The Daily Grind: Whose MMO recommendations do you trust?

    
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You want to hear a fun secret? You might think that we at Massively OP are all content being the tastemakers of the MMO genre, but quite often, we on the staff are greatly influenced by our own readers and listeners when it comes to paying attention to certain titles and even trying out games.

The other day, I wrote up a piece on a new, in-development title called Slay Together. I didn’t think much of it at the time, but after seeing a couple of strong word-of-mouth recommendations from our own commenters, I went ahead and downloaded it to try out myself.

Who do you listen to for MMO recommendations? Who can point to a game and say, “Try this!” — and you’ll do so on the basis of their trustworthiness and taste alone? Is it guildies? Friends? Other commenters? Websites?

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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Lieutenant BaconWaffles

My go-to guy was ChaosD1 from MMOGrinder. Even though we had different tastes in games & different play styles, he gave me what I needed to make a decision on whether I’d try it or not. A list of pros & cons, samples of the music & character creation, a summary of quests & community, suggesting the type of audience that particular game was & wasn’t for, class strengths & weaknesses, whether or not it was the type of game you’d spend half your time in a wiki or walkthrough due to bad translations.

Either due to burnout or because MMOs started shutting down left & right a year after reviewing, he doesn’t do his full-length reviews anymore, & I’m just waiting for someone to come along & use that same style.

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Schmidt.Capela

None, actually. I don’t start playing any MMO without first doing enough research about it on my own, and this applies even if it got glowing recommendations from people or publications I otherwise trust. At best a recommendation can make me pay closer attention to it.

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zoward

I trust Justin’s. He seems to like the same types of games that I do.

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micedicetwice

Like there is something to recommend that I didn’t try yet.

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sleepga

I have agreed with every take I’ve ever seen Eliot Lefebvre post, and I would trust him with my life. But I will probably never remember how to spell his name right without double checking it. Sorry, Eliot.

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Hikari Kenzaki

I kinda knew how these comments were mostly going to go when I saw the article title. “No one.” “Me” “I don’t listen to recommendations.”

I tend to look at things with friends and discuss it together. If it looks like something we’re both/all interested in, I might give it some time. I’ll look into articles here. I’ll talk about it in discords and with my communities.

I’m pretty open to try new stuff and if I can try new stuff with a friend or five, all the better.

And there are a few games I’ll try out even if friends don’t want to try it. Sometimes it goes bad, sometimes it goes well and you eventually end up getting paid to work for them. :)

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quark1020

Tough call. I want to say “everyone”.

Thing is, my tastes are very narrow when it comes to even just lobby multiplayer games, so there is no one person I follow for advice. What I do is look at reviews and gameplay footage of multiple sources I trust before I give it a shot.

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Castagere Shaikura

Real-life friends only and sometimes I don’t like their picks.

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Tee Parsley

I like reviewers who dig deep, and have good understanding and descriptions of mechanics, design, and tropes of games. Even negative reviews can be real useful, if you discover that the aspects they find fault with are things you prize. And vice versa on the positive reviews sometimes.

Have had the same thing happen with musical tastes, where in conversation there will be complete agreement as to the style and taste of a musician: The other person will dislike them for that, and I’ll like it. But we are in sync over the reasons why.

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Mordyjuice

I always trusted Total Biscuit, Nixxiom has some good critiques, even Lazy Peon in later years has made some decent videos.