The Daily Grind: What MMO do you not play but would still miss if it were gone?

    
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I don’t play RIFT. I never had, and on the occasions when I have it’s kind of just not been my thing. But I still really hope the game pulls out of its current slump and bounces back, because it’d be a genuine loss if this game went away. It was always an interesting title that tried not to simply copy World of Warcraft but to actually evolve forward from it consciously, and the people whom it has delighted definitely deserve to have their game to enjoy. I’d be sad if it were gone.

There are games we’ve all wanted to try but never quite got around to, but I think it’s worth thinking about the games that we have no intention or desire to try but still want around all the same. So what MMO do you not play but you would still miss it if it were gone? What title matters to you as something you want in the world, even if you don’t personally want to be playing 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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Stormwaltz

EVE Online. It never hooked me (probably because I’m a solitary player), but I’d missing hearing the news from an alternate universe.

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Minimalistway

Many games, but there is one game i think it’ll miss more than the other, Age of Wushu, yes it’s a PVP game and i hate PVPing, but i tried it once and i walked around, it was beautiful world and i miss it.

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mysecretid

Like Malcolm says below, I’d miss The Secret World if it went away.

I’m not playing it right now, because FunCom doesn’t seem to be doing anything with it — and asking me to replay the entirety of the original game’s content in Secret Worlds Legends just so I can get to the little bits of new South Africa -based content they added to SWL is a big ask.

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story content is deep and resonant at its best — it’s not something you can just plow through in a day or two — not if you actually want to get the good out of it all.

I’d miss Lord of the Rings Online if it went away, because it’s LotRO, and they did a lot of cool design things back in the day which have since been stolen/borrowed by others.

Without any goofing around or irony, I’d miss the current iteration of World of Warcraft if it went away.

I’m not playing Battle for Azeroth because there are a number of things I dislike about the newest expansion, but I wouldn’t advocate shutting down the whole game, simply because it’s gone off the rails in recent times.

I think the problem with current WoW can be summarized thusly: the people making the decisions about what happens to WoW right now seem to view the game as merely a profit-generating commodity to be sold, rather than an ongoing entertainment being presented to a paying audience.

Those with their hands on the controls of WoW right now seem to have forgotten that they’re in the entertainment business.

Does anyone in charge now actually play WoW? Do they actually like the world and its lore? Its history? Are they fans of its ongoing story?

It seems like those in control only see the cash-cow aspects of the property, and forget that it was the world setting and its adventurous stories which pulled people in and kept them paying to slay monsters and to raid dungeons.

My opinions, anyway,

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Minimalistway

LoTRO feels like home, is this weird? the same thing i feel about Everquest 2, mostly because MJ’s streams.

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mysecretid

Not weird at all. I think most gamers have a game world or two which feels like “home” to them.

In fact, it might be a good question for a future Daily Grind column, if Eliot so desires …

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Malcolm Swoboda

RIFT I don’t play, but would miss. I just want it fixed up and better :(.

I always want a Secret World server anywhere. I don’t even absolutely need it to have my characters/account. Just exist.. be free… and my dream by now is that its in playerbase hands to create their own lore and content, good or bad.

I rarely play GW2 and SWTOR but I want them to exist.

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Zero_1_Zerum

Wow. I mean, I like the lore, and some of the character designs are cool. I just hate the game parts of it.

Also, LOTRO, I played it years ago, and I loved the world. Rivendell, Bree, and the Shire all felt like going home. But…I got bored with the game parts. They’ve gotten to Mordor now, and I’d probably regret not checking it out if the game shut down.

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Sarah Cushaway

RIFT for some dumb reason, even though I don’t play it. EQ2 I’d REALLY miss, though I haven’t played that seriously in years (still hop on to mess with housing sometimes, though). SWTOR. LOTRO. SW/SWL to a lesser degree. FFXI, though I haven’t played that in probably 10 years.

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RobMyr

Oh boy, I’ve got a lot of these. I mean… pretty much any MMO, because it’s just so depressing for a huge work of art to no longer be accessible by… anyone. But I do have some specifics:

I don’t play GW2 anymore for a combination of reasons, but I would be seriously bummed if it shut down. I think it’s still got some state of the art design when it comes to the leveling process and making absent-minded exploration actually worthwhile (and it’s baffling to me that no other MMO has copied its quest-free philosophy), and I have a lot of sentimental value for it. Spent more time with friends in GW2 than in any other MMO.

Secret World Legends. There are not nearly enough urban fantasy games in the world. The Secret World was so brave in its world, its storytelling, and its quest design. Despite that, I’ve never made it past the third zone in either of its versions. Can’t really put my finger on why, but it probably has a lot to do with friends falling off before I did. That, and in general neither version having more than passable combat gameplay. Still, I will be extremely depressed when it is gone.

Dark Age of Camelot was my first major MMO experience, and it means a whole lot to me. I don’t think I’ll ever actually play it again, but it was extremely formative for me and it no longer being available will be a huge bummer.

Lord of the Rings Online. I worked on this one for a while, so… yeah, it’ll be very sad when it no longer exists.

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partiesplayin

For me it would probably be star trek online. I have alot of memories from that game and alot of friends . Altho I don’t really play it anymore it would be sad to see it go. However I would totally be up for a sto 2.0 remake .

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Jack Pipsam

Dark Age of Camelot. It just wouldn’t be right if it wasn’t around.

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Celestia

That’s mine too.

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Scorcher64

Mostly any MMO that has/had features that other MMOs could use or learn from or had combat systems that looked fun.

I miss Wildstar. Only poked at it, never played it with a strong focus on it. I enjoyed its graphics style and the housing system it was praised for, other MMOs could learn from.

Rusty Hearts and Kritika are others that disappeared whose combat I liked but never really played.

Never played Cities of Heroes/Villains, but the idea of having good guy/bad guy player factions had intrigued me. Despite how well players said it was doing, it closed down.