The Daily Grind: How do you occupy yourself when your MMO is offline all day?

    
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As promised, Daybreak’s entire suite of MMORPGs is offline for 24 hours today, which means DCUO, EverQuest, and PlanetSide 2 fans are going to be looking for something to do. While some folks retreat to Twitter to crack 420 jokes (go ahead, it’s bound to happen), I’m hoping y’all have something better to do.

A lot of gamers will be at work or school and the downtime really won’t affect them. Other gamers have legions of MMOs and a Steam account just waiting for their attention, so no big deal that one of their titles is AFK. Hey maybe you’ll scrap gaming altogether and do something good for yourself like squeeze in an extra leg day! Then you can feel smug about sitting on your butt the rest of the week partaking of the bonus experience events Daybreak’s promised.

But for some folks, these games are the only games they play, and having them go offline for an extended period is irritating when you know nothing can quite replace them. I’m remembering how I had just gotten back into LOTRO last year when it suffered weeks’ worth of outages. That was beyond frustrating.

How do you normally occupy yourself when your MMO is offline all day?

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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Axetwin .

Mastu……uhhh……….it’s not hard to find some rabbithole to jump down on Youtube.

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I read news, or game news here, or watch some streaming movies, or some Twitch streamers playing, or if power’s totally out, I find something else to do. That usually involves being bored as F which usually leads to me sitting there with a candle flickering and staring at a wall in the dark.

(I just found out power is going off from 10PM-6 AM in 2 days…which would be fine and dandy if I could sleep through it, but I was diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea recently so I require a powered machine to sleep nowadays, which with no power, means no functionality and thus no sleep. Guess I get to be up/bored all night then sleep.)

Lately I’ve been doing a workout every day for a month(Had to take a break today/yesterday…I overdid the other day and washed all my windows inside/out and my arm’s aching..so I needed a heal day or two for my bad shoulder/arm..was feeling like it was splintering), so I guess I could throw that into that time period, but that’s max an hour and a halfish, but probably only more like 45 minutes…

I’m not particularly a fan of reading books anymore (Read online all day), but I occasionally pick one up if I’m excruciatingly bored. Other than that, not much to do in my place other than basic chores, and I’m mostly caught up with those now and maintain dishes as I make em.

I’m single, and no kids/pets, so I don’t exactly have a lot of disasters or other things that need cleaned up.

(I also have semi severe OCD, so other than my couple of explosion areas of clutter, I basically keep everything a certain way. With the pandemic going on, I’m listening to those instincts because they are what keep you alive during events like this, and so there’s an occasional pile on the floor where it’s told me to just drop some papers/mail or something like grocery bags and wait till it’s ‘safe’…after a few days.)

Now that I’m feeling a little better sometimes, I go for a bit of a walk. But I can’t walk long distances with all my other health issues (Born with club feet and have had lung issues my whole life, which people claimed were asthma, but which inhalers has never helped…and which I recently had a scan show a mass UNDER my lung growing there…so workouts leave me gasping for breathe for about 2-5 minutes after. Basically an improperly diagnosed illness of some type.).

So I lead a really rather boring life compared to what many people can do…

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angrakhan

Play Grim Dawn or other guilty pleasure single player games.

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Ardra Diva

there’s always another show to binge-watch. so many shows, so little time.

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Brazen Bondar

I’ll jump on the life bandwagon. I know outside is scary right now, so if you can’t go outside, then throw on a sweater, open a window and sit beside it and read or do something creative. And when I say creative I am not conflating that with something good. Your creative energy doesn’t need to produce something good enough to sell on Instagram. It’s just about giving yourself permission to be creative. I taught myself how to code once when I was waiting….can I code a game? No, but it was an interesting and fun project. Then I took on learning how to edit film. Nope…didn’t lead to Hollywood, but I did cobble together enough to make the family groan! LOL fun stuff.

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Ken from Chicago

I like to make animated videos.

Unless I give in to weakness and return to my old haunt, CIVILIZATION 5. 😱🤣🤣🤣 #OneMoreTurn

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I no longer have access to Star wars the Old Republic because my laptop is broke. I’m listening to some of the soundtrack off of YouTube and also painting some of the minis from the board games and watching the movies. I’m also reading the script and seeing how the script influenced the movie and checking the voices and sounds in the movies that were picked for the game. It’s interesting to see how the media and sound effects are truly canonical. It is an art form in and of itself to see lucasfilm appropriate assets correctly.

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Karma_Mule

I have so very many games in my backlog (thanks HumbleBundle and Steam!) I always have some alternative new game to check out.

It also helps that I don’t have “one MMO to rule them all” in terms of it being my home. While I play ESO the most I can also happily dive into Wow, FF XIV, or SWTOR if I’m not in the mood to explore my backlog and ESO is down for the moment.

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SmiteDoctor

I shit post on Facebook, Reddit, and Massively OP.

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Jon Wax

life… uh… finds a way…

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