The Daily Grind: What’s the longest break you’ve taken from an MMO?

When World of Warcraft: Cataclysm launched, I was playing. It wasn’t too much longer after that when I was not. And I never really made any sort of formal commitment to leaving, I was just taking a break. It turned out to be a particularly lengthy one; I didn’t return until midway through the long content drought after the last Mists of Pandaria patch. All told, it was around three years, and easily my longest single stretch away from the game.

The funny thing is that it’s sometimes hard to tell the difference between a break and just leaving and coming back. Sometimes you know full well you’re just stepping away for a while, and then that “while” becomes longer and longer. So what about you, dear readers? What’s the longest break you’ve taken from an MMO? We’re not talking about cases where your break turned permanent, but ones where you left meaning to come back… and it wound up being far longer than you had expected.

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mysecretid

About 13 years for World of Warcraft.

I was in on launch day, and while that day was a fun mess (most everybody I heard in chat was pretty laid-back and funny about all the problems — we took to announcing the incoming “lag-waves” to one another, and laughing about them). The game didn’t stick with me much past the first month or two, however.

The last month or two, I’m back in, and generally loving the game. Go figure. :-)

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thirtymil

I took six months off Warcraft as four-hour dungeon runs didn’t mix well with babies that needed feeding in two. Other than that, every other break I’ve taken from a game would best be described as a ‘quit’.

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kjempff

Left WoW the day cataclysm came, “returned” with warlords for a month decided never again shall I be lured back (Never /cough.. Or maybe if they do a WoW progession server).
Left Eq2 six months after launch burned out, then came bck for two months in 2012. Then a month for progression, but it just does’t stick anymore.
Eq on and off since 1999. Left a few months into GoD xpansion, came back in 2010 a few months, then back for a serious half year haul with Vulak progession server. Lately a few months with various emulators, 12 boxing the Grand Creation emu (it is different challenge and great fun to 3 man raid ssra/planes/kael), some project 1999 though it got boring, and last year an amazing progression emu called p2002 with the best boxing rule ever (3 box max, no tools except wineq) and the friendliest bunch of players I have met in a mmo..I plan to return soon cause winter just draws me back to eq.
To this day I guess I have over 1200 days /played in eq, 200 in eq2 and 300 in wow.

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Fervor Bliss

Lotro I stopped when horse combat came out. Just started to go back now. So 3 or 4 years maybe more.

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jay

For me it would be more along the lines of what MMO’s have gotten me to come back after taking a break. The only MMO’s I’ve ever returned to are BDO, DAOC, WoW & EQ2. I’ve played almost every other major MMO at or near release, but only those two have pulled me back.

I haven’t played eq2 in almost 5 years, since it started to go downhill fast, but the nostalgia is still strong there.

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Pandalulz

Quit WoW after Cat and didn’t come back until the very end of Panda but even then the game has never really stuck with me like it did before so I’m not sure it even counts.

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NeoWolf

I stopped playing WOW after Burning Crusade came out, which was 2007.. so thats a ten year Hiatus :)

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cryinglightning39

I was away from STO for about two years. Had an itch to return so am playing again though without my old fleet of friends it’s not nearly as fun as it was. I do like the admiralty system and the new episodes with Geordi and Martok.

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Bryan

Definitely LOTRO I have loved playing this game but with WoW really being my main game I’ve left LOTRO and not come back for long stretches including my last break of 5 or so years. This is funny since I have a lifetime sub. Which I think contributes I always installed it on the new computer I got while not playing I just didn’t feel I needed to start playing again(no rush). But have been back for 4 months now and so far it’s keeping me from wanting to go back to Wow :).

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syberghost

I’m still not playing City of Heroes.

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thirtymil

You went there…

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syberghost

And I never came back.

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thirtymil

Lol

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Dantos

I stopped playing wow from the end of cata to the start of Legion, came back for like 2 months, just not for me anymore.

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Schmidt.Capela

WoW. The Zombie Invasion drove me away, I returned in the middle of WotLK. I also spent a longer period away between the start of Cataclysm and when I tried to return with MoP, but I was back for so little time that I’m not sure that second time counts.

One caveat, though: if I don’t have to pay for a sub, be it because the game doesn’t have one or because I have a lifetime sub, then I usually don’t stop playing until I’m ready to quit the game for good; until then I will be going back every couple months to, at least, see if I still enjoy it enough to return. There are games I’ve been doing this for years.

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rafael12104

The thing is, I don’t really take breaks, except maybe for dinner as mentioned below. LOL!

What I mean is this, I play my current choice of MMORPG for a while. If I move on to another MMO, I don’t generally come back. But to be clear, “moving on” is not really a break.

I dabble in many games at once. So maybe by your definition I take many little breaks? I don’t know, but I do move on from a game once I have had my fill and rarely go back.

Maybe the distinction for me is the dreaded uninstall.

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Roger Melly

About 9 years I think . I gave up WoW somewhere around a year after the Wrath of the Lich King was released . Recently brought the Legion expansion in the Black Friday sales partly out of boredom with Rifts pvp and partly out of a desire to have a character or two on a regular server to play the newer warfronts as well once WoW classic comes out . I don’t know if I will stay that long but it’ll be interesting to see if I like the game still . No great expectations though .

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Utakata

“…*a MMO?”

/fixed (Not that I am being a stickler; it’s a mistake I myself make quite frequently. :( )

To answer the DG though, the ones I am on indefinitely. As there is 2 or 3 games I may one day return to…but I haven’t made a decision as to when or even if. Though the ones I definitely come back to have been up to a year plus.

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Kawaii Five-O

I stopped playing WoW in early WotLK and came back for a month at Cataclysm launch before quitting the game for good. So, however long that was, probably that.

Runner-up would be Mabinogi and getting back into it after a little over a year–maybe a year and a half.

Of course, I’m only counting MMOs that I actually put a decent amount of time into after coming back. I’m not counting the ones I checked out again out of curiosity and only played for a day or two.

So, it appears that if I stop playing an MMO for over a year, there’s very little chance anything would cause me to return in a serious capacity. Typically, I’ll just remember why I quit in the first place, and whatever changes/updates have taken place since aren’t enough to get me playing again.

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rogbarz

lord of the rings online, Riders of Rip off was the final straw for me. Since then I rarely logged in … I think earlier this year I tried the game was fun but something was off. …

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Zen Dadaist

Years. 5+ in some cases.

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Dušan Frolkovič

Played WoW for about 1-2 months at the end of Burning Crusade.
Had to quit for unrelated personal reasons.
Came back last december (after 8 years or so), had my fun for 3 months and moved on again.
For some reason i am ok with hotkey-based combat in this game, even when i prefer action-based ones much more.

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MesaSage

Dinner.

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rafael12104

Lol! Same here.

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Melissa McDonald

I took a year off from LOTRO but it’s back to being my main ever since the summer.

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Nick // Genghis

As much as I really truly loved a lot about BDO, about 6mo ago I made the executive decision to stop AFK fishing and turn the game off for an extended amount of time. It was probably around the time that Kama was being teased as coming to KR or the West I’m not sure now. I’ve been playing mostly Battlerite, Destiny 2 (relatively begrudgingly due to how mindnumbing it all is), and a bit of The Division and some other random smaller games. It’s just a scheduling thing mostly both my gf and I recently got into reptile keeping and working on our house along with full time jobs. plus, aren’t we all just waiting for Camelot Unchained, Crowfall, SC, Chronicler of Elyria, And Ashes of Creation?? Let’s be real here…

My friends also all are starting to trickle back to wow the last few weeks, but you couldn’t pay me to play that game again (same with pubg especially since I played that basically same game when I was like 13 lol). Seems like all anyone wants to do is play Blizzard games which I just do not get at all.

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wratts

I think probably a year or so, and that more than once, with EQ2. It’s funny, because I got more attached to my EQ2 main than I ever have another MMO character, so even though I think this break is permanent I’m always tempted to check in

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mysecretid

I miss my EQ2 stuff as well, wratts, but I just don’t feel like going back under the current regime will take me anywhere good.

Cheers,

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quark1020

Almost two and a half years or three from FFIV, now that I looked it up (Wanted a break from it a few months before Heavensward was announced). I normally don’t stay away from a game for so long, usually just breaking for 6 months to a year while I wait for new content to be released, so I’m a bit impressed by the length of time for this. I don’t have anything against FFXIV, so I probably have just been busy enjoying other games.

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Oleg Chebeneev

When I got into poker and started playing semi-professionally. I think I havent played MMOs for 2 years

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Wolfyseyes

Currently my longest break from FFXIV is now – going on about four months. Previously I had been away from the game between 2.1 and 5.0’s release.

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M.L. Evans

About eight years. I stopped playing LOTRO six months or so after the release of Moria. I saw all the expansions on sale a few weeks ago and cashed in my LOTRO points for Mordor. It’s interesting to see how my interest in text/story rich content has increased as I get older. Unlike my other game (FFXIV), I can turn off the quest guide and use quest text to find my objectives in LOTRO.

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mysecretid

I have to agree concerning a deepening interest in story content as I get older.

I’ve played so many games, for so many years now — more and more, I find it’s the characters and the story quality that distinguish them all in my mind.

After enough games, raw game mechanics, and the latest in graphics are not enough to set them apart, or make them especially notable.

I’ve always been a story fan, but now it can make the difference between the games I play, and the games I don’t.

Cheers,

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Rheem Octuris

Probably EQ2 for about a year or so. I just got burnt out and wanted to take a break, but knew I’d be back at some point. But now I’ve actually left after the whole Daybreak thing.

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