The Daily Grind: What’s the most boring MMORPG around?

I’ve mentioned in a previous Daily Grind that I once fell asleep in the middle of an incredibly boring raid in EverQuest. It wasn’t even that late and I wasn’t overly tired; I was just super bored of the whole pull-fight-inch-forward ordeal. My friends had to call me to wake me up so we could continue on. Embarrassing? At the time, yep. Now I realize it was just one more reason to hunt for more interesting types of gameplay — for me.

I wouldn’t say, however, that EverQuest was the most boring MMORPG I’ve ever played. In fact, as I contemplated how to phrase this question, I remembered that there are plenty of MMORPGs — EVE Online, for instance — that seem extremely exciting while you’re reading about their highlights, though the day-to-day is fairly mundane. And I’ve got to take into account different tastes; I guarantee most of you would find my resource spreadsheet obsession in Star Wars Galaxies dreadfully dull, yet even just typing about it gives me a pang of regret that it’s gone.

What do you think is the most boring MMORPG around, and why?

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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Neurotic

That dragons thing that SOE published for a while. I tried that for five minutes and it was just a terrible, low-quality, sub-par experience. I probably didn’t even have time to be bored by it tbh, as the whole thing was so crappy I just gave up.

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Grim🎃 Darhk

Rift. Bloody hell Rift. I really liked it back when it came out, stopped playing, figured I’d buy the new xpac because free almost max level character, rolled a Harbinger/necromancer build I found online….and proceeded to fall asleep before I gained a single level. things took way too bloody long to kill, and the water world nonsense was awful.

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Suikoden

Skyforge would always put me to sleep. I tried to go back to that game 3 times, and each time I’d fall asleep ~20 min in.

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Adri

Something that is super boring for person A can be super exciting for person B. And Bree I also love spreadsheets and I don’t think they are boring.

I never felt bored by a game so much that I felt asleep. It’s more likely that I stop playing a game than being bored by it. It’s more annoyance than boredom that lures me away from games.

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socontrariwise

I must say … FFXIV for me. Somehow I can’t get into it. Tried it last week again, after all it is supposed so good! Already bored to death after a day playing, I really pushed to at least play a day lol, never had this issue. So insanely repetitive, the quest lore is so shallow, it is all fetch and kill x of y quest and the combat is SO boring – especially after BDO and ESO. Went back to ESO. I thought I’m burning out on ESO but honestly, I still play for hours until I nearly fall asleep after month and my slight boredom is nothing to what I felt in FFXIV.

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Space Captain Zor

lol I think you’d get a valid answer for this question by loading the names of all the games ever on the Wheel of Fortune and giving it a spin.

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mosselyn

I think they all have boring aspects, optional or otherwise.

Chopping down thousands of trees in GW2 to make a legendary weapon. Slayer deeds in Lotro. Running the same dungeon for the 100th time for an RNG drop in WoW. Every “collect N whatsits” quests with a drop rate of 10%. Anything really repetitive squeezes the fun right the heck out of a game.

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Anthony Clark

EvE Online hands down. The mmorpg for those that love spreadsheets.

In space, no one can hear you snore.

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Neurotic

Definitely, EVE is for me one of the most boring experiences I can have with a computer. Just tragic. I used to be able to cope with it for a few hours, getting back into it, tidying up and making a new plan, but at the point of actually getting going again… zzz…

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Spam Can

OH LOL EVE IS SPREADSHEETS SO ORIGINAL MAN! I AM TOTALLY LAUGHING OUT LOUD RIGHT NOW!

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GiantsBane

Amen to that, i’ve never played another game that more actively encourages its players to spend most of their time offline with how character advancement is setup than eve online.

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Estranged

I’m grateful for having games and really don’t want to call the hard work of a creative team boring. Choices.

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Bannex

Of the ones that I have played a significant amount of time or actively play I’d say ESO, FFXIV and Black Desert.

ESO suffers from lame feeling combat and quest formulas that are identical with every city you encounter. Stealing is fun but it feels like a system in alpha testing with many parts missing.

FFXIV has a cadence problem, the game is dripping with features but it punishes you with grind quests and mailman laden story lines. I’m not sure if it gets better but everytime I try it I cry bloody tears of boredom.

Black desert sucks everything that’s fun out of mmos. Should be called IRS online.