The Daily Grind: Do you get MMO event fatigue?

    
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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”?

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BigMikeyOcho
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BigMikeyOcho

Absolutely. Every game has seen to put event after event after event, a never ending stream of events now. Keeps players playing, I’m sure. But more than anything it leads to pick-and-choose on the player side. After a long event, I’ll usually collect the big reward and then not play the game for a while just because playing it so every single day just doing repeatable content is just draining and not that fun.

direpath
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direpath

Kind of have that with SWTOR. Bounty Week, double XP, then Gree. I totally fell flat on Gree. I have done the dailies about half the time. I often dropped the PVP ones as it was a nightmare doing them in prime time. I have not even hit newcomer. Oh well. I’ll get into it more next time. I was having fun going through the planets on the Dreadseed/Macrobinocular quest that I had never done. Between that and the solo flashpoints at 55, I was well entertained. I didn’t let the event burnout turn into game burnout.

Grimmtooth
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Grimmtooth

After doing “What a Long Strange Trip” x4 in an 18 month span during the wrath era in WoW, I couldn’t stomach any seasonal events in any game until last years GW2 Mad Kings event. In fact the temporary nature of the season one events caused me to drop the game like a hot rock for over a year. A new different grindy event every 2 weeks that is set up like a holiday event, no thanks.

My biggest beef is not with the grind itself but the time limit to the grind. It causes people to play longer and do many things they don’t enjoy just to get a shiney or QoL inprovement they want.

Cyroselle
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Cyroselle

Great point!

Cyroselle
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Cyroselle

I’m fatigued to the point that I just don’t do then at all anymore. Especially since if it’s a F2P, there will be a *STRONG* cash shop tie-in. In RIFT’s case this means that there will be a currency you must collect to get the special shiny thing, but you must collect it through dailies, and in order to earn enough (let’s say 300) you need to login everyday and min-max your play time. This isn’t my idea of fun. Orrrrrrrrrr thou can plunk $20-40 on the cash shop and have it now! So I don’t do either. It’s annoying.
One of the things I really miss about WoW is that their seasonal events were actually pretty fun and didn’t feel as grindy. I mean they were a grind, but they didn’t feel like a cash shop funnel sham like they so often do in F2P games.

MonsoonGibby
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MonsoonGibby

Back in the day, when City of Heroes would have their double XP weekends, I would go nuts with it.  I’d take that Friday off work, stock up on energy drinks, and basically play until I was ready to pass out, then come back for more the next day.  By the end of one of these events I’d be rather burnt out, but not wanting to waste a second of the delicious double XP goodness, so I’d keep going.  Then after the event would end and I spent a day at work the following Monday I’d be ready for more.  XP buffs in other MMOs haven’t been able to get me to play anywhere near that much since the Primal Earth Apocalypse.

Chayse
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Chayse

I don’t mind in any particular way, but that’s a pretty apt example. The same complaints pop up around their comics.

Golden_Girl
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Golden_Girl

If something happens every week, does that even count as an event?

breetoplay
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breetoplay

SmugglerinaYT UO still does live events. Broadsword has a strong event team. Yay for old games keepin’ it real. :D

softwarekiller
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softwarekiller

I find most events tedious at best. They do absolutely nothing for me. Generally, I will just flat out ignore them.