The Daily Grind: What’s a minimum play session for you?

    
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HAPPY CELEBRATIONS

You probably don’t sit down to watch a movie when you have five minutes before you leave for a doctor’s appointment, and you do not set aside two hours of your time to read a pamphlet from the doctor’s office. MMOs aren’t all that different. I vividly remember knowing that in order to play Final Fantasy XI I needed to be sure to set aside at least an hour – I would need time to get from the city to the camp spot, find a party, get some experience, and then get back to the city without dying. I couldn’t accomplish much in any less time.

More recent MMOs frequently allow you to accomplish as much or more in less time, and there’s the question of what you’re trying to accomplish in that time as well. Games like Neverwinter let you drop in and out of content quickly, and an episode in Star Trek Online can usually be run through in about fifteen minutes with some practice. But is that enough? What’s the minimum amount of time you need to set aside in order for it to qualify as a worthwhile play session in your favorite game?

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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Remianen
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Remianen

4 hours, typically is my minimum. If I have less than three, I won’t even consider logging in, instead playing something offline (Football Manager, World of Mixed Martial Arts, Total Extreme Wrestling, OOTP, etc). I do busywork like AH crap during working hours (telecommuter) so when it’s time to play, it’s time to PLAY.

ZenDadaist
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ZenDadaist

An actual play session, as opposed to quick market action or gift claim, is at absolute minimum half an hour. I don’t treat MMOs as hop-in-hop-out gaming like I do mobile games. I like to settle in for a session of gaming, cup of tea to hand. I use curse addons, third party item trackers and integrated chat tools which I fire up before logging in as well, and it all takes time to set up properly.

If I only have 10 minutes, I’m not going to start up a game.

Veldan
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Veldan

I’m pretty sure I’ve logged for 5 minutes in the past. To rush a daily before going to college, so I didn’t have to do it in prime time later when all the dailies were swarmed and spawn camped. So yeah, I’ll log for any amount of time if there is a reason to.

Fathdris
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Fathdris

2 minutes. It depends on what I want to do. If all I plan on doing is AH work, I log in, do that, log out.

TimothyTierless
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TimothyTierless

I wish I had a minimum. These days I comment about them more than I play them!

Kaloth
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Kaloth

2-3 minutes. But only in Eve.
Log in, check my mails, fiddle with my skill queue, see who’s online, (and assuming nothing is happening) log off. 
For Marvel Heroes (which I’ve recently gotten right into thanks to massively), about 20 minutes is my shortest session. I can knock over quite a bit in a short period of time in that game. Same period for a lot of the other games I play on and off, although there’s not been much recently.

Damonvile
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Damonvile

shadowblender Sythalin That’s what mommy and daddy are for.

boredinBC
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boredinBC

Amphax Marvel Heroes.

Craywulf
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Craywulf

If I have less than an hour to kill then I will use my tablet to kill the time. Clash of the clans or Real Racing 3 are games I play regularly that are short. As far as playing MMOs, I always designate at least an hour and a half.

Smiggins
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Smiggins

Authurious Smiggins Welps, left side! Lee handle it!