The Daily Grind: Do you feel the need to do MMO holiday events on every character?

    
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Every new holiday event in Final Fantasy XIV prompts the same reaction from me, a question of which of my characters will be sad if they lack that holiday outfit. Sometimes the answer is “none of my characters at all,” and thus I continue forward wholly undaunted after my main has cleared the event. Other times I have at least three or four characters who definitely need the event rewards, and on rare occasions it’s all of my characters who need it in one fell swoop. That’s always tedious.

Obviously, how much stuff transfers between alts varies based on the game in question, and in games like World of Warcraft it’s almost perfunctory to hunt these things down on multiple characters. But it still raises the question of whether or not you would even if you need to. So now that we’re into the stage of the holiday season when you’re just clearing events away, let’s talk about this. Do you feel the need to do MMO holiday events on every character you play? Or do you never care about letting your alts have holiday outfits or rewards?

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Toy Clown

Depends on the MMO’s mechanics of trading across characters if I do or not. I’m not really into a having a lot of alts. Usually I have 2-3 characters I might play in any game I play. Then I break it down to which characters I RP and if they need those items, or might sometime down the road for story stuff, and lastly at times I’ll have characters that I’ll never bring into RP and unless something is just a really cool item, I won’t mess with holiday things for them at all.

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MilitiaMasterV

I used to. Burned out 9 months into a paid year of LOTRO attempting to hit all of them + keep up with doing all crafting guilds + other stuff. Nowadays I tend to run less characters on games.

Past 3 games I’ve been wholly focused on a ‘main’ because FFXIV let you do it all on one character, and Runescape is a single character able to ‘do it all except for ironman/hardcore’, and the game before that…all of your skills were on one character and the only reason to alt was to help you trade/travel due to having an extra character around speeding up your boats/allowing you to send your minion out to sell for you…while you stayed at home working skills.

Then again, I’ve found a lot of the holiday event stuff to be redundant/useless/lame cosmetics that you’d only use once in awhile/as a ‘hey look at me’ thing and no real reason for it otherwise. Runescape’s current x-mas event gave us a cosmetic sweater and 3 ‘variety packs’ with trash in them and 10 keys to their microtransaction store…and 24 days of ‘gifts’ to open with more trash from their microtransaction store…so it was all really kind of ‘Bleh’.

Once you monetize everything, it’s no longer about the fun…and is way less appealing…I was seriously hoping to get access to a x-mas cape that looks like a christmas tree with lights that sparkle/glow on it…but they put it in some thing you have to ‘add 100 christmas paper earned from skilling’ to…which then has a list worth of stuff you ‘get a chance at’…but then the %’s/chance at it is ridiculously low…so it’s effectively gambling and they often give you the trash instead of something you need. I’ve done it over 14 times now, and still not a single token for any of the stuff I’d missed in previous events. That’s ridiculous and I’m pretty much not even going to participate next time around (If I stay.).

What a depressing way to run a holiday event…

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NeoWolf

I don’t feel the need to do them on ANY character if im being honest as I am essentially ANTI grind and events are for the most part ALL GRIND ALL THE TIME.. I will make an odd exception if a particularly interesting reward is being offered but even then I’ll only do it once.

I’m also not a fan of replicating RL holidays in games I’d much sooner see some lore specific setting relevant events instead as thats something I’d consider far more immersive and relevant but having everyone run around in Santas hats in a fantasy mmo is pretty unimmersive to me.

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Eboni

I love holiday events. I don’t really have the time to play multiple characters, though. I may be tempted if there’s a currency that stacks up in your account and not on each character and there’s a big holiday prize that I want to buy for my main.

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Darthbawl

I have been lucky to do any of the holiday events at all. Most of them are simply copy-pasta re-hash of last year. Newer games like Maplestory 2 it’s their first holiday event schedule and I did most of that. Did the ESO stuff as well, although I only did 1 out of 9 of the quest rotation a day, only wanted that first day completion box after doing the rotation a few times. Same for Neverwinter, basically nothing new that I didn’t already have or cared to get.

I was still on Santa’s nice list, I promise! 😎✔

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Ironwu

I don’t see the need for them at all. They really break the immersion of the worlds within which I have chosen to play. I cannot remember the last time I did one beyond grabbing a valuable freebie (such as the plus 100% exp drink currently available in ESO).

I am glad others find enjoyment in them, but I could do without them being there at all. Or, maybe in a completely isolated zone or instance somewhere.

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Castagere Shaikura

I feel like this also. I’M glad some find enjoyment with them but I never did and find them a waste of my gaming time. They really do kill the immersion of the game world too. I mean Thanksgiving and Christmas in Fantasy or SciFi MMO that takes place in other worlds.

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Loopy

I rarely do holiday events in games. Don’t get me wrong, i appreciate that they are around, but more often than not i simply have something more interesting to do. I am yet to find an in-game event that truly makes me excited to do it again.

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rafael12104

Heh. It looks like we have a consensus. As my nephew would say, “that’s a nope for me, dawg!”

I like holiday events when they are fun and when I’m feeling they are something more than a grind. But inevitably they turn into a grind because, generally, events aren’t dynamic.

I want to have fun over the holidays and there are plenty of options game-wise.

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styopa

1) I honestly don’t know why people have multiple characters in FFXIV, that seems like the definition of ‘pointless busywork’? AFAIK you can’t mail anything to an alt, so there’s not even a reason for a bank/AH alt or extra storage.
2) I used to do holiday events pretty consistently, until I did WoW’s ‘what a long strange trip’ achievement that – by the last couple of events – really made it into drudgery. Since getting that purple flying dragon mount, I can barely stand the news of a new holiday event, much less drag myself to do it.

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Mordyjuice

I don’t do any holiday events other than Halloween in GW2, in advertantly I participate in ESO because rewards come tied to group content such as delves.