The Daily Grind: At what point do you consider an MMO ‘beaten?’

    
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The Daily Grind: At what point do you consider an MMO ‘beaten?’

“They’re MMOs!” I can hear you saying as you read the title up there. “They’re designed to never be beaten or finished!”

OK, OK, I understand that, but just hear me out here. While that is certainly true, sometimes we get to a point in our games when there is a sense of completion and finality. My wife, for instance, considers every character that dings max level in World of Warcraft at the end of their run and simply starts over (she loves the leveling journey that much). Once I got to the current end of Secret World Legends’ storyline, I felt like I had beaten the game and haven’t returned to it since.

At what point have you or do you consider an MMO as beaten or finished? Is it when you hit the end credits? When you’re done with the main storyline? When you’ve hit personal goals? Or has this thought simply never crossed your mind?

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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Jeremy Barnes

Never.

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Ashfyn Ninegold

Hahahaha.

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Zsokorad

I don’t even beat single player games… I think the last game I “beat” was Star Fox 64.

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kjempff

I have never beaten a mmo, but I can be done with it (permanently or temporarily..well it is always permanently at the time, until it is no longer).
“Done” can be burned out, the game changing, or the game dieing to low population. But beaten as in won the game, that is not a concept a mmo has – in fact if you have beaten the game, you are not playing an actual mmo (either because it isn’t or because you are not playing it as one).

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Schmidt.Capela

When there is no content I can access at my current progression level that I’m willing to play. I will never play through content I dislike just to be allowed to play the content I do want to play.

Incidentally, this means I’m quite likely to leave online-only games (i.e., those where I can’t use cheats or mods to make a piece of bad content acceptable or else skip it) if at any time the task needed to progress is something I’m not keen on doing.

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Jon Camp

In FFXIV I have all my jobs at level 80. I’ve seen all the content I care to, know that getting through the MSQ in a new patch usually only takes a day or 2 and when the next expansion drops I’ll be able to buy my way to viable gear in about 3-4 days anyway, so… as far as I’m concerned I’ve beaten FFXIV until the next expansion.

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zoward

I tend to agree with your wife, much to Blizzard’s chargin (they seem to consider the game to be starting when you hit max level).

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Anstalt

It’s an interesting question, or at least interesting phrasing.

“Beaten” implies some sort of achievement or accomplishment but is also wrapped up with ideas of moving on. “I’ve beaten this game, onto the next”.

I consider myself to have beaten a game when I have mastered playing my character. That includes complete understanding of all the mechanics and usually involves beating the hardest raids and usually doing enough PvP to consider myself a master there too. It doesn’t include gear acquisition, though that usually happens anyway as a consequence of simply playing the game.

But, even once I’ve mastered the game, doesn’t mean I’ll be moving on.

I will move on when the game stops being fun. That can happen at any point in the mastery process. If the mechanics are good enough, with enough depth, then i might play for months or years after I’ve mastered it. If it’s shallow, I’ll probably quit before I achieve mastery as the game will be too boring.

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NeoWolf

When I no longer have any interest in logging in anymore.

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Oleg Chebeneev

Whole 0.0 space is conquered by one alliance in EVE

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Rob Hagaman

Don’t go to Serenity server, then.