The Daily Grind: What MMO grievances would you like to air at a title you enjoy?

    
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I've got a lot of problems with you people!

Tomorrow is December 23rd, which means that it’s time to celebrate the holiday of Festivus! And as many of you already know (being people of taste and fine judgement), Festivus begins with the Airing of Grievances. When my wife and I celebrate every year, we take this as an opportunity to get things off our chests that just bug the hell out of us, frequently acknowledging that these gripes aren’t even worth considering at other times but are demanded just the same by the tradition of Festivus.

Of course, airing grievances about games you already dislike is pointless. What’s far more interesting is finding the games you do like and airing your according grievances, things you wish the games did better or at all even if you don’t know how that would even work. It helps keep you grounded in reality, after all, and it’s a chance to shout angrily at a title you otherwise like for not doing a better job. So today we invite you to air your grievances about your favored titles. Pick an MMO you like quite a bit and really ask why it isn’t doing a better job. Get it off your chest.

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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Ken from Chicago

CITY OF HEROES: Please, NCSoft, either reopen the game, even if only in maintenance mode or license it to someone who can and will do so for you.

STAR CITIZEN, ELITE DANGEROUS (and to all mmos in general):

Don’t be scammy.

Whatever short-term gain is outweighed by how much you would lose long term. Consider how much you would gain from legit work on a game and how much goodwill you’d get even if the game folded because there wasn’t enough players to sustain the game. At least your conscience and reputation would be clean–to try again.

If you’re not scammy but you *appear* scammy then COMMUNICATE!!!

Communicate! Communicate! Communicate! Yes, I know Mark Twain’s advice was better that people merely suspect you’re a fool than to open your mouth and confirm it. That applied to PEOPLE! Companies are different. You rely on the good will of people, costumers, suppliers, etc.

In the wake of silence, the worst fears can and will take root from legitimately concerned players and illegitimate trolls and rivals with a vested interest in sowing discord. Communicate the good and the bad–preferably, if you have the latter then announce the former to prevent the bad from dominating people’s outlook. The flip side is setting expectations to prevent player hype about the game from building so much that the reality becomes disappointing.

Also, part of that communication is to the news, even those who have been critical to you. By facing their questions you gain, if not their affection then at least their respect. They are more likely to give you the benefit of the doubt if you face and answer their questions. That includes answering if you are not discussing certain subjects. Don’t try to bluff around answering questions you are not ready to talk about–but at least explain why you are not.

Lastly, study history. By studying the history of mmos, you are better able to understand the mindset of players and reporters so you have an idea of what questions are likely to be raised in light of past similar situations and recurring problems and how you plan on dealing with them. Going in completely blind and ignorant of other common and repeated mistakes does you no favors.

STAR TREK ONLINE:

Keep up the great work of showing up on podcasts and doing interviews and even answering tough critical questions.

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Random MMO fan

LotRO – please just close this game and sell the rights to someone who can launch it with brand new engine.

ESO – this game also needs a better engine with different graphics style, without desaturated green+brown color pallette.

FFXIV – it needs more social activities and perhaps a better PvP system, maybe with huge zones with capturable castles and NPC guards and siege engines and stuff. A lot of players who are done with story just log in for few minutes to check on friends then log back out. Many players without their own house just let their sub expire until next big expansion.

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Zero_1_Zerum

I played ESO, and I look forward to being able to play it again, once I can afford a new computer.

BUT, I hate the cash shop. There is no good reason to have houses for $100+. The only reason they’d have that is greed, pure and simple. That’s just one thing I don’t like about it. They also had the nerve to sell tickets to an event, that otherwise you’d have to earn by actually playing the game. It’s a buy to play game, there’s no good reason to have that “free to play” BS.

Also, for a while, they had some pretty decent rewards for logging in every day, but a few months just before I had to stop playing, the rewards were crap. Guess who didn’t log in every single day anymore.

And, don’t get me started on the gamble boxes.

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ShadowReaver661

LOTRO-make your past expansions a much more reasonably priced bundle.

EverQuest 2- SOE/Daybreak hurt you and I am sorry

Allods Online- Your player base size and lack of attempting to improve it.

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TheDarthStomper

EQ2 is a zombie, a shell of a game animated by a spirit bearing no resemblance of the thing we once loved. I don’t know whether to be sad or angry sometimes.

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Castagere Shaikura

LOTRO- Get rid of the stupid quest packs

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ShadowReaver661

That too

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rafael12104

Grievances? Two come to mind easily.

They are low hanging fruit.

Anthem: We all know the saga. But my grievance is simple. Why? Bioware, why did you deliver a game in such a state? You wasted years of development with directionless wandering and at the eleventh hour you came up with something which would have been impressive in year one or two. Did you think players wouldn’t notice? Do you think so little of your player base that you thought you could slide in an incomplete game with talk of chapters and enhancements that would never be realized? While I still love the game, my trust in Bioware is gone. How sad it is that the great things about the current game came from an EA VP.

BnS The UE4 update is gone to reboot the game into something new. It is no exaggeration. NCsoft has already confirmed a completely open world, mounts and housing. I couldn’t be happier about that. BUT my grievance falls back on the same old shit players in the west have been experiencing since launch. Korea and China shape the game. Their player base has the reigns. Americas and EU? We have little to no say and seemingly get the scraps of whatever NCsoft deigns to give us. Why can’t you see that if you just included other regions besides those two in the real development process you would have a better game? Your quarterlies would improve and profits would increase significantly. Localization is not real development!

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Utakata

Hear, hear…for the B&S stuff!

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Sorenthaz

With FFXIV it’s definitely how they create all these cool ideas for side activities… but it feels like they’re on a budget and thus most of the stuff feels almost half-arsed. Most of the Gold Saucer stuff is victim of this, case in point being Lord of Verminion and Doman Mahjong. BLU is another one. PvP is definitely a victim of this, and I hate that they tie some of the coolest mounts/cosmetics to it (and even worse, make some of it exclusive to those who are like in that 0.00001% of people who bother with ranked Feast). It’s frustrating because their main line content is so good, but they keep in throwing out these side activities that don’t feel like they get the same level of quality. Instead they’re like experimental things that they just toss out and either forget about completely or only touch up every once in awhile.

WoW -I hate that they push you so hard to basically get on the daily/weekly content grind once you hit level cap and they try to also push you to play the latest patch over anything else. It’s like everything prior to that gets deemed irrelevant, and don’t even get me started on how they treat past expansions like complete dirt unless they’re thrown into Timewalking events. They’re so unwilling to build off of previous expansions and keep deciding to reinvent the wheel each time, often leading to watered down versions of past expansion systems that make you wonder why they even bothered with it.

ESO – Combat is bland and the scaling makes it worse since you never really need to worry about doing more than hitting like one primary damage ability button and repeatedly flailing your melee weapon around or shooting with your bow. Every time I hop into that game I’m reminded why I have trouble sticking with it, because everything just feels hollow and like there’s not much point in raising levels beyond skill points.

TSW/SWL – The weird jank that it has kept between both versions.

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Castagere Shaikura

ESO’s combat is so boring because of the limited Hotbar so the game would work better on consoles.

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Sorenthaz

Yeah that too. It would help if abilities comboed more or could be combined in more intricate ways, but at least on my tank templar it was basically one main damage/threat generator, a second damage ability that could heal some health back, a DoT, a utility spell for self-healing/sustain, a defensive buff, and my ultimate.

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Vunak

TERA: It is a bit to late for you. But if I had to say. remove the SUPER OP classes. Go back to original development that made the game popular with the Vanarchy systems and plans for player housing etc.

Upgrade to UE4 and update character models.

Black Desert Online: Go back to your original plans of not being a Pay to win shitfest. Bring back old school grind like Sausan 5 man groups. Revamp all the areas to not literally punish you for grouping with anyone. Remove AP brackets. Rebalance Damage Reduction to be on par with Evasion. Do something about your laggy servers. Create a trinity and class identity so that actual PvE content can become interesting and fun rather than the mindless grind it has always been. Add trading between players. Revamp the PK system so karma bombing isn’t a thing anymore.

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Danny Smith

Just let Blue Mage queue in the dungeon finder for everything outside the current expansion. There is no reason i can’t tank or heal Aurumn vale as BLU and its a pre cap level locked job anyway and would pad queue times for lower players.

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Mewmew

ESO – I love you the most out of all MMORPGs because of your storytelling and having actual choices that change things for your world a bit in the game, but normal content became far too easy since One Tamriel. The main world content is overwhelmingly easy with zero challenge, including bosses at the end of normal world dungeons.

Sure, the world bosses ramp that difficulty up, but even most of them can be soloed without even having high Champion levels. The new Dragons are one of the few things that have a bit of difficulty out in the main world.

Instanced DLC group dungeons have a tiny bit of difficulty usually at the very end boss, the main game is so easy it’s to the point of boring though. You set up this great combat system with dodges, blocks, interrupts, but you never have to use any of them in the main game and can just bulldoze your way through it because it’s just too easy.

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Sorenthaz

Yeah that’s part of what keeps turning me off whenever I give ESO another shot. One Tamriel just removed all the sense of threat and the combat just feels bland to me.

Then again I also try to level as a 1h + shield tank so the damage my character does pretty much revolves around spamming one button.

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Oleg Chebeneev

LoTRO – revamp character models and improved graphics. Do it!!
TSW – where is new content??
WoW – stop resisting and turn to F2P model already.
EVE – more exciting story content for non PvPers!
TESO – improve combat system!
GW2 – if you add minor fixes that make 3D Vision flawless, Im gonna love you.
SC -ramp up development speed and show us really unique alien planets!