A Girl and her Panther
I am strongly ambivalent about cosmetic companions. Very strongly.
I love them. I hate them. I covet them. I dislike them. I am cool with them. I wish they would die.
Ack, enough! Time for one of those “Pros versus Cons” tables to see how I really feel about them:
Maybe not all of the bad things are really bad. And maybe the one good thing is good enough all by itself.
See? Even after all of this, still ambivalent.
I have five or six of them. All named, and all except the spider (Ick! It’s a spider!), assigned to characters. When that character is in play, so is that companion. Apparently I like them enough to let them out of the box, regularly.
I don’t buy tricks but each pet comes with one or two and somehow I’ve acquired a couple of others. Each character that “owns” a companion generally has the best trick on a hotbar, ready to command, and sometimes I do. When the party is waiting to assemble, or waiting for an AFK character or even a disconnect. In other words, any time I might /Dance/Dance2 or Grease I might instead PetTrick.
I guess that is valuable, in a way, sort of. I have Grease clickies on most of my characters for purely entertainment reasons. This is similar.
I know there are people who seriously like their companions. I always see newly-released companions on some character or another, on the very first day they are available; clearly someone is willing to buy them. That’s a plus, it supports the game I love without me having to do anything.
Do they add to lag? I doubt it, and if so I imagine it is only client-side lag which really isn’t lag at all.
Do they look weird when I am swimming or featherfalling? Oh yes, very weird.
Do I wish they actually did something other than follow me around? Cast some trivial but useful spell? Attack for 0 or 1 hit points of damage? Jump up on my party members and annoy them? Yes, I wish they had some function or feature beyond the ability to /follow.
Even with all that, I think they do add something to the game, if only for a (small? large?) percentage of the players. And at no significant cost to the rest of the player base.
So keep ’em coming Turbine, I’ve always liked the miniature Clay Golem in the quest Repossession. Go ahead and companionize him. That one I might even buy.
Who am I kidding, no I won’t. But I will admire him as he trails along behind others who are a bit more open with their purchasing habits*.
🙂 😀 🙂
* Yes, I know I am the guy who used a Raise Cake in a second-level quest. But still, at least that is an in-game effect for my Turbine Points unlike companions which have no in-game effect. Got to draw the line somewhere. Don’t I?