The Daily Grind: Do you get impatient with new MMO content?

    
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The advantage to having a job that takes place at home and centers around video games is the fact that it’s pretty easy to not just take time away from that job to blow through new content but actually justify it as work. “Sorry, I couldn’t do the dishes, I had to level up this new class in a video game!” But the flip side of that is that you also become acutely aware of the time that is taking you. Realistically you might know that you’re leveling that new class while most of the world is still at work, but tell that to your brain when you’re level 37 and you see someone run past on the class at level 39.

Then again, maybe you’re… you know, reasonable. You know that this content is going to be there when you get to it and it’s not really a rush to be the first or try to get it experienced first. So do you get impatient with new MMO content and feel the need to clear through it as quickly as possible? Or do you take a healthier attitude and recognize that there’s no real rush to get through this stuff?

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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Oleg Chebeneev

Im Star Citizen backer and long time follower. Patience is my second name

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Castagere Shaikura

I play ESO now and that game world is just so massive. I never run out of things to do. I love the questing and exploration so much in that game. I’m that guy that listens to all the voiceovers even though I read the text.

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Fisty

Could’ve just been, “Do you get impatient…” Yes. Follow it up with pretty much anything and the answer is yes.

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Bryan Correll

“Sorry, I couldn’t do the dishes, I had to level up this new class in a video game!”

Web writer mauled by bear while gaming, details at 11:00 after weather and sports.

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Ken from Chicago

I’m impatient with boring stuff. But I like story, narratives, I read the quest text first few times through. If that takes longer, fine. More fun time for me. Another reason I prefer to solo vs on a team where I feel pressured to hurry up.

Also, I usually avoid the first day, first week of a new expansion. Let someone else be the beta tester. That’s needless frustration–avoided.👍

OTOH, when STAR TREK ONLINE’s Delta Rising first was released, the levelling curve was off where doing the main missions were not enough to do the main missions. There was a “gap” around level 57 where you were too low for the next mission in the chain and you had to grind ever so slowly to finish getting to level 58.

Haaaated that. 😠😠😠😠😠

Later, the devs smoothed out the level curve so you could level to 58 with the main missions. 👍😀🖖

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Carlo Lacsina

Is there a difference between impatient and antsy? New content makes me antsy. I like my set schedules, an hour or two of grind here and then move on with my day. If new stuff comes out, I ironically feel FOMO because I’m not doing my *puts on sunglasses* daily grind

*cue The Who*

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Bruno Brito

I am extremely impatient as a person, ADHD and all.

That being said, it depends on the game. When the game has such humongous content for me to play through relaxedly ( EQ2, LoTRO ), i actually enjoy my time as chill as possible.

Games that force me to be a content-locust because they lack laterality ( WoW ) are games i want far away from me.

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Schmidt.Capela

Impatient in the “this is so grind it isn’t fun anymore” sense? Absolutely.

Impatient in the “I must be on the first wave of players completing the content” sense? Never. I play at my own pace, I stop as soon as I feel like I should stop for the hour/day/week/whatever, and I don’t care about spoilers at all. In fact, it’s not unusual for me to wait until catch up mechanics are in place to cut down how much I have to grind.

Caveat: I don’t pace myself either, I play as my whims dictate. So it’s not uncommon for me to blast through the accumulated content in a few days and then stop playing the MMO for months. I have more than enough games on my backlog to tide me over until more content is released, so I see no downside to indulging myself.

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Life_Isnt_Just_Dank_Memes

My buddies and I went back to GW1 the last few nights after YEARS of having not touched it. We realized if we played this now as opposed to back then when our gaming habits and gaming time involved so many hours it would take us a really long time to get through all the content now. We play together 5 nights a week still, but it’s for an hour and a half tops an evening. Back then, we’d play for hours.

We’re all jumping into No Man’s Sky starting tonight. We could be there for years. IDK.

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IronSalamander8 .

I’m very impatient normally, I’ve actually caught myself being annoyed with how long microwave popcorn can take to finish! That being said, I generally take my time in MMOs, and have never been in one of those ‘hurry to cap so we can raid!’ guilds and would leave it if I found myself in one. I tend to play other, less time-demanding games, on the side anyway so don’t mind taking it easy with MMO content, unless it’s something like my 5th alt and I’m sick of the same thing from doing multiple times already!

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Ken from Chicago

I know right. It can take a whole minute and even then some of the seeds haven’t popped. Hurry it up! 😱😠🤣🤣🤣