The Daily Grind: What MMO had the best player community in 2018?

    
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One of the informal award type articles we’ve done every year for the last couple of years is this one: the one sussing out the best player community in the genre.

As we’ve noted, most gamers assume smaller games where players interact with each other and the devs on the regular – like Lord of the Rings Online – tend to win these polls. But there are also plenty of games with rougher edges that still produce in the kindness department; witness EVE Online players’ generosity this year alone.

So forget about a year ago, five years ago, fifteen years ago: Let’s talk about today, this year: Which MMORPG had the best community in 2018, and why?

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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Sunken Visions

Community behavior has little to do with population levels. Just like in society, it’s how people present themselves and their work that determines what kind of people they attract.

It’s ridiculous to think that Dota or LoL could be detoxified by simply shrinking their communities. Games that support toxic behavior attract toxic players, period.

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Anton Mochalin

Both Dota 2 and LoL are still very good games and I quit playing Dota 2 not because of toxicity but just not to offend those guys with my “too casual” approach. Toxicity can be part of fun, you get a toxic teammate – why not be toxic in response, you have the choice of the exact amount and form of toxicity. Those responding to toxicity too sensitively definitely have issues with their personality.

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Maggie May

To the anonymous gentleman who on 2 occasions sent legendary weapons to my Burg on LOTRO, I thank you.

In most mmo’s nowadays, I don’t even notice the communities. The only 2 that come to mind (that I have played) are the 2 I have been in a guild with, but overall the communities were good, FFXIV and LOTRO. In FFXIV, back when I played, I could, literally walk into any town and know someone. As I am currently playing LOTRO, my vote goes to that and particularly Landroval. I went on the new server and didn’t find the same ambiance, maybe its all of the pop up music and mostly civilized general chat but I have found a home on Landroval.

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Utakata

That one goes to Blade & Soul. Mainly because Mr. rafael12104 was very helpful and generous getting my pigtails started in the game. And I thank him very much for doing so. It was extremely appreciated. /bows

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rafael12104

Thank you. :) It is a pleasure and lots of fun.

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Random MMO fan

FFXIV without a doubt. It’s the only game where random people kept giving me stuff for free, from cookies to minions and crafted mounts. Also inviting me to tour their houses and houses of their friends. Same goes for politely explaining what I did wrong in dungeons and what I should be doing differently.

LOTRO’s community was also nice, though some people there are too obsessed with LOTR lore, even on non-RP servers, which can sometimes get annoying (especially reading it in World chat).

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kieranbunny

BOINGY! BOINGY! BOINGY! WHEEEeeeEEE!!! Merry Christmas everybody!!…me like LOTRO and PoE and…and…and…==(:*D

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Sorenthaz

FFXIV out of the MMOs I have played over the past year. While it can vary based on server (like any MMO), the Unofficial RP ones are always pretty great. Same thing applied to LotRO and RIFT back in their heydays.

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Toy Clown

I’ve had more positive experiences than negative ones in FFXIV and GW2. Both communities have lots of content creators, creative people, people who organize large and helpful public groups to complete content.

Honorable mention is ESO. I love that their community has been a largely positive one with a mature playerbase. The only reason it’s not higher on my list is due to only dipping my toes into the game here and there the last year.

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Armsbend

Heads up: Path of Exile is offering a free lootbox. You have to log into the game (not the website) and open up the shop. It will be under your consumables tab after that.

I logged into their website on the off chance they gave something away for the holidays. Lo and behold the best developer in gaming right now…did! ~~cheers

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rafael12104

Oh nice!

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rafael12104

Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday To All! Ah, I love this time of year.

Hmm. I think I’m going to go with FFXIV. I started playing again recently. And even though my time is limited, I found the community friendly and very helpful.

I have a good bit to go in prep for the Blue Mage bonanza, but it has been refreshing.

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PanagiotisLial1

To be honest my experience with FFXIV, which was their first year after the “reboot”, was pretty much a community like WoW, where everyone cared to finish next instance the fastest possible and no interaction at all. I dont know if that changed though since it has been quite some time.

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rafael12104

I can see that. But, I think the core player base forming the community now aren’t the content locusts of old. They play because they enjoy it, not too show off their prowess.

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nobleeinherjar

I’d say FFXIV and LOTRO, with FFXIV getting the edge just because I interact with other players more regularly there. But both MMOs have kind, generous, and patient players.