The Daily Grind: How much free time do you have to spend on MMOs?

    
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Time is money, as the adage goes, and that’s often used as justification or at least explanation of the idea that certain MMOs will allow you to bypass time requirements with a little bit of money. After all, if you have less of one, you probably have more of the other, right? It’s a complex equation.

But today we’re not precisely interested in that. Instead, we want to look at the “time” part of that equation. How much free time do you have to spend on MMOs, on average?

Keep in mind that having free time isn’t necessarily the same thing as having it to spend on MMOs; if you have hours of free time every day but you’re spending much of that free time volunteering at homeless shelters, practicing the oboe, and building shelving you’re not going to have as much time for games in that mixture. Regardless of how much time you might have not spent working or sleeping, how much free time do you have for MMOs specifically?

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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Pandalulz

I have an hour or two after everybody goes to bed to spend on me time. Currently I’m using 0% of that on MMOs. Lately I’m honestly using most of it on passively binging Netflix or my buddy’s Plex server of questionable origin. Also, that couple of hours has been a bit shorter lately since I’ve been off caffeine for about a week and a half and my body has no idea what to do.

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NeoWolf

I’m a full time carer for a parent with mental illness so unless im needed my time is my own.. hence computer games, movies, anime, books etc.. are my free time fillers.

Timewise it varies sometimes I have none, other times I have days on end of free time, no two weeks are the same.

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Paragon Lost

As much as I need.

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Dilly Dolly

Em, no.
I spend most of my past time reading articles and comments; and wiki for others.
I need extra resources for gaming.

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Michael18

Not much during week days, mostly because it strains my eyes too much to stare at a screen after work.

On week ends it depends. If I don’t have many appointments I still sometimes binge-game through a whole week end, but it does not happen often, because there aren’t really any MMOs I’m that excited about, these days, and only few single-player games.

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Polyanna

I count this as part of my overall gaming time, which may or may not be spent playing an MMO. It varies but we’ll say around 20 hours a week.

Recently that time has been spent on other non-MMO things, aside from daily check-ins with STO to roll over R&D cooldowns. The games I’m actually playing are single player or multiplayer-but-not-massively stuff like Skyrim, Starlink, Diablo III, and Warframe (as you may infer from that list, I recently got a Switch, so I’ve barely turned on my PC for gaming for about six months).

I’m not likely to spend much of my game time on any MMO until either a decent port makes it to Switch (I’m looking at you, FFXIV), or WoW Classic comes out. Until then, it will be more of the above, and when they come out, Rebel Galaxy Outlaw or Biomutant, both of which are my most eagerly awaited new releases for the Switch right now.

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Anstalt

Outside of beta testing / trials, I haven’t spent any time in the last 6 years playing MMOs because none of them are suitable for me.

However, I think I could probably spend 20hours+ a week playing if the right game came along without much difficulty. I’ve certainly managed that in the past with ease and my personal circumstances haven’t changed much. I’ve also reached that age when a lot of my friends are now having kids and so they have much less time for hanging out.

Just need a game worth playing.

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Dilly Dolly

I’ve found my perfect MMO (while the games isn’t perfect) now I only need resource and time.

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Akagi

If it’s an addicting game, I will spend as much time as possible on it.

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Tim Anderson

I put in about two to three hours almost every single day. Weekends I will log longer sessions if my wife is working and/or we don’t have other plans.

As a general rule I play Tues-Sun, and take Mondays off (as that’s her day off). My wife is not a gamer, though she has dabbled from time to time, and has expressed interest in the upcoming WoW Classic.

On an average week, I probably put in 20 hours, with 10ish – 12ish of those spent on the Tues-Fri sessions, and the rest made up over longer sessions on Saturday and Sunday.

Gaming is a lifestyle for me, not a hobby; I’ve been MUDing and MMOing as part of online communities since the mid-90s.

I used to play significantly more when I was in my 20s, largely due to running a top-10 worldwide guild along my then-partner, who was also a gamer; when you both share the same interests, it’s natural to spend more time in-game. We would log 6-8 hours nightly over a period of around 8 years.

If my wife was a gamer, I would easily go back to that playstyle. However, she has many other interests such as painting and photography, plus we do other things together, such as travel, and of course Amazon/Hulu/Netflix/etc., none of which existed back in the 90s and early aughts to steal attention away from gaming :)

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Work from home, game PC is just in the other room, so I might do some afk in BDO during the day. Maybe level a horse, or just be online for timed rewards.

At night, maybe an hour or two, or maybe just log in to get daily reward. Hubby and I go out to paint one night a week, and maybe we do dinner out one night, so not always an hour left.

Weekend I try to play 4-5 hours, but doesn’t always happen. We might golf one day. Maybe run errands/home project. I prefer a large block of play time on weekends, so if I don’t have that, it might just turn into minimal.

Lately been thinking about how I am going to work in playing Classic WoW. I have never played two MMOs at the same time. This should be interesting…