The Daily Grind: Did you ever skip any great MMOs to play something more popular?

    
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With WoW Classic in the news so much lately, I’ve been thinking back to 2004 when the original World of Warcraft launched. We’ve spent what feels like the last 15 years talking about the aftermath of WoW and its impact on the genre, but even in 2004, it had a direct impact on multiple MMOs – including and especially EverQuest II, which launched just a few weeks before it. I’ve always thought that colossally unfair since EverQuest II was (I’ll say it) the more interesting and complex MMORPG at the time, with more features and intricacies but less polish and accessibility. But that didn’t count for much when Blizzard hit go.

It’s not the only game that’s suffered mightily because of some other major launch. I always thought Asheron’s Call never got its due because it launched just half a year after EverQuest. I was never able to talk my guildies from EQ to AC en masse, so my experiences there were side ventures with a few friends at a time at best as EverQuest ate up most of our game time. And yet I had far more fun in AC.

Did you ever skip any great MMOs to play something more popular?

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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Triona Falconer

The first MMO I played was EQ, then DAoC. My Husband and I tried WoW for about an hour and decided it just wasn’t for us. Went back to DAoC.

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rafael12104

Hmm. No. It’s never worked out that way for me. I have had to make choices, but I never viewed them as going with popular vs. the good or vice versa.

But I understand what you mean, Bree. Sometimes who is playing has an impact on what you play. So, if old guildies are playing the new popular MMO, you may have to put your “better but less known” MMO on the shelf temporarily.

Why put it on the shelf? Because playing with friends instantly breathes life into almost any MMO. Playing with friends is what keeps me playing.

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quark1020

This question makes a huge assumption: that the game I’m passing over is great.

For me, if the game is any good, I will eventually come around to try it. If the game shuts down or becomes a ghost town before I get to it, then it clearly wasn’t as great as it (or others) thought it was. That, or unrealistic expectations, but that’s another discussion…

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NeoWolf

Although I have played computer games and consoles etc.. pretty much as long as there have been such things (I predate home computing and most consoles and home internet for that matter lol) and MMO’s as a genre was new.. I chose to go with Ultima Online rather than the shiny new World of Warcraft that came out a few years after which all my friends were raving about, because I had played many ultima computer games beforehand and loved the series and practically no one had heard of warcraft at the time.

Of course, eventually, I played warcraft (around Burning Crusade release) but that was quite a while later.
UO wasn’t technically my first MMO though I did briefly play Meridian 59 at my uncle’s house although it wasn’t mine it was his, and before that, I had played many M.U.D.S But MMO-wise UO was the first I owned and paid for myself.. something I was not a fan of for a long time either, the notion of buying a game and then having to pay to keep playing it offended me for a long time lol

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MurderHobo

I missed out on UO because I had MU*s. EQ was the first game I’d actually purchased in six or seven years, and other than EQ expansions I didn’t purchase anything else until the launch of WoW. I’ve always been a ‘one game at a time’ sort of player.

I did play Planetside for a while, but that was a gifted account. I didn’t wander much from WoW until 2008 or so, which is when I discovered everything had already gone to crap.

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Hikari Kenzaki

Not really, no. GW2 is the only Big 4 game I play and I didn’t start that until 2017.

BDO is probably the next biggest game I play, I have played that since launch day.

My MMO shopping tends to go towards looking for the features I want and then looking at the developer and how they approach game design. A small developer who works with their community and has a clear dev process in place (not “Hey, here is this cool feature we worked on this week but can’t actually show you a working product” sorry CoT) is going to get my attention faster than a big dev with flashy trailers.

It’s the same reason I tweeted out from PAX that I never stand in queue for the big mega games. I tend to hang out with the small developers because they are genuinely happy to have you looking at their game.

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Hikari Kenzaki

And then sometimes I play a game because MJ tells me to. ;)

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camren_rooke

Are these the voices that SOUND like MJ that kind of creep in from time to time? Tell you to play games.
To cleanse the city.
To make the wicked pay?

Yeah…

I get those too.

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Pandalulz

Better might be subjective, but I skipped EQ to play AC, skipped EQ2, FFXI, and Lineage 2 to play WoW, and then I guess skipped a bunch of other stuff to keep playing WoW. I kept dabbling in other stuff, looking for something more interesting, but nothing quite pulled me away until I walked away for other reasons.

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Nibbana

Well, despite being immersed in Classic at the moment, and keeping my toes in SWTOR and ESO (and LOTRO…), I am planning to take a break from all of them when Borderlands 3 comes out this week. Now, the skill trees in the Borderlands series are the same format as Classic, so…that’s a thing. Too much to play, so little time.

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3dom

It’s the opposite – I’ve skipped the popular games to play actually good ones since I can see the difference between boring and fun gameplay, instead of following the mainstream opinions.

Example: skipped The Division 2, started playing Anthem at the peak of negativity around it in May (and still play it).

NB: Ghost Recon Breakpoint is practically a better version of The Division 2 – it’s similar but has better characters, better setting, better combat, better loot, better cosmetics. I’ll play it.

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Jim Bergevin Jr

I can’t say I skipped titles specifically to play something more popular. Mostly, the reason I skipped playing was either it was a game with a sub, it I was still engrossed in my current game.

I didn’t play any MMO prior to GW1 (outside of times spent on a friend’s account) because of the subscription based model at the time. After that, I didn’t play a lot of games because my free time was spent on GW until SWTOR came along.

Now that the MMO genre has shifted to the much better and more sustainable F2P/Hybrid form of business, I can go back and play a lot of those games I passed over originally. So you can say that U didn’t really skip them, but nearly waited until the time was right.