The Daily Grind: Are there MMOs you tend to play mostly for events?

    
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Birb

Back in the first season of Guild Wars 2’s living world content, the update cadence meant that there were a lot of little bits of content that amounted to being holiday events. That bothered a lot of players who were hoping for somewhat more substantial updates, but I always think of that when I think of some of my own gameplay habits. Because there are MMOs I find that I’m easily attracted to playing… for a little while, while they’re running special limited-time events, and then I log back off for months.

Obviously I don’t consider this ideal, but it got me thinking that maybe I’m not necessarily alone in this for some games. There may be other people who play games primarily when an event is running and the rest of the time they’re just not inclined to log in. So are there MMOs you tend to play mostly for events? Or are you able to resist the siren’s call of events that might otherwise entice you for games you barely play?

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Malcolm Swoboda

I would for Secret World but…

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NeoWolf

I guess at this point Star Trek Onlne falls mostly into that category for me, as I have 25+ max-level Captains and have done all content multiple times and new content only comes in the form of one or two new episodes once in a blue moon.

So events mostly fill the time, and I’m pretty sure that’s by design by them as giving an incentivized reason to log in each day allows them to inflate the “active” players numbers artificially to make the game seem way more alive than it actually is right now.

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EmberStar

The screenshot you picked is… interesting. Since STO has had a bad habit for over a year or two now of running “special events” more or less constantly. Each one ends only to be immediately replaced by *another* special event where you have to log in at least 75% or so of the days in a given period or lose out on the event reward. If you log in like a good little hamster, the reward is a permanent account unlock for free. If you don’t quite make it, you can throw money at “catch-up” completing it, with the amount reducing the more days you did log in. If you missed the event entirely and want the reward… sucks to be you. They’ll never re-run the event, and if they do offer the item it will be at an absurd price in Mudd’s Store of Scams for People Who Like Being Scammed. (Example: Any normal Tier 6 ship is around $35 to unlock. A returning “special event” ship might show up once on sale for half price… at $85.)

Aside from the part where logging in almost every single day for years is a recipe for burnout… “When every day is special… none of them are.”

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I used to enjoy EVE Online events, but now just login for the “thanks for showing up and boosting our numbers” rewards. Burned out on the zero-sum nature of the in-game scenarios where after killing all the mobs someone else comes in and grabs the loot and tries to kill me.

Warframe events are pretty cool though, if kinda grindy.

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Ironwu

No. I generally avoid the ‘events’ that MMOs put out. Mainly because the rewards are not something I personally go in for. Pets, mounts, outfits, toys, etc.

The only events I regularly do anything in are the ESO ones that provide a reusable, 2 hour, 2x experience booster. Now those I get every time. :)

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Hirku Two

No, events and especially holidays tend to drive me away until they’re over.

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Pandalulz

Nah, I’ll do events if I’m there and it’s convenient, but it doesn’t draw me in.

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Hikari Kenzaki

Yes and no… I tend to have 2-3 games in my nighttime rotation. Right now, we’re typically playing Star Citizen, Guild Wars 2, or Valhalla. Sometimes, a different MMO gets added into the mix and Valhalla will eventually be replaced by another single-player game we’re playing.

New content (not necessarily events as I dislike most holiday events the second time around) like a new story episode, mission, or class usually bumps a game to the top of the main queue.

Certain events like STO recruitment events and BDO Season Servers can draw me in because I get to create a new character (always a bonus) in a game I already enjoy with clear short and long-term objectives.

On the flipside, if it’s a repackaged holiday event with one or two new things added, it’s almost always a nope for me. I used to get sucked into these things, but the appeal has worn off unless there is a thing I really, really want (read that as shiny, white/blue/gold cosmetic pretty bunny thing).

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Loopy

Personally, i rarely participate in in-game events. Usually they’re associated with some external promotion or holiday, which kind of takes me out of the fantasy of the game. Additionally, this tends to introduce things like repeatable quests and also herds a bunch of players into a very small area, which adds to my annoyance.

So my answer is no – quite the opposite.

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Roger Edwards

I play STO because I like it but it just so happens that the game has more events a year than you can shake a stick at. Often it does feel like there’s actually a bit of an event treadmill at the expense of lengthier story driven content. Still, the game offers at least 3 opportunities a year to earn a Tier 6 ship, amid all the other events with lesser rewards.

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