The Daily Grind: What’s the oldest MMO change or update you’re still a little angry about?

    
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The stuff that you have, does someone have a claim on it?

I still find Final Fantasy XI‘s old vague patch notes so annoying (“The potency of certain actions has been adjusted”) that I named an entire column after it. It’s tongue-in-cheek, but the reference is still there. But even that pales to the people who are still angry about Ultima Online’s Trammel, approximately two centuries after that happened. And you know as well as I do that they’re still out there, certain that this time global open PvP will work out even as games with it don’t work out well.

We all have some things that stick in our craw longer than they should, of course, and hopefully we recognize that these things are kind of silly despite our best efforts. But just recognizing that fact doesn’t take away the frustration, even if we can acknowledge that it should be far in our rear-view mirror and irrelevant at the moment. So what’s the oldest MMO change or update you’re still a little angry about? Even if you recognize that you’re wrong?

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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Travis Laborde

SWTOR companion removal. Then WoW (and SWTOR) dumbing down the talent trees.

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K8 D

Getting rid of the separate race starting zones in Forsaken World. They’ve added the zones back over the years SORT OF. It just doesn’t feel as nice.

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Sarah Cushaway

Two things: when they nuked hunter ammo in WoW (yep, I liked it, as it added a level of immersion to the class) and when they turned survival hunter into the abomination it is now.

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notReginald VelJohnson

Cross-realm anything in WoW.

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TechnoSpice

Dailies.
The advent of weeklies *instead* of dailies made it slightly less horrifying but dailies is the worst invention to MMOs of the year all years.

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Dom Antas

The Secret World update to The Secret World Legends

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Malcolm Swoboda

WoW Cata questing changes.

RIFT Nightmare Tide P2W

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Malcolm Swoboda

Wow a lot said Cata LOL

quark1020
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quark1020

Will of the Forsaken nerf…..

….not really, but I still type that in when I’m canceling any subscription. I’m not letting that die.

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Turing fail

Asking me to remember back to the Before Times is just cruel… after ~a year of pandemic-induced exile, remembering what day it is (without my Cruel Mistress Outlook’s incessant reminders) is challenging enough.

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PhoenixDfire

This is going to be an old one but when they completely changed the combat system in The Matrix Online (Let’s see who’s old enough to remember that one). The first combat system was OK, not great but acceptable but someone decided that, instead of fleshing out the mission system some more or adding more dynamic events, they would re-write the combat system with something just as bad.

There were about 30 to 40 thousand players at that point but when the new combat system hit, numbers really started to take a dive and it never recovered. I can’t remember if it was a monolith or SOE choice. It was such a shame because the MXO community was one of the nicest MMO crowds I found and they deserved so much better.

Zulika Mi-Nam
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Zulika Mi-Nam

That was a kick in the gnads.

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PhoenixDfire

PUNT!