there is a style of gaming that is very popular now among the MMO crowd that is about finding the most optimal path of points possible to the conclusion of a game/story/quest/thing.
it's become so popular that people are getting into flame wars on playtest sites because new MMOs don't report how much damage you are doing with a hit, therefore you don't know if you're "winning"
a typical question might arise on the boards, "are you having fun?" and the standard answer is akin to.... "no. i don't know if the class/race/weapon combo i am using is optimal."
now. while this sounds like traditional min-max play. but i think it's branching into a new style of gaming where fun is measured in the value of things i cannot even comprehend. this is really beyond my experiences as a gamer. fun measured in nano-hit points.
has anyone experienced this? hear about this? know of a term for this "behavior" (for lack of a better word).?
aside: i was absolutely shocked to hear about this, but i know a lot of MMO players and we had a two-hour conversation about the future of product/design... and they showed me the forums. these player complaints exist.