The Daily Grind: Which MMO zone would be the worst place to live in?

There are parts of every MMO that look lovely, like the sort of place you’d love to live. But that’s definitely minority. I mean, let’s look at Final Fantasy XIV’s Mor Dhona, a blasted hellscape literally filled with void energy and ice over everything. Or World of Warcraft’s Outland, which is both a warped nightmare land and a collection of continents which people still mistakenly call “Outlands” or “the Outlands” despite the fact that the game’s package made it clear that was wrong years ago. Heck, there’s Taris in Star Wars: The Old Republic, where the Republic is actually trying to form a colony despite the fact that it’s a puddle of diseased sewage.

And this is just off of the top of my head; there are lava zones, places covered in lightning, probably a least a few midway through a robot revolution. Trove takes place in an exploding neon nightmare, it’s probably not fun to live there however you slice it. So which MMO zone would be the worst place to live in? And are some of those places still locales where some of your characters might make a home despite the awful conditions?

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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Jon Camp

For me it’d have to be pretty much the entire continent of Dusken in Rift… but most especially the zone called Seratos. That zone is so awful I actually quit playing the game. I leveld from 50-60 through there on my 1st character, but then the next 2 I leveled solely on the other “Brevane” continent. Then I tried to level my mage up in Seratos again thinking “It couldn’t really have been THAT bad, right?”

Mage is still level 57, stuck in Seratos, and I haven’t played Rift in a long time. Didn’t buy the last 2 expansions… just… no. THAT is how awful that zone is. Put me off the game entirely.

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Viktor Budusov

Lotro’s Angmar and Dagorlad. First has dark magic sky, cold and dry climate, acid rivers etc. Dagorlad is dry, all water in swamp with corpses, bones everywhere and huge waste dump. And we didn’t see Mordor yet!

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Dividion

My first thought was TSW. I wouldn’t want to live anywhere there.
Another unpleasant location would be the Ettenmoors in LotRO.

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Viktor Budusov

Ettenmoors has so cute hobbit village!

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Stuart Gibson

anything ran by EA or Sony, since they’ll pull the plug once a few people move out.

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Van

Coldharbour; Elder Scrolls Online

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Ben Stone

Teldrassil. Its full of disgusting elves.

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Jeffery Witman

The Chasm in Neverwinter. Just… No.

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hurbster

GW1 post Searing Ascalon.

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Pedge Jameson

Not a Darnassus yet?

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Keir

What’s wrong with Darnassus? Best city in Azeroth…

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Bryan Correll

It’s full of nelfs.

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Drainage

Definitely Taris. Toxic environment and rakghouls!

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Bryan Correll

I once described Taris as being like a barrel of toxic waste that a gorilla had taken a dump in.

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Doubleplusgood

in WoW it would be Vashj’ir having to swim underwater just to go get a carton of milk from the store.
In SWToR it would have to be Voss with its orange trees with orange clouds and orange flowers on orange mountains with orange rocks. Second would be Quesh which is another orange overdose planet. Which also reminds me of Hellfire peninsula another place I wouldn’t want to live.
In ESO pretty much any city or zone near those dimensional portal dolmen things. I could never sleep with those giant portal hooks and chains crashing down every 10 minutes making this obnoxious “RRRRVVVRRRR” noise with the sky tearing open with an explosion at the end. And then all those people swarming in for the free xp. Those things really ruin the neighborhood!

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Mendoras

DAoC: Iarnwood Forest / Midgard.

Hated that zone. Anoying mobs, confusing to navigate and only Iarnvidiur’s Lair was there ^^

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starbuck1771

Star Wars Galaxies – The Dune Sea well the entire planet of Tatooine. I hate extreme heat so I would hate to live there IRL. Why the Dune Sea? The Sarlac! Tuskins I can handle but not a living pitfall.

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Robert Mann

How does one pick between places where your only consolation is that the tiny spot of land you found off to a side somewhere is ignored by the hordes of vicious creatures who wish nothing more than to rush forward to attack anyone nearby and which cannot be eradicated? Hmmm, I guess there are a very few MMO areas which wouldn’t be too bad, but picking the worst?

There are some great responses, considering how bad almost anywhere is. I’m going with ‘That one lower lever zone nearly every MMO has that is noted as having “Barren’s chat syndrome.”‘

To explain: Actually living in the world would nerf the ganker/PvP stuff as law and order became prevalent, so that’s no threat. This removes many infamous zones that would otherwise make my list. I can deal with evil creatures wanting to eat me, most likely, as it seems even the weakest people can manage based on what we often see. However, listening to the trolls shouting all day would become painful very fast!

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Armsbend

Right now my sister in law dumped my niece, who is the embodiment of human nightmare, on us – so my house is the worst place to live in.

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Manastu Utakata

Lots of places, so where do I start?

…though currently it’s Gallywix Pleasure Palace (WoW). A reckless, self indulgent edifice that’s entirely and belligerently clueless to the world around it. I supposed it did protect the north gates of Orgrimmar from a Legion assault once…only because its current owner didn’t want them cashing in on his property north of that. But yeah… #maralago

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Vellik

Something something when life imitates art.

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Rottenrotny

Vanilla WoW Tarren Mill on any PVP server.
So many corpses and long dead skeletons…

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Vellik

I’m surprised that nobody has mentioned it yet, but any of the Grimvault areas from Wildstar.

I never got there myself, but from what I understand you can imagine it as thus: you know how in Starcraft, the Zerg can kind of corrupt the ground where their base is? Imagine almost an entire zone covered in that along with the mutated horrors that live there with extra eyes, teeth, and exposed skeletal structures. Oh, and if your an average joe, you more than likely have a chance of /becoming/ one of those mutated horrors.

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Jon Camp

Rift has 3 zones like this on a single continent. Just soul-crushing to try to level there. Fortunately there’s an alternate path…..

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Peregrine Falcon

Crey’s Folly – You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villiany.

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Ken K

In City of Heroes, Dark Astoria and The Hive would be my top two least favorite places to live. Being eaten by a demon or by a giant amoeba wouldn’t be fun.
I have to agree that Crey’s Folly ( a giant industry polluted zone ) wouldn’t be that pleasant either. :)

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Doubleplusgood

Brickstown was pretty rough too! I wouldn’t want to live close to the Zig

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Little Bugbear

TSW the whole game. I would be having a heart attack every couple hours.

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Pedge Jameson

The police blockade, god the Jeopardy reruns!!

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Little Bugbear

For me it’s the wendigo’s. Nope, nope, nope, nope, nope.

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life_isnt_just_dank_memes

Mordor. If you need convincing, go back and re-read Return of the King again.

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April-Rain

All mmo’s have bad area’s but nothing is worse than the tangled depths of GW2

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firithnorm

LOTRO has a few bad areas, such as Angmar, eastern Durin’s Way in Moria, and the Drownholt in Mirkwood. GW2 has the Ruins of Orr. SWTOR has Taris, and ESO has Coldharbor.
For me, the worst would be Orr in GW2, because you’d walk out your front door and have multiple mobs attack without provocation.

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Doubleplusgood

What is wrong with Cold Harbour in ESO?
Its a nice deathly quiet zone that is hellishly fun!
I would purchase housing there if I could. Either right next to the Grotto of Depravity so I don’t have to go far for an evening of debauchery, or perched on the Cliffs of Failure for breathtaking views.

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Dagget Burmese

Anarchy Online’s Inferno zone in the Shadowlands

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Archebius

Maybe it was the stark contrast to pre-Searing, but I thought post-Searing Ascalon was particularly bleak and hopeless.

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mistressbrazen

Any of the Hell Dimensions in TSW… gah, the machine Tyrant, the Inccubi, Jinn, Hell Soldiers, those freaky Oni, and to many other horrors to mention. Will miss them….sigh.

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MesaSage

Whoa, lots of regions could vie for “worst place”. In EQ II, Lavastorm comes to mind. Bubbling Lava, dragons, goblins and fire spirits. I’d also have to give a nod to Angmar because it’s full of angry mobs, desolate and it has a giant invisible fence that fries you when you get too close. For indoor regions I’d say Mines of Moria, just because of the endless night and multitudes of baddies. Goblintown would rank up there on that list too.

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Nathan Aldana

One I dunno if people have thought of yet but also not a great place to be living, the Promyvion zones of ff11

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Melissa McDonald

Heck… MOST of them.
Would hate to live in Angmar in LOTRO, that’s for sure.
“Do not come between the Nazgul and his prey. Or he will not slay thee in thy turn. He will bear thee away to the houses of lamentation, where thy shriveled mind be left naked to the Lidless Eye”

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Oleg Chebeneev

Western Plaguelands (WoW)

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Pedge Jameson

Since were talking Cataclysm anything with the word “Twilight” in it.

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Minimalistway

Eastern Plaguelands, more “plague-y” with large mushrooms, can you imagine undead Mario lives there? looking for his zombie princess!

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Oleg Chebeneev

EP is less depressing imo, there is even a small town. In WP there is nothing but death and decay

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Shintar

I guess you haven’t been there since 2010 or so? Because in Cataclysm the Western Plaguelands were largely cleaned up.

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Oleg Chebeneev

Right, mostly playing on private servers nowadays. And yeah, I meant vanilla WP

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Line

Maybe the Realm of Torment in Guild Wars?
I mean, it’s kinda like living in hell, if hell was the rotten corpse of a giant centipede oozing pus and larvae.
It’s pretty shit, and it’s the only area that I really don’t like to play in the game.

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Pedge Jameson

Umm one of those…yeah I’m not going there.

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2 places come to mind:
Sithilus in WoW: all those bugs and bug noises just make my skin crawl
Kingsmouth in TSW: Under invasion by Cthuhlu, the walking dead, and many MANY other things? Pass…

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zoward

I had forgotten about Silithus – I practically lost it when I saw first the tower of bugs across the road from Cenarion Hold.

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django857

London from Hellgate would freak me the hell out. I would never leave the underground train stations.

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Rolan Storm

Since a lot of people here mentioned TSW I won’t repeat it.

My second choice is Coldharbour from The Elder Scrolls Online. For some reason I associate it with Pandemonium from nWoD ‘Mage: The Awakening’. Blasted place is cold, dangerous and sucks hope out of person just by looking at it. Brrrr.

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Boom

Anywhere in TSW at the moment, just far too quiet.

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Koshelkin

Angmar from Lotro and Kara Korum in AoC. Desolate wastelands with an extremely hostile population. Two places that leave adventurers exhausted and hoping to get to the end of their journey.

I’ve enjoyed both as a player but they are dreadful and evil places.

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Sashaa

God I’ve always hated Angmar.
So, yeah, there…

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Boom

Kara Korum *shudders

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agemyth đŸ˜©

Vashj’ir, unless maybe you are Kevin Costner.

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Etharion Ethie

The Shadow Shard, home to Rularuu and an overall terrible place made up largely of broken sky islands and hostile xeno-forms, existing in another dimension, and which has no ground to speak of aside from the aforementioned islands.

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Nathan Aldana

what really makes the shard horrifying is realizing it used to be just alternate paragon.

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Jeremy

Agartha. I mean really. The only thing worse would be if it were a player hub where you are forced to spend countless hours staring off into brown oblivion….oh wait.

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Zulika Mi-Nam

I would not make a home in any zone of those small server games that are called MMOs.

Those places are rampant with an incest limited gene pool leaving everyone susceptible to harmful mutations.

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zoward

Just about any zone in The Secret World.

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threeknee

Plenty of WoW zones, those badland-type zones especially.

Also, I can imagine that the entire continent of Orr in GW2 smells like rotting fish, so that too. Although the land could technically recover, but I wouldn’t want to wait it out.

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Nordavind

The Secret World, City of the Sun God. Cultist to the left of me, Jinns to the right, here I am stuck in a labyrinth of scorching hot sand filled with bugs and dead Orochi.

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Bryan Correll

City of the Sun God would be pretty bad, but at least you wouldn’t have to endure Maine Winters.

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Nordavind

From what I understand, the weather in Main and Norway is pretty similar. Nords like it cold :)

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BalsBigBrother

To be fair pretty anywhere you go in TSW you are going to find dead Orochi. They are like weeds that pop up through that paving stones or something :-)

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Hirku

Egypt would get my vote just for the noisy neighbors yelling “ah-TOON, ah-TOON, ah-TOON” at all hours.

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Ysayle was right

Elwynn Forest on the Moon Guard server of World of Warcraft. Specifically in Goldshire.

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Viktor Budusov

Barrens chat, no?

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Pedge Jameson

Contest over.

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Drainage

You win.

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Roger Melly

Moria .

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