Massively Overthinking: What do you hoard in MMORPGs?

Final week, on-line players made headlines for hoarding toilet paper. No, not in actual life – in Fallout 76. Solution to embrace the apocalypse, guys.

I’ve had hoarding on the mind for different causes these days, too. In my very own SWG crafting video last week, I teased myself for hoarding fruit. No person wants eight million SWG fruit. It’ll take lifetimes to make use of all of it, even on the charge I pump out online game meals. However I’ve it anyway. And it’s a digital consolation. I’ve acquired that fruit downside taken care of!

So for this week’s Massively Overthinking, I’ve requested our staffers what it’s they hoard in MMORPGs. Is it cosmetics? Buff trinkets? Quests? Decor? Are you the weirdo shopping for all my scrimpi each week? Inform us!

Andrew Ross (@dengarsw): I usually hoard issues that I feel might need a use for later, particularly if it’s one thing that may be traded to buddies to allow them to simply be nearer in energy to my character. Issues that grant expertise, annoying gadgets to finish high-yield quests, junk quest rewards from tedious quests that maaaybe will get improved at some point… yeah, I’m that man. It pays off too, and folks discover it in optimistic methods, so it’s a tough behavior to interrupt.

I’ll additionally maintain onto gadgets with sentimental worth. My Asheron’s Name 1 avatar “died” with my favourite quest sword, not as a result of it was good however as a result of I actually spent a 12 months engaged on it and organizing a cross-monarchy (“guild”) effort for the final step. I actually as soon as drove to a Starbucks to rescue my Darkfall 1 raft when my home had an influence out with my laptop computer, and I nonetheless had that raft when the servers went darkish. And don’t even get me began on my Pokemon assortment.

I’ve talked about this earlier than, however in most video games with a money store, I have a tendency to purchase extra space as one among my very first purchases… and I are likely to max it out. And but, I nonetheless really feel like I’m good at trashing stuff once I see MJ’s luggage, haha.

Andy McAdams: I hoard crafting gadgets with out clear objective and market-salable gadgets. I’ve crafting crap out the wazoo simply in case I want it some day to craft one thing tremendous helpful (which has occurred precisely zero instances in all of the years I’ve been gaming). I additionally persuade myself that possibly I can promote that crafting ingredient available on the market for monies! Which I then horde… and finally don’t spend that both. I feel it’s a aspect impact of rising up on the decrease finish of middle-class is that I make a number of cash in video games, after which refuse to spend it on something simply in case one thing actually cool that I would like comes alongside. Which it does, after which I persuade myself “what if one thing else actually cool comes alongside?!” Repeat advert nauseam.

I’ve gotten higher through the years because the stock administration mini-game in MMOs is hell. Until you might be taking part in FFXIV after which stock administration is just like the 13th circle of hell, in case you are lined in paper cuts and dipped in a boiling vat of jalapeño juice whereas being pressured to hear amusing monitor of an viewers full of Fran Dreschers and Gilbert Godfreys on repeat.

Horribly applied stock programs have executed greater than the rest to curb my hoarding tendencies.

Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, blog): For me, it’s at all times, at all times been assets, means again to Ultima On-line. I at all times wished to stockpile extra reagents and logs and fabric and ore than instantly crucial as a result of it was really easy to expire as a devoted crafter, even with an enormous stack, which might set me again days if I didn’t keep on prime of it. So my fruit factor needs to be no shock. I simply actually just like the safety and freedom of understanding I might snap my fingers and make something I wished, with out that gnawing feeling that I used to be operating out. It wasn’t a lot that I wished to have the assets however that I wished that feeling to go away.

I’ve gotten a little higher at it the previous couple of years, or no less than I used to be earlier than the pandemic, sigh. A number of sunsets of favourite video games helped. I remind myself what number of trillions of player-collected assets went down with the unique SWG ship. I ask myself why didn’t I take advantage of mine, or promote them, or give them away whereas it nonetheless mattered? What a waste – you actually can’t take it with you, and so long as you’re alive – and taking part in – you possibly can at all times get extra. So I attempt to be taught from that lesson and transfer extra stuff alongside to the market and newbies now once I comprehend it’s extreme. The 8M fruit however.

That stated, what I do maintain? Organized to the hilt. In actual life and on-line. I freak out at even digital messes.

Carlo Lacsina (@UltraMudkipEX): The brief reply is sure, particularly meals gadgets. I don’t care if I’m preventing the newest raid boss; I’ve solely 200 of those best-in-slot steaks, and this stuff are costly. If I’ve to devour one among my literal 700 max potions in FFXIV, I die slightly inside. IT’S NOT WORTH THE TRADE-OFF.

I hoard like a madman in Black Desert On-line. The character of the sport’s enchant system has me hoarding black stones, cron stones, reminiscence fragments, and something that has to do with enchanting.

In different video games, I hoard gadgets that give out free money store gadgets. I don’t need to waste the chance on an outfit or dye I hate, you understand!

Chris Neal (@wolfyseyes, blog): I’m nowhere close to a packrat or hoarder in MMOs. A minimum of, not on objective. There are some gadgets in my retainer stock that I’m maintaining simply in case there may be some motive in some unspecified time in the future that can see me use them, however by and huge I vendor trash undesirable issues. If something, I hoard empty stock slots; having an organized, junk-free backpack is one thing I are likely to obsess over.

Justin Olivetti (@Sypster, blog): Cash. I hoard cash. My normal pondering is that in most MMOs, I don’t must be shopping for something regularly, so it’s at all times higher to avoid wasting up for that one enormous buy down the street that may in any other case be unavailable or assist circumvent a whole lot of further work to acquire. I additionally maintain potions and buffs by the bucketful, however isn’t that just about everybody?

Mia DeSanzo (@neschria): I hoard quest gadgets and crafting provides that I’d by no means use. I generally find yourself eliminating stuff once I run out of all potential storage, but it surely hurts me to do it.

MJ Guthrie (@MJ_Guthrie, blog): Do I hoard in video games? Do I? BWUA HAHAHA AHA HAHAHAHAHAHAHA *breathes* HAHAHAHAHA HAHAHAHA HAHAHAHAHA *struggles for breath* hahahaha.

You can say that. Simply ask anybody who watches my streams and has nervousness assaults each time I open my inventories. I hoard crafting supplies, gear, consumables — something that could possibly be helpful. However do I ever use it? Not typically sufficient clearly. I imply I do use the crafting mats, even giving tons away, however by no means as many as I’ve. Similar with the gear. I hardly ever use/keep in mind to make use of potions and consumables and simply powerful it out. Oh, sure I additionally hoard decorations and cosmetics too. And currencies. So sure, sure I do encompass myself with the comforts of digital issues. I absolutely admit this was a part of my rising up poor and understanding it was higher to have and never want than want and never have. And bonus, I get to assist others in each recreation that enables me to commerce!

Samon Kashani (@thesamkash): I hoard all of it. Actually something that may have some obscure use; I’ll hoard it. My Guild Wars 2 financial institution is totally filled with gadgets that had one use seven years in the past. The mini ornament that allows you to view the zephyr space or one thing. The mysterious portal machine from an occasion that was by no means utterly completed is simply one other one. I even have dozens of unidentified amber for a weapon set in a kind of early HOT maps as a result of, you understand, I’ll full that set by no means.

Single participant video games I’m no completely different. I’ll by no means use my X potions; I’d want these for the ultimate boss on the finish of the sport.

Each week, be a part of the Massively OP employees for Massively Overthinking column, a multi-writer roundtable wherein we focus on the MMO business subjects du jour – after which invite you to hitch the fray within the feedback. Overthinking it’s actually the entire level. Your flip!

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