Crafting is important. I like crafting. In games that do it well, I flat out love it; in games that do it decently but not quite as well, I still enjoy the fact that it’s there. While no one would ever confuse crafting with my main focus in an MMO, that doesn’t mean I don’t dabble in it or enjoy that the system is in place and usable by everyone. Long story short, I think that crafting in MMOs is darn important.
But are there games that are better off without it?
There are definitely MMOs out there that don’t seem to put much effort into their crafting systems, treating it as an afterthought and generally making it largely irrelevant or only marginally useful for players. Sure, the ideal solution would be to pay attention to crafting and give it a relevance in the game’s systems, but sometimes it can just be easier to give up on the system altogether. So that’s your question for the day. Are there MMOs that would be better off without crafting?