The Daily Grind: What has been your MMO gaming highlight of the year?

    
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I love December around Massively OP because it is a great time to reflect on the journey that we have taken over the course of an entire year. Personally, I keep track of what games and goals I pursue each month, and when I hit the end of the year, I enjoy looking back over where I’ve been and what experiences I’ve had.

Today I want to ask you to look over the last 11 months and ponder this question: What has been your personal MMO gaming highlight of the year? Was it a particular release that happened? A beta experience? A specific quest? A time out with your guild? An accomplishment that makes you feel proud? Or something else entirely?

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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mysecretid

Probably the best thing for me, personally, this year has been watching Star Wars: The Old Republic MMORPG get back on-track as an actual, fun Star Wars game again.

There was a time I feared that would never happen …

Unfotunately, this has been a weak year overall, at least in my opinion, for new MMORPGs.

We’ve all talked a lot on this website about how MMORPG games seem to be “out of favor” with publishers right now, and it means we’re not getting many new games in the MMORPG genre offered.

Instead, we get a lot of games which borrow/steal certain MMORPG game features to boost their sales appeal — but actual MMORPGs? Not so much.

Among the indie offerings, there are still more medieval-fantasy offerings than I’m convinced the market wants or needs.

That’s not my personal bias toward science-fiction and science-fantasy games showing, but rather, my concern that gaming is already saturated with medieval-fantasy style games in various genres.

I think that — in order to stand out from the crowd — the indie MMORPG makers could do well to choose other genres that we don’t already have in abundance.

I’m still hoping for great superhero fun from City of Titans

… and I’m still hoping for a spy-adventure MMORPG some day.

At this point, if I were wealthy, I’d start the project myself, and probably hire a lot of you reading this right now to help make it happen. Lot of brain power and creativity here.

A game that could strike a balance somewhere between the ultra-heroic fun of the Bond or Kingsman films, and the semi-grit of the Bourne franchise …

City Of Spies, anyone? :-D

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HaEngelmann

I played a lot of games over the year with a lot of free time. Shadowbringers was really great and I also had a good time in WoW and SWTOR.
However for some odd reason I really really enjoyed LOTRO in the last months and it really is the only MMO where I can totally sit back and enjoy without having much pressure to grind or do endgame stuff.

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Zero_1_Zerum

The highlight of my year was discovering that ESO was actually a decent Elder Scrolls game, as long as I ignored the cash shop. I was glad I got the game on sale, because of the ridiculous prices in the cash shop, but it being B2P with an optional sub was ok. I got really into it. I don’t friend people, but I did join a guild. Being part of a guild is more than enough social interaction for me, but I did enjoy partying up and doing random dungeons with my guildmates. Then my computer broke, so I haven’t been able to play in a few months. But, while it lasted, I had a lot of fun.

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My first is getting the Lord of the Reins achievement (Wow). I was more interested in the reward (a mount) than the actual achievement. I had to really push myself to get the last 20 or so mounts (to anyone unfamiliar, to get this achievement, you must collect 300 mounts).

Next, I decided to quit Wow. Before, I would leave for awhile, but come back. Not this time. I will still check up on Warcraft-related news and such cause I’m still a fan of the setting. I’m happy I was able to complete many of my long-term goals before leaving. I also gave most of my gold to my guild(s). You know, trying to leave on a high note.

One last highlight, now that I have more time to actually play GW2, is I finally played through the Living Story (Seasons 2, 3 and 4).

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Grim? Darhk

Huh. I guess getting Flying in BFA. I lost most of my ships and ISK in EVE so that was definately not a highlight, lol. I’ve been meaning to play 14, but I genuinely can’t be assed to. /sigh. I’ve come to realize themepark mmos are no longer my thing.

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Harry Koala

Another one for WoW classic here. Having so much fun playing it in a way that the other MMOs I’ve tried (and later WoW for that matter) don’t seem able to replicate.

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Robert Mann

… not having nearly so many crimes committed by the industry as there were on Black Friday in the retail spaces? Sorry, but still waiting on games that pursue the whole world side of things beyond what can best be described as “Minimal, or survival-esque.”

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Jon Wax

Dodged a lotta bullets and saved a ton of money. At this point I think I’m above 3 figures in games that were hyped to no end but came out to thunderous”meh” response.

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Diane Bradley

Hands down, launch day for WoW Classic. Sooo many people. We all laughed at how thrilled we were to loot 10 cp. It was an experience I will never forget.

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Cyclone Jack

Easy. Setting up my own City of Heroes server for my friends and family.

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zoward

You must have a pretty beefy rig to do that.

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Not really. It is a 2nd computer dedicated to running the server (and SQL and all that), but you have to remember that CoH is a pretty old game, and hardware has improved tremendously over the years. We have had a few hiccups however, because none of us are SQL DBAs, and the server does require some periodic maintenance and scheduled reboots.