The Daily Grind: How much time do you log in a typical MMORPG session?

The Pantheon community is discussing a really interesting question about the two-hour gamer this week: “How much do you expect to get done within a two-hour time frame?” The answers on the forum so far naturally skew toward the type of old-school gamers who are Pantheon superfans to begin with, so I wondered whether that would be the same for the greater MMORPG population. After all, MMOs (and other online games) have consistently rewritten the script for how much time they expect you to put in toward any given activity; while once it was no big thing to sit for a day camping a piece of gear, modern online games tailor matches and dungeon-runs for much shorter periods, sometimes in that 30-minute sweet spot.

So today’s Daily Grind is two-fold: First, how much time do you allot to a typical play session – do you consider yourself a two-hour gamer, playing in roughly two-hour chunks, or are your playtime chunks smaller (or longer)? And secondly, what do you expect to accomplish in that amount of time?

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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Atryue

Before 1st child: 5-6 hours

After 1st child: 5-6 minutes

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Pandalulz

I stopped sleeping. That was the only response.

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Michael18

… what do you expect to accomplish in that amount of timeone session?

Depends on the game.
In something like (today’s) WoW I usually get into the habit of rushing through the content an feeling disappointed if I do not manage to complete a huge number of quests, etc.
In games like EQ on P99, Vanilla WoW, or EVE, on the other hand, just traveling from A to B in an entire gaming session can already feel rewarding.

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About one hour, or two if I’m lucky on the weekends. I expect to be able to do some questing and/or some crafting, or maybe a dungeon if I have to (looking at you, FFXIV).

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My kids are grown an my wife has her own hobbies so outside of work and chores I have plenty of time to myself. I manage between 3 and 5 hours on the weekdays and pretty much all day on the weekends.

I value my unstructured time especially after over-doing progression raiding. I definitely miss it the activity but there’s no way I’m going to commit to 3-hour raid nights again especially after some people got extra salty over scheduled pee breaks.

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Fisty

1 to two hours during the week, often 4-10 hours on a weekend day. Most games I can’t get anything of real value done, but usually knock out some dailies or finish out a quest line.

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Bryan

I generally game too much the result of being single and with a decent job with plenty of vacation time. I work second shift so usually wake up log-in do all the daily stuff/slash chores while eating breakfast. Then I do any chores then play for an hour or two before lunch and getting ready for work. Then come home and play for another hour or two before bed. Then weekends it’s 5-6 hour sessions broken up by chores and just to get some exercise but if really into a game and nothing better to do total game time on a weekend will generally approach 10-12 hours in two general sessions. Amount of times depends on the game and my interest level. Currently really into Lotro and working to level multiple characters so plenty to do!

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A Dad Supreme

I’m retired so I have lots of time to game, especially during the day when the kids are in school so time isn’t an issue. If I’m engaged in a play session I rarely watch the clock, and only log when I feel I’ve achieved significant progress in a goal.

As to what those goals are in that time frame, they vary depending on the mood… could be getting a crafting skill to max, just making one special item for myself or a hundred support items to pass out for the next guild raid; could be one quest or a questline; could be starting a new alt or just min-maxing out my main.

Basically, I have few limitations in time or interest when playing MMOs I’m interested in unlike most players.

Unfortunately, there haven’t been any MMOs in the last three years I’ve been interested in so console single-player RPGs like Horizon: Zero Dawn and pseudo-MMOs like The Division have gotten all my money and attention.

p.s. Looking at Kingdom Come: Deliverance for the PS4 right now… probably my next purchase.

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MrNude

Unfortunately, there haven’t been any MMOs in the last three years I’ve been interested in so console single-player RPGs like Horizon: Zero Dawn and pseudo-MMOs like The Division have gotten all my money and attention.

This one hits home in so many ways….. Dabbled in Destiny 2 on the occasion that a RL friend is on, or played a bit of ARK just because rebuilding at new locations is still fun. Someone create a decent game and take my money!! High hopes for SoTA, and Camelot Unchained.

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On average, when I’m feeling actively engaged by the content, four hours on a weekday and 12-16 hours on a weekend day.

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Zen Dadaist

Oh gosh, anywhere from half an hour (not counting quick 5 minute logins to turn over daily maintenance tasks) to my record of 18 hours. But more normally ~4 hours I guess?

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Alex Malone

There haven’t been any MMOs worth my time for 5 years now, so I’m just not sure.

But, when I used to play, my sessions were typically 3.5 – 4 hours long (7.30pm onwards) during the week with potentially longer sessions at the weekend, usually with 1 or 2 nights off.

8pm-11pm is when we held guild events, typically raiding. So, I’d log on 7.30ish, spend some time socialising and preparing for the raid. Then I’d have 3 hours of raid leading, during which I’d expect to clear a full raid (if it was on farm) or make decent progress on a raid we’re still learning.

But, it’s totally game dependant. SW:TOR was pure easymode, so we could clear all raids in game in 2 hours, leaving 6 days a week free. WAR obviously had no raids. LotRO had great raids, so we’d usually have 2 or 3 raid nights a week back in the day.

On non-raid nights I tended to just go with the flow. As guild and raid-leader, a certain amount of time would be spent helping others, but I’d need to ensure I spent time enjoying the game just for myself. In SW:TOR, the game was garbage so I spent most evenings in a 4man premade just PvPing as there was nothing else worth doing. In WAR, every night was PvP night, I’d switch between RvR and scenarios depending on what was fun that night. LotRO, a typical non-raid night would involve 2 or 3 dungeon runs with guildies followed by an hour or more in the Ettenmoors PvPing.

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Hmm, I’m usually logged into my game of choice for hours on end. Actually doing stuff in the game, other than afking? I’m not sure. When hubs is at work and I’m holding down the fort probably about two hours a day, after bedtimes and during school times. When hubs is home and I’m more inclined to be lazy, 4-5 hours a day, maybe more. I don’t really have goals – I just want to have fun.