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