The Daily Grind: Where are the spots you most identify with in MMOs?

    
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Burn it, sure.

It’s going to be most relevant next week, but honestly I’m not even a little bit sad at the thought of Darnassus burning in World of Warcraft. Seriously. I’ve hated that city and the tree it’s sitting on since the game launched, and if Battle for Azeroth delivers me nothing else I like I’ll consider it a net positive because Darnassus has burned. But if something happened to Ironforge? I’d be sad. I already was sad when my beloved Wetlands got pretty trashed back in Cataclysm.

Any MMO you play for a while has certain locales you get more or less attached to. After years in Final Fantasy XIV there’s a whole lot of feelings for me attached to Mor Dhona and Ul’dah; by contrast, I wouldn’t really miss chunks of Gridania. I have never cared about the faction stations in Star Wars: The Old Republic, but I loved Dromund Kaas and I want to live on Voss in real life, much less in the game. What about you, dear readers? Where are the spots you most identify with in MMOs?

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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Suikoden

I live in the city, and I hate it. If it weren’t for the fact that my job keeps me here, and that my family loves it, I’d be gone in a second. But for work I travel to smaller cities and more rural areas, and I love it. So the locations in MMO worlds I really like, are the small town, rural areas. Like Pre-searing in GW1 really drew me in for that reason.

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shekish

Serena’s lake, a subzone in Balder’s refuge, game is TERA.

There i brought someone i liked and which i had a love affection with. She left the internet a couple of weeks later completely. I’m afraid something terrible happened to her, since that day she hasn’t logged on any of the social media, or other games we shared, nor picked up my calls.

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Tobasco da Gama

I only have a real attachment to MMO locations where it feels like there are people who actually live there. Which is a vanishingly small number of places, mostly in LOTRO. Bree, Trestlebridge, the Shire, Minas Tirith, Snowbourn. Edoras is shown to actually have houses in it, but the place is too deserted when we go there to appreciate it.

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hurbster

Bleakrock Isle.
Pre-Searing Ascalon.

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camelotcrusade

I wouldn’t mind going to Nar Shaddaa, aka Space Vegas. And you won’t hear about it if I do, because obviously the same Vegas rule applies.

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ghostlight

I always liked Nar Shaddaa, it gives me a serious Blade Runner vibe. For that matter, I think of Dune when I’m on Tatooine.

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Bryan Correll

It always amused me that there is a section of NS called The Red Light District. The whole freakin’ moon is a red light district by any reasonable definition.

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bereman99

I tend to enjoy being around/seeing snowy climes, imposing mountains, and imposing architecture…so either Ironforge in WoW or Ishgard in FFXIV are often my go to places.

I also really enjoy nautical and seafaring type places, so Limsa Lominsa is another go to location.

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Castagere Shaikura

Cities today in mmo’s don’t seem to be the social hubs they used to be. But back in 2001 i loved every city in Anarchy Online. The glory days of real social hubs. I would after hunting or doing missions just hang out in all of them chatting with friends and sometimes role playing too. I was with the Neutral faction so i could hang out in all the cities on both sides.

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Alex Willis

Moria in LOTRO.
My Stronghold on Nar Shaddaa in SWTOR.
Black Citadel in GW2.
Port Epheria in BDO.
Taff System in EVE Online.
My Liset in Warframe. (Damn if it doesn’t *feel* like home.)

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Ben Stone

Faydwer and Kunark in EQ1 / EQ2.
In WoW, probably Jade Forest. Such a great zone.

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Jeremiah Ratican

In WoW, Outland, I know it’s weird but I remember crossing over into this alien land and just being blown away with how cool it was.