For years MMOs have been the breeding ground for elitist garbage. Players think they’re better than everyone else out there just because they have a better gear score, or they’ve progressed a little further than others. When I first got into World of Warcraft I was shocked by just how unfriendly the trade channel was. That’s where you spam “Looking for XYZ.” People would tell others to F-off, and all kinds of nasty stuff. If new players had questions, they would very rarely get an honest answer from others, leaving them scratching their head trying to figure out whatever it is they’re having issues with.
The same is true for group-based content. Just hit up a Looking for Raid and say you don’t know the fight and see what happens. I assure you you’ll have at least one person say “how the hell is that possible, what are you some kind of n00b?” With comments like those, can you see how tough it is for new players to get into the game?
So I was rather shocked when I started playing Dragon Quest X and everywhere I went people were helping me out. Be it with information, or just being overly polite. This was completely at odds with what I have experienced with WoW. Players would buff me up (raising my tension) constantly and if I happened to do the same to others, within seconds I would see ありがとう(Arigatō), which means thanks. We’re talking about a hundred or so of these every time I logged in. I’ve never seen anything like it. Happen to be low on health, well no worries, someone will come along and heal you, not expecting anything in return. It’s incredible.
Now that the beta is coming to an end, I’m kind of sad to see it go because these players that inhabit it are the nicest I’ve ever had the honor of playing alongside. It makes me wish all online multiplayer games were like this. New players are welcomed and if they have any questions they’re encouraged to ask. Veteran players remain polite and don’t treat others as garbage. In the end the whole community benefits because everyone is open to helping one another.
While all of this might change with the retail version, at least for now, I can honestly say Dragon Quest X is the most polite MMO I have ever experienced.