The Daily Grind: Do you enjoy speculating about the future of your favorite MMOs?

    
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It blows my mind just a little bit when it runs out people really dislike speculating about games, but I also sort of get it. For some people, speculation is an act of prediction, and if you’re consistently wrong it’s disheartening. It’s a bit of a different ball game when you look at speculation more as a guessing game when you know you’re as likely to be wrong as right, rather than just trying to forecast the things you want to see in the game.

Obviously, though, I love speculating. I enjoy looking at evidence and making a reasonable prediction, then refining it over time; heck, sometimes you wind up with speculation being precisely what winds up happening after all. (Like when I speculated that making allied race Death Knights would be a pre-order bonus in World of Warcraft ahead of the next expansion.) If you’re wrong? Well, no big issue; that happens.

But what about you, dear readers? Do you like speculating about your preferred MMOs, or would you rather just see what happens when it happens?

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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Covynant001
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Covynant001

I prefer to speculate about in development MMORPGs which I might play in the future, current ones not so much since I haven’t played any in over 3 yrs.

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Castagere Shaikura

Maybe when I was new to the genre back in those early days of the MMO. But not anymore. No time to get caught up in rumors.

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Zero_1_Zerum

I’m very cynical. So, no, I don’t enjoy speculating about the future. Because my “predictions” tend to be like, “In the future, MMOs will be designed to be even more like money sucking microtransaction treadmills for whales.”

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Castagere Shaikura

LOL yeah, that’s pretty much my feelings these days.

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Oleg Chebeneev

Yeah. I did alot speculation about future WOW expansion (especially in early days) and about the future of SC. CIG exceeded my expectations in tech and features department, but didnt meet them in development speed

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Bruno Brito

More interested in speculating about shitty games crashing and burning.

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Mewmew

I don’t think it has to do with being right or wrong for most people. For the ones that that kind of thing matters, they usually remind us every time they’re right and we just forget what was guessed otherwise.

It’s a different thing if you are a content creator or blog writer with your name in lights, people don’t forget as easy then and may enjoy pointing out how off you were when you got it wrong. But for the average person writing comments making predictions, we don’t usually remember or care if they were right or wrong.

If I really am that curious I do sometimes let other people speculate and in the end, see what got the most upvotes. I don’t enjoy being part of the speculating process though. What happens will happen and my guessing doesn’t change anything (usually anyway, I’m sure there have been a few times where the Devs have taken popular speculation that wasn’t planned and made it actually happen in-game).

I’m not really a person that enjoys rumors, I’m more into facts. That could be part of it.

Maybe it simply doesn’t matter enough to me. I’d get more enjoyment speculating what my cat is going to do during the night than speculating on future game developments.

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Ashfyn Ninegold

I’m always surprised when games go. For a long time I subscribed to the They-wouldn’t-do-anything-so-stupid school of wishful thinking, which always ended with me disappointed when they did. I read the tea leaves a bit more closely these days, but I’m still surprised what games do.

Gaming companies on the other hand are no surprise and it doesn’t take a Harvard MBA to see where things are going and that makes it more fun to speculate on a slightly bigger scale than individual games.

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Sorenthaz

Not really. When I get tidbits of info if it’s something I’m really interested or engaged in I might speculate, or I might compile a wishlist of what I wish could happen, but that’s about it.

Main example would be connecting the dots to conclude Gilneans would end up being inflicted with the Worgen curse and those were who we’d play as in Cata after the initial leak involving the Halloween worgen masks. Or I guess in FFXIV I get hopeful with the teasers and such and try to guess to a basic extent as to what’s going to happen, but more just get overall eager to see what will happen.

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NeoWolf

I like surprises, so no not really :)

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Carebear

the most fun I had of MMOs the last 5-6 years was to discuss about them and anticipate to play them… until they were out and found out they are crap.