The Daily Grind: How do you like to take on new content in your MMOs of choice?

    
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For some people, the entire goal of a new patch day in Final Fantasy XIV is dying until you figure out the mechanics in new dungeons. After all, the dungeon is going to be familiar for months, it’s only new once, and getting introduced to everything by experiencing it and dying is part of how you actually get that feeling of novelty. For others, though, the enjoyment is still more about clearing the content rather than necessarily learning the mechanics the hard way, and they’d rather find out the mechanics from the first group and then just go in learning how to execute them properly.

Which approach is correct? Well… both of them. It’s a personal preference and it does not actually have any sort of values attached to it, with both positions being eminently defensible. So how do you personally like to take on new content in your MMOs of choice? Do you prefer fumbling through without necessarily understanding what you’re doing, even if it means a few deaths along the way? Would you rather know what you’re doing going in? Will you even wait for a bit to learn more and see videos if necessary?

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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quark1020

I prefer taking on new content by applying head onto the brick wall until it eventually falls. I feel its a lot more fun this way.

The only time I look up boss strategies is when either I can’t figure out the trick to a boss or if I’m in an organized/serious guild. Former doesn’t happen too often, but it has and I’m not too proud to admit it. It’s been a long time since I was in the latter, but if I ever have the inclination to do so, then I need to take it a bit more serious.

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EmberStar

In STO, I tend to avoid new “story” content because I want to play it in story order… and none of my characters have progressed the story in quite a while. For their endless “special” events, I pick whatever daily mission is the easiest and do that however many times.

For Ark (which is MMO adjacent, kind of? It’s covered on this site sometimes anyway.) I tend to actually avoid doing anything with new content for at least a week or two. Or even playing at all. Mostly because I’ve got enough experience with Wildcard to know they probably broke *something* in a serious way, and I want to at least know how bad the bugs are first.

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Ben Stone

Only time I ever look up guides is for raids, and because the rest of the raid expects you to. Generally prefer to learn from experience.

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Anstalt

I definitely like to dive in, head first, at the earliest opportunity.

There is challenge, and therefore fun, to be had learning things for yourself, experiencing that sense of discovery and then satisfaction.

There is also challenge in execution, taking a strategy you already know and being good enough to follow through. Sometimes that challenge is nothing more than basic choreography, like dancing the macarena, but sometimes the challenge of execution can be much harder than the learning part.

I want the most fun out of any game im playing, so I’ll aim to do as much as possible by myself. That said, I am not averse to reading guides when it comes to group content. Whilst I enjoy learning things for myself, not everyone does, so when I am leading groups I like to be as prepared as possible in order that the group as a whole has the most fun it can.

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Ken from Chicago

Yes, for those rushing in on patch day to be the first to rush through the new content, thank you for your service. It’s a good day for YOU to die. I’ll kick back an amble through at my leisure. If I get stuck on something, I’ll check the wikis and youtube videos for hints and help.

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Harbinger_Kyleran

Definitely how I view new content, very happy to let others blaze new paths and document it all so when I hit a wall it’s easy to look up to keep my progress going forward.

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Hikari Kenzaki

For dungeon/raid content, pretty much just avoid it.
For new story content, typically try to duo it as quickly as possible with no information going into it. Gotta avoid spoilers.

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Richard de Leon III

Solo preffered, unfortunately most mmos make that impossible due to stupid rules like no roots/snares, immunities, rages, etc…

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Fisty

At a medium pace…

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Toy Clown

I’m such a lover of story, thus I tend to wait until I’m at a point in my character progression to take on new content. I like to do everything around a story/patch part before moving on, even if I’m years behind everyone else!

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TomTurtle

I prefer going in blind and figuring things out. For group content, that requires a group that is on the same page, which doesn’t feel all that common sadly.

There’s also the problem of some content being designed with having knowledge about it beforehand or it being so convoluted that you’re expected to figure it out as a community and are unlikely to do so as one player alone. In those cases, I just end up looking things up to not feel like I’m falling massively behind and/or to avoid unnecessary frustration.