The Daily Grind: What MMOs do you play ‘wrong’?

    
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On the MOP podcast a few weeks back, Justin and I chatted briefly about playing MMOs all wrong, and not really caring what anyone thinks about it. These are the kinds of players who go into a themepark combat-centric leveling MMORPG and spend all their time in town roleplaying. These are the people in PvP gankboxes who focus on cosmetic outfits. These are the folks in games with terrible crafting systems who nevertheless stand in front of the auction hall panel all day long. These are gamers who spend more time modding their UIs than actually playing the game, the people who roll pure Fishermen in raiding games, the dearhearts who stay homeless in a game all about housing.

I love these people, for the record. I love the idea that we can carve out our own fun in any MMO, regardless of what the devs design.

What MMOs do you play “wrong,” or more accurately, in a way that most other players would find really weird?

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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Rodrigo Dias Costa

Last time I’ve came back to WoW (3+ years ago I think?), I’ve created a new char and only played for the pet battles. I’ve leveled only to venture into new areas to find more pets. Was actually quite fun!

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kofteburger

I played Eve Online as a “carebear” as they call it since 2006. I only get ganked twice both in 2018. I have mostly run missions in high sec. I ventured in WH to get some sleepers and gas too.
And I did all that solo.

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Elva the Lion

I don’t play FFXIV as intended…

FFXIV…I can’t adapt to “one character can be everything” – it’s just not how I MMO! Additionally, having staple elements like banking, mounts and gear customization locked behind MSQ levels took a lot of getting used to…

Yeah, FFXIV is different than other MMO’s out there, and I have played many over the last 20 years – a lot of complexities to adapt to and learn.

The issue I am seeing based on my 50-60 hours in game is that leveling (with Road to 70 Buff) is out of sync with story progression. Yes, I know – just do MSQ! But, I still end up being chracter level 33 on MSQ Level 19 – and that represents a rather long slog before retainers/ mounts and Paladin class unlocks – just to name a few key thresholds.

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Castagere Shaikura

My soul purpose in all MMO’s is creating a character at LVL 1 and questing and exploring the world. I never really cared about the side stuff unless I thought it was good. The only MMO where I got into housing or crafting was EQ2. Never gave a crap about PVP in MMOs.

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Nydia Santiago

I used to play a dedicated truck driver in archeage, but I used to wear a pumpkin on my head and a black speedo. Onky. People used to jump on my truck and take screenshots of the naked trucker.

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Swifty

Been playing Archeage Unchained, and avoiding any and all PvP. it’s a good PvE game, pity it has PvP :/

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KONDO DEATH SQUAD

I like the occasional PVP, but the differential between levels is ridiculous. You get oneshot in towns all the time, and the zones are full of jerks that shouldn’t even be in the zone.
I’m very very thankful for the Peace mechanic!

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kjempff

I am too boring, I play them all “correctly”.
But back in the WoW days, there was a person in my guild who made a character, levelled it to max, got top raid geared (mostly), then deleted the character and created the same class/race with the same name.
I watched him do this 3 times in the period I played, and I am pretty sure he continued after I quit :)

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PanagiotisLial1

My father used to play WoW in a weird way similar to that. He made a char and played till he died. On first death he deleted and re-created. In a way he self imposed a permadeath rule. He did play WoW 3 years but his top level was 40+ before deleting. Nowadays he plays Redstone and Path of Exile, casually

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kjempff

Actually that sound pretty fun for WoW.
Some special hardcore(permadeath) server with a high xp rate just so xp isn’t completely silly slow.

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NeoWolf

The way I see it is so long as what you do does not impact anyone else enjoyment of said MMO then there is no such thing as “wrong” only what is “right” for you :)

So with that in mind EVERY mmo I play :) But then I do not play to anyone’s tune but my own in ANY aspect of my life, gaming included :P

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EmberStar

I play basically all of them wrong. I generally ignore anything that requires mandatory grouping. I’ve tried “raid tier” content exactly four times. I hated it. The only thing I’ve ever hated more is PVP. Warframe has the distinction of being the only game where I ever intentionally group for anything, and even that doesn’t happen often. My preference is simply to ignore mission types that I personally can’t play solo. (Which is probably a lot more limited than “missions that *someone* is l33t enough to play solo.”)

For multiplayer survival games like Ark, Atlas, Conan Exiles, 7 Days to Die and Minecraft I play them exclusively singleplayer and offline. I don’t have the free time to invest in logging in every day just to make sure my stuff doesn’t decay and my digital pets don’t starve. And I have no interest in playing in an environment where the biggest tension will be wondering how other players will have tried to ruin everything I’ve done every time I log in, even on PVE servers. Maybe even especially on PVE servers.

Ark had to cripple a fairly large number of game mechanics on PVE servers and even that doesn’t prevent people from using the game as a weapon for passive-aggressive and one side “PVP.” Such as preventing anyone from picking up creatures with flyers because people would capture wild scorpions and airdrop them into the house of someone offline.

And even within the framework of playing an MMO solo, I’m still apparently “doing it wrong.” Since I’m not ever planning to group I tend to build for personal survivability rather than group utility. If I’m playing a class that *can* tank or heal, I’ll have built for DPS instead. That power that does the thing with aggro? Yep, I have no idea how to use it and probably don’t even have it equipped. (You can’t shed aggro if you’re literally the only one on the aggro list.)

The thing that really irks me is that you’d assume that my playstyle shouldn’t matter. After all, I’m not teaming and not interfering with anyone else, so how I chose to play shouldn’t matter to anyone. You’d also be wrong. In SWTOR, on at least five separate occasions before I quit I would suddenly start getting hate tells from some random person I’d *never seen before.* Because they’d been pawing through me gear and realized that my Sorcerer wasn’t wearing Healer Gear, or that my Sith Juggernaut or Republic Trooper couldn’t possibly be a tank. And there were additional times where out of nowhere someone would make rude emotes at me, or randomly tell me that they were putting me on Ignore for being such a noob.

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Oleg Chebeneev

WoW. I played retail, leveling in ironmode with permadeath. And played private servers only doing lowlevel BGs with twinks