The Daily Grind: Are MMOs suffering from shrinkflation?

I read a piece on The Guardian earlier this month about how shrinkflation is hitting some commodity-based industries. Basically, instead of raising the price...

The Daily Grind: How do you protect yourself from scammers in MMORPGs?

As long as there have been MMOs, there have been MMO scams. If you play, then you know. So you're not going to be...

The Daily Grind: What’s an MMO UI feature you didn’t know you needed until you got it?

New World has a couple of settings I can't recall seeing in many other MMORPGs. It's got a toggle that allows you to flag...
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The Daily Grind: What’s the best MMORPG for gatherers?

My husband is usually not the kind of person who gets obsessed with crafter-centric MMORPGs, but New World has turned him into a gatherer:...

The Daily Grind: How many ‘mains’ can you juggle in MMOs?

I've been thinking about the concept of alts and mains a bit lately, inspired by Guild Wars 2. I've got 10 characters there, and...

The Daily Grind: When are ‘microtransactions’ too much in MMOs?

Two money-related topics crossed my desk the last couple of weeks. The first was a Reddit topic complaining about microtransactions in MMOs - not the...

The Daily Grind: So, are you playing New World on launch today?

I'd tell you not to plan on playing New World today, but... you're MMORPG players. You already know this advice, and you're probably also...

The Daily Grind: Will New World’s betas hinder or help your launch experience?

Over the weekend, the MMORPG Reddit fostered a discussion about the perils of beta testing, specifically with New World. "New World's endless betas have...

The Daily Grind: Are we witnessing the rise of the ‘life sim’ MMO?

What do you call games like Stardew Valley and Animal Crossing? MMO dev Damion Schubert recently put out a call for a good term...

The Daily Grind: Is Blizzard right to ‘desexualize’ art in World of Warcraft?

Last week, there was a big social media hubbub over World of Warcraft, as Blizzard quietly changed out a pair of obscure paintings in...
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The Daily Grind: Are there MMOs with simply too much to do?

MMO blogger Bhagpuss recently penned a solid article about his time in Guild Wars 2, arguing in part that the game's problem isn't that...

The Daily Grind: Which MMORPGs have you played most excessively?

I saw a fun thread on Reddit a while back I thought would be fun to pitch to our community too. The question asked...
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The Daily Grind: What does reception to Crowfall and Elyon say about the MMO genre right now?

Real talk here for a sec: I'm a smidge nervous about Crowfall and Elyon and what they portend for the next stage of the...

The Daily Grind: What are the dumbest arguments in the MMO genre?

I saw a quote on Twitter a while back that really resonated with me: "Hell is aging and growing older but having to hear the...

The Daily Grind: What are your ‘problematic faves’ in MMOs?

A couple of years ago, our staff did a piece on problematic faves - you know, games or IPs or studios or whatevers that...

The Daily Grind: Which MMOs begin as they mean to go on?

In Eliot's open letter to new players and vets of Final Fantasy XIV last month, he noted that Final Fantasy XIV's endgame is not...
It's an old deck, I swear.

The Daily Grind: What’s the worst type of minigame in MMOs?

Today's Daily Grind was inspired by Roger over at Contains Moderate Peril, who penned a fun piece on minigames a few weeks back. Oh,...

The Daily Grind: How long a commitment are you willing to make to an MMORPG?

During a MOP Podcast back in August, our own Justin noted that he'd lost interest in the Lord of the Rings Online Treebeard server...

The Daily Grind: Which MMO is the best at respecting your time?

A few weeks ago, in response to our Daily Grind about how many MMOs we've all logged into this summer, one reader replied with...

The Daily Grind: Are you partial to specific launch windows for MMOs?

Earlier in August, Nexon CEO Owen Mahoney dropped some cold truth during the company's quarterly investor call, arguing that the "charade of launch timing...