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#1 Oct 12 2010 at 5:55 AM Rating: Default
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The question probably doesn't belong in this forum, BUT...


Where's my GM?

I don't have have a problem. I'm not being griefed, I'm not reporting anybody, I'm not stuck in geography or missing loots. I just miss the coolness.

I've noticed a lack of presence ingame as it relates to staff and volunteers of my favorite mmorpgs. I want that person with a name that's a different colored text, wearing exotic gear to tell me and my friends that 'running into given cave may bring about certain death or extraordinary wealth'. You know, the character in the center of the crowd trying to answer every RP question thrown his/her with a good attitude.

Why aren't they overt any longer? Is it employment costs? Why does my game have no Game Masters?

I thought promoting story line and creating immersion for the players was a good thing. I would say even the most bland free to play, micro payment, hack-n-slash, Asian lan cafe game is better with GM urging you to grind.

Why are these gaming companies skimping on the ingame element know as GMs? I mean shouldn't these companies show a little more love for their pruduct when it comes to direct relations with their costumers?

Personally I miss GMs.

#2 Oct 12 2010 at 6:03 AM Rating: Good
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GM's don't stay in games 24/7 they only tend to pop up if a violation has been made, and someone has used the call GM function, even then you may only talk to them and not see them. Although you can ask for him to appear and they tend to agree, same applied in FFXI, just the way SE rolls i guess
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#3 Oct 12 2010 at 6:06 AM Rating: Decent
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They're in there. And they don't volunteer. They are paid:

http://www.ffxivcore.com/topic/17370-ffxiv-game-masters/page__p__320153__hl__%2Bgame+%2Bmasters__fromsearch__1#entry320153

The developers have encouraged players to contact GMs to help organize in-game events that you want to plan and said they would try to accommodate the best they can in-game. Organize some kind of event and have a GM officiate it, then you can see your shiny armor :)Or violate the game rules and get sent to the Sermon Room (new Mordion Gaol (GM Jail)).

Edited, Oct 12th 2010 8:09am by OnyxFFXI
#4 Oct 12 2010 at 9:38 AM Rating: Decent
GMs haven't been showing up to barf corny RP lines or act as community liaison in MMOs for years now. The whole concept is just so...1990s when MMO developers were excited and proud and hopped up on goofballs to have produced this zomfgwee 3D world for people to explore and yadda yadda yadda.

I don't log in to interact with GMs in (apparently) impressive armor with glowy bits and heat waves and all that other stuff. And if I did and he was standing there warning about caves or peists or the great evil looming that's even worse than the Garleans, I'd feel bad for the poor son of a ***** because he was probably put up to it. It's just not all that important to most people and if the GM staff have a choice between showing up and playing dork for the handful of peasants lucky enough to be standing around or passing by when they appeared or actually helping people whose character is stuck or are being griefed or just had their "Padded *******'s Eyepatch (Peuce)" disappear into the nether, I say help the people who need it.
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