The Daily Grind: Are you honestly having The Fun in your MMO of choice?

    
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The Daily Grind: Are you honestly having The Fun in your MMO of choice?

This is a serious question! A few weeks ago, I was talking to one of our writers about a game he was playing and writing about. He was trying to have fun in the game’s mining system, and I just kept laughing because I cannot think of a single MMORPG where mining is fun. Not one. It’s just not. “Mining isn’t even fun in a good MMO!” I joked.

But that’s not to say I never enjoy it or derive something worthwhile out of it, and that’s what I want to home in on in today’s Daily Grind. For example, as I’m typing this, I just spent a significant part of my weekend crafting schematics for what I estimate was about 150 factory runs in an MMO (SWG Legends, if you’re curious). I’m definitely not going to lie and tell you it was fun. It wasn’t. There’s a lot of stuff in MMOs where I get a little “in the zone” type of buzz from researching or spreadsheeting or accomplishing a goal. I certainly steal little nuggets of curiosity and delight from puzzling things out and finishing a themepark and getting my house to look just so. But most of the stuff in MMOs I would say really creates that sense of genuine “fun” comes from the social side of things, from friends and guildies. Not from the game.

Are you having genuine fun in your MMOs? Or are you playing them to get something different out of them, some other feeling or emotion?

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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K8 D

Yes! I’ve actually been having a blast in GW2 the past few months. Many old friends have started playing again and I think that’s the only reason why I’ve been having so much fun. Games just hit differently when you have friends in it.

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kjempff

I am not sure fun is always what you think it is. Fun is not only the highlights, the best moments. Without downs there can be no ups, and even if it was possible to have only top moments then they would become bland because there would be no reference. What I am saying is that fun is what makes the whole experience enjoyable, not just the moments – So as long as it rewarding as a whole, all of it is fun.
Besides, some find things fun that others find dreadful, and vise versa.
I don’t like story quest grind but I like grinding for xp or materials, others the opposite; Some think constant action is fun, and I find it boring; we both think the opposite is boring, but each of us is having fun with what the other don’t.

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Freddyy

I do enjoy “mining” in Conan Exiles. Chopping away at those stones is quite satisfying.

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MilitiaMasterV

I’m MMO-less again and wandering the pathways of the internets once again. Lately been watching streamers scare the jeebies out of themselves on Phasmophobia. A little before that, it was watching them perfect how to lie and be murderers on Among Us. For a very short time they were on Fall Guys but that didn’t last long. Bop over to GTA5 RP servers and watch some of those occasionally. Did watch some Escape from Tarkov for a bit and enjoyed that, and some bits of DayZ. (The graphics are bad enough to make my motion sickness act up though.)

One of my streamers was watching LoL but he’s just grumbling a bunch and isn’t learning from his mistakes and then is getting pissy with his chat when they make suggestions, so I’ve been starting to wander away. That game’s toxic as crud though, so it’s really just the mentality of a a forced team-based game, where randoms are thrown together and forced to hopefully ‘git gud’ and then one side always has to ‘lose’ so it turns into someone on one of the sides just trolling their team-mates/fighting all game, because they won’t let them out to go to the next game where they hopefully get their ‘win’ fix to get their serotonin boost.

People forget that if someone’s winning, someone’s also losing.

So I don’t know, I’m not sure where to find ‘The Fun’ lately. Some people I can stand, others, I can’t. Some types of games give fun, others don’t. I’m looking for a new game home, but RL isn’t making things easy…and depending on how the election goes, I may be having to head to a border and ask for asylum here soon…so I sure would love if ‘fun’ existed for me right now.

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Pandalulz

My problem is more with just a sense of creeping malaise about gaming in general. But I don’t have anything else to fill the time, so I keep doing it anyway. I think I still enjoy it, but there’s a certain friction I have to get past just to start anymore.

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Utakata

Men who stare at paint… o.O

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NeoWolf

I’ve totally played that! j/k

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NeoWolf

I am having fun, otherwise as @Paul points out below I’d have moved on.
Am I having as much fun as I would like however? that is another question, and one to which the answer would be probably not.

As much as I enjoy the two games I currently play they both have significant issues that cause me concern and disappointments for a variety of reasons and none of which seems to be anything in either they intend to fix anytime soon either.. so if something better came along, then i’d probably drop them in an instant.

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Paul

Hmm, if I’m not having fun I move on – why would you do otherwise lol

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Demon of Razgriz

Nope. STO has become a simple “log in, shoot a few ships, log out”. CoH HC hasn’t given me the same vibe as CoX Original.

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mysecretid

Sounds like it’s time to find a new game that is fun, Raz, online or off.

Cheers,