Global Chat: Are login rewards actually evil?


What could be evil about game studios giving out daily treats to its players? Settle back, folks, because Going Commando is going to tell you why these systems are actually from Satan’s bowels as they head to SWTOR:

“Login rewards are a road to resentment and burnout, as I’ll feel compelled to collect them every day to maximise my gains, but at the same time don’t really feel like playing every day, making the whole thing feel like a chore.”

Agree? Disagree? That’s what the comments section is for, but before you head there, read some other MMO essays from around the MMORPG blogging community, including a look at Genshin Impact’s nefarious design, City of Heroes’ inherently weird setup, and more!

Let's get hacking.

Mailvatar: Genshin Impact is a Janus-faced jewel

“I feel Genshin Impact is basically a mashup of two very different types of game, and if you plan on playing it for the long term you’d better like both of those, else you might find yourself having a hard time.”

MMO Juggler: Healing through the pain in FFXIV

“I tried to contribute more DPS, but somewhere about halfway through the fight, I lagged to another death. I respawned, took the shortcut, but that still left a lot of ground to cover before reaching the boss. One by one the group succumbed, and I felt bad about that but I couldn’t really do much.”

Contains Moderate Peril: Revisiting LOTRO’s landscape soldiers

“Another disappointing aspect of the landscape/skirmish soldier is that they have no associated backstory and therefore I have no emotional connection or investment in them. They are no more than a meat shield.”

24 Hours In: The first four

“It does beg the question — why would anyone want to be a cop in Paragon City?  In a place where even the common street criminals are necromancers or in league with demons, and the Capes get the credit for everything anyway, there’s surely got to be an easier way to make a living.”

Swordroll’s Blog: Wizard101 Karamelle Zeke quest guide

“Zeke’s quest in Wizard101’s latest world – Karamelle – requires tracking down the Lemon-Heads, which is perhaps a dual reference to the band of the same name (a staple for Zeke quests) and to a type of candy. It’s a perfect fit for Karamelle! Here’s where to find all of the Lemon-Heads so that you can grab your training point from Prospector Zeke in Karamelle!”

Many Welps: Sea of Thieves — A pirate’s life might be for me

“As terrible as most of this sounds I actually had a lot of fun playing this. I had no idea what to expect going in but I was not disappointed in the gameplay. It feels like Elite: Dangerous, Guns of Icarus, and The Hunt all mixed together.”

Every day there are tons of terrific, insightful, and unusual articles posted across the MMO gaming blogosphere — and every day, Justin reads as many as he can. Global Chat is a sampling of noteworthy essays, rants, and guides from the past few weeks of MMO discourse.
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