The Daily Grind: Where do you turn for your MMO guidance?

The great part about MMOs is that they’ve embraced one sort of crowdsourcing almost from the moment they first existed, and that’s crowdsourcing information. It’s never been hard to find information about the best builds for an MMO, what abilities work best, and so on. It’s all just waiting out there in handy, easy-to-read guides.

And the fact that often lots of that information disagrees or contradicts itself is just icing on an awful cake! So now instead of being confused, you’re confused and don’t know who to believe.

Of course, we usually tend to find our sources early on and stick with them as long as we can; we all know that there are good sources and worse sources. So our question today is where you turn for your MMO guidance. Official forums? Reddit? Game-specific sites? Your friends in the game? Shrugging and doing your best to work things out on your own? Random number generation?

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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Crowe

Meh, mostly to MOP and MMORPG.com. If I was actually *playing* a MMO for longer than a couple of weeks (thanks to sucktastic MMOs from the last few years) then that place would usually be their official forums.

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Alex Malone

For finding out about MMOs I’ve not heard of – MMORPG.com and massivelyop.com

For getting more detailed information about games I’m interested in (pre-purchase) – official game websites

Once I’m playing a game, I generally try to work things out for myself. If I need to look externally, generally google for information, or official forums for discussions. I know most people seem to hate official forums but I’ve always found them to be the most helpful places for actual discussions. Sure, the “general” bit is toxic as hell, but diving into class subforums or dungeon guide forums was always really good.

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CasualSlacks

Searching:
Google > Game Sub-Reddit > Youtube > Offical Forums

Asking:
Game Sub-Reddit > In-Game General Chat > Complaining On Twitter With HashTag > Meditating > Official Forums

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Bryan Correll

I like to ask questions in general chat and phrase said questions in a way that implies I’ve only just learned that something called online gaming exists. People are always so helpful!

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Ben Stone

Most new/updated games don’t really even need them. Far too streamlined. Everquest 2 was the last time I had to go look for external help with quests and such.

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connor_jones

It does seem that official forums aren’t nearly as helpful as they used to be. These days I find myself relying more on third parties like Ayin Maiden, Unfair, and of course Dulfy.

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camelotcrusade

It’s been a while, but I favored wikis and fan sites. The best fan sites published regular and relevant content, and, time was, had community commentary worth reading. Nowadays I tend avoid comment sections unless they’re moderated (like MoP!) as they’ve generally soured or gone toxic. And by avoid I mean read them anyway and wish I hadn’t.

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Hirku

A combo of wikis and experimentation with test characters. I usually spend my first month just learning the ropes before actually playing.

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touchofkiel

I play FFXIV, which doesn’t require any sort of guide. It holds your hand through – well, anything. But if I have a small question, the reddit sub is usually good enough.

And I play FFXI… which is the opposite. But a lot of sites have outdated information, and also current information. So it’s usually a process of mixing and matching Wiki and BG, etc.

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nobleeinherjar

Do you know what kind of state the FFXIclopedia is in these days? I haven’t played FFXI for a few years now, but I remember it being an invaluable source of information.

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Utakata

Currently, it’s Mr. rafael. o.O