The Daily Grind: What are your ‘problematic faves’ in MMOs?

    
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A couple of years ago, our staff did a piece on problematic faves – you know, games or IPs or studios or whatevers that you know have some serious problems but you still love them. The idea’s come back up the last month or so as gamers have tried to wrestle with the morality and ethics of playing Blizzard games, knowing that their money and MAU is supporting the bad guys as well as the good guys.

I noted at the time that it might even happen to us more than to typical gamers, as we see a lot of behind-the-scenes chicanery that isn’t always reportable, and yet when I know a studio is playing dirty pool, I feel gross playing its games. LOTRO is the game that is frustrating me the most right now, as I genuinely love the game, and yet the IP has long-running issues and the parent company is… well, you know.

What are your “problematic faves” 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

I guess it depends on your point of view. I know that Studio Wildcard are (and have been) a problem. One of their senior executives got them slapped with a massive fine because he broke his “non-competition” agreement with a previous employer, and apparently he is possibly untruthful sometimes. Partially because of this, they released a paid DLC while still in early access, which is apparently somehow so much worse than selling lockboxes (under any circumstances ever) or selling imaginary concept art of space ships that might be in a game, eventually, some day, if that game ever finally exists. Oh, and many of those spaceships cost more than I’ve ever paid for a used car. (Which, just to be clear, is a real thing I can actually own and use, rather than a promise that it might be something I can own someday. Maybe.)

The thing is, I don’t “love Wildcard anyway.” I don’t actually even particularly like them all that much, and they’ve done a bunch of *other* stuff that actually does upset me but isn’t worth mentioning here. At best I tolerate them, because they made a game where I can tame and ride imaginary dinosaurs.

Same kind of deal with Cryptic and Star Trek Online – I don’t love Cryptic. In fact, I trust them about as far as I could throw their corporate headquarters. But if I want to make my own characters in a Star Trek game, they’re the only option right now.

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mars omg

This is on aspect of gaming I’ve eliminated. I no longer drudge around playing a game that is connected to a bad developer or publisher. This stance happened out of Pearl Abyss take over of Black Desert. PA makes a great game, but their changes to the Black Desert were unnecessary and became a piling on to hook whales. Also Age of Conan , most people should know why… -_-

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Peregrine Falcon

The LOTRO IP has long running issues?

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squid

I’ll always love EQ1, but it really has collapsed under the weight of its content bloat.

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Sorenthaz

At this point I don’t have any. Previously I’d say Fallout 76 but I dropped it awhile ago. In general I’m getting kinda jaded towards games that don’t respect my time anymore.

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MesaSage

It’s Lotro for me. I love the content and I want to spend time in that world, but it’s been increasingly hard to enjoy. The flaws are well documented and I won’t repeat them, but let’s say that one should be able to look forward to updates, rather than dread them.

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IronSalamander8 .

While not MMOs, they are multiplayer online games and I’m going to say the 3 games I love the most, the PvZ shooters, and especially Garden Warfare 2 as they’re owned by EA. Now EA so far hasn’t had any of these sexual harassment suites or other internal culture issues that I know of, but they are certainly justifiably maligned for their garbage business practices, especially for FIFA, Madden, and their mobile titles, the latter is why I no longer play PvZ2 which is sad as I’m such a big PvZ fan.

I haven’t given them a dime since 2020, when I last spent on BfN, but I wish someone would takeover PvZ that is more into the IP and fun games instead of EA. A new shooter is needed and soon, and I’d rather someone that genuinely cares take over the show, but the IP does make them a lot of money so I can’t see that happening. =/

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Neurotic

WoW, of course, although I try to focus on the idea that the bad guys at the company represent only a small portion of all the many good people working there. UbiSoft is another, albeit non-MMOG, example.

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Toy Clown

ArcheAge was that game for me. I played through 2 years from original release, knowing the incompetence of the game’s management, watching with morbidity when a new feature patch unrolled and devolving the player base with each action. I finally stepped away, but it was hard! There were so many things I loved about the game. The sea content was the most fun, my beach house I loved to deco, festivals were neat with lots of fluff to earn, etc. Aside from the bad management and too much PvP flavoring, it was an SWG replacement for a short period of time.

Then I got suckered back into playing it when Unchained was released, with promises of new management, etc. It only took two months before I put the game down for good at that stage. Now I have a permanent bad taste in my mouth when I think of the game. It’s not the game’s fault, it was just so poorly run that it became a bad game, which was the sad part about it.

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Arktouros

Don’t have any. If I feel strongly enough about an issue then I won’t support whatever company is behind said issue. If I still want to play the game and am willing to overlook whatever issues might be problematic then it’s clear to me that I don’t feel strongly enough about it to do anything about it and it’s not a problem for me.