The Daily Grind: What’s the longest you’ve gone without playing an MMO?


It’s been a rough fall for me personally as my family is preparing for a move. I’ve spent so much time building and packing and painting, and the reality is I’ve got so much more to do both on the house and on the site. I’ll be really happy if everything goes well and I can sit down in a few months and just enjoy all the work we’ve done.

I’ll be even happier if I can sit down and enjoy an MMO because I’ve had a really hard time justifying playing anything when my to-do list is a Trello board that seems to get longer rather than shorter. And I miss my little online worlds. In a weird way, they keep me grounded.

What’s the longest you’ve gone without playing an MMO? How do you ease yourself back in?

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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Oleg Chebeneev

Not sure but few years.
During Cata I was burned out with WoW and MMOs in general and found a new exciting venue – poker. Studied hard, played professionally, won big. Then quit it to do something else. Dived into making Skyrim modpack The Journey. What was planned to be a few weeks project took me 2 years of fulltime work to finish. There wasnt much gain from it but I had tons of fun doing it. Its like making your own game.

I didnt play MMOs during that time (although was flooding on Massively still ;p). Big return was when Nostalrius launched. Got hooked and played ALOT for 29/39 twinks PvP. Right until it closed. So many memories. Then Project Ascension and that was new fresh experience. Most fun I had in MMOs in recent years was on WoW private servers.

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Maybe a week, and thats maybe a week since the creation of the genre :)

I’ve obviously taken much longer breaks from an individual MMO’s (sometimes a couple of years) but I always have at least two games on the game most of the time so if i’m not in one, I’m typically playing the other, and vice versa and I log in at least one MMO every single night.

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Games are my main source of fun, so I’m always playing something though not necessarily MMOs.

2Ton Gamer

I went like 8 months without playing much of anything while I finished school back in 2013. Was working part time and going to school fulltime and even if I thought about sitting down to play, I just didn’t have the drive or effort to give because those moments were so few and far between. Got out of school, started my career and had more disposable income so I have been doing MMO’s and switching out for survival every few months ever since.


Depends how long you have to play to consider it “really” playing.

I quit SWTOR in Feb 2013 and since then I haven’t really played any MMORPGs. That being said, I have tested out a lot of MMOs, so I’ve played them for a couple of days at a time to see if they are worth my time…..none of them were. I also occasionally dip into WAR’s RoR server, but probably only have about 100-150 hours total in the game over a few years.

So, I would say 7.5 years without playing an MMO, because I haven’t found one worth my time.

Main issue for me: very few new MMORPGs being released at all, and I hate action combat which nearly all the new ones have. It’s so shallow! I just get bored with action combat within 10-15 hours, but an MMO is meant to be played for 100s or 1000s of hours. Thats never gonna happen if the main gameplay loop is boring.

Castagere Shaikura

Back when Morrowind came out I played nothing else for two years.


I went about a year and a half. I had a special needs pet who required a couple of hours of hands-on care a day, and my job at the time was totally emotionally exhausting, so I didn’t have the time and energy for gaming. Once those situations changed – unfortunately my pet died, but fortunately I got a different job – I felt like I was so behind on games that it seemed too daunting to jump back in. It was really the pandemic and not being able to do much else that brought me back.

Two main things helped me get back into it:

1.) Giving myself permission not to play everything. Focusing on 1-2 games until I got caught up on those made it feel like less of a huge task. I’m sure I missed out on potential fun in other games, but I felt much less overwhelmed.

2.) Not being a completionist. I focused mostly on main story and only did things that were fun in the moment. If a quest was boring or frustrating, I would skip it. If I was feeling tired of an area of the map, I would just move on even if I hadn’t seen or done every single thing. It felt like less of a chore if I only did things that were enjoyable.

Basically I think the way to ease back in is to focus on what makes it fun for you, and concentrate on those things instead of trying to do everything at once.

Bryan Correll

About 28 years. Then I started playing EQ.

Hikari Kenzaki

I’m sorry… I don’t understand the question…


I’ve gone years without playing an MMO for any length of time.
My laptop broke, so I was stuck on mobile, tried a few of the MMOs on Android, and didn’t find any I liked. So, it’s been many months since I played any MMO at all.