The Daily Grind: Is there an MMORPG you find too daunting to return to?

Last week, Blizzard Watch published a post discussing the problem with grinding — but maybe not the problem you’re thinking. Matt Rossi explained that he had returned to World of Warcraft, or tried to, anyway, but felt overwhelmed by the amount of catch-up required in the grind department, from rep grinds to artifact knowledge. Blizzard is pretty good about helping returnees get caught up on experience, but not so much on the rest — and the experience is the fun part!

And boy do I know this feeling. There are so freaking many MMORPGs I enjoyed once, but going back… well, there’d be the compelling part of re-absorbing all the game knowledge, but that enjoyment would be totally wrecked at the realization that the economy, cosmetics, and meta had long since passed me by, never mind the grind itself. I’ve found that those are the kinds of MMOs I just don’t go back to.

How about you? Is there an MMORPG you find too daunting to return to?

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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MesaSage

Villagers and Heroes. I couldn’t take that crafting or leveling grind again. I can’t even think about some of those regions without getting shudders.

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Swifty

Anarchy Online, my very first MMO . I played for a solid 4 years, and did return a couple of times since, but now it’s just too much work to get back into. The only MMO I ever played where you pretty much need a calculator to equip gear :)
AO will always be special, but nostalgia is better left in the past.

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ShivanSwordsman

Black Desert Online. While they’ve eased some of the crazy BS with the PK system, losing 2% EXP on death at level 56 is 10s of minutes of work lost in an instant. I love the game and it’s fighting style, but the grind is simply too much for me to try to get more than 1 character to 56.

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Oleg Chebeneev

Retail WoW. Specifying retail cuz Im casually playing private servers WoW. Last time I played it @ Bliz servers was MoP and I barely touched its zones so I missed so much content. Im seriously thinking about doing a fresh start on completely new account and just dig into lore doing all quests in all zones and doing as much achievements as I can. But then I start thinking how much time it will take, and Im afraid to do it.

Also I dont think there is alot of catchup required in WoW. YOu get instant 100 level, leveling is easy, artifact grind was lowered drastically. Dont see a problem

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drunk on ecoline

Guild Wars 2: every time I log in I’m reminded of how much of the living story I’ve missed that I decide to just not bother.

World of Warcraft: I’ve been playing since mid-Wrath (on the same character), but the new expansion (particularly the artifacts and the way the Garrison works this time around) is daunting to me! At first I wasn’t taking very long breaks, but I currently work two jobs and sometimes only have an hour or two to play per day. That’s apparently enough to leave me in the dust when it comes to trying to keep all this information straight.

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Tobasco da Gama

Anarchy Online. :(

It’s the MMO I cut my teeth on, but I just can’t do it any more. Like, I can’t even stand it for long enough to go and sightsee around the old stomping grounds.

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Valen Sinclair

LOTRO. Have a founder/lifetime sub since launch, but everytime I log in I feel so far behind with all the different systems (legendary items, mounted combat, skirmishes, housing, etc). Then I log out. Played the heck out of the game through Moria.

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MesaSage

You’ll get varying opinion on this, of course, but the only thing you’ve really missed is maybe Lothlorien/Mirkwood, (Enedwaith/Dunland are pretty fun) leading up to Great River, and then Eastern Rohan. Once you get to Helm’s Deep, the game is a slog.

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Pandalulz

I have a good/bad habit as a heavy alter, of just rolling a new character and starting from scratch so I don’t get confused. The problem with that is that I very rarely manage to get that new character up to the current level of the old character and don’t want to play the old character anymore either, so I just lose interest and log back out.

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Rottenrotny

FFXIV

Because their accounts website(s) are too daunting (terribad) to try and figure out how to re-sub.

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jay

FFXIV without a doubt. I played it at release, but so much has changed, adapted, and content gone by that I feel completely daunted to even download the game and try it out again. I just know I would be so monumentally behind.

Not to mention I would have to pay for both x-packs which wouldn’t be cheap.

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Tazuras

If you buy the new Xpac it comes with a copy of the first, FYI.