The Daily Grind: Do you have a ‘guilty pleasure’ MMO?

As comments and tweets and nastygrams in my inbox have repeatedly demonstrated over the years, it doesn’t matter whether you’ve put in years of play in brutal gankboxes and done more than your fair share of time in endgame raiding and PvP: An hour in a guilty pleasure MMO renders you irreversibly contaminated in the eyes of a certain segment of the gaming population. You’re a filthy casual (or worse!). I don’t actually buy that idea for a second, but I can’t help but find it colors my ability to enjoy and willingness to gush over cutesy games, silly MMOs, and retro titles.

Case in point? Trove. I’m consistently surprised by the depth I’ve found in Trove (in fact, the overall gameplay loop reminds me more of City of Heroes than Minecraft or Cube World), but the fact that people see neon voxel graphics and smirk it away as a kiddie game both irritates and squelches me. And yet it’s the MMORPG that’s got me logging in every day the last month or so, something I haven’t felt like doing anywhere else for quite a while.

Do you have a “guilty pleasure” MMO? Do you keep a secret any of the MMOs you play? Don’t worry; we won’t tell!

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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Grim🎃 Darhk

Funny enough I consider BDO my guilty pleasure. I don’t grind in it anymore, I just use it to own a worker empire and I fucking love that aspect of it. Combats a blast, but when all there is to do is grind or pvp against no lifes, it’s not much of a factor.

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rafael12104

PUBG and Fortnite. LOL!

We can argue about these games being truly massive, or the fact that they don’t contain many rpg elements etc.

And yet they are MMOs, sorry. And they have an impact on our landscape.

The fast food MMO, these games are very tasty. Quick hits of fun and action with little to no commitment otherwise. Many vets cringe at what the evolution of such games could mean for our genre.

But, I do enjoy both games. Truly. I have a blast with my friends and even some success despite the fact that we are hardly pro.

So, with fun being the goal, they are both my guilty pleasure.

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Wolfyseyes

Definitely Trove. I don’t care who the heck balks at it, that game is just a damn fun and goofy and colorful time.

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butterpanda888

Wizard 101, Pirate 101, Istaria, Soulworker Online, Neverwinter, Tale of Toast.

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Castagere Shaikura

Wow Istaria you must be a dragon

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butterpanda888

Yep

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Namtubb

Every time Bree brings up Trove in the podcast I want to reinstall it, but I remember having some sort of audio issue where Trove’s sounds would take over my sound card or something; anything I’d play in the background *like a MOP Podcast :o * wouldn’t come through once I launched Trove. Maybe that’s been fixed? Maybe I should just upgrade my toaster?
My guilty pleasure is Defiance at the moment, ’cause I’m actually looking forward to 2050. BIIIIIG problem about Defiance as a f2p player however is when you get a drop but it’s an item introduced from one of the game’s five paid DLCs. It’s like looting a lootbox except you can actually see what the item is. Still can’t use it without shelving out some money though lol

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Mewmew

I could care less what other people think of my gaming choices. It’s not about them, nor do I care how they judge me.

I think as female players we’re given more leeway on that front though too and get judged less because there are games some people just expect that we might like more that they may give male players a bit of a heckling for playing.

People need to play what they enjoy without caring what others think more often. People aren’t “soft” for playing family games. They shouldn’t be guilty pleasures, there should be no guilt involved.

Those people on their high pedestals judging others for their own personal gaming tastes need to get knocked down a bit. Yes, friendships are different and there are the types that razz each other all the time, and you can’t choose your family members, but you can tell them to go **** themselves :P

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Chris Moss

I’ve played a couple of the more “girly” or what would be considered kids games. Trove, Wizard 101, etc. They actually have fun gameplay mechanics, and just an overall fun experience. Don’t care who knows.

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Alex Malone

Can’t say I really have any guilty pleasures when it comes to gaming.

Closest I come to a guilty pleasure would be something like Yoshi’s Woollen World on Wii U, it’s pretty childish but in actual fact it works as a really fun couch-coop game, especially with non-gamer friends.

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Grim🎃 Darhk

I’m considering picking up the new Kirby game on the switch, seems like a good jolt of Childhood memories.

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Rees Racer

Twin Saga.

I’m not even sure how I can defend it, except that I’m a big fan of anime-style, and the English writing translations are transcendent.

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Pandalulz

I like this use of the word transcendent

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Castagere Shaikura

I used to feel like this with mmo’s. Not anymore though because i’m older and gaming is just something i do casually now. I seem to move back and forth to the same older pre Wow mmo’s i used to play. Non of these new mmo’s do anything for me. I read all the hype over them and laugh mostly. Because they never turn out the way people hope.

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NeoWolf

The last sentence is SO sad..yet SO true unfortunately :) The genre has really been letting itself down in the last few years.

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zoward

I forgot to mention: I’ve put my fair share of time into Trove as well. To Hell with the naysayers – it’s a fun game! I just recently took a break from it as it gets pretty grindy after a while.