For the past two weeks I’ve familiarized myself with the most of the core ideas behind the MMO Elder Scrolls Online and have tried my best to understand the culture behind the game, as well as how it relates to our everyday life outside of the game. One of the first things I learned was that this game focuses on its guilds and places a lot of pressure on the player to participate in many different communities within the game. One of the many ways players can play with each other is through boss battles, which will be advertised by the players in chat heavily before the event takes place.
Within my first couple hours of playing the game, it felt pretty overwhelming since there wasn’t much of a tutorial outside of basic combat mechanics. It was pretty hard to figure out what I was supposed to do or where I could go so I ended up just trying to do anything that came my way, and that included some things I shouldn’t have been a part of. I soon found out that I was not experienced enough to participate in many popular raids and boss battles because I would be killed almost immediately if I tried. So for the first and most of the second week I stuck to playing the main story line of the game as well as many side quests slowly leveling up my character.
The communication that I see in the game takes place within the chat box at the bottom left corner. Most of the chatter in this is focused around recruiting people into guilds and asking for help with in game battles, like dragons. Recently I’ve seen guilds using COVID-19 to advertise their clan by promising a tight knit community during these times and welcoming everyone to join. The sentiment of everyone being able to join seems pretty common with most guild messages right now, possibly since more people by themselves because of the virus, or this could just be regular behavior regardless of the virus, it’s hard to tell. In regards to the question for week 11, while there were references to the pandemic in chat on occasion, it seems like the world of ESO was largely unaffected and things went on as they normally do.
One thing I found out was that once you join a, you gain access to their exclusive chat boxes which only members of the guild can see/write in. Guilds are very central to the game, and I am already running into issues with progressing my character because I am not currently in one, so going forward it’s absolutely necessary to join a guild. I learned that there are multiple types of guilds that focus on different things including, but not limited to, PvE, PvP, Trading, Social, and Role-Playing guilds. I’m the most interested in the PvE, Trading, and Role-Playing guilds so first I will search for those types of guilds and try to join.