Global Chat: What gets you back in an MMO you previously dismissed?


We’ve all been there: We try out an MMO, find that it isn’t doing it for us, and abandon it. But then down the road… we come back. There are a lot of reasons to give an MMO a second chance, but often it’s the game itself that has to do the convincing.

Kaylriene kicks off our tour of MMO blogs this week with this very topic: “It took me six character rolls in WoW to finally find the combination of gameplay, aesthetic, and location that pulled me into Azeroth. It took me an on-again, off-again cycle of play for literal years with FFXIV to go from very casual observer of the game to actual fandom, and it took WoW falling off my list for it to get the attention it now does.”

Read on for more MMO essays touching on New WorldDragonflight, Secret World, and more!

Heartless Gamer has a few words to say about the possibility of mounts in New World: “The world of Aeternum feels small enough that even the farthest depots are not that tough of a run.  Part of what makes it feel small is that it is jam packed with things to stop and do along the way; something of interest is never more than a few steps away.  Mounts would ruin that feeling.”

The Ghastly Gamer grumps about an MMO fan revival that was shut down: “So yeah, preservation of dead online games is illegal apparently. To be fair, I´m not exactly shocked since game emulation was always in that sort of gray area. But its understandable why I feel sad about this, no, angry by this.”

Priest with a Cause is warming up to Dragonflight: “Interestingly, one of the main worries I’ve heard content creators express after playing the beta is that there aren’t enough bullshit grinds in Dragonflight, which might make people feel like there’s nothing to do. To me that just sounds like a perfect opportunity for some more alt play, without having to worry about how to keep them all ‘up to date.'”

Inventory Full uncovered a Secret World carpet conspiracy: “And given that TSW supposedly takes place in the same timeframe as the real world and the game came out just over a decade ago, are we meant to believe interior design hasn’t moved on in the best part of half a century?”

Fibrojedi posted an ultimate guide to LOTRO missions: “Available early on, you can explore some content and people groups often above your character level and experience stories away from the main epic questline. so here is my introductory guide to missions, where I’ll cover how you can get them, where they can be found, and the types of content available in them.”

Words Under My Name expresses the sheer hype of Wrath Classic: “This is the era of WoW I know best, that I’m most comfortable with, and I can’t wait to get back to it. Its not something I can easily explain, but, it’s half-nostalgia, half-this-is-the-best-WoW-ever-was.”

Every day there are tons of terrific, insightful, and unusual articles posted across the MMO gaming blogosphere — and every day, Justin reads as many as he can. Global Chat is a sampling of noteworthy essays, rants, and guides from the past few weeks of MMO discourse.
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