The Daily Grind: What’s been your biggest MMORPG mistake or regret?

I don’t like listing off my mistakes and regrets in MMORPGs, but I do have them. I made a giant fool out of myself being tricked into letting a spy into my guild’s castle in Ultima Online, thus losing that castle. I fell asleep on an incredibly boring EverQuest raid once, making my guildies call me to wake me up so we could move on. I went off on an ally in a World of Warcraft raid for a good 15 minutes, shouting up a storm because he rolled on PvE tank gear… for his PvP kit. I quit classic Star Wars Galaxies to escape roleplayer drama and forfeited a metropolis in the process (don’t worry; I went back!).

But what I regret the most is not playing more of the games I knew I loved the most in their prime. I’m more careful about scams, I don’t game when exhausted, and I stopped caring so much about loot rules and drama… but the truly great games? I can’t get them back. It was a mistake not playing them even more than I did.

What’s been your biggest MMORPG mistake or regret? How have you overcome it?

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Zarkov
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Zarkov

I regret nothing. I play to enjoy a game and not to regret it.

EpicViking
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EpicViking

Getting hyped for an MMO, buying the CE and quitting withing a year…. (ESO was the latest one). 

Qutting UO.. i miss it, but now its to late for me come back..

Not sticking with WoW throughout its expansions and beeing there for all the glorious events and stuff.. instead coming back between expansions as a mediocre player and not getting the full enjoyment out of the game before i leave waiting on the next expansion…

Spending to much cash in the first year of Neverwinter only to see how far its fallen.. and i haven’t touched it in a couple of modules..

Just got into Ryzom with its steam release… regret i wasn’t there when it came out..

Regret not starting with SWG earlier, and only got a few years of the post-NGE experience out of it.

Loving games that ends up canceled or shut down…(Tabula Rasa and Vanguard comes to mind.. RIP)

Not fixing my computer earlier when it broke during Vanilla WoW, when i came back X months later, all my friends and guildies on the server had moved on.. still wonder where they are today.

EpicViking
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EpicViking

Bannex19 This.. i still play Lotro today, and boy did i wish i had lifetime.. meanwhile i bought lifetime for Champions Online… and while i played it for three years, i haven’t touched it since.. wish it had been the lifetime sub to Star Trek instead.

Suikoden
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Suikoden

Spending too much money in Neverwinter.  
Not playing Matrix Online to the end.
Leaving Lotro.

carson63000
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carson63000

Not playing Mists of Pandaria until a month before WoD landed .. it’s the only WoW expansion I didn’t really experience, due to being wrapped up in Guild Wars 2, and I think I missed a gem. I could easily have enjoyed both it and GW2, but I didn’t.

Coolit
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Coolit

Archage hands down, ruined by a P2W business model.

Adri Cortesia
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Adri Cortesia

Paying RL money for games (and their company) who don’t deserve it and just “abuse” me as a user. having hopes in these games and it ends in a big BOOM! Lot of hot air

Anatidae
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Anatidae

Paying Crypic money for any Lifetime Subscription. Or for really anything.

NoctisGray
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NoctisGray

I met an amazing girl through Wildstar who was a lot like me. We both have synesthesia (cool brain quirk, look it up) and we bonded over it and I made myself wake up early to log in and talk to her because she lived across the world. I guess in the end I pushed her away, and I kick myself for that so much.

blueimpact
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blueimpact

And trying ArchAge at all.

blueimpact
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blueimpact

Resubbing to WoW.

Peregrine_Falcon
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Peregrine_Falcon

Not trying SWG when it first launched.

PaganRites
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PaganRites

Backing Pathfinder Online.  Ryan Dancey should never be allowed to work in the industry again.

Qarran
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Qarran

Biggest regret… ArchAge.  But, wait!  It’s not what you think.  Lol.

I don’t regret being a founder.  I played tons of the Alpha which was fantastic.  The betas were great just showing friends around and even the launch day issues I could deal with because I knew what I needed to do in game to get up to speed with land etc.

I don’t regret the first three months after launch.  The wheels were starting to fall off, but to be honest, I was having a blast.  Trades overseas, running the pirate gauntlet, etc. etc. was a freaking blast.  Crafting was fun and still worth the effort then.

No… my regret is that ignored the big issues because I was having fun.  And when I finally looked up and the music was over, my friends were gone, crafting had no value, and everything  that I loved I about the game had been destroyed.

crackfox
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crackfox

Ending my LoTRO adventures at the gates of Moria. I had my reasons, but I regret that I’ll probably never see more of Turbine’s Middle Earth.

Deadborder
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Deadborder

Buying Champions Online at launch. I let my sub expire in a couple of months.

sfrees80
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sfrees80

Getting involved with EQN and landmark. One giant pile of lies, ineptitude and trash.

thatchefdude
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thatchefdude

Getting into the genre at 13 years old, now I’m in for life…..it’s like the Mafia…..

TukutoThePumpkinGod
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TukutoThePumpkinGod

for me i havnt really made a mistake when it comes to judging whether or not a game will keep me/take my money for things i dont need.
its more to do with social mistakes that i have done within them, and my biggest? probably destroyed me, and everyone around me. good story, even if it is a bit “not nice”. 
i couldnt write it here though even if i wanted to, will take way too long XP
though, it probably is my best memory when it comes to MMO’s to date, even if i did lose all my favourite people.

Norlamin
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Norlamin

Continuing to believe in big name developers like Blizzard and NCSoft, thinking they’d bring something new, innovative and long lasting to the MMO genre.

 I’ve been disappointed with every game released since 2010 and refuse to even try MMO’s anymore, if they come from the big wigs. Once bitten, twice shy? More like once burned, forever scarred.

starcallerasterei
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starcallerasterei

For me, definitely buying that expensive Archeage pack. I genuinely enjoyed the game itself, but unfortunately the company running it, the awful community and the rampant hacking and bots just ruined it. It was fun at first then all my friends left once their sub time ran out, and it wasnt fun anymore ):

I also regret not playing megaten: Imagine more. It was the mmo I just came back to every 1-2 years to play casually, but lack of friends in it and getting older while the community was always made up of teens made me not get far. A while back I really wanted to play it again, only to discover it had shut down the year before.

melissaheather
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melissaheather

We seem to have 2 categories here, 1) what was the biggest doofus move you ever made in a game and 2) what is the biggest mistake-in-buying a game you ever had.

1) claiming some elite gear that didn’t work for my class, and was then unusable in a raid in original EverQuest, and I got flamed for it in public chat, haha. But, I did it out of ignorance.

2) Warhammer.  I dismissed it within a couple hours or so of gameplay.  Just not a very good game.  Swing, and a miss.

melissaheather
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melissaheather

Bannex19 best $199 I ever spent :)

Malorey
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Malorey

Arseage

Mochaccino
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Mochaccino

squidgod2000
There are better things I could have done with the $150 I spent on the Archeum package. Like literally wipe my ass with bills totalling that amount.

Akami
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Akami

KryptonianGL ArbsX Akami LoL always room for more

JohnT_NC
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JohnT_NC

I try not to have regrets.  They’re a waste of energy that can be better spent on doing something positive.
But…

I’d say I regret not being able to hang out with my kinmates in LotRO anymore.  They all left.  We used to raid the Rift, and we played all through Moria and Mirkwood together, but then the F2P transition happened, and the majority of them drifted away during Rise of Isengard.  A lot of them appeared in the last LotRO machinima I made, so that’s probably how I’ll always remember them now.

Some I saw afterwards in GW2, but leveling in GW2 went way too quickly, so I hit cap and didn’t spend a lot of time there afterwards.

Crackjaw
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Crackjaw

Oh this is an easy question.  My biggest MMO mistake of all time: buying the 6-month sub to SWTOR.  LOL… I think I had quit 3-4 weeks in.  That was a complete waste.

JohnT_NC
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JohnT_NC

Rheem Octuris German Shepherd puppies are so cute.  Here’s what mine looked like back in 2010.

Rheem Octuris
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Rheem Octuris

I was writing out a story but it started to piss me off in the first paragraph. So instead, I’m posting an image of a puppy:

theKavorka
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theKavorka

Sleeping with that crazy girl from Vanilla WoW… Stalker alert, if only I’d known then!

KryptonianGL
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KryptonianGL

ArbsX Akami Room for one more on this Buyer’s Remorse/Regret Train? :)
Choo, choo!!!

Bannex19
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Bannex19

I think missing out on LOTRO’s lifetime sub would probably be my less negative regret.
When it came out and for many years later I played the heck out of that game and always regretted not getting that.

junta1987
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junta1987

I downloaded/bought and tested many fantasy MMORPGs like Rift, Aion Terra and many of them disappointed me

My worst disappointed was Guild Wars 2: I loved the first one. I was really naive enough to believe the hype. I played it for a couple hours and it was enough: I hated the events (which are nothing but grind without much story content) and the search for quests where you get attribut points. Even the campaigne was not interesting enough for me

imayb1
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imayb1

Interesting timing. Just last night, I attended a Failure: Lab event (http://failure-lab.com/) in which people come on stage, confess a life-failure and leave the stage. You are supposed to make your own conclusions and learn something from each story of failure. 

My biggest regret in MMO-land is that as I stopped playing Aion, I still logged in to pay upkeep on a house I loved. Now, I’d had this house since housing first appeared in Aion and I think I got it in the first round of bidding. It’s probably worth 100 times what I originally paid, in a good location, etc. Well, I thought I was all paid up and made a note to return in 30 days to do it again because I wasn’t ready to part with it. When I logged back in, the house belonged to someone else. Big oops. I was given back my original investment but lost the house. The biggest part of me wants to just let go… after all, I don’t really play it any more. The other part keeps kicking myself for not either selling the house and reaping profit or for not goofing up about paying upkeep.

zyrusticae
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zyrusticae

Not enough roleplaying. 
I’ve fallen out of practice and it is really hard to get back into the swing of things. Every time I think about it I get too anxious and just do something else that’s more relaxing/less challenging to my brain. Hence why I’ve stuck to doing writing exercises and the like instead. 
It’s as much socialization as it is impromptu acting. Like anything else, those skills can atrophy if you don’t put them into practice every so often. It doesn’t help that I just keep on getting older…

Estranged
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Estranged

caving to the WoW peer pressure

enamelizer
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enamelizer

Giving away my UO account with a GM bard / treasure hunter. Getting GM provoke was the hardest thing I have ever done in a game.

Syco_at_Twitch
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Syco_at_Twitch

Buying the highest Founder pack for 
Skyforge thinking they would actually be a good company

AGx
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AGx

My biggest regret was quitting FFXI when I did. FFXIV had been announced and was to be released in about a year. Knowing how deeply invested I get into MMOs, I could no longer invest time and money into FFXI knowing I had every intention of quitting and never going back once its big brother came out. Then FFXIV 1.0 released and we all know how that went. Now, I personally didn’t have a problem with it but it came and wen’t and I had no choice but to let it go while they worked on what would eventually be ARR which I never ended up liking as much as 1.0 or XI. If I could go back with this knowledge, I’d have never quit XI.

Vexia
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Vexia

In no particular order…The times I played fast and loose with my wallet for games I shouldn’t have. Such as, why the hell did I buy the TERA collector’s edition? Admittedly this is probably a large part of what keeps me tied to the game to this day.Not spending enough time with my favorite games before they closed. I’m looking at Glitch and even Spirit Tales Online here.Spending more time talking about games than actually playing them. ILY Massively OP, but you help feed my “addiction” to MMO news (as opposed to a so-called “addiction” to the games themselves). <3Letting myself get out of touch with my closest friends I have met through games. However! I am happy to say that I have reached out to a few good friends lately. If you still have people like that in your social media, maybe you should try sending them a message as well.

ArbsX
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ArbsX

Akami Same with me, I’m pissed about all the money I have wasted on failed MMOs. FF14 is the only post WoW MMO that I have purchased & I was actually happy that I bought it & I still play it from time to time.
Now a days i’m less likely to buy a new MMO unless it is has proven success, I have made terrible investment in the past & ya I wish I could go back in time & save that money. But I learn from those mistakes & move on.

Akami
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Akami

Giving money to: Age of Conan, Archeage, Rift, Aion, Wildstar, Warhammer, Blade & Soul, SKyforge, FFXIV, ESO, Age of Wushu, Neverwinter, Anarchy Online, Warframe, Asheron’s call 2, Darkfall, SWTOR, DCUO, Firefall, or a plethera of other crap I’ve spent money on.

My other big regret is playing EQ, SWG, and DAOC, because they ruined me for all other games that can’t live up to their standards.

MorpayneRADIO
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MorpayneRADIO

Buying Black Desert without first finding out about the animation canceling combat combo spam you need to master to be competitive at the highest tiers in the pvp scene.

Nanulak
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Nanulak

At the moment I am regretting all the $$ I dumped into Star Citizen.  Who knows, it may turn out money well spent.  Only time will tell.

Hounddog74
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Hounddog74

I regret leaving EQ for DAOC and then WoW. If I had known the drastic way these games would changed I’d have stayed around instead of thinking there would be another EQ down the road.

libertylion7
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libertylion7

Believing the hype about Horizions and buying a copy for myself and my friend.  Talk about egg on my face.  I cheerleaded this game and then looked like a fool afterwards.

Rozyn
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Rozyn

camelotcrusade Rozyn Yeah, I have a few friends on FB from EQ2 around 2008 and they’re still great people, but I swore off FB a couple years ago so… a lot of good that does me lol. Funny enough, my mom added one of those gamer friends and they’re digital BFFs, she thought I went to college with her lol. Had to explain guilds.

camelotcrusade
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camelotcrusade

Rozyn That’s a really good one.  Oh, the times I have wanted to stay friends but I couldn’t play another goddamn hour of that MMO.  Now I think it’s a bit easier with all the social media options, but even then those relationships fade without the game as a context.

Rozyn
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Rozyn

Karl_Hungus “You have no regrets? Like not even a single letter?”

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