MMOG Tutorials: Not Enough Flavors writes: "The first steps into a new virtual world can be a daunting endeavor. Players are bombarded with so much visual and aural stimuli that it’s rather easy to become discouraged. There are pop-up windows, voice overs, foreign UI menus, giant questions marks, health meters and more. That is just the stuff on the screen, not in the world. In the world, we have our virtual representation, our avatar, and whatever her surroundings may be – a dinky town, life pod or wasteland. To the initiated, we can absorb and digest these oddities rather quickly. The newcomers, well there’s a good chance they won’t make it too far.

To date, MMOG tutorials and starting zones generally fall in to one of four flavors:"

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