Massively Opinionated: Which MMO is the stickiest?

Unlike single-player games, MMO need a built-in reason for people to keep coming back, or better yet, stick around forever and ever. Some MMOs clearly have better staying power than others. Our panelists debate this week what makes MMOs the most sticky and which MMOs have done it the best.

The rules are simple: Our arbitrator, Larry Everett, gives our panelists four questions to answer. The panelists argue each question, and whoever has the best argument wins a point. At the end of the show, whoever has the most points wins.

The panelists this week are all champions from previous Massively Opinionated debates. From right here on MassivelyOP, Tina Lauro joins us. From his YouTube channel, it’s The Cosmic Engine. And an editor at MMO Bomb, Jason Winter, has again graced us with his presence. Check out the full debate show below.

Our panelists this week

Larry Everett
Twitter: Shaddoe
Blog: Hyperspace Beacon

Cosmic Engine
Twitter: CosmicEngine99
YouTube: The Cosmic Engine

Tina Lauro
Twitter: PurpleTinaBeans
Site: Predestination

Jason Winter
Twitter: WinterInformal
Site: MMO Bomb

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Bananni_Kerblammy
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Bananni_Kerblammy

Detton Akami Or…J.K. Rowling could expand the universe FOR the MMO and thus pull all the fans to play the game, making it amazing. =D I would play a Harry Potter MMO if I knew the universe would be expanded, even just for the story.

AGx
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AGx

For me it’s FFXI. The game is s*** and I know it [now] but I love it still.

bossrprouse
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bossrprouse

The stickiest MMO? WoW created by ArenaNet and updated by Daybreak. Talk about the ultimate MMO that’ll keep bringing people back.

Craywulf
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Craywulf

I hate that term! call it staying power or habit-forming….stop with this “sticky” nonsense. MMOs aren’t candies and or glue!  /rant

GW2 has me as sometimes I log in just look around. No other game does that to me.

karakedi
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karakedi

For me, it’s LotRO, even after trying other, newer games. In part, of course, it’s the IP:  I’ll probably always value the world and cultures that Tolkien created, and I continue to be impressed by the LotRO team’s efforts to stay true to them, while filling gaps and adapting to the demands of gameplay. The community is relatively mature and friendly, especially on the ‘server’ I play on. Although there is what seems to be the requisite MMO warfare, there are also non-violent activities and opportunities for exploration.  I’m a founder and ‘lifer;’ the latter is one of the most lasting investments I’ve made.

srmalloy
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srmalloy

fastcart bakkahentai2600 However, being fully voiced has its drawbacks. It’s unlikely that we’ll ever see new basic classes in SWTOR because that would require all of the existing side-mission voice work to be redone for the new class as well as the class-mission voice work, and doing all that work for content only one class will see gets them much less ‘bang for the buck’ — as demonstrated with the Ilum, Makeb, Rishi, Yavin, and Ziost content, making content shared by all the classes in a faction means that they’re paying for much less development work for the ‘same’ number of missions. And the almighty bottom line ensures that a company that’s looking to milk the cash cow is going to invest as little as possible in content to keep the money coming in. That’s why you’ll see cosmetics (i.e., cartel market pack material) and shared content as the vast majority of what comes out as ‘expansion’ material.

ZenDadaist
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ZenDadaist

Stickiest would have to be the one I return to again and again over the years after getting bored with newer ones. Stickiest describes the older games that have survived over time while newer ones have been closed down. For me that would be AO.

Kalamari
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Kalamari

guild wars 1. huge PvE replayability and an immensely fun PvP/GvG mode.

Radfist
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Radfist

The Everquest franchise. Although SoE / Daybreak have done a good job of fixing that for me for the past 2 years with horrible monetisation and development.

schlag sweetleaf
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schlag sweetleaf