The Daily Grind: Would you give an MMO as a gift to someone?

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Video games as gifts are a tradition that stretches back into the era of the NES, when that was basically how you got new video games and wound up suffering for the year because your aged grandmother didn’t know if you wanted The Legend of Zelda or Crappy 8-Bit Movie Adaptation and wound up getting you the bad one. But MMOs are a little different from most gifts because you’re buying someone a gift that is not just a time commitment but potentially a cost.

Giving someone a copy of World of Warcraft isn’t quite like giving someone a copy of Skyrim, after all. And giving a gift within a game like Lord of the Rings Online runs a similar risk of being gone if the servers go down. So would you give an MMO as a gift to someone? Would you want to first make sure it was something that the recipient wanted or had been curious about? Or would you generally prefer to avoid online games in gifting?

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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Probably not. The only one that I might even consider is Warframe. And from *having* recommended it to other people, I’d say it isn’t a good idea. The problem is that as much as I sometimes like Warframe, the learning curve is completely vertical. Every single person I recommended it to quit in less than a month, even when I tried to help them figure things out. :(

Bruno Brito

If i hated the person, sure.

David Goodman

What, like randomly, just “Here, have an MMO!” kind of gift?

Or do I get to ask them if they would like a thing first, and gauge if they are amiable to the idea and accepting of the recurring costs? Or one that they asked for specifically?

If the first, then hell no, who would do that kind of thing to someone?

If the latter… sure, it’s just like any other gift that someone asks for that i’m willing to buy for them, and the fact that it’s an MMO is largely irrelevant.


I would never want to ruin someones life like that…well there is this big orange guy that maybe I would gift an mmo to…and he really loves loot.

Oleg Chebeneev

I did. EVE Online box

Malcolm Swoboda

I could see myself getting something like FFXIV Complete, with its next expansion, next year for my partner, assuming we both get better machines to play it on. No new/upcoming games though.


Only to my wife so that we can play together.


Nope. Because then they might expect me to play the game with them.


I bought ESO for my friend, but only because she had already expressed an interest and it was buy-to-play.

I wouldn’t do so if there was a subscription fee (people really need to figure out their sub budget for themselves) or if the person hadn’t shown any prior interest.

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