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The virtual world awaits: with pixels to slay and graphics to conquer. You’re fascinated by the notion of a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (more affectionately called a MMORPG). You want to seek out battles, defeat gruesome enemies and rally for the cause of good — without having to leave the comforts of home. It seems like the ideal solution to your gaming needs.
It’s instead frustrating, however, as you start to play — with the rules elusive, the purpose unknown and all other users hating your every move. They toss out insults in the chat rooms; they abandon you during quests. You’re without a friend (or even an apathetic acquaintance) and… you don’t know why.
The reason is all too easy, however: no tutorials were studied and you spent your first sessions asking endless questions — many of which were already charted in guides and strategy books.
A MMORPG demands more than enthusiasm. It instead requires an understanding of a world and its rules. Users must be aware of what’s to happen before they even create their first character. Refusing to do this results in slow interactions and angry players — with all efforts then doomed to fail.
Tutorials are therefore essential. These step by step explanations allow novices to learn what they must: from basic playing etiquette to character customization and beyond. They enable users to understand how a realm is maintained and what is subsequently expected of them. And this is vital — ensuring that absurd questions are answered long before chatting begins.
A MMORPG requires patience…. and studying.