The Daily Grind: If you had one more day in a closed MMO, what would you do?

    
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Sometimes I get accused of prodding old wounds when it comes to discussing closed MMORPGs. I’m not out to make people feel bad; it’s just that as an amateur gaming historian, I find my mind keeps going back to those games and how we dealt with their ending.

So here’s a weird hypothetical to think about and discuss today, if you’ll indulge me. If you knew that tomorrow — and tomorrow only — your favorite closed MMO was going to reopen with all of your characters and progression intact, what would be the game and what would you do with that time? Would you party up with some friends and go on one last, last tour de force? Would you revisit all of your favorite haunts and screenshot like crazy? Or would you ignore it completely because you already said your farewells?

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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MagmaFist
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MagmaFist

Spend all day screenshotting and taking videos of all the powersets of City of Heroes, my characters, my favorite locations, my favorite instances, etc. I didn’t do this so all my memories are mostly gone.

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Mr Poolaty

FFXI on xbox 360

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Demon of Razgriz

I’d probably try to run as many Task/Strike Forces as possible with a Hami and/or Rikti Raid in as well. And maybe hunt down all the GM’s.

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Vexia

I think I’d like to spend one more day in Glitch. Probably I’d spend part of the day decorating my house and screenshotting it, and then I’d attend some house parties hosted by other people, racing cubimals and whatever other glitch-y fun could be had. Then right before the servers crashed, I’d go back home for my character to have a little sanctuary to hang out in.

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PlasmaJohn

I guess it all depends on how you play a game. Of the ones I’ve played I might log in to look around but I wouldn’t stay long at all. When there are superior single player options out there why would I want to revisit an inferior experience?

I play multiplayer games to play with other people. Any sort of limited availability isn’t going to attract enough of a critical mass much less give folks a chance or the motivation to readjust to the mechanics.

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Rees Racer

Not my screenshot, but I put a lot of hours into Tabula Rasa, and really enjoyed it. The kind of”public events” so common now were really quite new at the time, and I was fully invested…even though the game was never really finished.

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ZenJitzu

I loved defending and retaking the outposts and bases. Think it was one of the first times I felt like I could affect the state of an MMO.

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Schmidt.Capela

I can’t bring myself to play games that already have a deadline to close down. It’s similar to how I stop playing any MMO while it has any one-shot event ongoing; if it’s not going to be permanently added to the game then I don’t want to play said event at all.

So, I would stay well away from it.

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Leiloni

There aren’t any closed MMO’s that I really played. I don’t think there’s a lot of closed MMO’s in general?

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Fervor Bliss

I treat it like a good book, things end.
The last thing I want to do is go to a pity party over it.

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Schmidt.Capela

Then we treat books differently. Yes, the story ends, but a big part of the fun for me is that I can go back and experience again any part of the story I enjoyed. This holds true even if in the end I don’t re-read the book; just the possibility of going back and experiencing it again is already uplifting.

On the other hand, this way of thinking makes me unwilling to play any game that already has a date to close down. The mere idea is depressing for me.

(Incidentally, this is why I have games from as early as the 80s and 90s installed on my PC, as well as a full emulator suite on my Switch with all the games I enjoyed back then. It’s not rose-tinted glasses if you still play and enjoy the games.)

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Fervor Bliss

Some book reviewers think there is a renaissance in fiction (quality of writing) in the past 5 years. So I am always looking for the next chapter that will make me pause and think. Maybe I am doing it wrong,(rereading enough). (Things are changing so fast. (Love it))

Sorry Forgive my indulgence. I know MOP is not about books.

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Kyle Richards

Probably one of the few people but I would like to see Rubies of Eventide one more time. It was an interesting little game and as an aspiring game desginer I’d like to check it out more, as the fan base is small but dedicated.
Also nostalgia, but indulging that doesn’t benefit me.