The Daily Grind: Do you ever put MMOs into personal maintenance mode?

    
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I HAVE TO RENEW MY HOUSE COME ON

There is no point when I stop playing Final Fantasy XIV, but there are times when I’m not playing much. My interest wanes, I have other things to do, and considering that I rushed all of my jobs and alts to level cap quickly with this expansion, I find it easy to drop that game into maintenance mode. I do what I need to do to keep capping out on tomestones every week, and otherwise just… don’t really play.

By no means is this something new to me, either. I know Bree periodically returns to Ultima Online primarily to make sure that her house is taken care of, and I have friends who duck back into Guild Wars 2 primarily for player-run events while not playing much outside of that. It’s not lack of love for the game, it’s just putting the game into a state of light play where you’re keeping up with what’s necessary and otherwise taking a break. Have you done this yourself? Do you ever have MMOs in your own personal maintenance mode? Or is that the moment when you figure you may as well stop playing?

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Steven Williams

FFXIV came out on my birthday in 2010, and I don’t think I’d still be playing it now if I didn’t take breaks. I always make a mental check-list of short-term and long-term goals so I can dedicate my playtime to that. Sometimes I’ll derp around in Limsa but I’m always going somewhere or doing something with my time. The only major deviation is being a mentor to my friends who are joining the game for the first time. I enjoy following them around and answering questions on Discord, casting (Protect) every 30 mins and chatting with them on Novice Network. Most of the time I’ll be logged in while I’m working, letting them know to return to the city if they need Protect recast, or to holler if they need a res, or something like that. (I work from home btw)

For me, personal maintenance mode is logging in to do un-capped beast tribe dailies, send my retainers out to nab some craptastic loot, and check if party finder has anything relevant to my weekly Wonderous Tails’. And, if I have some extra time and a show I want to watch, spending a few hours spamming leves on my low level crafters once they get to 99 (something that I need to do more often, actually). Every Sunday I finish my weekly book if it hasn’t been beat yet, and every Tuesday I donate stuff to the Doman Reconstruction until I catch up.

So… maybe 3/4ths maintenance mode. I do this usually when I’m trying to tackle my backlog of single-player games. I beat FFX for the first time yesterday, tackling X-2 and having a wonderful time with my gal-pals dressing up and fighting baddies in style. Gurl power?

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Steven Williams

This is a perfect time to be -in- maintenance mode in FFXIV, actually, at least now that I’ve completed all the content and finished Pyros. Usually, the half a year or so’s time between x.4 and x.55 is full of an immense amount of downtime until the expansion comes out. At the x.4 mark, ilvl doesn’t really mean anything to me anymore. There’s no rush for the new higher ilvl content, and no preparing for the next ilvl jump. It’s a good time during the patch cycle to level other classes and work on personal goals. Maybe I’ll finally try out Lords of Vermillion or Chocobo Racing. Collect some more triple triad cards. Get my desynth levels caught up. Finish grinding the two more ponies I need to get the ARR ultimate super mount thing, or the three birbs I need for firebirb. Decorate my barren house.

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Jellozz

Yeah for sure. Every “live” game, MMO or not, that I enjoy playing will go into a bit of a personal maintenance mode based on a lot of different factors. I won’t quit them outright but I will log in way less or only to accomplish specific goals.

Funny this topic comes up now as this specific week has been pretty boring for me because everything is just languishing. Destiny is because the new content update is… something (it’s too baffling to bother writing out here and I assume most people are aware of it by now anyway.) WoW has been there for about a month and a half now (log on for my weekly +10 and then do some random weekly activities or some WQs.) SWL I only play a small amount per week because the combat doesn’t really hold my attention. Monster Hunter World I log on for any new stuff I haven’t done but with the winter festival being the focus right now there isn’t much for me.

Honestly I’d probably try to find something new to play if not for the fact WoWs patch is next week. Just being able to play alts again will keep me pretty busy until 8.1.5 which is what I am really looking forward to actually (as I have a deep deep love for the brawler’s guild.) M+ season 2 will start around there too most likely which will get a lot of play time out of me.

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Steven Williams

Sorry, commented to the wrong one! I’m glad WoW is stepping up when it comes to patches, though. Much less time spent ERPing in Moonguard or dancing on mailboxes.

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rafael12104

Hmm. Ok, sort of. For me, maintenance mode is when a dev no longer is actively improving or adding to a game. That is very different than my own personal brand of maintenance mode.

I know, it is a nit distinction, and I know what you mean, but I do value meanings. I was a Speech Communications major. Heh. I laugh when I think about that.

But the point is, when a dev goes into maintenance mode I will leave that MMO soon thereafter. My maintenance mode is a temporary departure. A pin in time and place, if you will. I fully intend to return to normal gameplay and take advantage of anything new that may have come along the way.

PoE is an excellent game in this regard. It is so steady that it is the fave game that I come back to time and again.

Others, of note that fit this mold, BDO, BnS, Everquest II, Ultima Online, and Warframe.

SWTOR isn’t on the list. About a year ago or so, the changes and direction of the game left me unsatisfied. I won’t go back unless there are major changes to the Command XP grind.

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rufty

I treat my mmos like my characters. I have a main, FFXIV, and lots of alts which I rotate regularly; EQII, Wurm Online, WoW, Lotro, and Project Gorgon! Lots of personal maintenance modes there. :-)

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Barnoc N'Draak

No, I’m in or I’m out. I won’t burn my bridges, but I’m not going to invest any time in a game I may never pick up again.

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PlasmaJohn

That’s me and GW2. While Wildstar was winding down I’d do the dead simple dailies (farm this, view that, stand in a circle, etc.) Now that Wildstar is gone I also do the slightly more involved ones (PoF bounties, levelling region events).

My friends have mostly moved to FF:XIV and I’ve been exploring there as a trial so that’s what’s getting the bulk of my play time.

When my Eve sub(s) were still active I’d hop onto those accounts to make sure their skillplans went in the direction I wanted them to but since they lapsed I haven’t bothered particularly since the guys I played with moved to another corp.

SW:TOR is a lost cause. What used to be a very alt-friendly game has become extremely alt-hostile. EA of course remains its ever customer-hostile self so I see no reason to give them money or be content for other players.

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Armsbend

I put Path of Exile in maintenance mode. I leave for months and when I come back there is tons and tons of new content. With most MMORPGs there is just more cash shop offerings or holiday events regurgitated over and over again.

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Pepperzine

I do the same! I’ll stop playing PoE for a league and then pick it up the next. A break here or there is a good thing.

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rafael12104

Same here, guys. I love PoE for that very reason. I can put it down go months without touching it, and come back to a good old reliable.

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Hikari Kenzaki

BDO, STO, SWL, GW2, the list goes on. We’ve gotten to the point that we play so many games that we pretty much just play when new content releases. SWL might be less so because I still stream it every week and do photography for community events.

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Toy Clown

I think BDO has gone into that mode for me. I played the heck out of it the first few years it was out, then went cold turkey to get off the game because of how expensive it was. After 6-8 months, I started logging in again to play a new class and found a happy medium to play it in which I rarely spend real money or get tied up with the endless events and dailies. Currently, I’ll log in every patch day and if some new content appeals to me, I’ll play through it.

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Zora

Sure I do, to me WoW is practically in maintenance mode half or all the time when the expansion is just soooo exciting /s

Swtor doesn’t count because the devs put it there before I had a say in the matter, but I think housing helped keep the interest (and login sessions) more frequent, so there’s that?