The Daily Grind: Are guilds important to your MMO experience?

    
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There was a time in MMO history when a guild was more or less a requirement to do much of what you would want to do within an MMO. I certainly remember that Final Fantasy XI pretty well required one for most stuff (even though “guilds” didn’t quite exist in the game the way they do in others). And it’s rare for me to not be in a guild in an MMO I’m playing with any enthusiasm; my longest streak of not being guilded was in Star Wars: The Old Republic, and that was an anomaly.

That having been said, if I lost my guild in Final Fantasy XIV? My reaction would be to shrug and move on. It’s just not super important to me.

For some people, it’s even less important; I know people who don’t even want to be in guilds at all. I also know some people who will leave games altogether if they lose their guilds, or at least completely change the characters they’re playing. So today, let’s turn the question over to our readers. Are guilds important to your MMO experience? Do you majorly rearrange your playstyle for a guild, or do you tend to think of them as optional at best?

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Lieutenant BaconWaffles

I do not participate in guilds, raids, PvP, or party quests. Strict soloer.

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Duane_Does_not_check_email

It’s a nice to have and certainly adds to the stickiness of an mmo taking up your time. I also like not having to be in an mmo to do my own thing.

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NeoWolf

They tend to be the main basis of the majority of my social interactions in MMO’s so in that regard they are helpful and useful. But beyond that other than providing extra bank space and an extra cosmetic or two they don’t really serve a purpose, nothing integral at any rate.

I mean if people want to play together they will do so whether guilds exist or not… so they can be helpful but I wouldn’t say important.

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Mewmew

They really are not. And yet so many games make special events and dungeons that only guilds can do, I feel like I’m missing out without joining one.

I have a super sporadic way of playing each game. I jump around *a lot*. With the limits on the number of guild members, most guilds don’t want to deal with someone who isn’t there a lot of the days.

Guilds just don’t fit my gaming style most of the time. I don’t like that they get all this special content (depending on the game) that I don’t get to experience, but I understand it. They can’t make everybody happy.

If I can make a solo guild and experience the extras, I’ll do so, though that is both against the point of guilds and also that doesn’t work a lot of the time (try and do the current Guild Wars 2 guild stuff solo for instance, not a fun thing). Other games make it so a single person can experience a lot of the guild extras and even make it cheaper to do so if you’re on your own (like Warframe – I’ve got this amazing great starbase I made and designed on my own – though obviously solo guilds fighting for gates aren’t going to do so well there).

I’d rather just get pick up groups and have those made easy. I wish I could find a game that I loved so much that I played it very long term without skipping around but that is extremely rare.

If a game has 500+ spots for guild members, I’ll fit in those guilds as they often don’t care if I’m missing a week or two, such as in Star Trek Online.

I basically join guilds when I absolutely have to but would rather just do the guild content on my own and have it scale in a way where I can. I totally understand people want and need reasons to have bigger guilds though. It simply doesn’t fit my style. I’m sick of joining games and helping to build up a guild to a massive thing and then being booted when I don’t log on a while. I get that they need active members but there has to be a better way (queue infomercial)

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Weilan

Unless they are some previous friends, not really. I can use being in a guild just to have them help me do public stuff and answer my questions. But no. I’m too jaded with MMOs to be excited about being in a guild.

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IronSalamander8 .

I can live without them but a good guild can really enhance my time in an MMO. My first good guild was in EQ1: “The Khazi Traveling Circus” which was a fantastic group of people I wish I could carry with me from game to game. I’ve had mixed experience elsewhere, WoW has been extremely up and down for example, but no shocker considering what WoW is like.

oldandgrumpy
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oldandgrumpy

No and I am tired of random guild invites.

Serrenity
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Serrenity

I think guilds are important for my long-term MMO experience. For me, a good guild just augments the experience, makes it better and makes the game sticky when it otherwise wouldn’t be. I’ve had 2 solid guild experiences — my first back in collect when I started a guild in Anarchy Online, and the second when I got pulled into a random run at the end of the Burning Crusade and earned myself an invite to the guild where I stayed for several years until it imploded.

I’ve been a bit of a loner (with my husband) ever since. We float from game to game and hope to find a good guild but haven’t found one with any real staying power.

I hold out hope though *crosses fingers* someday …

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Veldara

It used to be, but now it really isn’t. Two reason: one of which I can’t be assed to bother meeting new people. Secondly my once guild sized list of friends have dwindled into just barely a handful and most of us are too busy with real life commitments to do any content together regularly. Thus I’ve gotten used just gaming with close friends and doing 4-5 man content in various online games, and that’s just dandy to me.

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Vunak23

They are definitely integral to my enjoyment of an MMO, but not the exclusive reason I enjoy an MMO.

If I didn’t have my group of friends/guild in ArcheAge or TERA for example my experience in those games would have been very different and possibly not as enjoyable. Especially considering the activities we participated in. Roaming around on the seas with my guild mates doing trade pack runs or hunting opposing faction merchant ships. Doing Civil Unrest in TERA with our small guild only to land in 2nd place because of our well organized assaults/defenses on the MT server against much much larger guilds.