The Daily Grind: What’s your go-to MMO for quick gaming sessions?

    
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The other day in the MOP virtual office, Chris and I were talking about how we’re kind of glad to see Torchlight 3 appear on the scene — not because we think it’s anything revolutionary (at least, not right now), but because it’s always welcome to have an online game that caters to bite-sized gaming sessions when you don’t have time for an extended adventure.

Do you have MMOs and online games that deliver satisfaction in shorter sessions? Which MMO do you go to when you only have, say, a half-hour to play and you want to feel like you actually get something done and make some sort of progress?

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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Rodrigo Dias Costa

Right now, Temtem. Since it’s on EA, I don’t want to rush it, so I’m playing just a bit each day, taking my time to enjoy the scenery and battling a handful times.

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xpsync

With a question like that it’s most evident why mmorpg’s are dead.

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Bruno Brito

Ragnarok.

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Morgan

It doesn’t really seem possible to do that in mmos. I guess in GW2 I used to just log in wait for a group on a world boss finish it then log out. Yup honestly just currently playing Gauntlet until Conan Chop Chop comes around.

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Morgan

Thats not to say I dont wish it were so. I wish I could log in log out of WoW PvP like i do a sesh of LoL but thats never gonna happen cause gotta grind that gear for some ridiculously stupid reason.

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EmberStar

At this point I only really play Warframe and Star Trek Online as online games. Either one sort of works to just log in for half an hour, shoot something and then be done for a while. In fact it’s sort of all I’ve been doing in Star Trek Online – they’ve been running events back to back to back to back with no breaks, and I’m honestly sort of burned out on doing anything but the bare minimum to earn the event progress.

I play Space Engineers and Ark too, but only single player and offline. And neither one is really suited to getting anything done in short sessions. Heck, given how often I ~Squirrel!~ ehem. How easily I get distracted in Ark, I need to play for a couple of hours just to accomplish anything at all. If I start out trying to collect resources to build on my fort I’ll spot a really high level creature and want to change direction to tame it before it despawns or gets eaten. Then I’ll want to make a saddle for it (for the extra armor and to make it easier to place it) or I’ll have to collect more crystal to make more cryopods. And as I put it in the cryo storage I’ll realize that I’m running low on charge batteries or gas for the generator, and…

Same sort of thing happens in Space Engineers. I don’t run tons of mods, mostly just Modular Encounters to add a variety of NPC encounters, with add ons that spawn cargo ships and stations on planets. So a “simple” mining trip might be interrupted by a very valuable (or dangerous) ship appearing where it’s going to fly past some of my stuff, and I either want to try to catch it for salvage or make sure it doesn’t shoot everything up. And so on.

I honestly kind of envy the people who make Youtube videos, since they always seem so organized. Even though I know that’s in large part because they often play with resource rates turned *way* up, and also because they’ll edit out the three hours they spent mining rocks before actually accomplishing anything. :(

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kjempff

Can’t say that I really ever played a mmorp as a quick gaming session. Hardly play any game like that. For quick sessions I usually watch some content from a youtube channel that I am subbed to; it just feels like a better use of my time.

But to mention one mmoish game that I take breaks in easily, Warframe.

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Malcolm Swoboda

A few SWTOR quests.

Used to be a round of quicker RIFT content, but I don’t think it was ever Secret World because loading up the game would take too long.

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EvasiveDice

Ffxiv for a few daily duty finder bonuses. Quick crafting to put up items on the retainer. Total time around an hour or 2 tops. Maybe a few tribe quests. Believe it or not…..also BDO. Pop a 60 min item scrolls and other similar 60 min buffs. Go to town for that hour, make some millions then just hop off. Those are my only 2 quickie games and games in general where I can pop on and off with 1-2 hours tops that yield big gains.

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Oleg Chebeneev

Used to be WoW battlegrounds.

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Demon of Razgriz

STO. Pop in, shoot some ships, blow some steam, then leave.