The Daily Grind: Do you have an MMO backlog, and if so, what’s on it?

    
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If you follow the mainstream gaming media meta at all, you’ve probably noticed that a lot of sites, spurred on by Polygon, have been mulling over the concept of the backlog – you know, that pile (or digital list) of games you bought and haven’t finished or even tried. Did we even have backlogs before online platforms like Steam? Because I don’t really remember having one back then – I just played what I had. But then again, I’m also primarily an MMORPG gamer. So I don’t fret tooooooo much about the non-MMOs I bought cheap for a rainy day. Occasionally I’ll blast through my non-MMO list and do a sort of 15-minute speed-dating game with some untrieds, but mostly, I’m content with just having some novelty waiting for me when I need it.

My MMO and online game backlog, though, eats at me. I bought Project Gorgon this summer, for example, and haven’t tried it. Staxel and No Man’s Sky too. These kinds of games have a time limit, and yet they require a certain presence of mind and concentration to dig into properly that I haven’t had this season.

Do you have an MMO backlog, and if so, what’s on it?

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socontrariwise

I’ve a backlog of a few single player games on steam, adventures for which I need to be in the mood and leisure to take in and puzzle out. MMO’s I find are more for mindless jump-in-and-action-or-decoration-or-harvest so go with a tired brain. And on MMO’s I usually play like mad until I burn out at least temporarily. Which tends to happen after 4-6 weeks usually. Wurm Online did recently, then Shroud of the Avatar has reached that stage now and since a few days I am binging Trove.
I did some Deiland in between for the more relaxed pacing though and Staxel is one of those games too. I’ve recommended the latter to friends who are chronically ill or clinically depressed because if anything Staxel really does not need energy or focus, it is too light hearted and simple and paced for this.

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Zen Dadaist

Always more alts to finish levelling and gearing in Anarchy Online, and Rift. But I’m pretty chill about it these days. In non-MMO games I have the usual Steam backlog of stuff that I’ve ended up acquiring on the cheap some time or other and haven’t got around to playing (or installing even)…

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Oleg Chebeneev

There are some MMOs I want to achieve something in but always delay for some other time. Like doing some serious leveling in GW2 and unlock all those map checkers. Reaching Khitai zones in AoC. Another attempt at EVE and finding something fun for me there. Checking again on Age of Wushu. Doing some quests without guides in Discworld MUD (ya brah, gl with that).

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Namtubb

I’ve got Tom Clancy’s The Division in my backlog, bought the gold edition while it was on sale a bit ago. Haven’t really touched it because Warframe’s my main looter-shooter and I have a bunch of single player offline games I’m trying to get through first.
Maybe I should consider ESO and Guild Wars 2 in my backlog but I log into ESO everyday for login rewards; I’ll play the darn game but only when I’m subbed ’cause I’ve been spoiled by the resource bag that holds err-thang. As for GW2 I haven’t touched it for about 2 years but I don’t want the game until I have a glider and a mount. I have no plans to get the expansions anytime soon so I guess this is in the backlog until/if I buy them.

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Greaterdivinity

…everything? Because I’ve got about 20ish installed (after some recent trimming even) most of which are “one day I’ll get around to this.”

But for the moment…Guild Wars 2 in a big way (finally seriously getting back in after years) and some more poking around in Warframe, with a side of continuing to slowly progress through ESO zones.

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NeoWolf

I’m kind of the in the opposite position of having an MMO black hole and waiting for something truly worth my time and interest to fill it. The current crop of MMO’s is just not doing it for me.

SWTOR was a mainstay but once that ended up in the hands of the pvp devs and a single mediocre writer, and pretty much just pushes pvp stuff and the occasional appalling and overwhelmingly disappointing PVE content (clearly designed by non pve’ers) then that got cancelled and removed from my list.

Now I pretty much only have ESO to play and as much as I love the setting and the graphics and the stories I am not a fan of the combat or the UI (not that there really is a UI)…so that is remaining on my played list by a somewhat tenuous thread atm.

I am just ready for an MMO, a traditional mmo not an action mmo or whatever to turn up and blow my socks off.. I need it! I miss that new mmo butterflies feeling…

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Tandor

Mostly it’s games I’ve started and got partway through but haven’t finished yet because I got distracted along the way. Current ones include Fallout 4, Skyrim, Witcher 3 and Dragon Age Inquisition. The main ones I never got round to starting include Aion and Kingdom of Amalur:Reckoning.

There are of course a lot of MMOs I switch between from time to time, while ESO remains my main gaming home as it has been since launch.

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Robert Mann

Nope. I’m very much forward looking for MMOs. I still haven’t seen them really catch up in a number of ways to single player or multi-player games from 15+ years ago.

At the least smaller multi-player games are starting to branch out more again, so maybe a round of innovation in focusing on more different areas than just combat will come to MMOs here. There’s a few titles that seem to be looking at that, and that lack is really part of why the genre is boring to me atm.

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Elsa

I still need to burn through the story in Final Fantasy XI. I have to accept that I’m not going to actually play that game– like, really play it— but I do want to wrap up the narrative so I know what happens in it. That soundtrack, man. For real.

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Archebius

Not a huge one, but I do have a few – FFXIV:ARR I never gave more than a few minutes, and Project Gorgon seems so spunky I want to at least try the thing.

Unfortunately, marriage, family, career, house, friends, a terrible boardgaming hobby, and designs on becoming an author just don’t leave a ton of time for really sinking into MMOs these days. My plan is to make a ton of money, and then build my ultimate MMO so that I have an excuse to play the thing.

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Minimalistway

I don’t play boardgames, but i prefer to be with family or close friends and have fun, unfortunately that does not happen often.

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Archebius

Yeah, know how that goes. I mostly play with family; my wife is really into Warhammer 40K at the moment, so we’ve been spending quite a bit of time painting up models in the evenings.