Massively Overthinking: What are you grateful for in the MMORPG genre?

I’ve been keeping a gratitude journal for the first time in my life this month, and it turns out that it’s freaking hard. Why? Because it’s humbling beyond belief. The list of things I need to be grateful for is endless. Even if I limit it to just Massively OP, I could go on thanking the writers all day. Instead of doing that again, this year I want to thank the spouses and roommates and SOs and other familial enablers of our writers, without whom this site probably would not exist. The reality is that in many cases, their love, support, financial maneuvering, and childcare behind the scenes allows us to keep writing. So thank you, to all of them – Paul, Joy, and Elaine especially – for helping us live this weird dream.

Now let’s turn it to the genre itself. What are you grateful for in the MMORPG genre?

Andrew Ross (@dengarsw): I’m thankful for mixed reality games that ask us to go outside and use personal skills to overcome design issues. I’m thankful for small community events that grant cosmetics and population boosts. I’m thankful for inclusive character casts that naturally fit into gameworlds. Mostly, though, I’m thankful for my fellow players and the MOP staff who’ve shown me kindness and patience over the past year as I bumbled through re-entry into American life. Really guys, I’m truly incapable of expressing how much you’ve all meant to me, but will do my best to pay it forward in your collective honor.

Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, blog): I’m grateful for the readers who support the site, with money or clicks or both; for the few stalwart developers who aren’t treating the MMORPG genre like something to be bled until dead; for old games that defy all the odds and the emu-runners who value history over their own safety; for my son, who reminds me games are supposed to be fun; and for our lawyer.

Not kidding about the lawyer thing.

Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre, blog): Oh, come on, I just wrote about this for Perfect Ten! There’s a whole list of things I’m thankful for right there! Nothing is ever good enough.

But for lesser things and personal ones? I’m thankful that I already finished capping everything out in Final Fantasy XIV, I’m thankful for already clearing out several account-wide achievements I wanted in World of Warcraft, I’m thankful that Final Fantasy XI is now eminently playable and enjoyable even with its decreased player counts. I’m thankful that the genre still surprises me and comes out with stuff that I think is cool, and I’m most of all thankful for the fact that, well, I’m still having fun. Can’t be too upset about that.

I am also thankful for eggnog. Gosh, I love eggnog.

Justin Olivetti (@Sypster, blog): One of the first things that pops to mind is the passion and dedication of MMORPG developers. We all know it’s not an easy profession — or that lucrative of one, at that. They get a lot of grief from players for every perceived wrong, and sometimes I really think we don’t encourage and prop them up enough. So thank you, developers, for making these amazing games and doing your absolute best to share with us your talents and visions. I’ve been enjoying MMOs for almost two decades now and it’s all thanks to you.

I’m also thankful for the friends that I’ve met in game and online through MMOs, the awesome staff here at MOP, the sheer variety of games that I have to pick from every day, a family that supports instead of mocks my hobby, and the surprising nature of news that energizes my constant coverage of the genre.

MJ Guthrie (@MJ_Guthrie, blog): I am generally a thankful person, so to keep from drowning you in a mega list when you are eager to go grab that second helping of pie, I will focus on two of the things I am most thankful for in MMOs. One, the amazing relationships that I have been blessed with! I have met some of the closest people in my life through different games, and I have met up with many of them. My life would be so much worse without these people; I am grateful every day that I know them. Two, the outlet of creativity these games afford. Writing, design, decorating, art, acting, music — I have seen and participated in so many mediums. They all have stretched and enriched my soul. I really think the spirit withers and dies without creativity.

OK one more! I will give third place to the fact that MMOs are allowing me to live a dream: making a living from writing. I may not make enough to eat out a lot or do fancy things, but I do get to travel and meet wonderful people. I admit, I also love the look on people’s faces when I get to tell them I make a living playing video games. Come on, it does not get much cooler than that!

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Yuri Geinish

Uniqueness – ESO, GW2, WoW are all pretty far apart from each other.

Narrative – all mmorpgs (that I have played) fail terribly. All, except one – The Secret World.

Visual quality – both UI and 3D world. GW2 isn’t just the top of the list, it’s also holding the first place.

Accessibility and localization – it must be available in English and I should be able to play on EU servers. Blade and Soul, Black Desert Online – I’ve never tried them for the simple reason of strict segregation of regions, and the one available in my country isn’t in English.

Freelook/action camera – it must absolutely support the camera like in ESO or GW2.

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kelvar

Meeting my best friend.

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ernost

As a poor Indian gamer (whose monthly salary is probably less that what a kid in America makes delivering newspapers), the thing I am most grateful for is free to play games. Before the free to play revolution, I mostly just pirated games or played on private servers.

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mysecretid

Massively Overpowered. Seriously.

One of the few places online where the majority of posters come to talk like friendly humans, not squabble like idiots, and where the majority of posters instinctively know to ignore troll-poster flybys, rather than to encourage them by responding.

These are rare things on the interwebz, I have found.

I’d group-hug you all (yes, even YOU), but we all know that nobody wants to see that. :-D

Happy Thanksgiving, American friends!

Be well, all,

Mukit
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Mukit

This place. ‘nuf said, I think.

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Zora

Uhm let’s see…

I am grateful for a genre that allows my patient, hard-working nature (my best qualities or worst flaws, depending on perspective) to work in my favour

I am grateful for a genre that allows me to set my pace rather than force one onto me… I am looking at you, go-go-go crowd!

I am grateful to be able to meet so many people from different countries I would never have met otherwise and to be exposed to their language and their quirks

I am grateful that MMOs are by definition universally more than the sum of their parts, which means I can enjoy them -despite- the devs’ most bullheaded decisions rather than thanks to them

-edit: I am not grateful for cats stepping on my keyboard and sending the post prematurely

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Alex Willis

I thought I was going to come here and be all original and say “Grateful for MOP” but others — many others — beat me to the punch.

So…yeah. Community! It’s always what makes MMO gaming great.

In more specific answers:

Honestly, I’m grateful that some games and studios understand how to evolve their products to fit the changing needs/wants of audiences. For the past month, I’ve been obsessed with Warframe. Never played it before, barely gave it a second look before the fall. But recent expansions/changes caused me to have a look.

Wow. What a blast I’ve been having. I don’t know what it was like before, but it’s incredibly fun now. Grindy, sure. But honestly a joy to play. And the community over there is lively and not nearly as jaded as many MMO communities seem to be.

So the secondary thing I’m grateful for is that MMOs can still surprise me.

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Cadaver

I’m grateful for “purist gaming journalists/outlets who dislike microtransactions”.

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McGuffn

I’m grateful for the whales that spend their life savings on rng lockboxes. You guys keep the industry afloat!

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MesaSage

I’m grateful for a genre that allows me and those I care about to have shared experiences which would otherwise not be possible. We’ve been able to go places, see things and do things that otherwise would only exist in our imagination.

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costanius

1. To be able to play together with people from all over the world.
2. To be able to meet like-minded and interesting people online and also offline at real-life meetups.
3. I improved my english language skills a lot by playing mmorpgs.

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Veldan

I’m grateful for the terrible state of the genre, I sure have a lot more time for other things nowadays.

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Chosenxeno .

I’m not grateful for anything. I feel like I deserve all the good things just based on the fact that I’m me. Why should I be grateful? My happiness should be everyon’s priority.

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aleccia_rosewater

I am grateful that the genre has allowed people from very different locales interact with each other in a constructive way.

I am also gratful that I know where to look to find stuff made by small developers so the rather impressive decline of AAA title quality has not affected me personally

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Randy Ward

I’m grateful for being around in the early days and enjoying the golden era of MMOs, before F2P and lockboxes and everything else micro transactioned. Thankful for a time when everyone who paid the same subscription fee had equal access and chance to anything in the game. I am thankful for experiencing the old school community within MMOs, and generally a slower and more enjoyable game pace.

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draugris

I am grateful for the distraction from regular life that a mmo provides. When i come home from work it´s a great stress reliefer for me. And i am grateful for the opportunity to meet some really nice people in mmo´s. Some of them i know for nearly 10 years now and since they live very far from me i would have never met them without mmo´s.

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Melissa McDonald

i’m grateful to have a place to come and blather about video games.

i’m grateful that when my heart was broken over EQN, suddenly Black Desert Online appeared to dry my tears away, out of nowhere seemingly.

I’m grateful that my parents are still alive.

I’m grateful that I’ve been accepted here in the States as an immigrant.

I’m grateful that I don’t have to have a passport to drive to California. Hope that doesn’t change ;)

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Schlag Sweetleaf

Grateful for this place and the people here.

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rafael12104

Indeed. And that includes you my friend. Thank you!

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Sray

I am thankful that neither the staff nor community just packed up and left when AOL pulled the plug on Massively-of-old nearly two years ago.

I am thankful for the people from around the world who hop on over to this little corner of the Internet everyday to share their passion for our shared interest.

I am thankful to Activision and Bungie for finally bringing Destiny to the PC, where it always belonged.

And finally, I am thankful for dentists who graciously and promptly accept emergency walk-ins; and for the codeine that will probably render me unconscious within the next fifteen minutes.

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rafael12104

Lol! Well said.

Well said, and take care. Not sure what you got going on there but the torture of a tooth ache knows no bounds.

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aleccia_rosewater

Yeah I found the AOL iteration of this site right when they were preparing to shut down. I was very sad that I finally found a good source of information only for it to be gone soon

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rafael12104

I might get a little sappy. It happens during the holidays.

So,

I’m grateful for the cornucopia (see what I did there?) of worlds that I have gotten to visit. Aliens and orcs, thieves and Jedi, Blacksmiths and Paladins, a list of roles I’ve played too varied to continue to list.

I’m appreciative of the other players who journey with me, some who become fast friends, others who simply will argue to no end.

And I’m thankful for sites like this one. A community of thoughtful individuals who respond to the news, who care about these games, who may disagree with each other but each in there own way contributes to a broader discourse on what makes these games special.

Truly, I find myself feeling lucky that a hobby can bring me so much peace. The characters and realms I visit aren’t real, but the joy and community I derive from it is. It’s a puzzle to those who know nothing about this world we call MMORPGs. Which, btw, is fine by me. :)

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Utakata

“It’s a puzzle to those who know nothing about this world we call MMORPGs.”

In many ways that could be a good thing. :)

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rafael12104

Yes, indeed. I think it is a good thing. :) Keep them out! Lol

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rafael12104

:)

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miol

For witnessing day in and day out this fantastic staff and wonderful community, here at MOP, of never being afraid of taking up the challenge to find the bigger picture of what is currently influencing our beloved MMOs and everything that encompasses them, and learning so much from you all! /bow That’s what I’m most thankful for!

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Utakata

I am grateful for the large robust set of pink pigtails that I first rolled in WoW some 12 plus years ago, that can be easily recognized from an internet mile away. <3

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Jeremiah Wagner

Classic WoW where people actually talk to each other and have fun together. Also GW1 servers that still are up.

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Indigo Salma

I’m grateful for clickbait titles.

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Bannex

I’m thankful for the fact that I don’t feel like I need video games in my daily life like I used to.

The direction this industry is headed is trashy and frustrating. Neither is how I want to spend my free time and money.

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deekay_plus

i’m grrateful fo r the colourful people i’ve met and friends i’ve made.

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BalsBigBrother

I am thankful that I have been able to enjoy mmos / gaming for as long as I have, all the people I have met in my virtual travels and all the good memories I have as a result of that.

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venatis

Lootboxes. ;)

No, but seriously I am thankful for the work all of you do here and for MJ’s streams, especially when she breaks the game. I am also thankful to MMO’s in general. Believe it or not, all of my friends have come from MMO’s, with the exception of one. We might have all gone our separate ways, MMO wise, but we still talk daily. They’ve given me a lot.

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NeoWolf

I am thankful for the Escapism. My shoes are very stressful shoes so the opportunities MMO’s afford me to step out of them and become something else are sacrosanct to my inner peace.

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life_isnt_just_dank_memes

Seriously thankful for the staff and community here! You do a great job covering the games we enjoy and I love the discourse around our favorite genre!

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