The Daily Grind: Would you rather be in a guild of strangers or alone in an MMO?

    
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Back in my day when I started playing MMOs, I took it as pretty well understood that you were going to want to join a guild of some sort. The guild mechanics in Final Fantasy XI weren’t very robust at all, coming down to just a chat channel, but the important point was that you were expected to have some sort of player organization to help back you up in the game. Even if, you know, the one you wound up with were kind of people you didn’t like.

This isn’t really the case any longer, I find. These days, if you’d like to be alone in a game, you can probably do so without meaningfully impacting your ability to get content done, at least through the leveling experience and quite possibly longer. But making it voluntary doesn’t mean that people don’t still band together even out of instinct. So would you rather be in a guild of strangers in an MMO or be all by your lonesome? Which do you tend toward in a new game?

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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MilitiaMasterV
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MilitiaMasterV

I’d rather be alone, humanity disgusts me lately.

Occasionally I have questions that others could answer, but it’s just as easy to deal with tossing it into a general chat than dealing with other people in a guild.

Also, rarely do you get a legit answer from either source, usually just someone trolling you instead of actually knowing/answering.

For example, I have been theorycrafting a change to one of my characters on ESO who WAS a healer (But as the character’s name of Unsure-Of-Healing-Ability suggested) I was changing it to a hybrid heal/tank, and was pondering ideas, needing suggestions for a set, and asked the only person online on my friend’s list (They weren’t versed in tanks), and asked the guild (Only got a smarmy answer about a PvP set), and figured asking local zone would just get me trolled, so I went and looked it up instead. Ended up just settling for a set I had a lot of pieces of that vaguely does what I prefer for a tank anyway. I had a mechanical question of note also, but didn’t know who would even be the person to ask that.

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ashiru_1978

Better to be in a guild, because if you want help, you may find it, but being alone is tougher. In a guild you can always pretend to be friendly or care and when you need alone time, just don’t pay attention to guild chat.

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Victor Barreiro Jr.

Por que no los dos?

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Estranged

They won’t be strangers for long. That’s just how I roll.

EmberStar
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EmberStar

I would definitely rather be alone. I’m in exactly three guild/fleet/clan things.

In Warframe, I have a solo clan so that I can get the blueprints for the handful of clan-only weapons that they still randomly add from time to time. And eventually I might make another attempt to decorate the dojo, now that I no longer seem to be crashing every third or fourth time I place something. And I’ve been playing and accumulating resources in that game for years, so I can afford the cost of research to unlock the blueprints.

In Star Trek Online, I have both a redside and blueside solo fleet. Fleet projects in that game do NOT scale with the size of the fleet, and there’s less than no chance I’d be able to unlock even the lowest level. I found people willing to help me start those fleets and then leave, and the fleets exist *completely* because for the longest time there was no other way to block random fleet invites from complete strangers.

*Edit* And as I’ve mentioned elsewhere, I’ll play games like Ark or Conan Exiles exclusively in offline singleplayer mode. Aside from not wanting to deal with people I don’t know in a game like that, I just prefer some of the handful of advantages to playing those in single player. A main one being that time in the game stops when I’m not playing. If I want to do something else for a month then I just do that, instead of worrying that my stuff will decay out of existence and all my pets/followers will die.

I made one attempt to play Space Engineers on an official server, rather than just in single player. That attempt ended abruptly when real life happened and I didn’t log in for a whole week. And when I did log in again, it was to discover that everything I owned had been deleted “due to inactivity.” Since dozens of hours of work had just vanished with no chance to get it back, I had less than zero reason to keep playing on that server.

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Saluka

If it’s just a second LFG channel because it’s just a bunch of randoms together than better off without.

If it’s a bunch of people you randomly see frequently but don’t know and has the same mindset as you but you don’t really care either way for friendship I guess that would be fine as long as their helpful and assist with progression.

Anything like required log in times and DKP system I don’t have time for that anymore being an older gamer especially when it’s with strangers / semi strangers.

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Rick Mills

Depends on how good their guild traders are…

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Castagere Shaikura

Back in the day of those first-generation MMO’s I was all in for guilds. Today not so much. The MMO community has just become too toxic and being in some of these guilds today kills my fun most of the time. And the infighting seems to be all about who gets to be on the next raid team.

Demon of Razgriz
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Demon of Razgriz

Or those that treat the guild like a job. I was in one on CoX the Original and hadn’t logged in for about two weeks because of illness. When I logged in to check mail and stuff, I had a few “either donate or be kicked” messages. When I sent a message about the situation, instead of a “hey I understand take your time and get better”, it was “so when can you start donating again?”. I promptly quit on the spot.

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Does not check email

Humans are trash

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Malcolm Swoboda

At this point, alone. It’ll either be me, my partner and I, a select group of friends, or a casual larger group that I’ve come to be familiar with.

Otherwise I guess a zerg guild for funsies.

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Robert Mann

Depends on the strangers. If they aren’t the foul side of MMO people, AND are willing to engage and talk, I’m cool with that. If they are foul, or won’t talk, I’m out and I’d rather be alone.