Over 75% of the voters in my poll wanted me to blog Sword Art Online. I’m not entirely sure why it’s so popular, but I guess I’ll blog it. I don’t play MMOs at all, so you’ll be getting the perspective of an outsider here.
I thought I was socially incompetent, but these MMOers make me look like a rock star. Our hero has been in the game world for over a month by now. He is going to kill the first floor boss. And what is our hero most concerned about? That he’ll be the last one picked at the playground and won’t have anyone else in his party. Basically, after an entire month in the game world, he still hasn’t made a single friend!
Fortunately for our friend, neither has the only girl in the MMO world. Wish fulfillment at its finest.
Of course, it’s not like the characters with friends are much better. We have the guy who, instead of beating the game, wants to go on a witch hunt for beta testers and burn them at the stake. Of course, our hero’s response to these accusations is unbelievably dumb. “I’m not just an ordinary beta tester. I’m the best beta tester!” Dude, no wonder you have no friends. He even had an easy way to recover when he called himself a “beater”— he could have said, “I’m going to beat the game, and you can join me or not join me.” But no, he claims he’s going to beat the game, and then ditches everyone and comes off as a jerk.
Then we have our friend the raid leader. He’s pretty good at organizing people. But his plan all along was to steal the boss’s loot for himself. Come on. You’d think one piece of armor from the first floor is not worth fragmenting your entire group (which carries your only chance of survival) and ruining your reputation.
Even worse is our hero, who refuses to give the guy a potion and allows him to die. Who cares if he doesn’t want your potion? If the guy wants to die, he should have the decency to do it alone.
The fights continue to be pretty cool, even if more lazily animated. Maybe one of you MMOers can explain why they need to yell “Switch!” though? It sounds like this is some special move, but it looks like they’re just switching who’s attacking.