The Daily Grind: What’s your comfort MMO?

In all of the years that I’ve been playing MMORPGs, I’ve noticed that it is far, far easier to return to a known property and a beloved game than trying a new one out for the first time. The learning curve is less, you have an idea of what you’re in for, and there’s always the possibility of falling in love with the game all over again.

I call these comfort MMOs, and I have a few that see my grand return every year. Coming back to games like Lord of the Rings Online, Star Wars: The Old Republic, or RIFT tends to be a warm and welcoming event without the anxiety of having to learn and evaluate a foreign game.

What are your comfort MMOs? Which titles have you returned to time and again because you’re too attached and enjoy knowing exactly what you’re going to experience?

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Chris Brown-DeMoreno

Oddly enough, it’s BDO. I have so many gripes about the game’s RNG based systems but it’s still very fun to play outside of that frustrating mess. When I want to feel cool and smash enemies with ridiculous combos, I fall back on it.

Malcolm Swoboda

It was RIFT but now its either nothing or SWL for now.

Viktor Budusov

Lotro of course.

Roger Melly

Lotro . Beta tested in then brought the game about 6 months after release , played all the welcome back weeks , got the lifetime sub for half price 7 or 8 years ago and since then get periods where I play it for a month or two full on then end up logging in a few times a week for a few quests .

Back in 2005 I probably would have said I would be playing WoW in 2017 because I thought it was a game I could continue year in year out without getting bored . Probably could have but Blizzard just dumbed it down to the point in 2010 I gave up on it . Since then whatever game I have played I encountered WoW refugees in their droves . God knows how many players they would have kept had they handled things differently .



Bryan Correll

It no longer exists. /sigh


Guild Wars 2.

Because when I return to the game after a hiatus I don’t have to worry about my equipment being completely worthless.

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The notion of a “comfort mmo” is only applicable for me if I never put it down for an extended period. I actually find it quite difficult to pick up a character in a game after a long absence.

That being said, I suppose Lotro is my security blanket. It hasn’t been my main squeeze for years, but I’ve kept it as my “bit on the side” across multiple other MMO romances.

Rolan Storm

SWTOR, WoW and EQ2.


It was Vanguard :(