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The Daily Grind: How long can you grind content in an MMO?

It might seem kind of odd, but part of my problem with playing Final Fantasy XI back in the day was just about the time...

The Daily Grind: Which MMO activities are like a security blanket for you?

Sometimes you just want something in an MMO that feels like chopping wood. It's productive, it's engaging enough that you don't dislike it, and...
Weird dog.

The Daily Grind: Are you re-exploring old MMO content during isolation?

These days, a lot of people are sitting at home without necessarily much to do. We are many of us content locusts now, swarming...

Vague Patch Notes: MMO grind is good (except when it isn’t)

Some of my fondest memories of World of Warcraft involve Adam Sandler and the Badlands. My wife and I had a pretty steady tradition made out...
how DARE you

The Daily Grind: What’s your favorite group size for MMO grinding?

Grinding has existed as long as we've had MMOs. In the earliest days of my time in the genre, grinding was the game; I...

EVE Evolved: Solving EVE Online’s botting problem

Practically every MMO on the market today has had to contend with botting and the range of issues that come with it, and EVE Online...

EVE Evolved: The Agency could revolutionise casual PvE in EVE Online

Though EVE Online has a reputation as a cut-throat PvP sandbox where anything goes, the fuel that fires its conflict engine has always been...

EVE Evolved: Does EVE Online need more conflict-drivers?

Of all the terminology associated with EVE Online, the one thing that's always made me a bit uncomfortable is to hear players describe PvP as "generating...

EVE Evolved: Low-security space has lost its identity, but it can be fixed!

When I first discovered EVE Online back in 2004, it had been out in the wild for just under a year and was a much...

First player reaches max rank in The Division after 130 hours

Ubisoft recently revealed that a player reached the maximum level and Dark Zone rank in The Division just a week after its launch. While many players...
Same old story.

The Daily Grind: What’s your ideal progression rate in an MMO?

One of the things that I like about the original Guild Wars was that leveling was pretty much locked into the same speed from...

EVE Evolved: Could achievements save EVE’s new player experience?

EVE Online has always been a very long-term game, with players setting goals that often take months to achieve and forming friendships over the...

Guild Wars 2 Heart of Thorns launch diary: Gaining masteries and lessening the grind

I've had the whole weekend with Heart of Thorns now, and I'm progressing very nicely in both the story and masteries. I've still yet to...

EVE Evolved: Does skillpoint trading make EVE pay-to-win?

EVE Online's realtime skill training system has been a major point of contention throughout the game's lifetime, being a boon for those with little...
Kind of taking a drubbing here, Tyria. I'm sorry.

The Daily Grind: What’s the worst MMO grind you’ve experienced?

There was a certain level band in World of Warcraft where my wife and I just resigned ourselves to a lack of useful quests...