Recently I had the dubious pleasure of spending a week running through all of the Seventh Astral Era quests in Final Fantasy XIV. This is a series of 100 quests that take place between the ending of the original 2.0 storyline and the start of the MMO’s first expansion, Heavensward. And they are so… very… dull. Lots of running to and fro. Lots of fetch quests. It’s about a tablespoon of good story spread across far too much game time, and it’s only the encouragement of the game’s community with their mantra “The story gets so much better after that!” that helps keep one going.
But to be fair to FFXIV, plenty of MMORPGs have introduced fairly boring content over the years. It only hurts when it’s mandatory and lengthy, at which point you just need to mock it, commiserate with others who have suffered through it, and endure until you pass it.
What do you think? What’s the most boring content that exists in an MMO that you love?