The Daily Grind: Which MMO had the best player community in 2019?

    
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So here’s a fun Daily Grind we’ve been doing for the last few years, and it seems fitting to bring it back around on this wholesome holiday.

A bad community can absolutely sink an MMO with toxicity. A good community can keep an MMO relevant long past its due date. And yet most MMOs are somewhere in between, with their toxic pockets living alongside, however grudgingly, with the people who help newbies and run charity events. We’ve seen some of the worst of what bad communities can bring this year – but there’s a bright light in this genre too, generated by people who refuse to give into cynicism. We even started up a new column this year to chronicle all the good MMO players and devs do.

Which MMO had the best player community in 2019 specifically? And what did the players do this year to earn that honor in your view?

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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Gamhuin

LotRO.
In general I’d say most older games. By now most of the player base that’s left are those who truly love the game and setting and are often more welcoming and supportive.

But even among the older ones, LotRO still stands out as the nicest community.
It’s all the pipe smoking. :P

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A lot of them have a decent community. LotRO is possibly the chillest one, Warframe is fun when they start talking (and you are not playing in RU region suka blyat), FFXIV apart from really weird subreddit is helpful and friendly, ESO is great both in game and reddit. GW2 had one of the best, too, sadly, not anymore, ANet pushed away too many people and pissed off everyone else.

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rosieposie

WoW Classic and FF14 have amazing communities. WoW retail and SWTOR are abysmal pits of human misery, hatred and loathing.

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Bruno Brito

WoW Classic

You’re joking.

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Enikka

Hands down ESO. I’m sorry for all the FFXIV players who don’t seem to understand blocking people without achievements for required content to progress does not constitute a good community. If you can’t commit to a static schedule you’re screwed in that game. ESO has the most welcoming community in the genre, goes all out for fundraising events, & are generally just all around awesome people. And we have the best community manager ever.

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Sashaa

Out of the three mmorpg I still play these days, Lord of The Rings Online has always had the best community, SWTOR is the worst, and ESO remains pretty decent.

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Axetwin .

Final Fantasy 14. The community both in and out of the game is helpful, and most importantly, can laugh at themselves. The jokes about how Dragoons make better rugs than DPS, or the rage White Mages feel at the BLM going down because they would rather stand in the fire than leave the Enochian, is usually just that. A joke, and the Dragoons and BLMs take part in the laughing “yeah that’s totally me!”. No community is without the people who take things too seriously, but I find the FF14 community to have a extremely low ratio of angry players vs people who just want to have fun.

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Yes, absolutely this. Most of the players I have met were very friendly and helpful. And I also try to be this way in this game – a few days ago I got into Titan Trial with a bunch of sprouts, first time we wiped because one of them got tossed off the platform and others did not bother to free me when I was put into rock trap. I just explained them what to do next time and second time everything went well.

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rafael12104

Heh. Here is another vote for MOP. We may not always agree on everything and there is lively debate, but here you can state your opinions freely and have discussions without the toxic waste you find elsewhere. Plus, the people here are great, both writers and contributors. Love this place. :)

Outside of that? All MMO communities seem about the same these days except for one. And that one is the anti-community. Care to guess which game’s denizens I’m talking about?

Fallout 76. Rife with hackers and trolls, I have to wonder how long Bethesda will continue improving the game. I’m not giving Beth a pass. But the hacks leave no stone left unturned when they find and exploit. And the rest of us, who are just trying to enjoy the game for what it does offer, pay the price.

Oh let’s not forget the shaming of Fallout First players by other players of the game. The very folks that support the game came down on other players for supporting the game. Weird and stupid.

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I am glad that people keep finding exploits in Fallout 76 and I genuinely hope they will continue doing that. The greedy developer (the people responsible for running the company and making decisions) does not deserve anything else, nor do very few extremely narrow-minded and selfish people who keep supporting such greed by playing this game (even if they don’t spend any more money for playing it). The more exploits will be found = the faster the remaining players and Bethesda will abandon it, which is a good thing for vast majority of gamers because this may hopefully make Bethesda treat next Fallout game more seriously or may encourage them to outsource development to other company, so every rational person without masochism may be able to genuinely enjoy the next game.

And yes, I was one of the foolish people who wasted money on this game, and would gladly get my money back if Bethesda would be honest and would offer a refund. Sadly our backwards country still does not have laws allowing me to do so.

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rafael12104

And I’m still foolish as I play 76 and I’m a Fallout First customer.

With all due respect, you are proving my point.

But no worries. I understand the emotion behind it.

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blah blazh

Out of game or in game?

In game it is GW2 for me.

Out of game, they all seem pretty similar although some communities seem to make mountains out of molehills (I’m looking at you Guild Wars community).

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NeoWolf

Haven’t had ANY issues in ESO since beta, the community is pretty chill. Can’t asked for more than that :)

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FFFXIV is still the best. Just normal people being friendly and forgiving towards other players – there are some toxic people but the amount is still small. The RP people usually never push their stuff onto anyone outside of certain areas of Mateus and Balmung and a lot of RP stuff I have seen does not involve game’s lore.

I have not played ESO for some time but I would not consider their community as “best” – most people are friendly but it was annoying reading cringey lore jokes or some politics crap in zone chat. I’d much rather have the silence of FFXIV’s general chat channels than reading endless stream about Trump, childish jokes about vampires, Argonians and dating advices. It felt like playing WoW, just with more lore-obsessed people.