I don't mean to go through redundant madness, but...
Streak Madness/SRM Madness is a legit design goal in MWO.
EDIT: I mean, hell. PPCs. Tell me the last time you saw somebody running with PPCs in MWO. It just isn't done. That's such a reversal from the tabletop it's hard to believe.
A. I'm not going to go into the Shortcat debacle anymore. Still, I treat Six by Six Cats as the greatest danger (unless I have a pair of Large Lasers).
B. I used to have a Centurion-AL with an ER PPC in its right arm, and it pretty much worked as a backstab or "don't pop over my ridge, *****" weapon (until I got the dough for a heavier and faster engine). I can't imagine PPCs working in practice anymore because 1: Gauss Cats are used more now, 2: I see a bunch of pilots who remotely think it's a good idea to stuff their entire load with PPCs and be halfwits at heat management* (as in, think it's a good idea to fire four at once
) and probably 3: it depends, but the nature of urban combat. I would be still wondering if they're going to do with what Mech3 did with the PPCs (if you get shot by it, all your HUD elements get afflicted with static).
* (The only exception I've probably seen for this in the past week was River City Night Conquest when two hostile Cat K2s had dual or tri-ER PPCs, stole the high ground on the high edges of the west side, and sniped everyone until two fast movers gave them some grief. My side won in the end on the basis of resource gathering.)
With Clan SRMs being able to punch through at a half-kilometer rather than a quarter-kilo, I'm going to have a bit of my work cut out for me.