A loss of a sense of community is something many MMORPG players lament as our genre approaches two decades, whether they think communities slip away because of game mechanics or genre fatigue. Yet other MMOers disagree, having found and nurtured communities that are very much alive and well — they say it’s all about knowing where to look and how to get involved.
Traditionally, small but sturdy and more mature MMOs, like Lord of the Rings Online, have run away with “best community” titles, while popular games like World of Warcraft, which attract much louder and larger playerbases, are judged for their worst elements. So too with EVE Online, which is far better known for the antisocial antics of the 1% than for the thousands of players who propel charities and player organizations forward.
So let’s have it out today. Forget about a year ago, five years ago, fifteen years ago; let’s talk about today, this year: Which MMORPG had the best community in 2016 — and why?