The Daily Grind: What’s the MMO-related purchase you regret the most?

    
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Darn, no.

Every so often, I feel a degree of satisfaction in having dodged the MMO purchases that I’d really regret. I never bought a lifetime subscription to Champions Online, for example. My general policy of not donating to video game Kickstarters means that games like Star Citizen and Chronicles of Elyria don’t have my money. But I did buy a copy of Lineage II, and as much as I might like to say that it was a thing for work, it was years before I had this job and it took maybe a month before I just dropped the game as something I had no interest in playing.

Of course, I think we’ve all got at least some things we wish we hadn’t bought. At the smallest end, there are mounts or cosmetic doodads we would just as soon have left unpurchased; at the high end, there are the poor souls who actually did buy a lifetime subscription to CO. So what about you, dear readers? What’s the MMO-related purchase you regret the most?

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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JC Denton

I purchased a box copy of WildStar Online little more than a year before it shut down. I ended up quitting after ~90 days of play due to poor game performance (not my system) and a hostile antagonistic game community. Outside of the housing area the overal game community (or those who responded) was one of the worst I’d ever experienced. Pugs (pickup groups) were a complete joke and almost nobody bothered to read text chat, learn mechanics, or stay out of the red zones.

Most MMO players are too dumb to play WildStar; a game designed and built to reward skill-based play. What a shame :(

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Anstalt

SW:TOR

Main regret is for the game itself. It sucked, but I’m a big SW fan and so wasn’t willing to miss out on it just in case it was good. I played during the betas (when it sucked) but we were promised massive improvements and features that hadn’t been turned on yet. I then played from launch, at which point I saw that they had flat out lied to us. I then played for the first year, during which the promised improvements never came.

I finally managed to lose my fan-boy blinkers when they announced the first expansion which confirmed that they weren’t going to fix any issues, or even really develop new content for players like me. Instead, all they were going to do was focus on solo story focused players, essentially, they gave up the pretence of trying to make an MMO and settled on just making an online coop game.

A secondary regret is that I left LotRO for SW:TOR. This caused the collapse of my LotRO guild and meant I missed out on the last few months of good gameplay in that game before it was irrevocably broken (by Rohan). I wish I had stayed in LotRO and enjoyed the Tower of Orthanc raid.

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vgees

Luckily, I don’t really have any big regrets on MMO purchases. I bought a lifetime sub to Star Trek Online about a year after launch, but I feel like I’ve more than got my money’s worth there. And while I was sorely tempted to buy into EverQuest Next, I hesitated long enough for it all to blow up.

I did spend a few bucks on WildStar after it went free to play, but the game never really drew me in. I also bought Final Fantasy XIV 1.0, but the game never ran on my hardware (turned out to be a bad GPU), and I thought that would be a loss, but when a Realm Reborn came out, I got it for free and the game turned out to be rousing success, and my only active sub based game.

So I’ve been lucky, even missed biting on Star Citizen, which I may yet play if it ever releases. But for now, no money from me!

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MurderHobo

EverQuest Next, or whatever the voxel building project was called.

The sand art tried to warn me. These people are flakes, it said. Remember the Red 5 bus!

But I plopped down $100 and whole thing crashed fantastically and unlike Firefall I didn’t even enjoy any of it.

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Geoffrey Smith

Largest Founder’s pack for Skyforge. A game I have not even touched since Beta.

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R Hines

EverQuest 3, I donated for both the wife and myself. Such a waste.

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Bluxy

all of them, it was a waste….. 7000 on wow 2000 on BDO and that 30 on bless that went free to play

Wow was the only savior here with it only should have been 1000 over 10 years… I will be continuing with wow with classic tho that’s the only thing I’m interested in now as I’m a cryptominer full time now

edit OH AND CREW 2 WTF WAS THAT

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Celestia

ArcheAge. No question.

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Sargonnax

I did buy the lifetime subscription to Champions Online. Its the first and last time. I learned my lesson after that game.

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Neurotic

That I can recall right now, I guess it would be my purchase of Albion Online a few months ago. Turned out to be kind of a turkey in my personal playbook.

To turn it around, something I’m very proud of, and only regret a tiny tiny bit, is last year creating two new WoW subs (at the same time), in order to create a private guild for the family. Took hours of faffing about, but it was super satisfying when we were finally all standing there outside the cheese shop in our awesome tabards. The kids were hysterical. Truth be told, I probably was a bit too. :D