The Daily Grind: How much time do you log in a typical MMORPG session?

    
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The Pantheon community is discussing a really interesting question about the two-hour gamer this week: “How much do you expect to get done within a two-hour time frame?” The answers on the forum so far naturally skew toward the type of old-school gamers who are Pantheon superfans to begin with, so I wondered whether that would be the same for the greater MMORPG population. After all, MMOs (and other online games) have consistently rewritten the script for how much time they expect you to put in toward any given activity; while once it was no big thing to sit for a day camping a piece of gear, modern online games tailor matches and dungeon-runs for much shorter periods, sometimes in that 30-minute sweet spot.

So today’s Daily Grind is two-fold: First, how much time do you allot to a typical play session – do you consider yourself a two-hour gamer, playing in roughly two-hour chunks, or are your playtime chunks smaller (or longer)? And secondly, what do you expect to accomplish in that amount of time?

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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Atryue

Before 1st child: 5-6 hours

After 1st child: 5-6 minutes

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Pandalulz

I stopped sleeping. That was the only response.

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Suikoden

I like to start my day with my coffee and DCUO (hey, it’s still a fun game). I run some of the quicker dailies, or just mess around. So in that morning session, it’s like 30 min. In the evening I’d say about 2-3 hours. I may be logged in longer but not including afk time, 2-3 hours for a play session.

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rafael12104

Depends. Generally, 2 to 3 hours a day. But I’m pretty flexible. So I may get 1 hour on a busy day, and 4 or 5 hours when time allows.

BUT, if the game is new and I’m into it? Then you can count on 4 to 6 hours a day. Yup, I will play into the wee morning on those occasions if I can swing it.

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zoward

An hour or two in the evenings if I get a chance. Sometimes a half hour in the morning before I go to work. A couple of hours on a weekend morning before the kids get out of bed. Probably about the same way many people watch television.

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Crowe

Used to be 4-5 hours a night. Now it’s 2-3 minutes… just log in to GW2 and TSWL and collect the daily login rewards and then log immediately out. I’m not playing anything because I can’t find anything that appeals.

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Cadaver

My sessions tend to get shorter the farther I progress. I may average 4+ hours when I’m new to a game and everything’s still left to discover, but that will usually dwindle down to 1 hour or less as the inevitable mid-level ennui kicks in.

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mosselyn

Totally depends on how into the game I am. I have no spouse or kids that need my attention, so I’m pretty free to game when and for how long I want, outside of work and everyday adulting.

If I’m into a game, I can spend 3+ hours on a weeknight and 3-8 hours on a weekend day. If I’m not, it’s 1-2 hours/session.

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Randy Savage

So much that it’s madness

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socontrariwise

I don’t have much plan for a gaming session, depends on the day and time of day and how much time I have – after all there is work and family and friends.
If I have time on a weekend and there are enough things that feel interesting, it can be a couple hours, though I am wary to commit to dungeon runs that take more than 30/45 minutes. I might have to get out or the group is too bad (and due to erratic play times I can’t be in guilds with raid schedules) and I don’t want to waste my precious spare time on this. I especially hate with a passion those who do dungeon grind runs – stress RUNS. I don’t like to redo something and I enjoy to take my time, look at the decoration, check out corners, read the quest text.

If it is a weekday night and I have time I’m likely more looking for things that are 30 minutes and then maybe do another if I have the time or feel like it.
Believe it or not there are nights or days where the real short but strategic fights of Pirate101 are what I’m looking for. MMO fights tend to be grindy, twitchy and not exactly tactical. You wack a mole and after a long day I prefer something I can put some thought into it and have a challenge to my strategy, not beat a keyboard in the necessary pattern fast enough. Meaning: the game very much defines how much time I’m willing to give it.

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Adri

When I’m really into that game I can spent definitely more than 2 hours per day.
In my “heydays” of MMO gaming I spent roughly 72hours / week (and yeah I work 40h / week). On weekdays about 7h on the weekends 16h .. ish. Even I need sleep and food .. occasionally.
Personally I’d love to find another game that has the potential of occupying me this much.

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Bryan Gregory

I honestly don’t know how people enjoy playing MMOs for such a small amount of time. MMOs have always been the largest, most time consuming, most content filled genre. I think progression in a lot of the MMOs I enjoy are actually too fast. I miss the old days when “gamers” were people who were passionate about it and it was their life. It’s always more fun to play with people like that. People that view video games as an art and not just something to “waste” or “pass time” on.