The Daily Grind: Are special MMO servers worth a subscription?

With all of the special legacy and progression servers being started up across the MMORPG genre, I've noticed that there's an interesting factor that...

The Daily Grind: What’s the most egregious example of a reskinned MMO?

Blogger and MOP reader Serrenity penned a great piece last week discussing the practice of skinning as it pertains to casino games and mobile...

The Daily Grind: What one piece of advice would you give to new MMO players in 2018?

Over the weekend, CCP tweeted out a fun poll asking EVE Online players what advice they'd like to deliver to newbies: Insure your ship,...

The Daily Grind: Do you have authenticators for your MMO accounts?

It never seemed to me like I had any need of an authenticator for World of Warcraft... until my wife's account got taken. It...

The Daily Grind: What MMO festival reward do you use year-round?

MMORPG holidays are funny events because while we kill ourselves to get thematic costumes, toys, mounts, and other goodies, the second the event is...
I'm supposed to what?

The Daily Grind: What MMO offers players the best tutorials?

Let's face it, MMOs are pretty bad at teaching players about what they're supposed to do. I can't recall the last time I needed...
Everyone is very mature.

The Daily Grind: What makes a game feel like an MMO to you?

Bethesda is at it again. Years after its subsidiary bent itself over backwards to protest that Elder Scrolls Online wasn't an MMO, the gaming...

The Daily Grind: What’s the longest you’ve ever played a WoW expansion?

During BlizzCon this weekend, Eliot and I were chatting about an article series he's working on different periods in MMORPG history. I mentioned 2009...
This one hurts.

The Daily Grind: What wildly implausible settings would you like for an MMO?

If you had told me before it happened that we would get an MMO based on the works of Tad Williams, I wouldn't have...

The Daily Grind: What makes for a satisfying MMO dungeon crawl?

When I cast my mind back to my childhood, the word "RPG dungeon" conjured up very specific images of being trapped far underground with...

The Daily Grind: Do you even have any expectations left for BlizzCon?

So. Today's the first day of BlizzCon. Normally, we take the opportunity to ask our community about their expectations and predictions for BlizzCon. But,...
The Guitar Hero rush hit us all.

The Daily Grind: Have you ever felt personally let down by an MMO?

MMOs are not my life. My interaction with them starts and stops with me as a player and a journalist. I evaluate them, I...
This was once controversial!

The Daily Grind: If you had one more day in a closed MMO, what would you do?

Sometimes I get accused of prodding old wounds when it comes to discussing closed MMORPGs. I'm not out to make people feel bad; it's...

The Daily Grind: What’s the most important example of death spiral development in MMOs?

A couple of weeks ago, Justin reminded me of a Guild Wars 2 panel from many years back where ArenaNet addressed Charr armor clipping. "A Charr...
There appears to be a Pattern.

The Daily Grind: What MMO has frustrated you the most with trading restrictions?

There's a good reason why the rewards for the Doman Reconstruction in Final Fantasy XIV cannot be directly traded; specifically, it's so that players...

The Daily Grind: Which MMO character title do you proudly wear?

I'm not a title guy in MMOs. I understand that they're a small outlet for personal expression and something else to chase, but when...

The Daily Grind: Are you planning to give LOTRO’s new progression server a try?

When Lord of the Rings Online announced its new progression server plan earlier this week, the LOTRO community immediately went into a state of...
If this went away, I would be pissed.

The Daily Grind: Which of Trion’s MMOs are you most worried about in the wake of its buyout?

The whole Trion buyout feels like it came completely out of left field, and we've spent the past couple of days just staring and...
The man with the scars.

The Daily Grind: What MMO do you worry might sunset before you can play it fully?

There are only so many hours and only so much interest one can pour into MMOs on any given day. That means that some...

The Daily Grind: When was the last time you were wrong about your snap judgment of an MMO?

This weekend I finally got to dig into MapleStory 2 beyond the character creator, and I have to say my initial reaction was oh...