Global Chat: Do you binge-play MMOs?

    
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With TV streaming services that dump entire seasons of shows on us at once, we have become a society that is used to binging on entertainment instead of enjoying it at a slower and more time-gated pace. When it comes to trying to catch up in MMOs, this binge mentality may come in useful. Or not.

Roger from Contains Moderate Peril said that he’s currently binging on Lord of the Rings Online in order to catch up to the latest patch: “There are certain advantages to ‘binge playing’ an MMO. First you get a far clearer picture of how your progress through the game impacts upon your character’s abilities […] The second bonus that I find comes from ‘binge playing’ is that I get to focus far more on the quest narratives.”

Read on for more hot takes from the MMO blogosphere, including a look at Neverwinter in 2020, a rant on MMO levels, the silver lining of World of Warcraft’s Patch 8.3, and more!

GamingSF: Neverwinter in 2020

“The changes to companions are radical if you’ve not been following the game’s development more recently, but so far they seem positive enough. Divorcing benefits from the active companion is a great design decision as it means I can have whichever companion I wish actively helping me, while still benefiting from the ‘must have’ benefits of certain very popular companions.”

Everwake’s Internet Adventures: Levels

“We pay to bypass levels. DC Universe Online is giving away a max-level character to everyone for its own birthday. Mobile games include a button to let the AI level for you. It’s turned levels into a frivolous, meaningless thing. Which, granted, levels were always mostly a frivolous, meaningless thing. But it was a thing you could attach a meaning to. A level 60 in WoW was an impressive feat for a long time. Now max level is just the standard. Get to max level so you can increase your item level instead.”

Kaylriene: The repeatable content of Patch 8.3 — is it good?

“My point in writing this post is to highlight something I actually really like about the Patch 8.3 content so far – the pacing is targeted in such a way that you have a burst of content every few days, with a few bits you can do in-between.”

The Friendly Necromancer: Project Gorgon — The pen makes the sword mightier?

“I picked up the Calligraphy skill several months ago but never really did much with it at the time. I do remember being a little disappointed when I tried to write a book in game and not being able to since my Calligraphy skill was low. As of last week, I decided to raise that skill up to some more respectable levels… and especially so that I could contribute a dad joke to the weekly Poetry Jam that happens on Saturday afternoons.”

The Ancient Gaming Noob: Forty

“Technically one of the skills I got at 40 was the ability to wear mail armor, but I am putting it in its own category because this feature is on my list of ‘Why?’ questions that go back to vanilla WoW. Playing WoW Classic has reminded me of that list and I should probably do a post on it. But still, why did Blizz think that changing armor type at level 40 was a good idea? They got rid of that, but only much later.”

MMO Fallout: Is it safe to admit that Ashes of Creation Apocalypse failed?

“But similar to Planetside Arena, the public did not take to Ashes of Creation Apocalypse kindly or with much interest at all. Steam charts show that the title peaked at 288 concurrent players in October 2019 and over the last three months has quickly dwindled to a peak of 21 with an average of seven. Recent reviews put the title at a 14% ‘very negative’ rating and as I am writing this piece there is one person online probably wondering why the queue timer is reaching well over several hours.”

Every day there are tons of terrific, insightful, and unusual articles posted across the MMO gaming blogosphere — and every day, Justin reads as many as he can. Global Chat is a sampling of noteworthy essays, rants, and guides from the past few weeks of MMO discourse.

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Phaserlight

I believe the last time I engaged in “binge-play” was the mid 00’s when I tied my laptop to the bottom of the upper bunk so I could lay flat in bed while playing Vendetta.

Alyn
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Alyn

Yes ,(looks around timidly), yes I have. Especially in the earlier days on the weekends I might not get to bed until way late.

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hurbster

I have a huge amount of content to get through with Bytor before Greymoor is released in June. Base game, Craglorn, Wrothgar, Morrowind, Summerset, Elsweyr – and that’s not including things like Murkmire and Clockwork City and the Thieves and Assassins Guild quests.

And because I’m an idiot I’ll be doing them all in order so not even looking at them until I’ve done Coldharbour and Cadwell’s Silver and Gold.

Also I might have just bought Football Manager 2020 in a sale…

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MurderHobo

I binge long and hard, but these days infrequently. I’ve spent most of my life in front of a terminal. Gaming of some sort was just another thread, woven in among the IT drudgery and sandbagging of bad ideas. I operated a pair of industrial bore lathes while going to school, and got through the shifts with an open telnet port to my roleplay MU*. Air-gauge a bearing, tab to terminal and type out the next bit of roleplay. It kept me from sticking my head in the press (And also meant I checked more parts than anyone else on the floor).

I’m picky about what I play, though. Very picky.

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NeoWolf

I used to binge MMO’s big time, but as you get older things tend to hold your attention for less duration as you have more and more things demanding your time lol So the option to binge them becomes more difficult to do.

These days I am more an hour of this, an hour of that… etc..

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Schmidt.Capela

The fact I don’t binge play MMOs anymore is in large part why I’m not currently playing subscription MMOs anymore.

For a subscription to feel worthwhile, for me at least, I need to spend as much time as possible playing the game I’m subscribed to. Since I don’t do that anymore — instead, I play whichever game catches my fancy at any given time — then subscribing to a game makes me feel like I’m wasting money, whereas B2P or even F2P usually make me feel like the money I spend on the game is still useful even if I take one of my regular breaks.

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kjempff

I have always been a one game at a time player, so I guess that qualify as binge.
The “enjoying at a slower pace” remark I don’t agree with. I find that I am not getting the full experience of a game, if I “context switch” a lot.. It is not about slow or fast pace. You could also call it Immersion, even if the game is just a simple one without world or story.

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Covynant001

Same here, one game, and only one game at a time, single player or MMORPG until its “finished.” (Or I am finished with them)

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Pandalulz

MMOs have always been binge entertainment. I binge much less now than I did in 2005 when I was single, no kid, and would come home from work and play WoW for at least four hours straight with breaks only to pee and eat. Now, even when the only game I’m playing is FFXIV, I’m merely squeezing it into the sparse patches of spare time where I can.

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TomTurtle

I binge enterainment in general. I tend to focus on one thing, enjoy it a lot, and then eventually move on. With MMOs in particular, I struggle to think of doing a balancing act of playing multiple at a time, sampling each on a regular basis.

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Daniel Reasor

I do take take long breaks from games when their business model dictates the pace of play in current content and the game feels designed to waste my time as a result. Catching up when I come back always calls for a brief binge.