Saturday, 12 February 2011

Getting Fit For TOR

The time is almost here, that this spring target window is upon us.

So you may want to get yourself fine tuned just in case TOR release announced date is quickly followed by the games release.

Well good the thing is that TOR will not be hear before April. So you have a window up until then to get yourself and your PC in top working order.
 I don't want to dive into getting your PC ready, as other site have done this to a greater extent i.e Darth Hater and ToroCast.
Without knowing the min spec for TOR its hard to say what system will work well. Only thing I would say is, if you got a low end spec PC like 5 years ago, you may wish to hunt down some upgrades to play this game.

What I would like to focus on is you, as a player, getting into the right mind frame to get you up and running, and ready for TOR.

If you are currently engaged in an MMO, this post will have little value to you. It will however give some insight to those that are just considering TOR as there 1st MMO.

If TOR is going to be your 1st MMO, you really need to know how this type of game plays. There are things that you want to find out before you enter the MMO world.
You may or may not know what class you want to play, and you will need to see how these play with other players.

Your going to have to at some point, team with others around you. Though in most cases other players are very helpful to the new player (NooB), many are not, and some will not tolerate you within there group.
Knowing how your chosen class should conduct themselves within this world is very important. No matter what play style you have chosen, you will want at least a basic knowledge of how they work with others.

Even if you do not know which class you will end up playing. Some MMO game time under your belt, will home your skills and help you choosing a class when TOR finally hits.

Also being a NooB in an MMO world, is a very overwhelming experience indeed. Many of us have forgotten how disorientating MMO's can be. Not only do you need a basic understanding of your class. You are also hammered with everything the MMO space has set up.

Just knowing how to understand your fellow players around you, goes along way. Remember the 1st time you heard the word LOL, and thought WTF ?
Well multiply this by a factor of 20 and you get an understanding of what you as a player are going to come across. Even the basic key movements can catch you out.
Learning what key does what, will help you to enjoy the game so much more.

We as MMO vets take these type of things in are stride, when your still trying to get used to using W,A,S,D to move around we are already leaving the starter worlds.

If this is you 1st MMO you are considering, it is a very good idea to get hold of the many free MMO that litter the interwebs. This will give you much needed knowledge, so that when you enter the game you can enjoy the game for what it is, and not get bogged down with watching your keyboard to see what to do next. 

When you get into 1 of these free MMO, learn a little about the in-game marco systems. Things like /cast ... /wait... even /dance, can greatly enhance your game time.

Don't be put off by asking questions, there are more than enough players that are willing to help you. Joining a guild will give you great 1st hand knowledge, by people who have your best interests at heart.
Join in party's if your having trouble getting a quest done, its also a great way of of making new friends.

Simple things like knowing how the mini map works, can save you countless hours running round like a headless chicken, trying to find your next objective with in the game. Even more simple things like knowing how to switch to a new weapon or armer part you have just looted, will enhances game play to no end.

Its just like learning to drive, when you get your 1st lesson, you are bogged down with a multitude of different things going through your head. Which gear am I in, did I cancel that last turn signal, did I bring the cat in why is that car following me ??? and so on and so forth.

The same holds true for gaming in the MMO world. You need to home your skills, to feel relaxed before you can enjoy the world around you.
Not only will MMO game time give you much needed insight into what to expect, it will also home your skills, and make you more competitive, this will in turn get you sort after in gaining a group and a nice guild.

 So what are you waiting for, get yourself out there and mix...

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