The Daily Grind: What’s the funniest MMORPG?

During last weekend’s BlizzCon opening ceremonies, nothing got me like Hearthstone’s expansion presentation, and it’s not the first time Blizzard’s card game has done so. Maybe it’s the kind of thing you need to be an old-school WoW Alliance player to really get, but “you no take candle” as a serious theme had me rolling. Dumb inside joke? Executed to perfection? Check and check!

That said, I don’t play Hearthstone; I love everything about it but the card game aspect. I’m an MMO player, what can I say, and Hearthstone isn’t one. So where would I go if I wanted some of Hearthstone’s dorky but lovable humor here in our own home genre? What’s the funniest MMORPG?

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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camelotcrusade

In my experience it’s your friends and guilds who make it funny, not the game trying and usually failing or barely surfacing a grin. As such, games with a wealth of customization, RP-worthy content, and shared experiences are therefore the most likely to invite good humor among players.

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James Crow

WildStar :(
Destiny 2 – Cayde-6

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Tamás Illés

Project Gorgon. Just talk to some of the NPCs. Heck, you don’t even need to talk, just listen to their gossips and banter. Or take a look at the list of skills. The funniest of them besides the animal skills (you can be a cow that can be milked) was the Psychology combat skill. It’s not only good for CC and healing, but your enemies will even respond to powers like “Tell Me About Your Mother” or “You Are Adopted”.

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Crowe

City of Heroes. Not so much for the lore or game itself as the craziness that was able to happen when you put in 8 people with random costumes and powers and tried to get them all moving in the same direction for some sort of goal.
Go. Hunt.

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Dug From The Earth

This is pretty subjective, as everyone has a different sense of humor

For example, Wildstar seems to have a primary goal of being humorous as much as possible. Many simply cant stand that games sense of humor and style though. Does that mean its not a candidate for funniest mmorpg?

Ill sum it up like this…

Games Ive laughed out loud while playing, more than once (that i clearly remember):

Wildstar
WoW
Secret World
SWTOR
ESO
And most recently.. Destiny 2 (Cayde-6 – pretty much wins the award here)

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Crowe

I enjoyed the humor in Wildstar although once I had capped a couple of characters, I was done since I didn’t want to do 20/40 man stuff (10 is my limit!). So it might have grown old if I had kept playing. WoW had a couple of minor chuckles at some of the character names or item names but I can’t remember anything about the game or quests that I found amusing. Since you bring up D2, I did find myself laughing out loud at some of the Failsafe stuff. (don’t end the missions immediately when you’re at those screens… just hang out and listen to her drone on about random things — some of it is hilarious but it’s easy to miss)

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Dug From The Earth

The dialog between Failsafe, her evil twin, Failsafe, and Cayde-6, were a riot too.

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Deuter

Bioware makes me laugh about SWTOR all of the time, but I don’t think it’s in the intended context of this Daily Grind question.

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Rees Racer

Fallen Earth has some genuinely funny and clever dialogue.

Twin Saga may look like a cutesy and shallow F2P game, but underneath there are some surprisingly involved mechanics, and whoever was hired to do the translation into English was not only capable, but injected wry, esoteric, clever, and insightful humour throughout.

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thickenergy

Heh, this reminds me of the Chinese Restaurant Skit at the end of the Fugees’ The Score album.

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Bryan Correll

The two that come to mind as best with the humor are SWTOR and TSW. SWTOR, being lighter in tone, certainly has more of it and it hits more often than it misses. TSW’s humor is mostly character based and when it’s funny it’s really funny. Hayden Montag, Nassir, and Said* are all reliably funny and the interaction of the latter two in “Last Train to Cairo” is an absolute masterpiece.
* Note: I know some people really love Kirsten Geary, but I find her grating after a bit.

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Hirku

Thank you for giving me an opening now that I know I’m not completely alone: I hated Kirsten Geary’s guts from the opening cutscene. Don’t find her funny or interesting at all.

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hurbster

She’s the reason I’m never playing Illuminati.

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Pandalulz

It wasn’t an especially good game, although perfectly servicable, and I didn’t play it for long, but Dungeon Runners was memorable for the sole reason that its only purpose was to be a self-aware satirical parody of itself.

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Nick

I came here to talk about WildStar but not like others. I found its humor way ‘tryhard’ and exhausting. Just lots of spastic noises and ‘awkward’ situations and stereotypical character archetypes (this guy is super serious and hes teamed up with someone silly elle oh elle). Then it would try to pull a 180 and be ‘serious’ as well which just had no teeth because of the aforementioned poor humor.

City of Heroes was pretty funny, as another commenter alluded to. It usually wasn’t some ‘big production’ but something just being funny realistically inside a situation that was to be taken seriously. ‘Comic relief’ as opposed to a whacky time.

FF14 has some funny moments but either ironic or unintentionally. Such as someone being an extremely cold MF’er or over the top sociopathic behavior making a whole situation rather amusing opposed to a few quick lines.

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Bryan Correll

One of my favorite CoH humor bits is this from Indigo in the “Missing Melvin and the Mysterious Malta Group” arc:

You know how it is, Character. In this kind of life, sometimes it’s nice just to find someone really good to talk to who isn’t a half-alien mutant, or the son of a god, or who becomes a programmed killer whenever he hears a train whistle. Just a nice guy.

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Schlag Sweetleaf

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TheDonDude

They said funniest. Not scariest.

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Dušan Frolkovič

Destiny 2, the banter of NPC’s in the Strikes is pretty nice.

GW2 in Season 3 and PoF story, the sarcasm that flows out of the protagonist is just right up my alley.

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rafael12104

It’s SWTOR. Oh yes. SWTOR without a doubt.

Putting aside that the Smuggler story line is, basically, one funny misadventure after another. Or that the Smuggies aggro dump is an animation of your hero throwing credits onto the ground and throwing their hands up. Or that Kaliyo runs into battle by yelling “Dibs on his head!” There countless moments like the following across class stories.

What puts it over the top is your interaction in the conversations. It is priceless!

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Hirku

Kira had me at “Eat lightsaber, jerk!”

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rafael12104

Lol! Yeah I like when she admired the Sith fashion.

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Bryan Correll

“Grathan’s trouble, see. Big trouble. Mad scientist type. Likes weapons. Cyborgs. Droids. Ergonomic chairs.”

“Alright! Back to sith business. Grr.”

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rafael12104

Lol! Yeah, there are so many moments to pick from. And clips on youtube as well. Great humor in SWTOR.

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Chillos Smith Jr.

Wildstar is the first that comes to mind. It does humor well and it does it often.

Second place I’d give to WoW just because of the goblin new character starting experience – which is an artistic masterpiece IMO.

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Joe Pacinelli

Warhammer Online was probably the game that I have found the most amusing. At least from an orc and goblin perspective. After starting with an orc, I couldn’t get into playing any other race because none of them had the character found with the orc and goblin races. Best ability name “kick em in da jibblies”

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Kayweg

Wildstar, hands down.
No matter what i make of how well it is managed (or not), when it comes to quirky characters, humorous lore entries and sometimes hilarious quests, i don’t recall any other MMORPG coming even close.
I never took that whole “hardcore” thing overly serious anyway. In my opinion it was blatantly clear that is was very much an ironic pun on the genre by Carbine, rather than being intended to be taken at face value.
That said, i’m a quester, not an endgame player.
TSW has it’s moments too, with a more “adult” or, shall we say, more refined, humor…on occasions.
But yep, i’ll still stick my head out for Wildstar here.

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Pandalulz

The journals were excellent, and I loved the lore caches on the Eldan where you can tell they are slowly and obviously going completely batty.
As a dominion player, I also got great joy as the Dominion leaders kind of slowly realized that their “gods” were just a bunch of homicidal lunatics and acted accordingly, continuing to get just a hair more hysterical every zone.

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TheDonDude

Yeah, Wildstar’s lore was a lot better than most people give it credit for. Alas it was overshadowed by… the rest of the game.

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Line

I do like Hearthstone, it’s like WoW, if WoW didn’t give a shit about storylines and characters and just accepted that it was silly fun.
It’s a lot more natural than all MMOs really, the spinoffs tend to be a lot more fun when you have less constraints and less crazy fans to serve.

In MMOs… the only one I actually find really humorous at times is The Secret World.
Because it’s actually made to be funny instead of memes and inside jokes to jump start the laugh track and the “only gamerz kno this ref-renss loool” mentality.
Love the characters and the dialogue, but it’s too bad that we can’t actually talk back.

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Hirku

Love the characters and the dialogue, but it’s too bad that we can’t actually talk back.

But if we could, we’d lose a lot of funny moments when NPCs comment on how quiet we are.

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Nick Smith

I’m amazed no one has mentioned…

Glitch.

Glitch made me laugh out loud. Also my other favorite “funny” mmo is that Chinese one that ChangYou made…

Zentia.

Both of those games made me laugh out loud in lots of different areas. Unfortunately both are shutdown.

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Serrenity

The first time the butterfly talked to me as I milked it I lost it. Slightly disturbed and wholly entertained :-)

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Ariel Domen

From the ones I play I’d say The Secret World got me smiling the most with the sarcasm.

Some of ESO quest and characters are really funny too, in an ElderScrollish way if you get my meaning xD. Darien, Razzum Dar, Shaegorath, the Sweetroll Killer, that other quest with the drunk nords, the crows in Clockwork city, and this one in Vvardenfell I laughed so hard!: https://youtu.be/hISD8_ZjYVc

I guess SWTOR’s HK quests should get a mention too.

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Zen Dadaist

Rift’s over-hammed voice acting is pretty hilarious. Possibly unintentionally so.

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cmdr_cotic

The Secret World. Some great sarcasm and amusing characters in that game.

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Hirku

“Whaddya mean, funny? Funny how? Like a clown, like I amuse you?”

“No, I mean…funny, like, ya know, Secret World’s dark humor, WoW’s mostly awful memes and dad jokes, Wildstar’s level-up announcements. Just…ya know, they’re funny.”

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Utakata

…you know that scene didn’t end all to well at the end (to put it mildly). :(

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A Dad Supreme

…you know that scene didn’t end all to well at the end (to put it mildly). :(

Compared to everything else in the movie, the ending of that scene was a lovefest with everyone laughing. All that happened was someone got hit in the head with a glass.

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Utakata

I guess you’re right. My pigtails sit corrected then. :(

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TheDonDude

Just pretend it’s the pigeons from Animaniacs instead.

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Simon F

I find RuneScape to be really funny sometimes. Most people dislike questing in that game though, so they skip dialogue.

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Veldan

That’s actually a good point. I was going to post I didn’t find any MMO funny, but RuneScape definitely had humour.

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zoward

Trove has a great sense of humor – childlike, without being anoying.

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A Tonberry's Tears

Next time on Gentleman Hero Hildibrand

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Maggie May

His Dad …

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Jeremy

Wildstar tried to be funny, but just ended up annoying as hell.

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rafael12104

Yes. It was fun and quirky at first, but after a while, I wanted to turn off the attempts at humor.

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pepperzine

So true. They way overdid it for my taste. I wanted to try the “hardcore” experience but the atmosphere of the game really clashed with that.

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thickenergy

I find games that are poorly translated into English to be pretty funny. Unintentional humor is the best humor. Especially when there is hilariously bad voice acting or voice-overs as well.

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Hirku

Brings back good memories of Sega Genesis victory screens.

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Utakata

Not sure there’s a “comedy” based MMO out there. WildStar was a close contender, until the devs went all hardcore, cupcake with it before release…negating anything that was suppose fun about it to the “serious business” department. Which leaves games like WoW which are “serious business”, but don’t take themselves too seriously when it comes to the entertainment. I think this is the subtle difference of why WoW got away with poking our funny bones, where WildStar went over like a lead balloon. But I digress…

…I don’t know. I’ve played WoW long enough in comparison to other MMO’s that I am biased and familiar about it’s humor. This is not to say that other games such GW2 or FF XIV are any less or more humorous. I haven’t played and dedicated myself to them long enough to say either rway. And not too mention, not everything I find in WoW to be “funny” is humorous…you know, humor is really a subjective thing. Thus I remain “serious business” inconclusive to what my pigtails and myself find “funnier”. o.O

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zoward

WoW‘s humor vacillates wildly from funny to annoying, and the latter usually comes when they overuse an already worn joke. The whole Indiana Jones archaeology thing went from mildly amusing to groan-inducing to flat-out annoying in no time at all.

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hurbster

They also turned Westfall into one giant meme that is super annoying and has aged horribly.

So two Alliance zones turned into meme-fests.

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Utakata

When it became where the zone (Uldum) was mimicking every Indiana Jones scene from quest to quest, it was cringe inducing horror show that left me asking: Did Blizz really just run out of any original ideas for this area? Or did they just forget themselves on their way to extenuating the “get it?” punch line we players where trying to move on from? Not to mention, they did this with Redridge Mountains too with the whole Rambo thing. It felt like the joke entered its own 9 Circles of Hell…

…consequently, I make a concerted effort in skipping those 2 zones whenever leveling characters now. And yeah, I see what you mean. /sigh

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zoward

I avoid the same two regions, for the same reason. I had such high hopes for Uldum before it released.

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Schmidt.Capela

Another very bad thing about Uldum is that every second quest makes you feel like a sidekick to an incompetent NPC. That was amusing the first couple quests, but got old really fast.

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Pale Fire

Secret World. Loads of humorous dialogue. The game doesn’t take itself too seriously and forces you not to take yourself too seriously since you’re basically just one of many tools the secret organizations use to accomplish its goals.

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Schmidt.Capela

I love how the game explains in-universe why the characters are effectively immortal and makes fun of their bee-powered resilience.

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Tanek

I might go with Secret World on this one. The characters and situations can be very dark at times, but I think it has more humor in the dialogue than any other mmo I have played.

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TheDonDude

“I assure you, my good man, Nemesis is most definitely ‘down with the street.’ Word up, my homie, as it were.”

“I’m gonna buy a sportscar and weld it to me! Like some kind of sportscar centaur. A Sportaur!”

“Ha ha, man, I can’t believe I just told them how to escape like that. Oh well, erase this recording and we’ll start over.”
“Uh, sir? This is live.”
“AHHH! Turn it off, turn it off!”

“I only sought to turn a man into a metal-encased monstrosity of destruction powered by the mysterious properties of an unknown living crystal. How could this have all gone wrong?!”

“All that crap is gray to me.”

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Leontes

I cannot think of a single one MMO, that I would categorize as “funny”. Not in a good sense, anyway. PotBS had its moments, though… – Thinking of which, I guess Sea of Thieves might have a chance do get some things right… *drifts away in idle musing*

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BalsBigBrother

I always thought *insert mmo you hate or don’t like here* was a joke.

There got that our of the way so you all don’t have to, you’re welcome :-)

EDIT: I suppose I should answer the question I always like that Wildstar on the surface didn’t take itself too seriously but when you dug into it there was also slightly dark humour to it too. Of course that was often at odds with the cartoon like presentation of the game which made it that much better for me personally.

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BalsBigBrother

Oh yeah I would also add Adventure Quest 3D to my funny list too. it has some funny genre specific satirical quest text that I genuinely laughed out loud at. It is even better when you have MJ & the devs doing the voice overs during the streams of said game :-)

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deekay_plus

wildstar humour before f2p conversion was pretty insulting towards the player often times and often just overly heavy handed (the taxi dialogue spam that they made so you couldn’t turn off with addons for some reason).

it was a bit more lighthearted after the f2p conversion more or less but the old insulting humour stuff was still in teh game for the most part which didn’t help ppl giving it a shot for the first or second time as the case may have been (in addition to the more substantial issues that caused it’s 2nd and third chances to fail badly).

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BalsBigBrother

Humour is a funny thing (hehe) and not a universal concept of the “thing” will always be funny for everyone, so what one person finds funny another may find insulting and vice versa.

Personally I went with the funny route and while I don’t agree with your assessment of Wildstar I can understand why would say what you have. :-)

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Leontes

Oh please, let that work… You’d be my hero of the day! (not for the first time, btw)

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deekay_plus

probably PWI since after running out of arrows within 15 minutes with no way to get more i laughed out loud and wondering jokingly what kind of person perseveres after that point to continue playing the game.

i’ll see myself out.

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deekay_plus

more nicely gtao. sometimes i just listen to the talk radio station in the game or focus more on the spoken dialogue or go watch the cartoons for a couple hours. some seriously good writing in that game and leagues above the quality of writing in any direction of pretty much the rest of teh genre. XD

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Pandalulz

I haven’t played any of the GTAO stuff, but I owned a bootleg copy of the Vice City soundtrack with DJs and all and that was absolutely hilarious.

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deekay_plus

destiny2’s glados rip off failsafe is also pretty funny any time we’re on nessus. :P

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