The Daily Grind: Have you ever written off an MMO early on and been proven totally wrong?

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When The Elder Scrolls Online first launched, I did not have high hopes for it. Indeed, I figured it was trafficking hard on the familiarity of its name and would attract a fanbase for that, but the actual quality was never going to catch up to what people assumed that meant and it would limp along badly. In other words, I figured it was going to follow the path that Fallout 76 actually appears to have taken.

But I was wildly wrong about ESO‘s trajectory. It has consistently has improved itself and gotten better over time, to the point that it’s probably the second game I’d recommend to someone interested in the MMORPG genre.

Sometimes, we write off games too early. We’re all quick to point out when we get that right and we say that a game is going to do something bad or dumb or fail and then it happens, but it’s important to note when we see only darkness in the future… and the game actually works out just fine. So what about you, dear readers? Have you ever written off an MMO early on and been proven totally wrong?

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Interesting this topic has come up considering my recent experience with War Thunder. For the first day or two I loved it, then was confronted with a serious reality check when I leveled out of the rookie matches. A few more days and rapidly rising feelings of annoyance and frustration were enough for me to bail out, pun intended.

I’ve recently been having some serious afterthoughts though. The game definitely gets some things right, like all the iconic WW2 aircraft beautifully rendered with fairly good flight physics. Also, I was pretty sleep deprived when I rage quit, and War Thunder is definitely not a game you want to play when you’re tired. That said, I’m seriously considering giving it another look.

2Ton Gamer

ESO for me as well, with a terrible beta experience. Went back about 2 years ago and was pleasantly surprised. I do not play it regularly now, but it completely changed my opinion of it.

Bruno Brito

No. I actually expect quite a lot and end up feeling disappointment.

The MMOs i expect nothing, end up not being really anything worth my time.

Kickstarter Donor

I feel like it’s kind of my modus operandi. I get interested in something, try it out, get an idea of what it is, decide it’s not what I’m into and bounce off of it, just to come back later when I feel more in the mood for that particular type of thing. I’m actually feeling a little sad about Wildstar right now, because I’m in the mood to play that particular kind of combat. Maybe Tera can scratch that itch a bit?


No, it’s always the other way around, if I say a game is going to be good then it might be, if I say it’s gunna crash and burn it always does. :P

ichi sakari

I got to about 35 in ESO when it launched and had an epiphany that the game was a fail, uninstalled, then years later picked it up again it was enjoyable after much improvement

Hoping the same for F76, the same murderhobo buddy I played ESO with called me to say ‘let’s try F76!’ and the same initial impression, ‘this is a fail’ was unavoidable

Bruno Brito

What. The fuck. Is that?


No I don’t think that I have. MMOs that I had low expectations for have tended to meet to those expectations. It’s not difficult to be honest. For example publishers that have a history with P2W mechanics tend to produce nothing but.

ESO I didn’t write off but it did disappoint me. No matter how many times I try it just doesn’t click. No aspect of the gameplay is really fun for me and combat is especially floaty and bad.


Yeah, I was in a similar boat with ESO. I wrote it off after one bad beta experience. Gave it another try with an open mind and found myself thoroughly enjoying it.


Happened once, long time ago with a lil game called WoW – Hah that cartoon game going to call itself a mmorpg? No I will play eq2 because that has to be a better version of eq.
As it turns out eq2 was nothing like eq, neither was WoW but it was still quite enjoyable for some years. Neither is a tenth of the game eq1 is though, but that is another story.


I had the same opinion for ESO as the author. However, the three times I have attempted to give it another go, I have had my initial opinion confirmed. It’s just not for me. Otherwise, as far as MMOs go, I haven’t ever really changed my initial opinion as far as I can remember. Various features in a game have grudgingly won me over… just not the main game if I didn’t like it to begin with.