The Daily Grind: How good are you at spacing out your MMO content consumption?

    
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The Daily Grind: How good are you at spacing out your MMO content consumption?

I know people in Final Fantasy XIV who have already finished getting all of their Skysteel Tools fully upgraded. This is, in and of itself, not shocking; getting a Skysteel Tool finished is not tremendously difficult, merely time-consuming, since you have a whole lot of crafting and gathering to do. But it does mean that they now have these tools fully upgraded… in preparation for a next step that will not be here for more than two months from now. Perhaps a bit premature, that.

Not that I can actually blame them or anything. When you see a goal that needs to be accomplished, you want to get it cleared, even if objectively you know you’ve got more time to do it. But pacing things out so that you’re not driving yourself crazy with clearing content is also kind of important. So how good are you at spacing out your MMO content consumption? Do you try to let new content take you a reasonable amount of time, or do you tend to rush through what you want to get done and then head off to do other things for a long while?

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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Schmidt.Capela

I sincerely don’t even try. I play whatever I damn please at whichever time I damn please (real life permitting), and if there is no further content available in the MMO, well, that’s what my backlog is for.

Which, BTW, is why I utterly and completely hate time-limited content; that crud attempts to dictate when I play it. Since that is content that I can’t freely choose when to play, I instead choose to never play it at all. That only applies to online games, mind, because with offline ones, like Animal Crossing, I can just use mods and cheats to have the “limited” content active whenever I feel like playing it.

One big caveat, though; I try to not let rewards influence what I choose to play (and I intentionally and forcibly ignore any and every way of obtaining a reward that involves RNG to boot), which means I will only play content if I truly feel like playing it and would have done so even if there was no attached reward. If that leaves me too underpowered to progress, as can easily happen if content I need to do is boring, frustrating, or otherwise lacking in fun — well, that’s also what my backlog is for.

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Brazen Bondar

I am not a content locust. Thankfully, my job, normally, does not leave me with vast amounts of time to game. Plus, I do not need to be in the first __ (fill in the blank) number of people to finish new content. I just plod along at my own pace. By the time I get to the complicated stuff, other folks have already figured out how to beat it, and I am happy to read their guides. I’m just out here for the stories and to get some crafting done.

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hurbster

As I won’t do content out of order and I have been experimenting with various builds to keep things fun I have literally just finished Elsweyr on my main character. I’m about to do Dragonhold and then I will be ready for Greymoor.

Then I will enjoy going through old content with one of my many alts.

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Castagere Shaikura

I just started playing GW2 after about I rage quit over HOT. I bought the POF on sale and made a new character. Since I’m a vet player since launch I had all kinds of goodies waiting for me. But with the way zones work now I can’t move on to next without completing it and it’s been fun playing this way. Not rushing to do anything has made the game more fun for me.

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2Ton Gamer

Like the majority here, I wanted to be up to date when updates came so I could venture forth with everyone once you downloaded the update and could log in. Those are some fond memories, and even though I technically have more game time now than I did then, I tend to take things at such a casual pace and play what I want vs worrying about end game. I see so many people still up in arms with every update about broken things or new grind, and I’m so glad to be so far behind that by the time I get to those areas, I do not have to worry about broken or unfair grinds and usually I can just play the area out-leveled if I choose and just enjoy the content.

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Castagere Shaikura

This is so true. It’s really been a fun game to me now that I’m just taking it easy and really enjoying exploring everything in a zone and not worrying about story content. It’s a different game for me now.

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Toy Clown

There was a time where I used to consume MMO content as soon as it came out and times where I pulled nearly all-nighters, at the expense of waking up late for work the next day. Those days are behind me now as I’ve settled into the perspective that when it comes to MMO content, it will largely “always be there”. If I know something is limited content, I’ll put my time into completion of objectives if they’ve garnered my interest. The only other content I’ll push to the front of my bucketlist is if I need others to obtain the objective. In those cases, I like to get the content done sooner than later due to how difficult it is to accomplish with lack of people.

Otherwise, everything goes on a bucketlist. If the reward is really appealing, the goal will be pushed up the list.

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Malcolm Swoboda

In a month..

SWTOR – Went from mid-Coruscant to mid-Taris. Can’t tell me that’s too fast when I could have easily done that in a week or less, casually.

FFXIV – Went from the start, to nearing Lv 30 and just beat Ifrit. That’s nice but I could have went much faster.

I now play MMOs once every 1-3 days and for only a few hours tops, each time. Sometimes its a night with two of us playing SWTOR. Sometimes its myself on a weekend with a basic goal.

To be fair, mobile (particularly gacha) games have filled the gaming void. I’d say I’m still playing as much as I did several years ago.

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Java Jawa

Slow, there’s no race and the older you get the more you realize it’s a game.

Moderation!

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Utakata

I space things out by 2 meters or more. I call it content distancing. >.<

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Vincent Clark

Not too long ago, I would consume content at a breakneck pace. You lose so much out of the content when you do that (nuance, story, etc.) I’m definitely more casual about it now and also because of health reasons, I need to spend less time sitting on my ass in front of a computer (sciatica).

So now, I limit my game time in one hour blocks–and to be honest, I find that I’m more productive and enjoy the content more.