The Daily Grind: Do you skip periods of MMOs you play?

    
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All right, never mind.

I’ve seen the argument put forth several times over the past month or so about World of Warcraft players just… skipping the current expansion. That’s always felt weird to me. Certainly I understand it; it’s not too different from people opting out of watching a given season of a television show or a current arc for a comic. But to me, it always feels weird.

That’s not a critique, of course. If you don’t enjoy an expansion, or a current mechanical focus, or a major update, or whatever, there’s no reason you have to stick around. You can say that you don’t like where Aion is at and you’ll come back when it gets back to the stuff you like, or that you’ll check back in with Guild Wars 2 for the next expansion or whatever. Perhaps it’s simply a matter of occupation; personally, I like to know what’s happening in these games and then be able to contextualize when it improves (or fails to do so).

But anecdotal evidence is only, you know, anecdotal. So let’s make that our topic of discussion for the day. Do you skip periods of MMOs you play? Do you just clock out when you don’t like the expansion or update or whatever? Or do you stick with it, rain or shine?

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Crowe

I check out for a few months/years if I don’t like the way a game is going. In WoW, I played some of MoP but detested those changes to the talent tree and didn’t remain in game too long after. I go back every year or two for about a week until I have convinced myself that the talent system still lacks depth.

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kofteburger

All the time. In fact, I don’t play anything for more than a couple of weeks.

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Rolan Storm

Yeah, I did. And I get where people coming from. Also now every popular MMORPG pulls you to current expansions, so… Yeah, Skippityskipskip.

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Mordyjuice

I’ll level to cap and feel out the end game, if I don’t like the grind or feel then I’ll come back after they nerf the content and there’s a catchup mechanics, and if that’s not up to par then I’ll quit until the next expansion.

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Pandalulz

I’m sort of the opposite. I only log in for brief bursts, and stop playing for much longer periods.

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Bryan Correll

I’ve honestly never gone back to an MMO after missing a major update. I’ve quit during content droughts and come back, but I’ve never just ‘sat out’ of content on a game I had any intention of continuing to play.

PS re header image: Damn, Zoidberg has been working out.

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jay

I skipped MOP and most of Cata, so I get it.

I will say one thing though. For all of the people I see complaining about BFA, I see infinitely more people really enjoying the expansion. There seems to be this popular prevailing opinion on forums and youtube that it’s wildly unpopular. Where as in reality i see more people playing on my friends list, that I haven’t seen in years, and more praise for this x-pack than the previous two in guild/community/etc.

As always though, the vocal minority makes things seem much worse than they are.

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Castagere Shaikura

I did with STO alot. I only logged in to play new episodes now i don’t even bother with the game.

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Robert Mann

I’ve… skipped before when MMO developers decide they need to shove PvP in my PvE, or PvE in my PvP. I’ll play whichever when I like, thank you, and do not need pseudo-PvP raid encounters, or anything like that.

There are times when PvPvE is the name of the game. I usually will not be found there. That game name is merely code for ganking people who are not trying to PvP, and I can think of few things I find less distasteful in all of gaming. I think pretty much any game type more distasteful has been banned. There’s… an incredibly rare time or two where such things have some measures to avoid the complete destruction of any enjoyment of playing one way and being attacked by others, and in those rare cases I may play a little (but likely not very much, as most of the content will likely be locked into the whole ganker paradise thing).

Yes, that does leave me avoiding some entire genres. That, however, is something that I consider no loss by any means.

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NeoWolf

I’m something of a completionist. I like to do all content in the intended order, and will not more on to another zone or story or expansion until I have done what is intended before it generally.

Games like EOS make it easier as you can do their expansions in any order irrelevant of the main storyline for the most part. However even then I only tend to (first) do an expansion with a charcater it is most appropriate to if I am doing them out of order. So my nightblade did the Thieves Guild, my High Elf did summerset, my Orc did Orsimar etc..

Hey don’t judge! we all have our eccentricities lol