The Daily Grind: What’s your ‘palate cleanser’ MMO or MMO zone?

    
19
The Daily Grind: What’s your ‘palate cleanser’ MMO or MMO zone?

A few weeks back, Justin said something on the MOP Podcast that stuck with me. He was talking about how he liked to go back to Hoth on Star Wars: The Old Republic because it was like a visual palate cleanser. Instead of seeming bleak or empty, instead it made him feel calm after other zones that were a visual jumble. It gave him some space, some breathing room.

I think this is different from questions about comfort food MMOs; this idea isn’t about making you feel cozy but about making you feel peaceful and refreshed. For example, for me, going into the Mos Eisley cantina in SWG Legends? That’s comfort food. Driving around empty areas of Corellia, where there’s nothing but trees and sunsets? Palate cleanser, something to wash away the chaos of where you were before so you can prepare for the next round of chaos.

What’s your “palate cleanser” MMO zone – or even “palate cleanser” MMO by itself?

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!

No posts to display

19
LEAVE A COMMENT

Please Login to comment
  Subscribe  
newest oldest most liked
Subscribe to:
Reader
Kickstarter Donor
Ken from Chicago

CHAMPIONS ONLINE’s Millennium City.

Having moved to a small town where every house on the block is surrounded by green grass and rider mowers are comb the town keeping lawns in check, I finally have the house surrounded by large lawn, something I longed for growing in the hard streets of Chicago, where a tiny patch of green grass and maybe a tiny tree was all you’d get for your house.

That said, I find myself nostalgic for sights and sounds of the city, the cars, the traffic, the noise, the CTA (public buses), the squeal of the L (the public trains) and hard sounds of footsteps on concrete vs dogs, cats, birds, crickets, critters, varmints, etc. in the day and night.

Millennium City gives just enough of the reminders of my hometown–without the insane snow storms of the past decade, and while it probably equals the number of shootings, at least it’s merely fictional people, heroes and criminals being shot. Also, having my own grav bike I can pull out of my pocket and fly at leisure is a nice bonus.

Reader
AceBandage

GW2 – Wayfarer Foothills

Always enjoy snowy areas in my MMO’s, so I love going back to Wayfarer and running the events there.

Reader
Kickstarter Donor
Brazen Bondar

I had to squint when Justin said he liked Hoth. Hoth and Ilum are my two despised places in SWTOR. I generally do not like cold, wintery, all white kind of environments. However, I did add one to my list below.
SWTOR – Ossus (nice mix of desert type environment with those red mountains); TSW – Scorched Desert (I enjoyed the faux emptiness of the place, because if you looked carefully, there was quite a bit going on there); and surprising Carpathian Fangs. I don’t know what it was about that zone, but I could just go and do mindless grinding there for hours.

Reader
FormlessOne

Summerset, in ESO. Sometimes, Artaeum, if only to look at the sky. Clean architecture, pastoral setting, entire areas not overrun by evil.

Reader
Kickstarter Donor
NeoWolf

Desert zones for me, which is odd as IRL I cannot stand the heat and hot environments but in games, I love wide, bright sandy expanses.

Reader
Kickstarter Donor
Pandalulz

I’m the same way. I’m not sure if it’s a “grass is always greener…” thing or what.

Reader
Kickstarter Donor
Pandalulz

Or I guess the lack of grass… *metaphor collapses*

Reader
2Ton Gamer

The Shire in LOTRO, Tatooine in SWTOR and so far I like Elwynn Forest in WoW, although I just got to Booty Bay and was like, whoa this is different!

Reader
Malcolm Swoboda

TSW – Kingsmouth. RIFT – Freemarch or any waste of a Storm Legion zone. SWTOR – Coruscant or actually the fleet. People saying Tatooine I really disagree, that’s my zone to fall asleep to. WoW – the forest of course.

Reader
Utakata

I have a few…

…TERA, World of Warcraft, WildStar and Blade & Soul respectively:

TERA_ScreenShot_20160131_025550.jpg
WoWScrnShot_122118_205557.jpg
Magi_Magika.151213.163713.jpg
Screenshot_200910_000.jpg
Zeph
Reader
Zeph

I have so many of these! Durotar in WoW, Forochel in LotRO, Vvardenfell in ESO, Corellia in SWG, and while not a zone my “home town” in UO was always Skara Brae.

Reader
laelgon

Bree and the Shite in LOTRO. Queensdale in GW2. Sunny, green, open spaces.