zorak ramone, on 22 March 2012 - 12:40 PM, said:
As for catering to munchkins, what exactly do you mean? Any form of customization will allow the "munchkins" to min/max their configurations.
I actually keep arguing for making customization limited in the sense of making it somewhat meaningful
. You should have to think twice, and not only for 5 seconds, if you really want to do the changes to Mech A. Meaning you would have to factor in a number of consequences, like e.g. time out of service for the implementation of the customization. Like general downsides in terms of monetary investment and long-term higher upkeep. Maybe even as much as having to do the customization process all over again once the custom build got destroyed in battle. And so on.
IMHO customization should be an option that has to be deliberated upon. As soon as it goes beyond just re-speccing to another canon variant (even that should take some
time, tbh). That would maintain it being a meaningful
and also somewhat rare/unique feature. Having simply the option to refit your Mech with e.g. a different engine, heatsink complement and weaponry in a matter of 5 minutes doesn't achieve that at all. It just turns every chassis into a "pseudo-Omni", effectively negating the need for true Omnis somewhat. In that case might as well drop the pretense that MWO has anything to do with BT any more and call it "Mecha Online". *shrug*
monky, on 22 March 2012 - 01:27 PM, said:
I would just like to say, throwing time in as a factor for refits is a terrible idea. When you get home and unlock/purchase your shiny new mech and maybe shiny new weapons for it, the LAST thing you are going to want is to have to wait for a refit to complete. If it were a table top game where you're sitting across from someone sure maybe that mech doesn't play a part in your next battle - but that doesn't mesh with what is effectively playing against a random group of people in each individual battle.
So are you either trying to say that you have to customize your Mech to render it playable? Because with a stock variant you cannot? Wonder how all those other people do... Or are you saying that due to personal issues/shortcomings you feel unable to compete against other players in stock variants? Seems rather a matter not really related to general gameplay, to be honest...
Unless you claim there is someone standing behind you with a gun pointed at your head forcing to, I don't see why anyone has to
customize a Mech. On coming home and wanting to play. It is your choice, and yours alone to do so, and if you don't like the consequences it does entail, then just don't do it
, that easy. Why change mechanisms that are there for a reason (customization time i.e.)? Just to grant you "instant gratification"? Seriously?
Edited by Dlardrageth, 22 March 2012 - 02:25 PM.