The Daily Grind: What’s the meanest thing you can say about an MMO you adore?

    
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A couple of months ago, I did a Daily Grind asking folks to find something nice to say about MMOs they hate. It was cathartic. I mean, it’s a mental trick that forces you to find the good in things, to look at things from new angles. Not every product or idea deserves that sort of charity, of course, but video games probably should.

But the opposite is also useful, so that’s what we’re doing today. In fact, it’s one of my favorite templates to use when I’m trying to be critical about one of my darlings – the “what X got wrong” template. Because the truth is that the people who know and love a thing the most also know its faults better than anyone. (I bet your mom could cut you to the core if she wanted to because of that!)

So for example, Star Wars Galaxies is my favorite MMORPG of all time, but I am the first one to admit the combat is just so bad. As BalsBigBrother quipped last week, sometimes you play games in spite of their flaws. You tolerate some awful because the rest works so well for you. This would be that.

What’s the meanest thing you can say about an MMO you adore?

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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Stormwaltz

I keep the soundtrack on in every MMORPG, because it’s part of the flavor to me.

I have had STO’s soundtrack muted since the week of release. It just… never worked for me. I feel bad about it, because someone worked very hard on it, and continues to add more. But… no. I leave it with the ambient environmental sound, or occasionally play some Robert Rich or Steve Roach in the background.

Bonus: WTH is up with SWTOR’s hairtrigger mouselook?! Every time I log in I have to relearn it. No other game I’ve every played is that squirrely, and turning down the sensitivity does nothing.

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Sray

It’s a bug in the game that’s been there since launch. The “fix” is to set the sensitivity to max, apply that, and then reset it to where you actually want it.

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Stormwaltz

I have been looking for a solution to this for AGES, and no one I knew in-game had a solution. Thank you! Will try it as soon as I can.

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Brown Jenkin

GW2 – which I’d argue is one of the best MMOs of all time.

    Combat: Is clearly a half-assed mash-up of action/tab target, a product of its time, sure to age horribly.
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Mordyjuice

GW2 Raiding Community and how it taints the actual community.

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Vunak23

BDO’s absolute policy on no player trading is unnecessary and helps destroy the feeling of camaraderie . Its enchanting system is very cleverly predatory on its customers. Failstacking is one of the worst enhancing mechanics I’ve ever encountered.

FFXI is a shell of its former self

TERA is nothing but a bunch of no brained no talent development monkeys that care more about pumping out as many Elin costumes and classes as they can rather than actually developing decent and engaging content, all the while openly accepting hackers, never fixing glaring bugs and trying to figure out the next way they can break combat and balance further.

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psytic

The GW2 release a map with a new grind currency and few more skins every few months treadmill is boring.

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Hirku

WoW’s transmogrification system is a huge pain in the ass just to have your character be able to use their best gear without looking like a clown.

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Utakata

…though there was a time when there was no transmog system available outside of /hide cloak and /hide helm. If you ever play their eventual classic server, you’ll see what I mean. :(

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Hirku

I’m not interested in classic, so I’ll just have to take your word for it. ; )

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Cadaver

It’s old and clunky. The UI is awful. The performance is unacceptably bad. The game’s appeal rests almost entirely on the Tolkien IP, but it plays fast and loose with the lore to create a Middle Earth full of adventurous hobbits and magic flinging not-wizards. I pay a subscription but that doesn’t give me access to all the races and classes. The character models are still mostly ugly. The animation is woeful. It has a worrying association with a publisher of ill repute.

I probably love it more than I should because it’s old and ‘in with the old and out with the new’ increasingly encapsulates my general philosophy of everything*

* except vegetables

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Weilan

WoW has devolved into a game that caters to casuals and entitled snowflake retards and Acti-B will milk it until the last speck of dignity the game has is gone and it’s not even appealing as a F2P title. From one of the best games, it has become one of the worst.

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thirtymil

Your fishing – and sometimes your combat – sends me to sleep.

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NeoWolf

I think i’d go with

“MMO’s all of them in fact show just how low they set the bar for customer support standards as the most offensive and useless people I have ever encountered in ANY mmo have always been the customer support employees for those MMOs who are rude, uncaring, disinterested and sometimes totally offensive and hostile”.

How well a game is viewed is not JUST determined by the work the devs produce in the form of the game itself but also by the care and treatment the people who are employed to deal with thier customers issues relating to that game also provide. And in that area the industry is failing miserably by and large across the board (some exceptions, very few though)”.

We needs some standards in customer support as currently their are very few indeed.