Some of our commenters — and maybe other gamers who’ve been part of the MMO genre for a long time — are convinced that free-to-play and community don’t mix. Free-to-play games encourage gamehoppers, they say, those MMO “locusts,” cheapskates, antisocial types, guild hobos, and people who wander in and wander back out with nary a care, leaving no footprint and contributing nothing to the community in the game.
For my part, I was never all that impressed with the bulk of MMO communities back in the day, either, when everyone paid some sort of entry fee, so I’m unconvinced that things were all that better back then for most people playing — maybe for every server’s top few guilds, things were great, but for everyone else? Eh, people always came and went and got left in the dust. Besides, I’ve played F2P games with good communities and sub games with horrible ones, so I know they exist.
But for today’s Daily Grind, let’s judge them all. Which F2P MMO has the very best community and why?