The Daily Grind: Which MMORPG would you want to ‘live’ in if you had to live there forever?

MOP reader Oleg suggested today’s Daily Grind in the bowels of the mystified comments under our piece on Entropia Universe on Wednesday. In a nutshell, the Swedish studio MindArk is angling to use the game as a “potential reality where human consciousness can be inserted into virtual characters, making it possible to continue to live on as an Avatar well after their human body has passed” – in other words, to make us immortal, to let us live on in MMO Entropia.

The objection, as Oleg and other commenters noted, is that you might not actually want to live forever in Entropia. It’s a neo-capitalist technotopia where you cash in and out of the game to reality and back again. The game practically pioneered pay-to-win.

So let’s say MindArk actually pulls off the kind of sci-fi AI it’s saying it’s working on. Would you actually want to do it, and more importantly, which MMORPG would you want to live in – forever?

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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Mark Johns

FFXI, Windurst.

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kalech

None of them, they all have terrible shit going on in them. I want to be able to go outside without being attacked by 12 rats, 2 bandits, a boar and a crab sniping me with magic missile.

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Zariarn

The Lord of the Rings Online. The zones and environments are amazing.

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ultorius

Definitely not ” The secret World” i would crap my pants.

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GamingSF

Probably Star Trek Online as the Federation is a (generally) more civilised view of a society or EQ2 Norrath because it’s generally a lot less grim/gritty than other fantasy settings.

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NeoWolf

I used to think that, but is it? really? It is certainly a higher ideal, but as ever it falls short. I mean look at most of the series and movies for all the good intent and aspirations they still spend most of their time at war or in conflict. Not really all that more civilised afterall :)

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Bryan Correll

There’s nowhere, MMO or otherwise, that I want to stay for eternity.

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Sorrior Draconus

As i have LONG thought about this. I would rather something more akin to ready player one where you can swap worlds/settings as i enjoy variety.

Buut if i had to choose hard to say likely Eorzea or Azeroth as my spend most of my time mmo wise in those worlds.

Though if Star Ocean had an mmo i would go for that since it has advanced tech, magic, swords, medieval worlds, sci fi worlds you name it.

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Chosenxeno .

Scarlett Blade.

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Oleg Chebeneev

This question requires long thinking and analysis to give right answer. But my first pick is EVE Online. I absolutely love its backstory. Some might think EVE would be boring since its just lifeless space and space ships. But there is vast detailed universe with lots of cool places and things to do that are covered in chronicles. Also youre basically immortal in this world. You got erased to atoms by Tempest? No problem. In a moment you’re awaken in fresh new clone and can keep going. Also you can become anyone and do anything

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John Mynard

I’ve always been uncomfortable with the way EVE handles respawns. Sure they can copy your memories and knowledge, but how do they account for the soul and that inimitable sense of being? From a game standpoint, it’s fine, the actual controlling intelligence is not actually in the body. But, even if only from a quantum uncertainty standpoint, that clone, no matter how exacting a duplicate, isn’t “you”. It’s a clone that thinks it’s “you”.

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Oleg Chebeneev

Memories and knowledge is something we know exists. While we dont know what the soul actually is and if it exists at all.

If clone thinks its you, has knowledge and memories of you, your traits and character. Then its you.

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Tamanous

I personally can’t envision living in worlds defined by MMORPGs. They are too bound by limitations. If considering the original, extensive media they may be based upon like novels or even an RPG, they may have enough wonder and imagination for me to consider the question.

The same goes for graphic novels and comics. I have had this conversation in my early teens with some about this subject. Many peers were reading comics and continued to try to get me into them, but I was reading novels by famous and not so famous sci-fi and fantasy authors. Every time I read even 10 comics in a row, it felt like reading comic strips in a newspaper. I got little to nothing out of them unless there was comedic qualities for immediate entertainment like The Tick (only comics I collected … and what? Like 11 originals of them ever made anyway?), and they could not compare to the wondrous imagination of novels and RPGs.

So I guess my answer would be the original works that inspired some MMORPGs … but not the MMORPG itself. MMORPGs are my comic strip-like pop culture fix at best. In that case, my overall favorite, based on original media, was Middle Earth (with a nod to Dragonlance and Palladium Rifts from RPG heritage. Although Rifts is one SCARY ASS PLACE) but today I am far more interested in hard sci-fi futurism based on our real human culture and where it could be heading (more positive exploration and not post-apocalyptic). My current favorite is The Expanse, but I am only just starting the novel series now along with watching the show.