(Note to Mods: I've put this in General because I thought it might catch attention from people who might have an interest but wouldn't actively check the specific game forum, and I'd like those opinions too. I'll leave it to your discretion whether it should be moved, thanks)
So if you've played Planetside 2 at all, or just heard people talk about it (perhaps via Quick Look) you at least know it seems cool, but bewildering thanks to the lack of any real tutorial/guidance. Let's face it, video tutorials just don't cut it, and I like this game enough that knowing good players who might give it a shot but quit or put it aside just because they are overwhelmed as to what the hell is going on (like Drew, maybe!) is disappointing to me. Well, I've been thinking of this for a bit, and considering the Quick Look just went up I figured I might as well throw it out there now when there just might be peak interest in the game.
So my question to you, the reader, is this: as someone who might have an interest in trying to play the fascinating large-scale free FPS that is Planetside 2, would you like the idea of joining up for an in-game "class" on how the hell it works? The most frustrating thing for me, as someone who took the long road of learning the game via more or less pure immersion and intuition, is knowing how NON-complicated its systems ultimately are for anyone who's played a Battlefield-style FPS before. I honestly think anyone with basic FPS knowledge could learn all the important mechanics in, like, 30 minutes with just simple in-game guidance.
That's my offer here. I have enough spare time at the moment that, should people be interested, I'll be happy to schedule some in-game "seminars" to teach the ropes. Skill level shouldn't matter; basic Battlefield-style FPS knowledge (or maybe even just basic FPS knowledge, not sure yet) should be enough, I reckon. The in-game voice chat capabilities should work just fine for this (assuming the servers aren't going wonky at the time). I can't promise I'll be super-entertaining or insightful or nothing, but I'll do my best to teach you what you need to know to have fun in the game.
My schedule is pretty much wide open at the moment, so I can do whatever is most convenient for the majority of people. As mentioned, I suspect the length of this "seminar" should be about 30 mins at most, but of course we'll have to see. If people are interested, I'll do a few smaller test groups to see how well it goes, then scale up as necessary. If not, so be it. What's in this for me? Simple: every extra soldier in this game who knows what the hell is going on makes the game that much more fun.
Please, let me know if you have an interest in learning this rad game in what is (hopefully) a quick and efficient way!