The Daily Grind: How prone are you to being distracted in an MMO?

    
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When WildStar first came out, I remember reading (and even personally sharing) a whole lot of praise for how many things that the game’s maps kept throwing at you to do. I never settled on whether that was a positive thing to have so much going on, because it does seem a little demeaning to have an MMO treat me like I was some hyperactive kid who needed constant high-energy entertainment. Then again, I was rarely bored in that game.

I am very prone to being distracted in MMOs if new objectives, rewards, or events emerge around me. Just try to find me in New World, where I’ll be meandering off of the path to my mission objective for a bit of exploration, “just one more” gathering node, or to take part in a public quest.

Are you like this? How easily distracted do you get in MMOs when other options and goals pop up on the playing field around you?

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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Harbinger_Kyleran

Very, I dislike things which distract me from my planned goals, such as silly holiday events, dailies, or random PVP.

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Jeff Risu Dailey

OO shiny!

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Ashfyn Ninegold

There are missions and objectives in MMOs? Is that was this ‘quest journal’ is about? I always wondered about that. So I’m supposed to be following some preset path?

Uhn. Who knew?

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Fisty

I’m the dog in Up. Squirrel!

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Same. I find it almost impossible to complete a project in Ark or Space Engineers. Building my workshop so I can make a Fabricator so that I can construct a Mining Drill so that I can be more efficient at mining or even building structures? Ooooh, level 150 Carnotaur, I need to tame that right now! (No, really, she’s about to wander into range of my turrets and get herself killed!) Trying to collect rare metals so I can finish the jump drive on my little freighter in Space Engineers? But the signal contact for the Space Pirate ship and the Military Courier just got really close, and now the Space Pirate isn’t moving! I need to go see if I can salvage it. New ship!

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Ken from Chicago

“Distracted” from what? I was distracted from playing the game by playing the game a different way???

If you mean from a quest or quest chain, then I don’t consider that a distraction. It’s just more fun to try out. It’s why I prefer soloing because if there is some “distraction” or quest text, or some landscape, etc., then I don’t have to worry about some teammate fuming hurry it up.

And, yeah, I’d much rather have an MMO have more quests than I mean do than do little. I consider that the opposite of demeaning bit being offered a feast or buffet. 👍

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For me, “distracted from a goal I set for myself by a random opportunity.” IE, I wanted to build a thing, but now I’m not building a thing because Squirrel!

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Ken from Chicago

I was level 37 in CHAMPIONS ONLINE this past Summer, 3 levels from max level, the first time ever since playing the game in a decade when I saw a build guide for a speedster. Now my favorite superhero since childhood has been The Flash, stiil is. But I resisted and kept on my goal of reaching max level.

So a week later, I’m level 38 to levels from max level–and on level 10 of my freeform speedster build. Its suppose to use Lightning Reflexes to dodge most attacks but it’s not dodging enough perhaps I need to do the dailies to earn the special currency to get a specific set of gear to boost my characteristics enough. But I was still loving it, the character origin, the simple red and black asymmetric costume. And due a 2x XP anniversary month, I ended up reaching level 40 on it before my level 38 alt–but I went back to it and got it to max level just before the 2x XP month ended.

I had one goal, changed to a new goal, had fun, and the previous goal waited patiently since it was my goal. At first I felt a pang of guilt but both were goals that I set and it was a game and I was having fun which is the ultimate goal. In the end, I have no regrets.

Meanwhile, my current alt just dinged 35. It’s a freeform cybernetic laser sword wielding warrior that I used to finally build a tank that can solo Cislunar Mechanon. My standard passive, Regeneration, wasn’t cutting the mustard. I was losing too much XP for it to recover. Lightning Reflexes, Personal Force Field, Defiance, in tests in the Power Shop Danger Room weren’t up to snuff either but Invulnerability was. It let me solo the highest level holographic foes even groups designed for a 5-person team.

And after getting to Mechanon 41’s chamber I still got bested but it took a lot longer with Invulnerability cutting down the damage but it was still whittling away at my health faster than heal potions / patches could fix. That’s when I got an epiphany, the other alt that even lasted for any time was a tank with Defensive Combo which built a force field automatically but only if you’re attacking.

So, a slight adjustment to my powers later, my character beamed up with Invulnerability, Defensive Combo, Resurgeance (maxed out to heal 100% every 90 seconds) plus having my primary stat be Constitution to max out my hit points and voila, I finally defeated Mechanon 41 and forced it to flee! Now I can get back to Monster Island and defeat the Viper’s Nest bunker and maybe try the Destroyer factory in Millennium City.

But I digress, the goals are mine and since I’m usually soloing if I get “distracted” then the new goal is also mine. It just means more fun for me. 👍😊

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I get distracted from my original goal, often in a way that makes *both* goals more difficult. To use Ark as an example – I need to build a base. There’s a lot of advanced equipment needed to make higher level items (as in, better tools and armor that makes playing at all safer and more time efficient.) I don’t want to put those workbenches in my current hut. It’s cramped, there’s no room for storage, and I didn’t even consider laying out (and hiding) electric wires to power everything. And I can’t just place the workbenches and pick them up, because “not allowed.”

I also need proper pens/stables for my creatures. If I can organize them, I could start breeding some of them for better stats, which loops back around to being more time efficient when I play – creatures are the best way to collect resources because unlike tools the creatures don’t wear out. Specialists also get pretty massive weight reduction for “their” resource.

I’ve been playing on this map for *months* of real time, and still hours and hours of game time. I know what I *need* to do. And if I did that to the level of setting up my “finished” Fabricator I could build a Mining Drill, which cuts the weight of almost all resources in half when you hold it – ie, it would make crafting the building pieces faster because I could hold more and craft foundations and walls in bigger batches.

And yet I *don’t* do that, because I think I’m a pretty crap builder and I hate basically every building I’ve ever made. I want to make the finished workshops perfect. I can’t build perfect. So I don’t build anything. Instead I run around and tame more creatures, and collect upgraded items from the random supply caches, and don’t have anywhere to safely store any of it. I’ve just got everyone standing in a giant huddle that sometimes races from one side of the plateau to the other to trample a suicidal raptor that spawned and tried to take a bite out of one of my sheep.

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Utakata

>.<

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Schmidt.Capela

When playing in a group? Almost never. I don’t want to derail the experience.

When playing solo? It’s what I play for. I’m re-evaluating what I want to be playing all the time according to what looks more interesting for me. It’s why I install games by the dozen, so I can jump between them according to my whims.

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Ken from Chicago

Yeah, if I’m with a team then I stick with the team. But I rarely do that just so I can do what I want. 👍

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Pandalulz

FFXIV dungeon unlocks and tribe quests being tied behind Exclamation Points!!! means I have to click on ALL OF THEM. And wait, now there are check boxes next to those dungeons that say I haven’t done them, must get the green check marks! And wait, I’ve been done with ARR for like two weeks and still haven’t continued the story in all that time because I’m working on a Relic quest that doesn’t even matter anymore. And I didn’t even mention the Moogle mail quests or Hildibrand.

Um… let’s just say yes.

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Sarah Cushaway

Distracted as in windowing out because the game itself is boring AF and I’m having more fun watching youtube or something?

Very.

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Ken from Chicago

Ooh, I didn’t think about it that way. Yeah, often when I’m soloing I’m casting some video to the tv at the same time and sometimes that will distract me from the game altogether.

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Hirku Two

The MMOs I’ve played are story-heavy, so I’m not easily distracted from that. I’ll make note of other options as something to come back to later for extra loot/xp, but I don’t usually veer away from my primary goal.