The Daily Grind: Have you ever tried to start fresh in a familiar MMO?

I have, on three occasions, tried to start Final Fantasy XI completely fresh. Ironically, this time it’s working out very well; the past two attempts didn’t work at all and ultimately led to me spending an extended time on the phone with Square-Enix customer support, unlocking my original account with the aid of a years-old expansion code. But it got me thinking about how I rarely head back to familiar games to start fresh.

That’s not to say I don’t head back to old games frequently, but in most of those games I stumble a bit and pick up where I left off. Coming back to my favorite characters is part of my motivation in the first place. Starting up Star Trek Online again meant jumping back on board with the captain I had at launch, or making alts that still get full support from my leveled mains.

So today, I’m wondering if that’s normal or an outlier. If you’ve returned to familiar MMOs, have you ever tried to start fresh? No help from old friends or max-level characters, just you playing with only knowledge as a bonus over any other new player?

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The Daily Grind: Are there MMOs you keep getting sucked back to?

There are a lot of games which I like that I leave but still think about going back to, like Star Trek Online and Guild Wars 2. More often than not, I’m not playing them simply because I don’t have enough time in the day to do so, since I’ve got two games on my docket anyway and a third title rotating for Choose My Adventure. That’s all well and good, and I understand exactly why those games draw me back.

But then there are games like Revelation Online and Blade & Soul. These are not games I dislike, but it seems that I regularly find myself thinking about them and looking longingly in their direction, wondering about how fun they must be. And then I play them and I don’t have much fun, and I stop, and I’m left wondering why I keep getting drawn in again.

I think we’ve all got a few titles like that. There are always games we wind up playing time and again, games we know we aren’t going to like but which manage to just suck us in because we really want to like them. But maybe I’m wrong. Tell me, dear readers, are there MMOs you keep getting sucked back to even though you don’t like them? Not necessarily that they’re bad games, they’re just not for you?

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The Daily Grind: Have you ever fallen for an MMO after giving it a second chance?

It’s no secret that there are a lot of games out there I fell for on my first try (Final Fantasy XI, World of Warcraft, Final Fantasy XIV, Star Trek Online), but you know what game I couldn’t stand when I first played it? City of Heroes. I played, thought it totally missed what would have made a superhero MMO fun, and left it behind with a sense of bitter disappointment. It was several months before I gave it another shot; when I did, it was lover at second sight.

This is not entirely foreign to me; my first impression of The Elder Scrolls Online was definitely negative, but going back to it produced much warmer feelings. Then again, there are games which I don’t care for much on my first try that later do nothing to change my mind. What about you, dear readers? Have you ever fallen for an MMO after giving it a second chance? And if so, have you found it has more to do with changes to the game or with yourself?

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