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Sometimes the game tells you it's done, which does save a certain amount of time.

The Daily Grind: How do you take time off from an MMO?

Sometimes you need a break. That's natural; no matter how much you might like Neverwinter or World of Warcraft or EVE...
up in the club

The Daily Grind: What’s your favorite MMO social hangout?

There was always something happening in Pocket D in City of Heroes. You can expect to see people talking it up in Deep...
This part is cool. Everything around it, not so much.

The Daily Grind: Is zone-wide chat a good thing for MMOs?

The first MMO I ever played was Final Fantasy XI, which meant that I got used to the idea of having no zone-wide...
LET US TEAM

Overwatch is adding LFG functions, player endorsements (plus a major Symmetra rework)

Acknowledging players who do well in Overwatch is a big part of what keeps players in the game, and to that end the...
Hey, it's okay.

The Daily Grind: How important is your MMO circle of friends to enjoying the game?

I've been fortunate, over the past couple of years, to make some really good friends in MMOs. Those friends are not the reason why...
Looks like home.

The Daily Grind: Have you done socially unacceptable things in MMOs?

There are two sorts of cheating in MMOs. One of them, which is outright hacking the game, is capital-b Bad. Back in the days...
So... this is a thing.

Choose My Adventure: Many kinds of lost in Shroud of the Avatar

One of the first things I did in Shroud of the Avatar was get kind of lost. The last week's activities were largely...
Gosh, I love farming.

Destiny 2 lets players visit a nice farm upstate very briefly tonight

The Destiny 2 beta on PC has thus far allowed you to explore things like "shooting" and "further shooting" and "yet more shooting,...
It never ends.

The Daily Grind: Have people ever kept you away from an MMO?

There are a few times in my life where I've stopped playing MMOs not because I'm tired of the game, but because of the...
Hotsome.

The Daily Grind: Do MOBAs and shooters compare with modern MMORPGs when it comes to social play?

Last month in an Overthinking topic, Massively OP's Andrew Ross issued what I thought was a provocative opinion: "I'd argue Heroes of the Storm,...
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The Daily Grind: What inspires you to ignore another player in an MMO?

For a variety of reasons, I do not have the ability to remove people from the universe at a whim. I cannot simply make...

EVE Evolved: Can EVE be played casually?

We've heard a lot recently about huge territorial wars raging in EVE Online with thousands of pilots taking part, which some consider to be the...
Classic.

The Daily Grind: Are you ever reluctant to get involved in MMORPG group content?

I have a very difficult time doing group content without group finders. This may come as a surprise to readers, but I'm actually a...
You hack at whatever, I'll just fly along with the power of deities.

Trove improves its refer-a-friend program

Online games are just plain better with friends. Trove aims to make it a little easier to get your friends into the game...

Exploring ‘The Video Game Debate’: Modern online game research

Late last year, I published on Massively-that-was a set of articles addressing current research on the relationship between shyness and online game friendships,...
Tip one, wear pants.

Skyforge offers tips on playing with others

Playing well with others is important when you're playing online games, and Skyforge is indeed an online game. Fortunately, a new round...

Massively Overthinking: Making MMOs more social from the inside out

This week's Massively Overthinking topic from an anonymous Kickstarter donor asks us to set aside our criticisms of the social environment of MMOs...
I've done this so many times.

The Daily Grind: Do you make friends in MMOs or bring them with you?

I've mentioned before that my most stalwart MMO partner is my wife, who has stuck by me through thick and thin. When we move...

PAX East 2015: Recapping the ‘Where Did Multiplayer in MMOs Go’ panel

The last time I was asked where the social aspects of MMOs went, I was pretty directly snarky: They're still there. And it's true, but...
Stepping back across time.

The Daily Grind: Do you find some MMOs more relaxing to play solo?

You know, folks, I am all about getting my dungeon ride on in Final Fantasy XIV. I'm a roleplayer, to boot. I like...

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