’s brain, but it’s enough to mess her up, and her family starts wondering what is wrong with her, making her everyday life as a secret zombie harder than it already is.

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While the pilot episode was a very good start to this comic-like series, I would have wished for Clive to question Olivia a bit more, instead of believing her psychic abilities from the very start. I expected him to be the ally whose trust would be hard to earn, and maybe even the one who’d cause trouble for her. Kind of like the relationship between James Doakes and Dexter Morgan, in the Dexter series. But then again, the series might not be strong enough yet, to harbor more than one villain, as it just started off.

Without knowing much about the characters yet, it’s maybe too early to complain about Clive, as there might be a reason for him to be so quick on the trigger around a psychic woman. I have yet to watch the rest of the season, but I hope this will get some attention at a later point.

As for the other characters, it’s very hard not to like them. I especially find the crazy weird Dr. Ravi to be very funny, and maybe even the comic relief of the series. Blaine, the other party guest and zombie, is a very sleek and cunning villain, the exact opposite of Olivia, and thus the perfect character to hate for everything he does. And boy, do I hate him! I even like to hate him, which just makes him the perfect villain in my eyes, and a very nice addition to the story.

Even though I’ve only watched the first 4 episodes, I really want to recommend this series to anyone who likes a bit of dark and weird humor, comic-like fantasy, and of course; zombies. If anyone has watched the first season of Tokyo Ghoul, they might recognize some aspects of it in iZombie, as Olivia’s struggle to accept her zombie life, while still wanting to be a human, is very much the same as the part where Kaneki Ken needs to accept himself being a ghoul.

Have you started watching this show yet, or do you want to? 🙂

Images: Wallpaper Abyss & Screenrant

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