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34 Comments on "The Daily Grind: How much time do your regular MMO tasks take up?"

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It is rare for me to stay long in an MMO once I hit endgame (it is rare for me to make it to endgame). Once a game starts to become mostly grind, I tend to loose interest very quickly.

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Tobasco da Gama

0 hours. Because as soon as I start playing a game as an obligation rather than a pleasure, I drop it. That’s a recipe for burnout.

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Adri

This depends heavily on my schedule and the game. there are games you can spend 8 hours per day with daily-ish things like Daily Quests, dungeon runs, guild schedule things etc. Sometimes I just login and do the basics.

So my answer is anything between 10-15 mins up to 8 hours ;)

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Lethality

“MMOs are games of repeated content.”

They shouldn’t be, and accepting them as that is a mistake. Why make a chore list to do every day? Is that really what we signed up for?

The future is bright… but the current crop of games has tricked players into thinking that’s how to the play game in a virtual world. It isn’t.

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Tim Anderson

Which is one of the reasons we decided early on we’re focused on hand-crafted quests (with our game) that change with the months, as well as GM events, as opposed to 100% static quests that players just repeat daily.

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NeoWolf

^ QFT, preach it Lethality :) 100% agree.

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Schmidt.Capela

Or, for that matter, do you tend to lose interest in a game once you’re on to doing regular maintenance tasks?

This. If I get to the point where I have a laundry list of repeated tasks to tick off daily, I will instead leave the game.

It’s supposed to be play, not work, after all.

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Tim Anderson

Yep. I quit SW:TOR less than three months after launch after I maxed out three characters through the storylines and all that was left for me to do was grind dailies. No thanks.

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Greaterdivinity

Given that I’m now mostly a MMO vagabond and just hop between games on a whim…no time at all, really. I long ago gave up logging into MMO’s for daily rewards as I quickly found that trying to keep up with the MMO’s I periodically play was eating up upwards of an hour a night to get some low-value freebies without any actual “fun”.

Hell, even in the MMO’s I actively play I frequently don’t even remember to do daily activities half the time because I’m absolutely terribad -_-

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NeoWolf

I don’t do repetitive tasks, dailies or any of that Bs filler content, endgame stuff has always been the worst most disappointing and unfulfilling part of an MMO for me.. i’d sooner make a new alt and go through the story content again while waiting for the next story expansion etc.. lol. So I don’t really have daily taks per se. Pretty much the only grindy daily repetitive tasks I do that I don’t mind is crafting.

So with that in mind anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours

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Toy Clown

It depends. Some days I have time to sit down and play for a block of time and I’ll delve into non-daily content of Black Desert Online. Just about every patch they add a new quest chain and I’ve fallen behind! Which is good because it means I always have fresh and new things to do when I get the time.

When I don’t get much time, I spend about 15 minutes on a set of dailies to get 1% experience because I hate grinding, so this is painless to do that accumulates over time. Experience tacked onto the dailies is something new introduced about a month or so ago and I love them. Another daily thing I try to do is about a 20-30 minute grind on mobs to get a material that’s needed to build an unbreakable wagon. I stop when I have 1 million silver worth of items in my inventory. This also pads the weekly dump I do on scrolls since I get 1-3 a day there.

In a nutshell, I can do all the dailies I want in about 45 min if I don’t have time to play the game’s content I haven’t enjoyed yet.

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IronSalamander8 .

In WoW I do a lot of my class order hall stuff done via the app while at work. The actual process of running my warlock through the world quest faction of the day, and then the daily fishing and cooking quests takes maybe 45 minutes or so, depending on which daily faction it is (Kirin Tor is one less world quest than the others so is faster).

A bit longer once a week when I do the argunite quest for Turalyon and the 3 invasion points for Illidan. I only regularly do this on the gobby warlock the rest are less common as I have other games to play.

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Fair Mores

I’m in ffxiv and I’m doing the zodiac braves quest thing where you have to do 9 books each with 3 dungeon assignments, fates, leves, and kill orders. I don’t have a lot of time within the week to work on it and it takes whatever time I have on the weekends to complete one book from start to finish.

Why do I do it? The promise of glowy weapons! I stopped progressing through the storm blood msq (I’m behind ya) to devout all my time and attention to this repetitive content.