The Daily Grind: How many MMOs are you currently playing?

After a long time of fighting my habits, I have finally figured out that I just need to stick to one MMO, maybe two, at a time. I have tried and tried to mimic Justin’s system for rotating through MMOs — all games, really. I always feel that I should be playing a little bit of everything, no matter how absurd that is. And his schedule-centric system should be great for playing seven or more games and never getting bored. Clearly it works for him.

But I lose interest long before the rotation starts over again. I far more enjoy being single-minded and almost obsessive about a game in chunks longer than one session or day. I can sometimes get away with two games if they’re very different, but it turns out I like the idea of variety a lot more than I like actually playing that way. In short: I prefer to binge-MMO.

Does this happen to you guys? Can you rotate through half a dozen MMOs, or do you like to focus on one at a time — or somewhere in between? Take stock of your current situation: How many MMOs are you currently playing?

Every morning, the Massively Overpowered writers team up with mascot Mo to ask MMORPG players pointed questions about the massively multiplayer online roleplaying genre. Grab a mug of your preferred beverage and take a stab at answering the question posed in today’s Daily Grind!
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GamingSF

WoW, ESO, plus the odd session of Rift and Wildstar. Usually I have three games going, my friends & family main, a trio game (could be the same as the former) and one or two solo games to dip into when I have time to kill.

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FreecczLaw

I only ever play one MMO at a time and usually have another game from another genre like a MOBA that I can switch to.

As for right now I don’t play any MMO at all. I wish I had one I liked, but I doubt I will see anything I like until Pantheon: RotF is released. I just need an MMO that is about exploration, mysteries and adventure with others which MMOs aren’t anymore.

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socontrariwise

Currently ESO though waning pull (I end up playing way too long into the night though if I DO log in), a bit Skysaga (not happy with the Alpha 10 crafting changes at all, they switch between very different mechanisms for basic gameplay like other people change clothes … :( ) and here and there Creativerse (getting burned out with trying to find the last recipes I’m missing).

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Melissa McDonald

I’ve had a long stretch of no guild, few game friends. Recently a friend I’ve had for a good long while has finally got a new PC and can game with me, and we’re going to play LOTRO, he’s a big Tolkien fan and I think the pace of that game will be perfect for him. On my own I still dabble about in BDO, World of Tanks/Warships, I patch and check in on Star Citizen pretty regularly but don’t really play it. I am waiting for the revamp of The Secret World and will give it a go. Still have STO and SWTOR patched and ready but haven’t played them lately.

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Grim🎃 Darhk

Legion, way more than I expected at this part in the Xpac, pretty impressed with Blizz. A bit of Wildstar, BDO, SWTOR and TSW. Ranging from thirty minutes a day to several hours if I’m in the mood. Though, I’d kill for an actual Star wars MMO. Swtor just wears it’s clothes. Bioware’s been shit as of late, and it doesn’t look like it’s getting any better with the new ME.

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Melissa McDonald

you would think that Disney has a team right now working on the next one, but we seem to live in a Post-MMO world as far as most game companies are concerned in the west. They have deep enough pockets that they could conceivably look at SWTOR and decide what was good, what was bad, and come up with a new game designed to take its place, but until they announce it, I’d suppose it doesn’t exist.

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Celestia

None.

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Malcolm Swoboda

Nonnnneeeeeeeeee. A few on my mind*, but no time!

Secret World, Elder Scrolls Online, GW2, vanilla WoW.

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Nick Smith

I play too many… then i drop most because i have no time to play them all. I feel better when i concentrate and play just one. However this is what i play on a daily basis currently. In order of most time played to least.

Cloud Pirates (2 hours)
Atlas Reactor ( 1 hour)
Trove (15-30 min)
Smite (20 min)
Elder Scrolls Online (15 min)
DC Universe Online (15 min)
Wildstar (15 min)

I wish i had time to play them all more :( or what i really need to do is drop all but one so i can focus!

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Vexia

I have a similar playstyle, Bree. I feel like I get a lot more out of an MMO when I focus in on just one, maybe with a second game to casually play on the side. That’s not what I’m doing right now, though. :P

I am balancing (poorly) FFXIV and WoW as my two “main games,” while checking in with Revelation Online since it’s new and I just started playing. Then on the MOBA front, I play Heroes of the Storm kind of regularly. And then I’ll unwisely spend time trying out or revisiting whatever game strikes my fancy, like Twin Saga, Blade & Soul, WildStar, or Wakfu. So I feel like I get nothing done anymore, but I do this to myself.

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oldandgrumpy

Playing STO and EQ2 currently.

Cut back on STO a bit as the current season is not very interesting and they are balancing the game meaning nerfing stuff.

EQ2 is keeping me interested but they have made some changes recently that has increased the grind which I am not that interested in so I have been replaying DA:O on the side and when Mass Effect Andromeda comes out I will put a lot of time into that instead.

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Little Bugbear

Right now I’m only playing two MMO’s GW2, and FFXIV. Though I might be adding Dragon Nest for the story. I used to only play one MMO at a time, but now I feel like MMO’s aren’t in a good enough place to play just one MMO. One MMO may have great pvp while another MMO has great pve or story etc. So to give myself the full MMO experience I play multiple MMO’s.

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Bionicall

I myself have gone from upwards of 10 down to a more respectable 3(plus a MOBA). I have been finding that if you are trying to follow the narrative, splitting your attention like Justin does requires too much discipline/memory. By this I mean, a way to remember where you are at, so either memory (not computer, but that factors in too) or the discipline to record it. This isn’t an issue in some games, like Marvel Heroes(and one of my 3), where unless you are trying to follow the story (which I have repeated approximately 100 times), you don’t need to worry.

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possum440 .

NONE. Still haven’t found the devs with that “dare to be great attitude”. Right now its gamer’s with attitudes telling folks they cant play differently, cant get things unless they play their way, cant have something that is better, that was achieved simply, or in less time.

The vast majority of programmed snowflakes that cant let other gamer’s play the way they want or get things in a game without becoming offended is pretty distasteful nowadays.

Used to be a person could play a game, any game, without being judged. Developers are a huge part of the problem as we see they were raised to play the way they program others. A vicious cycle.

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Bryan Turner

Sounds like GW2 and raiding.

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Veldan

What, specifically, are you referring to here? High end gear being only available to raiders? (Just a guess, it’s the only thing I could come up with that fits your post)

Edit: Or maybe you mean that people get mad if you play a non-meta spec/build?

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Jeremy

ESO, with a dash of GW2 and occassionally FFXIV.

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Dividion

The only MMO I’m playing with any consistency at the moment is SotA, which I hop on ~4-5x per week. I probably have around 25 different MMOs installed, and have hopped on quite a few since New Years. I wouldn’t say I’ve done anything significant in them, except for the Division and Path of Exiles.

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rafael12104

So, I rotate through several concurrently while I decide on which ones I get my time and money. But once I find a couple, at the most, I stick with them predominantly until the wheels fall off of them.

Last year, was an interesting year. Around this time, I was playing BDO, BNS, SWTOR, and thanks to some arm twisting here, The Division. LOL. Sleep was optional for a few days during my vacation.

But fast forward a year and only the most unlikely of candidate remains, BnS. I still dabble in the others, but I’m looking for something else and Conan is looking good.

So, that is the way it works for me. I have one maybe two MMO homes and I visit many others. What about loyalty you may ask. Is that still a thing? Because devs don’t have any so…

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Tobasco da Gama

Right now, just LOTRO. I tend to juggle around 4 games at a time, and right now the other three slots are being filled by non-MMOs.

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angrakhan

As much as I like MMO’s I’m not playing any currently. The current trifecta of awesomeness from Ubisoft (The Division, For Honor, Ghost Recon: Wildlands) is keeping me entertained enough without an MMO in my life, and I’m finding I don’t really miss one.

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Dividion

The Division counts as an MMO. :)

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angrakhan

Only way it counts as an MMO is if you’re talking about the Dark Zone which I avoid like the plague. Even then the DZ is so heavily instanced I don’t think you ever get more than 24 players in a single instance. Not exactly ‘massive’ in my book. If that’s your definition of MMO I guess Battlefield is an MMO as well.

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Dividion

Since you can chat with, team up and go on adventures with any other character that’s logged in, and it supports having thousands of players logged in at the same time, it qualifies in my book as an MMO. Sure, you’ll only run into random people in the DZ and safe zones, and you can play every mission solo if you want, but that doesn’t mean it’s not an MMO. It just makes you a solo player.

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vinicitur

2 at the moment: TSW and GW2. That might become one like it usually does but for the moment I still have enough motivations to keep doing dailies in GW2.

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Paul

I keep meaning to run more than one MMO at a time but it just doesn’t work that way for me.

I had been playing SotA up till the PvP flagging XP boost debacle pre Xmas that effectively locked me out of all the best group activity as a PvE only healer. ..

Went back to SWTOR for a bit to play through the new content – got bored less than half way through (all the ‘eternal empire’ stuff). Since then been a bit of E-D and some single player stuff.

Popped my head into SotA a week or so ago to be assured by my guildies that the PvE problem wasn’t the case anymore – certainly seems to be less of an issue now so we’ll see how it goes :)

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jay

One, I can’t play more than one MMO at once, I just can’t get into the game if i have other games on my mind.

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Rottenrotny

Hmmm.
3 I guess.

Vanilla WoW
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ESO

Though I did login to TSW the other day and finish up a quest line.

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starbuck1771

I currently balance 10 MMO’s and 6 fps’s

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SmugglerSteel

Actively playing none. I recently dabbled with ESO and while it is fun there not lot there that is particularly new or different from other MMOs. I played FF14 for good two years, and SWTOR before that. It all feels like the same hamster wheel just the scenery changes.

I might check out TSW after it’s revamp, I enjoyed the different vibe it had the game play was just too painful to deal with.

I and good number of my friends are really craving a great Star Wars MMO, sadly SWTOR just doesn’t cut it. (Not to mention many of us were just to burned with the early handling of the game, it would be impossible to convince them to come back.) Here is hoping that the new Star Wars open world game has a multi-player mode, and we get some news for it at Celebration.

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Bryan Correll

I’m pretty much never actively playing more than one MMO at a time. The nature of the beast makes most MMO’s feel more rewarding if you play them heavily.

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budtoker420

One, FFXIV. I don’t have time for more than one MMO and have other single-player and co-op games I’m playing.

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Anastasis Kontostergios

Just GW2, i tried ESO and BDO but they werent for me. As a busy 30yo old guy they casual pve of GW2 with some raiding in the weekends is more than perfect for me.

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mysecretid

One plus Two. Meaning, I play Star Trek Online as my main game, and I play Elder Scrolls Online and The Secret World whenever I’m in the mood for their specific flavor of genre.

It used to be Two Plus Two, until I finally broke up with Star Wars: The Old Republic for not having enough interesting things to do when story-content was on hiatus.

I also play a lot of Destiny on my PS4 which is, effectively, a shooter MMORPG Lite ™, although they don’t want to admit to this. :-)

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Greaterdivinity

Actively?… right now pretty much just Division. I’m on a bit of a MMO-hiatus due to a mixture of extremely limited free time and wanting to get through some of my backlog of non-MMO’s.

When I start back up I’ll likely be working ESO/GW2 (at least chapter 3/4) back into my rotation, possibly some TSW and/or STO as well.

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Oleg Chebeneev

WoW Anathema (aka Elysium) daily and LoTRO much more casually

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Chris Walker

Time is the great limiter in my life, so I can only really invest in one MMO at a time (as much as I’d like to play others as well — so many great choices!).

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AtticLion

None really. It’s been a grim few years for MMOs. The only thing I’m actively playing that kinda meets the criteria is Warframe, but I’m mostly playing that due to inertia. And the only thing that’s even slightly on my radar is Path of Exile once the new major patch comes this summer.

Other things like CU, Crowfall, and perhaps Star Citizen are too far out to really anticipate.

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blah blazh

Only one, GW2. I’m mostly playing single player games at this point. There are some really good games that just released or going to release soon.

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Loopy

Rotating currently between FFXIV and ESO, although FFXIV is taking the bulk of my time due to the MSQ taking forever to finish. It’s enjoyable, just lengthy.

On the non-MMO side, Overwatch is still my main “i have 30 minutes to spare” game, and i have started a weekly Baldur’s Gate co-op session with couple of my friends. Super fun so far.

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TBPlayer2112

Right now I’m mainly playing just ESO. I’ll log into GW2 about once a week just to say hi so my guilds know I’m not dead. I’ll run around for @ 5 min, then back to ESO.

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Rhime

Zero atm..I’ve run through a few current offerings with minimal faire, but I’m optimistic that another good one is around the corner.

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johnwillo

ESO
WoW (Vanilla)
LotRO

Still have SWTOR, TSW, AoC, and Champions installed, but not currently playing. Thinking about looking into Revelation Online.

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Morenito

Tried Revelation last week, I’d heard some good things about it from some people that I was playing Black Desert with.

Feels rather meh, reminds you of Blade & Soul, if it had a Lite version. Tab targeting feels outdated after playing more active combat options for so long, questing is generic as is the skill system, leveling felt WAAAY too fast & pretty meaningless, don’t even have to read the quests to progress. Doesn’t look bad but isn’t going to ‘Wow’ you with it’s graphics, no pun intended.

Looks like something I’d dabble in briefly then move on, doesn’t seem to be very much substance there IMO, but it’s still early.

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Tandor

I’m currently playing ESO mainly, but with WoW, SWTOR and occasionally LoTRO as well. I’m also advancing through Neverwinter as well as playing Witcher 3, Fallout 4 and Skyrim SE.

I don’t play all of them every day! In the last week I’ve played a fair bit of ESO and Fallout 4, and dabbled in Neverwinter. I doubt I play more than a total of 20 hours per week on average, being retired I have far too many other things on!

I find that by playing multiple games (often with multiple characters), I keep the games fresh, never get burned out and never run out of content. I play solo/cooperatively and unguilded these days with the result that there’s never any pressure on me to play a particular game at a particular time in order to keep up with others or attend events etc.

Sadly this is the first time in 18 years that I can’t include a SOE/DBG game in the list.

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Sorenthaz

Kind of 2. FFXIV I daily try to do Cactpot tickets and maybe twice a week I spend a few hours progressing through Heavensward’s story. BDO I’m probably dropping out of since my friend I was trying to play with grew bored and turned off from the lack of group content. ESO I have sitting around whenever I feel like trying to get back into it. But most of my time is spent on a MUD.

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life_isnt_just_dank_memes

This is the first time in a long time where I’m only playing a single MMO. Once TSW’s revamp goes live I will be adding it to BDO as my MMO’s I’m playing. GW2, ESO and Marvel Heroes are currently taking a breather from my rotation.

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Aywren

FFXIV has been my main MMO since ARR released. I might hop into other MMOs for a day or two here or there, but they don’t stick. I just don’t have enough time to play more than one, even if they are F2P. It helps that I have a solid FC in FFXIV, with close friends and family playing it, keeping me pretty focused on progression and end game.

If anything, I’ve found myself playing single player games on the side of FFXIV. Currently delving into the new Zelda, which gives me some time-for-self gaming, then hopping on to FFXIV when I feel like being social. It works well.

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Richard de Leon III

Technically I’m logging into at least 3 on a daily basis, WoW, SWToR, and STO. Those represent at least 4 hours of game time per day. But i do log in to do some log in bonuses and a quick quest or two on a half dozen others, champions online, marvel, rift, wildstar, gw2, eso. I also log in some regular matches on MWO, but that doesnt count as an MMO.

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SpookyDonkey24

I usually play a subscription mmo and a ftp one on the side. Right now it’s FFXIV and BnS.

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Kurt Shadle

Too many. I’m currently trying to actively play TSW, FFXIV, BDO, and Project Gorgon. I also have ESO and EVE that I have downloaded and attempt to play but they honestly barley get time right now.

It’s funny you bring this up now as just this past weekend I told my wife I need to cut back on how many MMO’S I play. It’s driving me nuts that I’m not really getting anywhere in any of my games because of how divided my attention is.

The big problem is what to cut.

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Robert Mann

At most a few, and that gets punishing fast with any new gold sink or progression that comes out, so usually no more than two with one being extremely casual.

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squidgod2000

Just started another Betrayal at Krondor playthrough last night while I AFK process BDO in the background. Things are pretty dry for me on the MMO front these days.

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Jason Clearwater

Four: Dungeons and Dragons Online, Age of Conan, The Secret World, and Path of Exile. I play one for awhile (a few weeks) and then switch.

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Veldan

I never understood why people play multiple games at once, especially MMOs. Why not play one first, and when you’re done with it move on to another? If you really like a game, you don’t want to swap to another. You want to keep playing that game.

If you swap between games all the time or keep a “rotation”, I can only conclude that you don’t like any of them enough to make it your main game.

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Vexia

When MMOs that catch my interest have the habit of running time-limited events with exclusive rewards or other incentives to play them all at the same time, it fiercely activates my FOMO (RIP all the exclusive BnS costumes I missed). I’ll admit that this leads me to doing more grind over more games with less enjoyment, but I haven’t been able to break the cycle yet.

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Schmidt.Capela

For me, it’s a matter of having too many options. With half a dozen MMOs I have a lifetime sub for, and over a thousand non-MMO games on my GOG and Steam accounts, I will play whatever I feel like at any given time.

Besides, MMOs are too long. A common non-MMO game I can binge and get through in a single weekend, a MMO requires more than that. I will bet bored with a single MMO if I don’t add some variety.

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Loopy

Burnout. That’s the main culprit. If i dedicate myself to one game, i tend to binge on it and get burned out fairly quickly. Having several MMOs in a rotation ensures things are kept fresh and new, while still allowing me to dedicate time to each game to stay “current”.

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Schmidt.Capela

Depends.

At any time I have only one sub active at most, and if I’m paying for a sub I will be playing that game almost exclusively.

If I don’t have a sub ongoing, but I have a group of players I’m regularly playing with in a game, I will also be playing that one game almost exclusively.

If I don’t have a regular group, and I’m not paying a sub, I will be jumping around between games with strong solo offerings on a whim, while mostly ignoring the games that either don’t have good solo content or those that I’ve already been through all solo content that interests me. Ironically this makes it more likely I will do group content in games with good and plentiful solo content, as while playing solo I will always be on the lookout for some group-based fun.

(The above is also why I really prefer to get lifetime subs instead of paying subs on a monthly basis. Having a subscription without a lifetime subscription offer nowadays makes me far less likely to even try a game.)

Currently I’m in the “no subscription, no regular group” phase. I’m jumping around between TSW (Grandmaster/lifetime sub), STO (Lifetime sub), DCUO (Lifetime sub), Trove, Marvel Heroes, and a couple other games.

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camren_rooke

Assuming everyone here is interested in MMOS, given they are here on an mmo website, what does it say about the genre if most replies here are either One or None?

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Fenryr Grey

currently the industry does a bad job deliver a good game for me personally. New games are just boring and over-glorified singleplayer games with a lot of grind and the old ones are just old and feel clunky and the community is more often then not very homogeneous. Don’t let me start on the disturbing business practices.

Maybe I should stop playing mmos all together.

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Hirku

I don’t think my available time, energy, or hd space says all that much about the genre, actually.

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mysecretid

Agreed. A lot of it has to with how compelling the current crop of MMOs might be compared to whatever else is out.

There are a number of good single-player games out right now, as was mentioned above, so that’s going to pull people away from MMOs specifically, even if they enjoy the MMO genre in general.

Cheers,

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