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The Daily Grind: What could MMOs put into a dungeon to give you cold sweats?

We all have different fear triggers in real life -- and some of these make horrible cameos in video games. Don't like arachnids? Welcome to...

The Daily Grind: Do you engage in ‘mapping’ in explorable MMORPGs?

A while back, we did a Daily Grind on "vestigial organ" design in MMOs, and I mentioned Guild Wars 2's leveling system as being...

The Daily Grind: How do you handle bad players in MMO group content?

You queued up for a dungeon and got matched with Trab Godslayer, and you start the dungeon to discover that he is wildly misnamed....

The Daily Grind: How can MMO devs make tank classes more interesting?

Sometimes Daily Grind topics blossom from extended conversations in the Massively OP office. And indeed, the other day we were tossing back and forth...

The Daily Grind: Which MMOs have had the most successful monetization turnarounds?

Up until the last couple of years, I would've said Lord of the Rings Online's monetization was... not good. In fact, even though plenty...

The Daily Grind: Should MMOs push players through different content types?

MOP reader Slava recently wrote to us with an interesting question about wildly different content types and the MMOs that either nudge or force...
We know, guys.

The Daily Grind: What things do MMOs do pre-launch that look like a red flag to you?

Working in this industry for more than a decade has not, in fact, given me the ability to see the future. But it has...

The Daily Grind: What makes for a good MMO shindig?

Originally I wrote, "What makes for a good MMO party?" but that can obviously be construed in a more business-like, less get-down-and-funky sense. In...

The Daily Grind: What’s the most unloved class in your favorite MMO, and how would you fix it?

I was trundling around playing on my Lord of the Rings Online server the other night when someone advertised for a Burglar for some...

The Daily Grind: Which MMO with flight would be better without it?

Flight is one of those movement tricks that a lot of MMOs use because let's be honest, flying is awesome. We are naturally land-bound...
Fight me, coward.

The Daily Grind: Do you prefer costumes over transmog in MMOs?

You know what's an interesting feature that both Elder Scrolls Online and Guild Wars 2 share? They both offer two different approaches to dressing...

The Daily Grind: Are isometric-ish viewpoints in MMOs a turnoff?

When we did our roundtable on the biggest MMORPGs in 2022, I included Albion Online among them, and I stand by that inclusion. Regardless...

The Daily Grind: Is there a mod for an MMO that you just can’t play without?

I've been back in Lord of the Rings Online a bunch lately, and as part of my return I went through and made sure...
And again.

The Daily Grind: What’s the wildest thing you’ve done just to get an achievement in an MMO?

Who doesn't love achievements? It's fun being able to tick off the box for doing something difficult or at least non-trivial and show off...

The Daily Grind: Are there MMOs where you’ve never hit the level cap?

In this day and age when MMO developers all but get out of the car and push you to the level cap whether you...

The Daily Grind: Did you buy a Steam Deck, and are you playing MMOs on it?

A couple of my guildies got their Steam Decks over the summer, and I have to say, I'm a bit jealous. I blew it...
Mumor has looked better.

The Daily Grind: Have you ever kept playing an MMO that didn’t want you around?

Every MMO wants everyone to keep playing as long as possible, on some level. The developers want you to keep paying money and playing...

The Daily Grind: What MMO has the highest lethality rate?

We all die in MMOs. That's a fact of life, and it's why MJ has a death counter on her game streams. But some...
Have you heard?!

The Daily Grind: What’s the weirdest activity you’ve charged MMO currency for?

As City of Heroes Homecoming tests long-awaited recycling rules for abandoned names and characters, I've been contemplating what to do with some of the...

The Daily Grind: What are the most obvious vestigial organs in MMO design?

I found myself in a heated discussion a week or so ago about Guild Wars 2's leveling system because in my estimation, Guild Wars...