The Daily Grind: How do you feel about MMO login rewards?

    
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The Daily Grind: How do you feel about MMO login rewards?

When I sit down at the end of my day to get in my two hours of gaming, I always start with a ritual: I’ll quickly log in and out of a handful of MMOs to grab daily rewards. In most of these cases, they’re not even titles I play on a regular basis, but rather are games that I anticipate coming back to at some point. And hey, when that day happens, won’t I be happy to have a backpack full of free goodies?

Daily login rewards seem to straddle the line between helpful and annoying with most players. If you’re already playing a game, hey, free stuff is free stuff. But when it comes to pulling you into other MMOs that you don’t intend to play, it might start to feel like a chore or an obligation to do this regularly.

How do you feel about MMO login rewards? Do you chafe at the blatant attempt to get you to step foot on an MMO’s soil, even if for a few seconds? Or do you refuse to look a digital gift horse in the mouth?

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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alane0314

I’m pretty indifferent to be honest. Also, stop hurting me with Wildstar screen shots.

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MassivelyMacD

If the game is crap, login rewards won’t keep me there.

So, free stuff, yay.

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Rndomuser

I personally do not care if they exist because this is not why I log into games. I also understand it is an effective startegy to encourage some people to play more and spend more money on game (because some people enjoy the process of receiving such rewards and some may be encouraged to keep playing the game after receiving all login rewards or just keep their subscription active even after receiving rewards then logging off), money that can be used by developers for benefits that I care about, including running the servers, so I do not see them as anything negative as long as they do not offer a significant in-game advantage which cannot be gained through other ways.

Also, it is always amusing reading other people’s replies. Especially stuff like “it breaks immersion”, in a video game based on fantasy world, with unrealistic graphics, and poorly animated characters, which most people play by looking at small flat screen monitors with poor contrast ratio and (most likely, for majority of people) inaccurate gamma and white point. You people are really funny with the “immersion” thing ;-)

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Snacky

Pavlovian conditioning.

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NeoWolf

My feelings on log in rewards are mixed.

On the one hand, I mean who doesn’t like free stuff?

But then on the other hand, we all also know they are there as a distraction. An enticing bait to get you logging in regularly to allow them to falsely inflate numbers to mislead others with regard to how active a games playerbase ACTUALLY is. “We have one million concurrent players”..they say, nevermind that the vast majority are only concurrent for the two minutes it takes to log in, get the daily reward and log out again lol

As well, to a lesser degree log in rewards serve as a bandaid to incentivise us over a lack of interesting content that SHOULD otherwise be the reason we are logging in and staying logged in for a period of time.

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ThePeon25

I hate them allot and the worst offenders is eve online and Black desert. First eve onlines are shitty ass rewards and free skill points which I find stupid but then again CCP took it to a new level even selling skill points.

Black desert is so damn in your face about just like their damn HEY BIG SALE ON THIS COMESTIC SHIT YOU DON`T GIVE A DAMN ABOUT.

I can say fine have login rewards but give me a option to 100% never see or hear about it ever again. When playing a mmo today it almost feels like your watching TV or youtube and COMERICAL. Like if I want to spend money I will spend money if I want to log in I will log in stop giving me shit like please login waste more time in out game PLEASE. Get out of here with that shit man.

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Turing fail

I used to like the free ship blueprints in EVE, but since the mineral re-distribution took effect I’m not sure it’s still cost-effective building vs. buying ships.

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Joshuaedwardk

Emersion in a MMORPG is important to me. So, when I login and the first thing that pops up, is a daily login reward, it reeks of desperation & pulls the curtain back on the uglier parts of the game.

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Tobasco da Gama

In general, I hate them. But some are relatively inoffensive. Warframe’s fall in this category, where there’s no “streak” mechanic and you just get the next reward on the list whenever you log in.

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Schlag Sweetleaf

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MilitiaMasterV

I don’t want your free stuff creepy person, it’s probably poisoned!

(Nice job finding a creepy looking avatar to give you the whole stranger danger ‘they might be a serial killer’ ‘don’t trust them’ vibe.)

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MilitiaMasterV

Heh, glad I didn’t make it to exploring Elsweyr much. Never ran across her. She looks sketchy as heck. And since most of the things ESO gives out for daily rewards is something you imbibe, I would not trust that at all!

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Castagere Shaikura

I like ESO’s rewards because they are useful items. Rift on the other hand are so lame that I would just leave them to build up.