The Daily Grind: If you could live in an MMO world, which one would it be?

As much as we complain about MMORPGs, with their grinds and their boredom, even the most kill-or-be-killed ganker paradises would probably be better to live in than the real world with all its troubles and highly inconvenient implementation of permadeath. With rare exceptions, most MMOs let you return over and over to keep on trying forever, and you can always grab a mining pick or kill some trolls to make money and survive.

Me, I’d pick Glitch: Not only was the cutesy Tiny Speck game devoid of conflict, but I spent most of my time creating quests for players, wandering around, and stuffing my face with delicious food so I wouldn’t die. It was a good life. And if I did die? No biggie; hell was actually kinda fun — and critically, not permanent.

How about you? If you could live in an MMO world, which one would it be?

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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adri

I wouldn’t want to live in an MMO. I makes no sense to me. But I would like to live in some Singleplayer games like Skyrim.

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Brian McBride

Oh, it has to be WoW. Lots of safe land to live in. Everyone basically has buckets of gold to their name. Legendary magical items are handed out like candy. And if you do happen to get hurt or die – you just come right back to life with just a bit of wear to your clothing.

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Bryan Correll

It would be hard to beat STO, at least as part of the Federation. Most MMO’s have settings that would be a bit lacking in modern (or, even better, future) amenities. TSW may be nice and modern, but I don’t really want to live in a world where the Filth is real.

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mysecretid

Currently? Star Trek Online, which surprises precisely no one here, I’m sure. :-) My main in STO was even designed to look vaguely like me, as much as the game engine will allow — he’s basically a proxy version of my real self, anyway.

Down the line, I suspect that Star Citizen could well usurp the title, depending on how much of a “living world” that game turns out to be, and if it actually makes a full-version release before I’m too old to enjoy it. :-)

Apologies for being so absent here as a poster. Logging in through Steam has proven to be a chore. Steam never seems to recognize my computer (possibly because I have a dynamic ISP which changes), so I have to go through e-mail verification every single time I want to log in.

It makes dropping a quick reply or a friendly comment sufficiently time-consuming that I end up not bothering. You’ll probably see more of me here again once the Massively website gets itself fully featured as intended. Cheers!

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Schlag Sweetleaf

nice to see you again ;)

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Sajiri

If I were one of my PC’s, well…hm…I’d say Blade and Soul because Im very attached to my warlock there, she’s the hero, and the world is beautiful…but there seems to be a habit there of everywhere getting corrupted and people turning into demons, and the PC tends to have all their friends die a lot.

Im weirdly attracted to shin megami tensei: Imagine’s post apocalyptic world, I wish the game was still live so I could explore it more. If I wanted a nice world though I’d choose the one from Dream of Mirror Online, it was often bright and pretty and cheery

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Tobasco da Gama

I love LOTRO, like, a lot. And Middle Earth has a lot to recommend it.

No internet, though.

So I’d probably pick Star Trek Online. I haven’t actually played the game, but the Federation seems like a pretty nice place to live, as long as you’re not wearing a red shirt.

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Schmidt.Capela

STO. Then I could use the Holodeck to experience any other game world I ever wanted to live in.

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miol

Brilliant!

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Rheem Octuris

Probably the original Everquest. Something about Norrath just makes me want to be part of that world.

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Sorenthaz

FFXIV or WoW. Probably XIV favored cuz catgirls. And survival odds are likely a bit higher.

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2Ton Gamer

Hands down, Lotro in the Shire.. I like Rohan as well, but the constant warg/orc raids might make it tough.

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BalsBigBrother

Um .. you may want to look up the Scouring of the Shire :-)

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Duey Bear

I would live GW2, as one of the former PoWs in the Black Citadel. I might be a second class citizen, but at least there is not a dragon on my doorstep.

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Giannis Papadopoulos

Without a second thought: Lotro :) Specifically in shire. A small house and I would take part on all events with food and beer! As Bilbo said, it is no bad thing to celebrate a simple life…

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starbuck1771

Star Wars Galaxies

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zoward

Two answers here:

– If I could be my favorite PC in the game itself, probably WoW, since I’d love to see the world, and as a self-rezzing shaman I’d have virtual immortality. Alternately, you’re effectively immortal in The Secret World, ESO or LotRO as well.

– As an NPC, I’d have to go with something a little less violent, like Glitch or Free Realms.

A good follow-up question for tomorrow: which MMO would you not want to live in?

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Apollymi

SWG. As close to living in an MMO as I can imagine. I mean, who doesn’t want to be a jedi, right?

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Harry Koala

I’d be tempted to say WoW because I think I’d enjoy being a weaponsmith in Thunder Bluff. As long as the prospect of being killed in a raid or world changing catastrophe wasn’t too much of an issue.

I’d want some modern plumbing though…

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Greaterdivinity

Nobody else is saying it, but I’ll say the one everyone is really thinking.

Scarlet Blade.

>.>

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miol

All that back pain?! No, thx! ;P

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Alex Malone

In MMOs, I aspire towards combat, but I wouldn’t wanna do that for my normal life.

So, LotRO wins for me. I’d retire to the shire, find myself a nice hobbit hole and spend my days eating pies, drinking ale and smoking weed! Might make the occasional expedition to Rivendell to chill with the elves, but not a fan of the elvish diet.

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theblackmage75

It would be the world of Star Trek Online, hands down. Yes, there are galaxy-spanning enemies to be dealt with. But if I just wanted to be a regular citizen and not a redshirt, there’s so much to love.

Earth is unified and at peace, money isn’t really an obstacle to having a fulfilling life anymore, most of our modern prejudices are either gone or on the way out, science and medicine and other technologies are at quasi-magical levels of advancement, there are sentients galore to learn from and hang out with, and there’s an immense frontier to explore and get lost in. Holy cow, sign me up!

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SeedEve

For me it would be Telon from Vanguard.

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steve

If you could live in a despotic third-world hellhole with no rule of law, dominated by tribes of murdering psychopaths, which would it be?

I’ll pass, thanks. Ask me again when our virtual worlds grow beyond zero-sum bloodsport.

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capt_north

Second Life isn’t really an MMO, but it’d be my first choice — virtually unlimited control over my body and my environment is appealing.

Among MMOs, I’d settle for Star Trek Online, if access to The Foundry is included.

And actually, as a programmer you could dump me anywhere you want, as long as I have access to the source code :)

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Mr. E.™

Free Realms. Because I’d be a dead man in just about any other MMORPG world.

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Melissa McDonald

I gotta admit, that made me chuckle. ;)

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Robert Mann

I’d… probably try to avoid them. For all those odd benefits, there’s the looming terror of things trying to destroy the world if you don’t stop them. Like publishers/developers shutting down the world. Just to add onto all the other problems involved, your average lifespan despite being immortal is pretty low based on this. *Glitch would be cool, but this might be a problem here. Picking it means you are currently non-existing.*

Not that I don’t like the idea, just that there are some major problems with life being tied to a particular MMO. An offline video game, where so long as the code exists it is playable (aka, it exists in a form) is a much better choice here, despite some of the obvious failings there.

If I have to pick? No. No. No! There’s really nothing with cities bigger than a breadbasket which has appeal, relative stability, and a lack of other people who’s only goal is to murder me. I’m good, thanks.

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quark1020

That would be frightening. The gods deciding we aren’t worth it, decide to destroy the world, and not even the most powerful heroes have the ability to do something about it.

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Robert Mann

Wouldn’t it though? It was my first thought on this, given the rather high profile shut-down related stories recently!

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miol

All those wars and battles to save the world against sociopaths are way too intense and stressful for me to want to live in most of those MMOs (even in LotRO’s version of the Shire). Way too much death involved and apathy around it, for my taste to be considered as permanent residences!

I would rather choose something along the lines of Wander:
Chill out at the beach all day long and sometimes go for a dive!

edit: no insects at all, in contrast to RL beaches! ;P

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Witches

Landmark, you can actually shape it to be anything you want or just live in a world created by someone else, there can be danger but it’s very easy to avoid it, the only real danger would be this mythical creature called Daybreak who some say could bring about the end of the world, but that’s probably just superstition.

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Apollymi

I really miss Landmark. Boohoo

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NeoWolf

It would depend if I could choose what I was in said world. If im just entering it as ME directly, i’d say im fine where I am as my survival skills in any game world as real life me would be fairly minimal.
If however I could define what I would be in said world then it would be a toss up between a super hero in the Marvel Universe and an Immortal Noldor Elven Warrior Mage in Middle Earth.

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KumiKaze

If it was just based on the world I would probably pick LotRO. I could have an adventure and see amazing things.

But the real question is what would the rules be in this world. Would I be a hero and basically immortal? Would I be an NPC? If I were the immortal hero, I would probably choose WoW, because I love the world and lore. If I were an NPC though I would not choose WoW as they always seem to get killed, even in the major cities.

If I was just mortal me in a game world, I would probably still choose LotRO and become a baker or a farmer.

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BalsBigBrother

After playing EVE Online and then reading the novels to fill in some of the background details I would have to say that the setting would make for a pretty interesting life one way or another .

Though the downside is that everything from a simple communication device (mobile phone) upwards would have a pretty incomprehensible ui that will certainly involve charts, an encyclopedic size instruction manual and possibly spreadsheets. Wait on second thoughts not a downside after all ;-)

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Evan Schultheis

Star Wars: The Old Republic

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django857

Anarchy Online would be my choice. A max lvl fully implanted Adventurer.

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Utakata

My eyes would love to gaze on the magistic’tery of Limsa Lominsa.
My feet would love to dance through the swirly grasses of Celestial.
My mind would love to experiment with the foliage of Zangarmarsh.
My body would love to chill out in the lonely expanse of The Hollows.
My heart would love to frolic around the gardens of Pora Elinu…
…and my pigtails wouldn’t mind basking in the warm pink glow of The Exodar.
<3

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BalsBigBrother

So what you are saying is Dexter Morgan makes your travel arrangements or possibly Jason Voorhees :-)

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Utakata

I am afraid that went a little over my head and pigtails. But since we’re on the matter, I wouldn’t mind if David Attenborough did the narration of my travels. <3

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BalsBigBrother

I apologise for my strange sense of humour :-)

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Harry Koala

I think the gist of it was that since different bits of you are in widely separated locations, you have apparently been dismembered by a psychopath

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Utakata

To be clear, I was speaking figuratively…and not in any literal sense. Perhaps where I went wrong is that I assumed everyone would be on that same page. My apologies. :(

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Paragon Lost

Hehe… had a good chuckle with BBB’s twisted sense of humor with that one.

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FVerret

Is it cheating to say Star Wars? Too bad; it would be Star Wars.

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Utakata

You have the choice between SWTOR or SWG-that-was.

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FVerret

But it’s technically the same world. Technically…

If I had to chose between the two versions, I would be torn. I like the Old Republic era because of the KotOR games, but I also enjoy the freedom offered by SWG. So would I want to live under a tyrant (doesn’t seem much different than real life…) or experience the invasion of an alien empire with planetary bombardments? Ugh.

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Utakata

“So would I want to live under a tyrant (doesn’t seem much different than real life…)…”

At least Palpatine pronounced “YUUGE” as “huge”…for what it’s worth. :(

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Schlag Sweetleaf

I miss Karl Hungus;( Any news as to his whereabouts?

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Utakata

Occasionally I see him logging into WoW, as I still have him in my BNet-that-was rolodex…least I think it’s him. I have noted he has taken long breaks from Massively before. Thusly, he might eventually come back to haunt us again. So be careful what you wish for. :)

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Vunak

Definitely FFXIV or even FFXI. Both are great world’s with a lot of interesting things. FFXIV especially because of the Golden Saucer, card games, chocobo races, great housing, miqote etc.

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Siri

I think I would pick ffxi out of the two, ffxiv housing is too much like the real world. At least in ffxi you get free housing lol.

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Vunak

Think I’d still take ffxiv over ffxi even though I liked ffxi better as a game and played it for years. But you get a free room similar to a moghouse in ffxiv ad well.

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Melissa McDonald

Definitely Star Trek. Advanced medicine, warp technology, transporter and holodeck technologies. What is more idyllic than the utopias seen on that show?

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django857

Man i would spend way to much time in the holodeck.

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Nordavind

Tangent: For all their advanced medicine and huge repository of knowledge, they still manage to use the Caduceus as a symbol of their medical facilities, and not the Rod of Asclepius. (But so does TSW and a bunch of other games who get their facts from Hollywood action movies).

Symbol of healing:
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Symbol of commerce, among other thing:
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miol

At least it is said, that the Caduceus “wand would wake the sleeping and send the awake to sleep. If applied to the dying, their death was gentle; if applied to the dead, they returned to life.”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caduceus#cite_note-5

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threeknee

Lets overthink this a bit, would this world keep all of it’s aspects including bad graphics, mute characters, music playing without any obvious source everywhere you go? And the most horrific of all, being unable to get naked? Or would it just keep the general rules and geography and otherwise be more like the real world?

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miol

…only two toilets for 1000 players and NPCs! o.O

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Melissa McDonald

lol see post below, Second Life solved most of the problems you mention

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Richard de Leon III

It would depend if i can take advantage of being an PC, rather than being stuck as an NPC. I would lean towards one of the superhero worlds, CoH CO or DCUO would be great in their own ways

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pepperzine

Oh god, dcuo would be horrible. Just think of how many people are murdered by villains, or criminals executed in the streets without any legal procedures whatsoever, on a daily basis! That would be one of the worse to live in as a box.

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Richard de Leon III

But if we were allowed to become heroes, we can mingle with supes bats and wondy :)

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Dagget Burmese

I wouldn’t mind walking the streets of Borealis or Old Athens on Rubi-ka as an Adventurer or Fixer.

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Narlanx

I see this question all the time about what mmo world to live in. Yeah it may sound great to live in your fave game, but usualy they are a dangerous place to live. Also the question doesnt answer if you are an imortal demi-god that can revive/respawn or are you at the rank of NPC? I would love to visit FFXIV but I wouldnt want to live there. Shit gets crazy with world ending doom every week. If I “had” to pick one I would probably go to something like Second Life, that seems safe enough and has enough to keep me entertained.

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Melissa McDonald

Second Life is an interesting choice… played since 2007 :)

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MesaSage

Original Glitch, not the relaunch abomination.

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Schlag Sweetleaf

Lotro in general,The Shire specifically:)

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Utakata

/feature please! <3

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Veldan

wasn’t that a livefyre thing

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Utakata

I wish it where a thing here. :(

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Veldan

Aion, who doesn’t want to fly

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Bryan Turner

GW2 I suppose.

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Wolfyseyes

None of them.

And that’s not me doing the cool kid thing and bagging on MMOs, it’s that these worlds are, in a practical sense, hellholes to live in. I don’t wanna live anywhere that I could be assaulted by random monsters and where the only thing capable of taking on living nightmares are nigh-immortal adventurers!

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Roger Edwards

Plus none of them have toilets.

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BalsBigBrother

This is why Star Citizen has toilets everywhere

You might have to keep your legs crossed till 2020 ish though

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if you haven’t been to Frinkiac you’ve been missing out on meme heaven

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Utakata

WoW and TSW are confirmed least to have toilets. :)

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Utakata

To be far though, many of us in meatspace try to avoid the hellholes here. I would imagine it would be the same for citizens there as well. So there would unlikely be any all inclusive round vacation trips to the Broken Shores (WoW), for example. :)

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For SF, SWTOR because SF plus magic-like force powers

For fantasy, ESO because when I finally die I can come back as a spirit with some fun side quest for adventurers. I’ve always wanted to float around as a blue outline of myself.

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Oleg Chebeneev

EVE Online definetly. Id rather live in distant future space exploration world with lots of cool futuristic things then in high fantasy staring at elf butts. Besides in EVE pilots are pretty much immortal in realistic way.

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