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Leaderboard: How much MMO time have you had in recent weeks?

I haven’t had a whole lot of time for MMOs lately, what with MassivelyOP’s reboot and a bunch of other life crap that’s neither here nor there. Sure, I’m dabbling and staying current for professional reasons, but I haven’t enjoyed one of my typical 30-hour gaming weeks in quite a while.

What about you MassivelyOP readers? How much time have you been spending on MMOs in recent weeks? Vote after the cut!

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The Daily Grind: Are you prompt about unsubscribing from MMOs?

I am going to make a confession: I am terrible about remembering to unsubscribe from games I am no longer playing. Guild Wars 2 and The Secret World are nice for not asking me to subscribe in the first place, but odds are good that it’ll be at least a month or two between the date when I know I’m not going back to the game and when I actually remember to cancel my subscription. I vote with my wallet, but not always in a timely fashion.

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The Daily Grind: What are the minimum criteria for an online game?

It’s pretty definite that Second Life is not a game in the strictest sense of the word, and by “the strictest” I of course mean “basically any.” It’s more of a toolbox in which you can make a game, sort of. But then, so is Landmark, and I don’t think anyone would argue that isn’t a game. You might argue whether it succeeds at its goals as a game, but that’s a different discussion.

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The Daily Grind: What’s one MMO wish you deeply regret?

It’s jumping.

Guild Wars players whined and moaned about not being able to jump in the classic game ad nauseam. Jumping increases our immersions and gives us something to do with our spacebar key binding, they said, plus we need jumping in PvP because of reasons. Give us the jumping!

Well, I hope you’re happy, Guild Wars players, because you got your wish in Guild Wars 2. In fact, you got your wish so well that not only can you spaz-jump in PvP and climb over hills, but every freaking corner of the game has a jumping puzzle waiting there to show you how terrible you always were at jumping. We have jumping for holiday events, jumping for dailies, entire game modes like SAB that are basically nothing but a test of jumping ability.

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MMO Week in Review: March 1, 2015

Were you too busy gaming this week to pay attention to MMO news? Get caught up every Sunday evening with Massively Overpowered’s Week in Review!

After a bit of teasing, Game of Thrones-esque PvP MMORPG Crowfall launched its Kickstarter this week. We pitted it against its closest rival, interviewed its lead devs about their plans, and gave our own impressions of the first big game announcement of the year.

Read on for a look at the rest of this week’s top MMO stories.

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The Daily Grind: Do you have a good grasp of your MMO’s history?

As someone who’s played his fair share of both Guild Wars and Guild Wars 2 over the years, I have to confess that I’ve had a poor track record of picking up and understanding Tyria’s history. I actually had to end up watching a few nicely done YouTube videos in which a knowledgable fan took all of the fragments of the game’s history and lore and then put it into an accessible presentation. Even with that, I am frequently clueless.

For MMOs that you’ve been playing for a while, do you have a good grasp on the world’s backstory? Are you a loremaster of reknown or an adventurer who flunked out of history?

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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WRUP: Guess who’s back edition

At the start of the week, I journeyed far across the land, venturing into the wilds of the northwest armed only with my wits and boundless determination. There, I was set upon by many ills and challenges, but I was undeterred in my charge. Today, I have completed my journey, and I tell you now that the great best Iktho-Mar has been slain by my hand!

For reasons that I am not entirely clear upon, that means I finally have What Are You Playing back in my hands, which means I get to open off with absurd non sequiturs once again. I’m sure you’re all thrilled. Here, have a picture of a capybara, and check out what we’ll be playing down below. Also, let us know what you’re doing in the comments!

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The Daily Grind: Do you get MMO event fatigue?

Based on how many awards it won last year and how many Massively OP writers and guildies have been sucked into it, I know I am not alone in my apparent crush on Marvel Heroes and its MMO-ish loot piñata “one more mission” ways. A good MMOARPG is the video game equivalent of comfort food. It’s cheap and delicious. (Plus, I get more of a City of Heroes vibe from it than any other [launched] superhero MMO I’ve tried.)

But the events, guys. There is literally an event every single weekend. It’s overwhelming. Right now, there’s not just one bonus weekend going on but two. Buffs. Loot drops. Experience gain. It’s pretty crazy. It must be working for them, but I admit I get fatigued by the avalanche of events. It actually makes me feel less pressure to log in and play because I know if I miss an event this weekend, next weekend will bring another one. Maybe two!

How about you? Do you get MMO “event fatigue”?

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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Kickstarter Overpowered: Week three, PAX, and Mo

The Massively Overpowered Kickstarter campaign is nearing $69K with over 1500 backers — we’re still blown away by that! We’ve got just a week to go, so I wanted to mention a few meta bits.

First, we’re crossing our fingers that we meet our first stretch goal at $75K. Originally, that stretch goal was going to allot us funding to send someone to the major conventions this year. Behind the scenes, and thanks to your generosity, we’ve already committed to sending Eliot to PAX East next week (the timing wouldn’t let us wait until the campaign is over since the event literally begins the day our campaign ends). So yay — we’ll be at PAX!

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The Daily Grind: What canceled MMO do you wish had been made?

MMO players are forever bemoaning the overabundance of fantasy titles in our genre. But truthfully, we have lots of sci-fi and zombies games nowadays too. Superheroes too. Vampires? Westerns? Steampunk? Not so much.

And what about Imperial Rome? I remember really looking forward to Imperator, a Mythic MMO that rose in 2002 and fell in 2005 before it ever launched, canceled ostensibly because of Mythic’s acquisition of the Warhammer IP for Warhammer Online (here’s Justin’s writeup from a few years ago). It was a nifty sci-fi spin on a classical setting, and I was bummed when it was nuked and I never got to wear a space toga.

What canceled MMO do you wish had made it to the finish line?

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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MMO Week in Review: February 22, 2015

Were you too busy gaming this week to pay attention to MMO news? Get caught up every Sunday evening with Massively Overpowered’s Week in Review!

Up-and-coming PvP MMORPG Crowfall has been counting down a 40-day timer that ends next week, biding its time with announcements about its destruction-oriented voxel-based tech, physics engine, and new classes. Any guesses as to what’s happening when that timer runs out?

Read on for a look at the rest of this week’s top MMO stories.

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