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 No.21566

For those of you wondering the tan target system is called that because in most MMOs back then you literally pressed tab to lock the camera onto whatever you were fighting against

The reason why this system is shit isn’t because it’s not fun or even bad compared to action combat considering a badly designed action combat system is as mind numbing as a badly designed tan targeting system(cough cough BDO) but because it poorly represents what should be happening to the player

Games aren’t just for fun they’re a way of communicating ideas through an interactive format and that can be watching someone die instantly from a headshot in any shooter, travelling at super fast speeds in space in games like EVE or no man’s sky, or just blowing shit up for shits and giggles in red faction. Tab targeting is awful at communicating what should happen because you can’t really interact with what your up against as all exchanges are limited to essentially button mashing
It’s even worse with games like WOW or EverQuest where there are classes that all feel functionally the same because that tab targeting fundamentally limits what the player can do to interact with their environment at any given time, for single player games there’s an even shittier system of combat and it’s the turn based system that’s near dead outside of dragon quest and fire emblem because not only is that shit crazy boring but also because all the things you’d expect would behave a certain way can’t because all inputs end up as animations and nothing more while you wait to attack again. Maybe there’s a strategy element but it would be far less deep, dynamic and less tense than something you’d see in a real time action based combat system

In conclusion play ESO

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