The Daily Grind: Are there MMOs you like that can’t hold your interest for long play sessions?

    
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Play for a while.

One of my usual indicators that I’m enjoying a game is when I have some time off and have the spare time to play, I do so. Ideally, we’re talking about situations where I wind up playing for a long while without any significant breaks. But every so often I find myself in the curious situation of playing a game which I’m enjoying, a game which on paper is doing things right and keeping my interest… and yet I find myself playing for just an hour or two before logging out.

It should be noted that this usually doesn’t result in me playing less, just stopping after a short time and then logging back in a little while later. It’s more like several staccato sessions than one long, unbroken session, which is objectively silly. But hey, maybe I’m not the only one with this particular silliness. Are there MMOs you like that can’t hold your interest for long play sessions?

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EmberStar

I try not to play any game for more than an hour at a time without taking a break. Pause the game, get up and stretch, get a drink of water, use the restroom if necessary. Maybe make a sandwich and ignore the teetering pile of unwashed dishes that has permanently taken over my kitchen. I’m at a point where I just don’t want to deal with it, to the level that I’ll walk a mile and a half to the local grocery store to buy a pizza pocket rather than just do the damn dishes. At least getting the garbage food is an excuse to be “not here” for a while, even though I know it’s a stupid action for a lot of reasons. Such as being complete garbage that I can’t actually afford, for a start.

Anyway, “too long, don’t care” version – I don’t play any game for “long play sessions” as defined by the original question.

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MesaSage

“Are there MMOs you like that can’t hold your interest for long play sessions?”

Yes, the ones I don’t play.

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Dug From The Earth

Guild Wars 2

After you have played the story content, the game really lacks in the “why am I still logged in, there is nothing for me to progress towards” bit.

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Alex Reiden

You mean silliness like a job, wife, and kids? Yeah nobody should take those things seriously. 🙄 Give it time son, 1-2 hours will be the extended session.

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Ashfyn Ninegold

I’m still good for a 4-6 hour MMO gameplay, depending on what time of the day I get going.

I actually think taking breaks regularly extends my gaming time. When it comes to strategy games however, there is no time limit. I can play until the early morning hours. Just one more turn.

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psytic

Elder Scrolls Online for me. The world looks beautiful the story is pretty good. You can steal things. Everything is voice acted. Its almost the perfect MMO on paper in my opinion if it had a few more sand box systems but then I cant stand the combat.

I actually get annoyed having to constantly flip action bars. I dont like how most classes dont feel like they have a class identity since a lot of builds work off of what proc your armor set has or using the same weapon skills for stam or magika across all classes. Weaving light attacks is no good either. I end up bored really quickly.

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Castagere Shaikura

ESO’s weakest part. Just imagine if it was an only PC MMO. That bar would look so different.

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JoeCreoterra

Like GW2?…

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Bruno Brito

You can make a one bar build. It’s not optimal but it’s viable and fun.

It doesn’t solve the issues of the combat being pretty bad, but eh.

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Paragon Lost

Guild Wars 2. How they handle the player character story stuff annoys me, my wife as well and one of my adult kids who played. It’s corney, it’s one note and so limited as to how your character behaves.

Because of that we’ve bounced off of GW2 repeatedly over the years. I pretty sure I’m the only one who keeps it installed on my system. Otherwise I’d have really gotten into GW2, but that character storyline is just so painfully bad and narrow that I just can’t get over it or ignore it. :/

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Castagere Shaikura

For me all of them. I’m older now if I play for two hours straight that’s long for me. But when I was younger I could play into the wee hours of the morning.

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Stormwaltz

Same here. Generally I can’t play any one thing for longer than 1.5-2 hours.

Passive entertainment (TV) is even worse for me these days. I get restless after ~30 min, so it can take me days to watch a movie all the way through.

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Schmidt.Capela

For me this usually only happens if I really like the game but already exhausted everything it has to offer.

But then, I usually can only play in 30-minutes installments (if not shorter); while I often get to play quite a few of those installments in a single day, it does mean that I get to take many forced breaks, a situation that should prevent me from getting too tired of any single game. When I play multiple games in the same day, it’s more due to wanting to play them all than due to getting tired with one of the games.

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Jon Wax

Generally speaking I can watch about 20 minutes of gameplay footage on any of these games and lose interest in the game as a whole.

Fingers crossed for Prologue.

Need more info on Bitcraft but if it’s the same as everything else I’m already out