One of the things that always strikes me as interesting is the different opinions regarding what an MMO play session should look like. Some people are upset if a game doesn’t offer a good reason to log in and stay logged in for a couple of hours every night. Other people are upset if you can’t log in and play for half an hour every other night and still feel like you’re making forward progress. And still others are logging in for daily maintenance activities every day and logging in for hours and complaining that it’s all maintenance and generally meaningless.
So today, I’m curious to hear your opinions. What is the ideal play session length in an MMO for you? Not which game provides it, no moral component to the answer, just the pure intellectual exercise. If a game’s designers came out and said that you were expected to play at least X times per week for Y hours each time, what would the ideal values of X and Y be for you?