The Daily Grind: What’s the worst minigame in an MMORPG?

Sure, Gems is up there for obnoxious MMO minigames, but for me? It’s Polymock.

I had almost forgotten Polymock existed until a WoodenPotatoes video put it back in my field of vision. It was a minigame in Guild Wars 1 that somehow managed to be excruciatingly frustrating and unnecessarily latency-based as well as tied into the game’s valuable faction system. I remember playing it before everyone had figured out the optimal way to win, and by the time the strats were common knowledge, I just wanted to throw all my virtual Polymock pieces across the room and get back to playing the great MMO I’d actually signed up for.

What do you say is the worst minigame in an MMORPG?

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Michael Lehner

Interesting. Polymock was skippable, basically self-contained so it didn’t have impact on the rest of the game, was not in dailies or anything and actually, once you learned it, it was predictable and controlable. A small game of tactics.

A while ago i would’ve pointed at some of the minigames in GW2 instead. Mostly stuff like keg fight or the crab toss thingie, which are pure coded frustration. While they still are technically optional, the dailies push you to go there, so they are a good deal worse than polymock.

Though, that was still a while ago. By now i found an even worse implementation of minigames: some of the weapons in SWL and their random effects working against the player.

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IgnisGray

This is a snarky answer, but I’d go with “trusting another player in a PVP game.”

I’d love to have a survival game / PVP-optional where I can trust my neighbors and fellow players not to already have a knife picked out for my back the first second we meet.

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Loyheta

This isn’t really a minigame but I loathe the Vase Off gate in FFXIV

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Bhagpuss Bhagpuss

“Gems”? Do you mean Gems in EQ? The “minigame” that was so popular when it was introduced that guilds had to cancel raids because too many raiders preferred playing Gems to killing dragons? Not quite sure how that comes out as “obnoxious”. Is it still there, I wonder? If it is I’m going to log in to EQ just to play it!

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Dread Quixadhal

I know some of you will consider this the “worst”, but I actually think it was the “best” mini-game in an MMO…. crafting in EQ2!

In the original crafting system for EQ2, you played a mini-game against the crafting station itself. You hit buttons to advance the progress bar and keep the quality bar at an acceptable level. Random events would pop up and require that you counter them, or they would take a big hit on your item’s durability, progress, or both… and also hit your character for a nice chunk of hit points!

There were 4 quality ranks, and while you could snooze through getting a rank 1 item (low quality), getting a perfect rank 4 item meant you had to understand the best mix of buttons to push AND keeping things in reserve to handle the random complications so you didn’t miss a single one.

The reward was, of course, an item that was on par with dungeon drops and could be sold for a solid amount of coin, or used as you preferred. The risk was not just a loss of your precious materials, but your character actually falling over dead at the crafting station. :)

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Brown Jenkin

I actually loved the EQ2 crafting system.

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camren_rooke

I’d have to say crafting in eq2 is the most engaging of any I’ve ever seen. It made you feel as if you were putting in the effort to ‘craft’ something.

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Tobasco da Gama

Most of them? I’m gonna go with most of them.

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Apridise

jumping puzzles!

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wandris

Milking cows for hours in black desert to make food buffs. You know it’s bad once you start questioning your life choices.

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Alex Willis

Galactic Starfighter in SWTOR. Almost no contest here. Just an appalling waste of time and resources.

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starbuck1771

That and SWTOR’s casino