The Daily Grind: Which MMO had the best player community in 2020?

    
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So here’s a fun Daily Grind we’ve been doing for the last few years, and it seems fitting to bring it back around today, does it not? And extra fitting to run this one in 2020, a year when COVID literally drove more people than ever into MMORPGs and online video games, and it wasn’t just because of boredom or excess time – it was also because online games are and have always been havens for socializing and comfort and cameraderie.

As we’ve noted in the past, most MMOs have toxic pockets living alongside the kinds of gamers who people who help newbies and run charity events and put on concerts and hold memorials and create the moments that we flag for warm fuzzies posts. And it’s really obvious which type of gamer is doing the most good for the games and giving them the reputations that drive new player acquisition and retention and conversion.

Which MMO had the best player community in 2020 specifically?

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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ihatevnecks

Not sure which one it is, but after coming back for a bit for Shadowlands, I can confidently say it sure as shit isn’t World of Warcraft.

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SerChucklez

For me, and it’s a dieing community, Aion. Yes, if you complain on world chat they will chew you up and tell you to get over it. But when it comes to just asking for help, you will get a response from everyone, even the elites will give you a response. Ask one of the elites for advice on your class they will give you their advice and opinion on it.

FF14 was a not good one for me, maybe it was not good. I either got salt or just no response at all. Good golly how hard is it to say hi.

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Trip Graham

For me it would probably either be EVE or a super obscure one called TLPO which only has a few thousand players

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Dan S

Having played multiple mmos (ffxi, ffxiv eso, wow and numerous others) I believe 14 has the best community, with lotro coming in at a close 2nd. For the most part they’re nice, friendly and willing to help. However many of the elitist, snobby, toxic wow players have begun invading the worlds of eorzea (i expect the expected backlash, only further proving my point)

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IronSalamander8 .

I’ve had very good luck with FF14’s community. Far better than the encounters I’ve had in SWTOR or WoW, or even EQ.

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Vlad Matejka

It’s a toss up between LOTRO and Warframe for me… It’s been over 10 years in Lotro and while I can only speak for the server I’m on mostly, it has always been friendly and we’ll mannered. The server merges changed that a but, but the same people are still there and the dedication to player events is astounding. I wish there was more forgiveness in raiding groups to inexperienced players, but every once in awhile someone takes up the helm and coordinates mature raids willing to teach and learn.

Warframe in general I find has a friendly community. Tons of players and always playing in PUGs, but so many nice people found. That says something. Vets of the game giving away rare items all the time and no end in friendly advice and people wanting to promote teamwork.

There are pockets of toxicity in these games as in any game, but LOTRO and Warframe come to mind as two games that have great communities in their own way. Both can be very complex, but lots of people dedicated to helping, testing mechanics and stat math, etc. It’s easy to find info with so many people willing to provide it.

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Delphos

FFXIV is by far the best mmorpg community actualy! Vast majority of people is friendly, helpfull and very welcoming, i’ve been playing it for the last 5 years and i only community i’ve seen on this level, and a little above even was good old Everquest back then!

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EmberStar

No game community that I was part of. Probably *not* because I was part of it (I’m not that influential. I’m barely *visible* most of the time.) But the game communities I watch were mostly filled with whining about lack of content, blasting the devs because content added wasn’t what *they* wanted, or just generally bickering and sniping at each other.

Visible community in (for example) Ark: Survival Evolved is about 5% people being happy with the game or helpful to each other, and 95% “Fix your damn game!” (usually with no explanation of what is broken) and people crowing that they just trashed some n00b in PVP. Or said n00b being justifiably pissed that they had a thatch hut and a couple of dodos and logged in to discover that someone with a couple of giganotasoaurs had taken the time to personally destroy everything they owned. In my opinion, not at all helped by the fact that the Ark Dev Tracker shows that they have all the time in the world to get into slap fights with trolls on Twitter, but don’t seem to even be aware of their own forums anymore. (And especially not the bug reports.)

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Rndomuser

FFXIV and EVE. FFXIV has the friendliest and most welcoming community out of any MMORPG I’ve ever played, especially compared to WoW (doesn’t matter Classic or Retail), especially on servers with largest RP population and/or largest population of LGBT players. It’s one of the best “social interaction” multiplayer game I’ve ever played (VRchat being another one). EVE doesn’t have the most welcoming community, however it has the most creative (when it comes to utilizing in-game mechanics) and most intelligent people overall because the gameplay heavily discourages people who are lazy, have low attention span and less intelligent from playing it. And it’s much more enjoyable to play against, or with the players who are very creative and intelligent when it comes to PvP.

Sure, both have some sociopathic players or just selfish players but the amount of them is much smaller than in games such as WoW (doesn’t matter if it is Classic or Retail) or ESO, at least in my personal experience (which may not necessarily be similar to experience of other people).

P.S: As for people who mention WoW Classic – I don’t know in which reality you played it, but I played it on Faerlina, both as Horde and Alliance and both sides had plenty of toxic players, trolls or just dumb kids in general.
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Bruno Brito

Isn’t Faerlina the main streamer realm? I’m highly sure it’s Asmon’s realm.

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Oleg Chebeneev

EVE community never fails to amaze. It is also higher IQ overal than the rest of MMOs