The Daily Grind: Which F2P MMO has the best community?

    
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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?

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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Observer98
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Sounds like a dungeon finder issue.  People need to put a minimum effort into finding a guild or people to play with.  I played in Rift and didn’t run into such clowns, but then again I don’t expect dungeon finders to bring me friends.

Nate Woodard
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Nate Woodard

I haven’t done F2P lately, but I will say when I was messing around LOTRO, Landroval or whatever it was called had a pretty good community.  USPC East on DCUO is good! A bit trolly at times, but good. Celestial Hills in Tera was much like USPC East, a bit trolly, but good.  That’s about it for F2P.  B2P, GW2 has some pretty good communities.  Yaks Bend, Tarnished Coast, and another server that I was on and can’t remember the name of, as I’m far too tired, but they were all good.  I haven’t played in a while.  I need to get back to it.  Umm.. Nothing else really stands out in my mind.

Nate Woodard
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Nate Woodard

Rozyn Celestial It’s because Rift is a terrible game and the “We’re not in Azeroth” mindset that followed the game is seriously some of the most disgusting gamers I’ve ever experienced.  I’m not calling everyone that plays Rift disgusting, mind. But it’s been my experience to have real terrible people on multiple servers.  I finally gave up.  I tried to follow Trion’s hype and it led me to the biggest dead end in an MMO I’ve ever experienced.

josefreaksalem
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josefreaksalem

But wait, there’s only a couple games that aren’t f2p.

josefreaksalem
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josefreaksalem

The Witcher 3.

blackcat7k
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blackcat7k

Phantasy Star Online 2’s community is pretty good mainly due to the fact that we sort of have to be if we’re going to get anything done due to the language barrier on Japanese servers.

Siphaed
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Siphaed

deekay_zero Siphaed 
You’re not judging a game by it’s community. You’re judging it by it’s Reddit users.  Forum users of any single game make up roughly less than 10% of the game’s population.  How much does Reddit make up for?  Honestly there’s only a single game I even Reddit for, and that is GW2 (because of the datamining that_shaman does).

Zariarn
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Zariarn

I have to say that LOTRO still holds that title.  Unfortunately the world channel and lack of moderation is ruining that title.  Brandywine server and the world channel is the cesspool of trolls and disrespectful players.  I would guess it’s because it’s the most populated.  Turning the channel off is an option, but it seems as though people rarely use the local channels anymore.

q945
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q945

Gonna have to add another vote for LOTRO. Its an older game and its mainly the older, more mature players that have stuck around. The rich lore seems to attract a wider slice of the community than most other games which seemed to be filled with ‘young punks’.
It will be interesting to see if the community can gel as well after the server merges. Many of us are hoping to avoid some of the trolls on our current servers but deep down we know that all servers will have their trolls.
Another benefit of LOTRO is the excellent support for handling trolls. With a simple right-click on a name you can choose to ignore that person in chat or even report them for harassment. I wish it was as easy in all games
Also I have to say that I was there when ESO went B2P and the standard of the community chat plummeted!!! The amount of trolls and griefers that came in was astounding! I like F2P but I have to admit that gating content behind a subscription seems to keep out some quantity of the undesirables.

ManastuUtakata
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ManastuUtakata

Vunak ManastuUtakata BalsBigBrother GamerToons 
Too late. I have already stated my views on it.