The Daily Grind: Do you skip annoying content in MMOs?

    
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A while back, there was a thread on the MMORPG subreddit that… OK, it was a bit mean, but there’s a question to be mined there. The gamer was frustrated because his sibling was content to play an MMO – in this case, it happened to be Guild Wars 2 – without going through specific types of content he (the writer) deemed essential, like the personal story. The sibling had apparently just pushed on ahead to Path of Fire and was perfectly content to play that and couldn’t be budged. This upset the Reddit poster. “[My sibling had] no clue who Trahearne is,” the gamer complained.

OK first, really, isn’t everyone better off not knowing who Trahearne is.

But jokes aside, once we discard the undercurrent of elitism here, this seems like exactly the sort of thing Guild Wars 2 in particular was designed for, doesn’t it? Parts of the story are linear, but you can jump in and out as you like and get out of the game whatever you want. If you want to breeze through and ignore most of the story, you can. I’m not sure how having played the personal story, which has very little to do with the current meta anyway, is really an essential factor to enjoying or excelling at Guild Wars 2. The way I see it, if you can skip content that annoys you, then… why wouldn’t you?

How about you? Do you skip annoying content in MMOs?

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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EmberStar

For myself, the answer is yes. I skip lots of stuff. I skip entire games if they’re only PVP. Aside from all the other reasons I’d never buy a Blizzard product, I can see all the *interesting* stuff about Overwatch in the cinematics. None of that amazing world building or character building exists in the game, just people shrieking at each other over voice chat. Fortnite doesn’t even have the interesting story elements, just some costumes that look nice. (But not so nice that I’d play the game to get them.)

More specifically, I’ll skip mission types in Warframe that aren’t easily playable solo. Defection, Interception, Disruption, and anything and everything involving most of the new “boss fights,” because DE is way, way WAY too fond of making them immune to all Warframe powers *and* giving them extensive phases of full invincibility. Trying to play as Nyx, or Mag, or nearly any of the ‘frames I actually enjoy is worse than pointless, it’s a self-inflicted handicap. (Their powers do nothing, and they don’t have the survivability to avoid getting one-shotted repeatedly.)

In Star Trek Online, I avoid “task force” content whenever possible. I can’t avoid it completely, because most of the constant Events to earn exclusive, FOMO time limited rewards require playing either a specific or one of a selection of Task Force missions, every single day.

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Gustav Holst

Yeah I do, thats why I always quit WoW at max level.

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Brazen Bondar

Will try anything if it is necessary to advance the character’s story. If not, will skip, particularly on alts. Do as little annoying content as is humanly possible.

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Anstalt

I will give everything a try at least once, but once I’ve identified annoying content then I’ll skip it if possible. Why waste time on content you don’t enjoy?

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Bannex

I mean I tried to until the entire mmo became annoying. Thanks shadowlands!

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Zero_1_Zerum

If PVP counts as content, then yes. I’m deeply annoyed by PVP, so I always skip it. And I also think achievement hunting is annoying, so I skip that, too.

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Fisty

I try to skip all of the escorts and low drop rates I can. If the reward is worth it, I’ll struggle through, but that is pretty rare.

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NeoWolf

PvP and Raids, beyond that I do everything.

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Bryan Correll

I won’t skip much on my first character, but I’m definitely not re-doing content that annoyed me the first time.

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Motherball

My friends always drag me into the annoying (endgame) content, but they are my primary motivation for playing, so skipping it would be kinda defeating the purpose.