The Daily Grind: Do your MMOs go on break for the holidays?

    
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Guilty or innocent?

Congratulations to you because it’s December 26th! You survived the main crush of the holiday, feel good about yourself. And assuming that you belong to a family wherein it’s a tradition, odds are decent that you walked away with new video games, or new books to read, or new things to do other than diving into your familiar MMO haunts all over again. There’s every reason to get up and do something other than, say, making sure to take care of your daily quests for the next few days.

But do you actually take that break? I know people who do, who basically plan for having the 25th away from the game entirely or even an entire week around it. I also know people who treat the game like a warm bath at the end of the day, reassuring and fun even if you’ve already been out celebrating for a while and you have other entertainment available. So do your MMOs go on break for the holidays? Or do you tend to keep playing, even if you have new stuff to do instead?

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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Sauce

Can’t stop won’t stop

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Does not check email

This year there is no travel and money is tight. When is money never tight?? Anyways close to home and when family gone and just the husband and me we will team up ….or watch an old favorite movie.

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Pandalulz

We don’t go anywhere for the holidays and I get a few days off. I probably play more between Christmas eve and New Years than any other week during the rest of the year. A new thing happened last year where the wife, kid, and mom-in-law drive up to Pennsylvania to see my bro-in-law and celebrate the nephew’s birthday. So it’s the only time in the entire year where I get the house completely and entirely to myself for longer than like 15 minutes.

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Toy Clown

One of my resolutions for the coming year is to get a 2nd monitor and set up the ability to play and watch Netflix at the same time. MMOs have gotten very bad about putting in non-fun content that is monotonous, boring and repetitive. Having said that…

It has become my personal holiday tradition to turn down Christmas gatherings. The older I get, the less inclined I am to plaster a smile on my face and pretend interest in other’s lives that have zero interest in mine outside of being a number to show up to their gatherings.

My new Christmas Day tradition is to cook a ton of food, buffet-style it through the day while I enjoy doing the things that I love doing. In yesterday’s case, I finished watching The Witcher (I was so sad it was only 8 episodes, but at least another season is on the order!), floated around a few MMOs and chatted with internet friends, then finished off the evening with checking out a few episodes of Black, a Japenese supernatural series just released on Netflix.

Before bed, I wrote out some things for my New Year’s resolutions because I have to work New Year’s and saving time by doing it now!

P.S. My cat doesn’t like ham, but loves Egg Nog.

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NeoWolf

MMOs for me are THE break lol But I am also very good at multi tasking so while playing I will also either be listening to some audiobook or podcast or watching a twitch stream or netflix show or read a book etc… I am rarely if every only doing a single thing at any given moment :)

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Bryan Correll

And miss out on slavishly doing daily quests? Absurd!

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Bruno Brito

Preposterous!

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Utakata

It’s not that I want to, but…

“Could you serve the hors d’oeuvres, Uta? The guest have just arrived!”

…and that sorta thing. *The pigtails pat round belly* …least I get fed though! <3

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Hikari Kenzaki

We were just talking about this a bit on the tail end of MJ’s stream last night.

I’ve grown tired of certain types of holiday events. Particularly the ones that expect me to log in 10-20 consecutive days during a holiday season when I might want to spend that time with family or heavens forbid, away from a computer.

Then some games further compound this by expecting that you play one and only one game, which in this day and age is a bit much to expect.

An event that requires about 50% of its length to get all the rewards is acceptable. Anything more is probably asking too much of me.

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Paragon Lost

Our family as the kids have grown up, gone off to various universities and then on to jobs are all spread out. This year we’ve only got one with us as she gets ready to start into her masters, so it’s been nice and quiet over all.

As we’ve gotten older we’ve started avoiding the whole travel during the holidays, saving our travels for off holidays to save on stress, frustration and issues. It’s been rather nice and we enjoy travelling a lot more when we do travel.

About a week and a half ago we started up our old text based home Gemstone and started reaquanting ourselves with it. It’s been fun, but a bit frustrating, old commands, knowledge and things that you did that were just memory mapped in your mind we now stumble around with. I’m sure it will come back as time goes but it’s been equal parts amusing and frustrating all the same.

Hope everyone is having a peaceful and enjoyable holiday season.

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BalsBigBrother

I spend the 10 or so days prior the Christmas day travelling and visiting relatives around the country. So little in the way of mmos or gaming to be had during that time.

I usually get home Christmas Eve and most years don’t have any other commitments till the New Year. So that is usually the time of the year I get to fully indulge my gaming habit with little in the way of interruptions.

Sure I take a bit more time to cook a nice meal on the day but other than that Christmas is the time I tend to game more, mmos included, than any other time of the year.

Though this year I did get quite distracted by The Witcher series on Netflix which cut into my gaming time a bit.

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Paragon Lost

As a fan of The Witcher, what’s your thoughts on the series BBB? I’ve never read the books and only have slight a bit of information about the various software put out there about it. Seeing that it came out as a series on Netflix I went and read up on The Witcher on Wikipedia, about the various books, games etc and a bit on the series, was trying to avoid spoilers on that.

After that I watched the first two episodes, I enjoyed them over all personally. I’ve always been a fan of “grim dark” settings. Waaay before the term existed. The tabletop rpg game campaign I ran from 1980 to 1998 was basically a grim dark setting now that I look back at it.

Set in the same campaign world, with various mechanics systems over that near twenty year run. First 1st edition AD&D, then Runequest after that Palladium Fantasy rpg until GURPS came out in 1986 and that was the mechanics system I stayed with until the game ran down as I grew evermore into online gaming which started in 1992 but by the turn of the century I figured was my main home with gaming. hehe.

((glances up)) Opps, meandered and rambled there. TLDR: You enjoying the Netflix series so far? :)

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BalsBigBrother

As far as I am concerned it’s pretty good.

It does help to have a bit of knowledge of The Witcher books as it jumps around a little with the timelines. Mainly to get some back story in about Ciri and Yennifer but it might seem disjointed I guess if you are not paying attention.

It’s not entirely faithful to the short story books season one is based on but it certainly captures The Witcher spirit 110% for sure. Henry Cavill, who I must admit being a bit unsure about before watching, does the role of Geralt justice. The actresses who play Ciri and Yennifer are really good too.

All in all I can’t wait for season two though sadly that is not going to happen till this time next year apparently.

I did go and nab The Witcher 3 game for my PS4 within about 5 minutes of finishing up on the final episode, was on sale too so bonus.

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Paragon Lost

My wife, daughter and I are six episodes in and are really enjoying it. :) A minor thing that does tend to bother me in a small way is the repeated use of the term “mutant”. It’s a very modern term and its repeated usage is immersion breaking for me in a minor sort of way.