The Daily Grind: Are there MMOs you’ve bought and never played?

    
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It’s sort of a running joke in the gaming world, especially for folks whose gaming revolves around Steam, that we all buy games cheaply and never actually play them. I see you! But I’ve been wondering whether it happens to MMO players with MMOs too.

I’ve seen it start happening to me: I’ve bought MMOs whose developers I wanted to support but don’t actually have time to play. For example, a while back I bought No Man’s Sky, which wasn’t even cheap, because the studio turned itself around and became something worth supporting. And I’ve definitely backed some MMORPGs in Kickstarter and early access not because I particularly wanted to test them out but just because I wanted to see it happen eventually. But then I still gravitate back to my handful of favorite games and haven’t been arsed to actually play the new stuff I wanted to support.

Are there MMOs you’ve bought and never played? And why specifically did you do it?

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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zoward

I kickstarted Legends of Aria, since a linux client was on the list of features, and I was hoping for a more modern equivalent of Neverwinter Nights. They pivoted toward MMO, and went full-on Windows. I don’t own a windows PC, so I’m out in the cold for the time being. I’m pretty philosophical about this – I understand that 99% of their kickstarters are probably windows users. I’m hoping it’s something they’ll revisit it now that they’re live, but I may just be out the money. It’s certainly made me wary of backing anything promising a linux client at this point.

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Oleg Chebeneev

I spent 50$ to buy LoTRO’s Moria expansion and never reached it.

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Mia DeSanzo

Buy… MMO… Those words don’t go together…

I guess the closest things I have are The Elder Scrolls Online, which my son bought for me, and I have hardly played at all, or FFXIV, which I bought and want to play, but I never feel like I am going to have enough playtime to justify the subscription, so I don’t.

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Dean Greenhoe

Yep. Some hype got me to buy it but never could get myself to play it. Just a few though so not to bad.

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Mewmew

“I’ve bought MMOs whose developers I wanted to support but don’t actually have time to play. For example, a while back I bought No Man’s Sky”

Yeah, I can tell you never played No Man’s Sky if you think it’s an MMO :P

While I’ve never installed probably 95% of the games in my Steam library, when I get an MMORPG I play it. *If* it’s an actual MMORPG. I have some limited multiplayer games (that are more multiplayer than No Man’s Sky currently is) I never installed. Some of these survival games that were launched I either got in sales or in bundles and they have limited multiplayer servers, I don’t consider them MMOs though. They’re not massive. They’re minorly multiplayer, which I guess could use the same initials :P

As far as a real full MMORPG, no, I haven’t bought one and not played it. Those are what I’m most drawn to play and I try every one I buy.

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Covynant001

Sort of. I brought Horizons / Istaria at Gamestop in 2004 not knowing anything about it. After I got home I looked it up and the reviews were so bad I returned it and got money back.

Also, ArcheAge NA release, preordered and played the heck out of the alpha / beta phases but never actually logged onto the released version.

Between the huge queues at launch, the land rush where not only was all land snatched up immediately there was reports of rampant hacking including auction bots who bought up all available plots in micro seconds without actually having a player on site.

So I sat out for six months or so, but when finally logging in live for the first time, Trion wouldn’t honor my 3 months patron sub saying the clock started on launch day regardless whether I logged in.

Even better, my alpha backer rewards also weren’t given to me, apparently I waited too long to claim them.

Last time I ever considered buying a Trion product ever again and I cheerfully danced on their grave when they collapsed and sold everything off.

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Sray

Purchased and not played at all? Like zero minutes? None: I don’t buy any game without the intention of playing it immediately as soon as it finishes downloading.

Purchased, played for an hour or so and then never logged in again? ESO, FFXIV, Tree of Life, and WoW. Not a big fan of high fantasy, but keep trying those sorts of games hoping the game play will help me look past all the “Elfy Elferson slew the dragony dragon back in the eighth minute of the eleven hour of the nine thousand and fourth day of the second age of generification” drivel that I’m clearly not a big fan of. There are some games that I’ve found compelling enough to get me past that hurdle (TERA managed to hold my interest a while), but the fantasy settings really have to be twice as good in order to get me to see past the setting and find a decent game.

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MurderHobo

Only when I was searching for a new home. I bought Rift and lost interest within the first week. TERA frightened me away after a week. I think Tanek gifted me ESO but other than creating a character to boost his guild bank space I had no more interest in it than I did the beta.

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Alex Willis

Like many people here, answer is probably “no”. I mean, I don’t play BDO anymore and probably never will again, but I put 100 hours into it and don’t regret it. That’s the LEAST amount of time I’ve played an MMO for. (And I still don’t really consider NMS an MMO, but yeah, I bought it and played it for 10 hours tops.)

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Castagere Shaikura

People raved about Vanguard back in the day. So I pulled the trigger and bought a collectors edition that was really cheap because it was a year after launch. I lasted a week on it and still to this day don’t get why people raved about it.

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Dantos

Ooo, I forgot about Vanguard, I think I managed an hour in that game.