The Daily Grind: What makes you dismiss an MMO without ever trying it?


I would say that I’m generally — generally — a fairly open person when it comes to trying out MMORPGs and other games. I even have a running series on my personal blog in which I try out a new title (new to me, at least) every week and write on my experiences in it. This encourages me to get out of a gaming rut and keep sampling the larger virtual world around me.

But there are factors that make me overlook MMORPGs outright without even giving them the benefit of a session or two. For instance, if you advertise yourself as a “hardcore sandbox,” then chances are that I am Not Gonna Have a Good Time playing it — so why bother? And there are a couple of studios, such as Gameforge or, that make me extremely leery about venturing into their domain.

When you’re evaluating which MMOs to play or not, what factors make you dismiss a title flat out without a single minute in the game? And for a bonus question, has that judgment ever bitten you on the butt when you realize later that it was a game worth playing?

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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