The Daily Grind: What did you once do a lot in MMOs that you don’t today?

    
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Glitzy.

As we grow older and go through different phases in our lives, our gaming patterns and habits change. I used to be all about the first-person shooters and real-time strategy titles back in the day, and nowadays I barely touch either. Even when I stay in the same genre of gaming — such as MMORPGs — those habits have a tendency to morph over time.

For example, I used to do marathon gaming sessions as a bachelor that I can’t even conceive of as a married dad of four today. Years ago, I was a lot more tolerant of insane grinds and even briefly got into the raiding scene. I also stuck with one game at a time, mostly due to the subscription fee, which is as far as possible from my MMO juggling of today.

What about you? What did you used to do a lot in MMOs that you don’t today? Why did that trend change for you?

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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Covynant001
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Covynant001

Play them?

Been a few years now since I have, not seeing that changing for the rest of this year anyways.

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Vorender

Talk to people.

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MilitiaMasterV

Pretty much. But I was also thinking ‘Greet people’ ‘Want to hang out with people.’ ‘Be able to stand the people.’

I can’t stand being slammed in the face with ‘Join our guild’ invites all the time when they are too lazy to even greet you/say hi/chat/get to know you/find out if you have anything in common.

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Iso Free

I used to avidly play MMOs started with the Matrix Online the moved on to vanilla wow and the hours of grinding dungeons, mats, bgs and raids played off and on for year’s

I also used to alpha and beta test MMOs constantly (Aion, Tera, City of Villlians, ESO, Overwatch some of my favorites) Now they would have to pay me to do it

Now I can no longer play online or really even sit at a computer to play. I’ve reverted back to the Xbox and FO76 because I can play for a few minutes and logout with out getting FOMO.

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Mike Daniels

Haha. Try to find a way to grind mobs much higher level than me so that I could level quicker. Ranged attacking up on a rock or ledge or something in EQ. Kiting Krayts with my flamethrower Commando in SWG to make money farming pearls.

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kjempff

getting into the flow state… getting immersed… play…

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Barnoc N'Draak

I don’t play forever, at least not regularly. Even if I could, it doesn’t even sound fun.

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PanagiotisLial1

Around 2/3 to 1/2 of my time used to be socializing and having random fun rather than really progress. Nowadays as people are less into it and more into power creep its a lot less but I still have a good number of people i talk and play with. What really remain unchanged is loving to craft even where crafting isnt that important(See: STO)

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Andy McAdams

I was going to post this too – I used to spend way more time in game just pissing around having fun with people–in WoW we used to have our professions dailies group and would run around together — or we would beat our faces against some stupid achievement that didn’t mean anything and hanging out on Vent just talk about … whatever for hours.

I used to describe it as my version of going to the bar–but with fewer hangovers and waaaaaay smaller bills at the end of the night ;-)

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PanagiotisLial1

Yes and other times gathering on some friends in-game house and doing all sort of silly things or just talking while sitting around depending on mood. And imagine houses were so much simpler on most games back then but we found ways to have fun

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NeoWolf

Spent MANY hours at a time playing them. Now I’m more just an hour here or there.

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squid

For example, I used to do marathon gaming sessions as a bachelor that I can’t even conceive of as a married dad of four today.

I could still do that (#soloRL), but I just can’t find a game that holds my interest and attention like they did back in the day.

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Suikoden

I’ve been struggling with that as well lately as a father. I could use a community of like minded people more than ever right now and I just can’t find them. In fact I’d play almost any game if that community existed.

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3dom

Quests w/o quest markers.

Although this activity is back on the table with Cataclysm in Anthem (in form of farming “secrets”).