The Daily Grind: Who was the MMORPG gamer of the year in 2019?

    
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The Daily Grind: Who was the MMORPG gamer of the year in 2019?

One of the awards we considered doing this year but decided not to is one for gamer of the year, specifically MMORPG gamer of the year. Many industries and genres and publications present awards like this one, and yet it’s kind of a lot to take on. There are millions of you, and even though we do chronicle some of the amazing things players and guilds do across the genre – from charity fundraisers to giant dev appreciation billboards – there’s nobody on the planet who can keep track of it all, especially given all the games out there!

So we’re going to turn this one over to you, so you can put some amazing humans on our radar and give them the plug they deserve. Whom would you nominate for MMORPG gamer of the year in 2019, and why? Bonus question: What single person would you nominate for MMORPG dev of the year in 2019, and why?

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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Armsbend

The only one I know – the super popular guy Asmongold who plays WoW.

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Hikari Kenzaki

Anyone who might win the popular vote probably doesn’t need the ego boost.

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hurbster

Hack the Minotaur for his alternative not-chasing the meta ESO builds.

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MJ Guthrie

I love the name….this is someone I wanna see!

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hurbster

He’s on YouTube. I’m currently using a hybrid warden build of his. After playing all those years it’s nice to see something a bit different.

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Robert Mann

That’s cool. I did my own anti-meta builds in ESO while I played. I just got really bored with the live game, was looking forward to a higher difficulty from the beta. Played for a while due to people, but eventually said “Yeah, just not interested in the keeping up portion of things, and since champ levels mean I’m falling behind due to that…”

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Toy Clown

It’s hard to answer this! There are literally dozens of gamers that have stood out in the corners I have played. I’ll make a short-list of players that I feel have really helped me out. Many of them are youtubers, some are staff here, and some are folks I’ve met in-game:

Meoni: A youtuber at FFXIV. He covers /all/ content from showing images before we buy items on the cash shop and from events, as well as how-to guides and covers the weekly fashion report. The guy has a lot of passion for the game.

Jahlon at Paradox Gaming: In a competitive game where players work hard to keep knowledge away from other players, Jahlon put concise and easy-to-understand videos out of every system in ArcheAge. I owe a lot of the knowledge I have of the game to watching his videos.

Blade Boques: I know this guy is controversial, but he’s also the reason I was able to get into building a worker’s empire in the first year of BDO’s release. I often watch his videos to get deeper insights into the game’s workings. He’s the reason I know BDO has nearly an endless depth of gameplay that I’ve never thought to scratch before.

Everyone at Massively: All of you work hard here and the passion for the industry shows. More than any other site out there, this is the place I come for my gaming news – from the bizarre to the fluff.

I’m going to stop on this note because the list will become exhaustive if I go further! Onto devs…

This one is easier due to the world of development teams still being smaller than player bases! The dev that has impressed me above everyone else, that has endless energy and passion for what he does, which tells me he lit on his life’s path is Yoshi-P of FFXIV. I haven’t seen another dev take such pride in his work, while working to make a game that has high integrity. I can list Raph Koster as my all-time favorite dev, and Yoshi-P has impressed me the most in this last year.

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Zero_1_Zerum

I’d award it to the players who gave good advice to this curmudgeony ole loner on the rare occasions he asked for help figuring something out in a game.

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Pepperzine

Ummmm… no single individual sticks out to me, so Ill go with the average player for keeping the genre alive.

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Robert Mann

MMO gamer of the year: Each and every person who avoided being an arse to others. You rock if you didn’t: give bad advice, actively try to grief, or otherwise act out in a bad manner.

Dev: Uh, not sure I follow the developers on titles quite closely enough for this one. I’d probably suggest that it be a split award for the people who manage not to stab anyone during a crunch period at their work…

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Alexus Yanova

(Sarcasm) Insert generic WoW PvP video here, mention Swity, Towellie, neckbeards from , Asmongold and any other l3337 PeeVeePeeers or PeeVeeEee Raiders from WoW (/sarcasm)

Jokes aside, there is nobody deserving this. Plenty of streamers from plenty of MMORPG games have done charity events or have grown nice communities around them but there weren’t any extraordinary acts. Same goes for developers – none of them have tried to improve the MMORPG genre in significant way.

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Oleg Chebeneev

You didnt see Payo’s streams then

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Ken from Chicago

Winner: MJ Guthrie.

In an ocean of mmo toxic negativity (see MOP’s 2019 recap for plenty of examples, or don’t and spare yourself the emotional heathache), she manages to maintain her bubbly, chipper, infectious, engaging positive spirit while livestreaming mmo gameplay. Anger sells and the easy thing to do would be just harp on the flaws in mmos for some easy clicks, but no. MJ chooses the path less traveled and we are all the better for it. #Positivity

Honorable mention: Chris Neal.

Speaking of being positive in a world of negativity, he continues to find the courage to speak truth to power or at least to the masses and report positive things about STAR CITIZEN, despite the fact MOP hasn’t exactly been receptive to it with open arms and the general consensus has had more shade than the side of Sears Tower opposite the Sun. Chris could have down the easy thing and remain silent but he continues to speak his truth even when it conflicts with EIC and the audience. #Courage

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MJ Guthrie

Wow, ty. You made everything worth it <3 Honestly, I really do just wanna bring a little light into the world and help folks to smile and feel happier. If I can do that, then it is all worth it.

And I agree, Chris is awesome and homes in on that positivity bulb we like to circle =D

(PS, +100 for the end reference. a fav!)

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Oleg Chebeneev

Ooga rogue gang from WoW classic beta. They were funny af, skilled and grew as legends in classic community. Ive never seen anything like that in MMOs before. Here is some footage of them ganking people: