Said couriers are amazing in their ability to deliver.Mortuorum said:Actually, Skyrim does have a postal service... or at least a small legion of professional couriers.
I appreciated that read, but I think you might be stark raving mad, Hilary.Hilary Goldstein said:Can I Borrow Some Sugar? I'm Trying to Save the World
You'd better hope you aren't in a Bioware game, then. Because now they have the option to:blackrave said:Actually I understand most fetch quests
Lets imagine that there is WW3 (for some reason non-nuclear), and you are baker in some small town
Your are run out of flour/yeast/pixie dust/whatever and there is someone asking for information only you posses, would you:
a)give him info from kindness of your heart
b)offer him barter- he brings you things you need and you tell him the info
I know, I would pick b option. I'm professional and professionals don't get distracted by such tiny things as global war and imminent apocalypse.
Good thing that I don't have family thenScars Unseen said:You'd better hope you aren't in a Bioware game, then. Because now they have the option to:
a) Honor the deal because that's what heroes do.
b) Demand payment beyond the information... he's a professional too.
c) Murder your family while you watch, one at a time, until you crack and tell him what he wants to know. For the lulz.
It is entirely possible I have seen what you did there, and had a great laugh. You can believe this or not, there will not be accompanying images.Zhalath said:Said couriers are amazing in their ability to deliver.Mortuorum said:Actually, Skyrim does have a postal service... or at least a small legion of professional couriers.
I wish there was a quest line in the game to be a courier, be part of the Couriers' Guild or something: walk the roads, meet new people, fight off Stormcloaks (or Imperials) trying to block the mail, stick it to the Thalmor running resistance letters, determine the fate of New Vegas, all that jazz.
After all, the mail must always go through...
I think you should have been the one to write the article. I'd elaborate but I am so ticked off after being told by the article that it's somehow my gamer's due to do WoW-ish fetch quests, no matter how bad or boring they are, that I just wouldn't be able to hold back. Grrrrrrrrrr!The Forlorn said:I appreciated that read, but I think you might be stark raving mad, Hilary.Hilary Goldstein said:Can I Borrow Some Sugar? I'm Trying to Save the World
"I don't know about you, but I play games not for escape, but to be reminded of all the boring tasks I have to do in my normal life."
I thought that was winding up the big punchline at the end of this article, which was about to blossom into a colossal piece of sarcasm, but then... you never made the sarcasm clear. You seem to be actually stating this and backing up the idea that fetch quests are a good thing in games, that they are some kind of realism mechanic for us to identify with.
But nothing could be further from the real truth -- that fetch quests are the result of a dearth of creative game design and world building. They are filler, and grinds tossed out there to keep you busy, keep you playing, keep you paying.
There are some exceptions. And truly great games allow you to be something much more complex than a hero. In Lord of the Rings online, for example, one can spend years just tending to chickens and pies in The Shire. They are setting and lore appropriate, light hearted, and fun for all. It's brilliant for role players (you know, in a role playing game where the whole point is to interact with others). Whole kinships are built around the "common folk" and just go about their business.
But then there are the pointless fetchy grinds, the ones that aren't setting or lore appropriate and bring nothing to a players enjoyment. The widget hunts, the mindless drivel littered throughout the broader adventuring world. Mindless button push, after mindless button push, after mindless.... what were we looking for again? Aren't we supposed to be breaking into the Witch King of Angmar's stronghold? Oh no but first we have to collect 16 bat wings for that Ranger who, although he's a Dunedain Ranger, needs our help thinning out this bat population. Righhhhht.