the daily grind

No, it’s not a slow news day; it’s just The Daily Grind, a long-running morning feature in which the Massively Overpowered writers pose gaming-related questions to the MMORPG community. [Follow this feature’s RSS feed]

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The Daily Grind: Has the Crucible pull-back affected your thoughts on New World?

Here's the thing: I have definitely not been on the hype train for Amazon's New World for a variety for reasons. But with...

The Daily Grind: What’s your go-to MMO for quick gaming sessions?

The other day in the MOP virtual office, Chris and I were talking about how we're kind of glad to see Torchlight 3...

The Daily Grind: Which MMORPG do you wish were on mobile?

Remember way back in the day when Guild Wars 2 was supposed to get a mobile version? It never did, and whatever mobile...
Wait what

The Daily Grind: What systems do you avoid learning properly in MMOs?

Enhancement Diversification in City of Heroes was meant to break some degenerate enhancement effects, but it also meant that you had to think...
All things go, all things go.

The Daily Grind: What does World of Warcraft actually do well?

We all know that World of Warcraft gets its fair share of criticism and grumpy rants, particularly in this Battle for Azeroth era....

The Daily Grind: What do you think about Reddit’s new toxicity policy in relation to gaming?

Yesterday, Reddit went on a tear banning 2000 of the most toxic subs across the platform and instituting a new content policy...

The Daily Grind: Would we all be better off without MMO wikis and guides?

A few weeks ago, there was a supremely contentious thread on the MMORPG subreddit, one so contentious that the original poster deleted...
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The Daily Grind: Do you watch developer videos for MMOs?

Covering videos in this job is just plain annoying. It is. An information-dense text post takes me a few minutes to read through, I...

The Daily Grind: Which MMOs do scripting well?

In the land between dynamic or reactive content and stock-still NPCs spitting out quest text boxes in MMOs is the creative use of scripting...

The Daily Grind: How did your early MMOs shape your expectations for the MMOs you play now?

I was chatting with MOP reader and commenter Bruno Brito a while back when something he said about player expectations in MMOs struck me....
Wait what

The Daily Grind: Which MMOs are unlikely to survive 2020?

The thing about surprising MMO shutdowns is that they're just that: surprising. No one expected to lose City of Heroes when we did, even...

The Daily Grind: What are the coolest MMO alien races?

OK, for today's topic, we're going to be limiting ourselves strictly to scifi MMORPGs (sorry fantasy, you'll have to settle for pretty much 95%...

The Daily Grind: Are we plagued by a ‘video game culture reset’?

Author and academic Ian Bogost recently tweeted something that struck me, particularly since it's a topic I harp on all...

The Daily Grind: Would your favorite MMORPG benefit from more servers?

Back around when Elder Scrolls Online launched Greymoor, I saw an interesting thread on the official forums asking for new servers. For...
The vista

The Daily Grind: Do you like collecting trivia about unused MMO content?

We recently ran a feature all about an iceberg of obscure World of Warcraft knowledge, weird unused parts of the game or old promotions...

The Daily Grind: Which MMO newbie zone has the best music?

Yes, it's me talking about MMO music again. You can't shut me up about it. But instead of throwing the field wide open...

The Daily Grind: Are you a min-maxer in MMORPGs?

A few weeks back, the Skyrim Grandma - aka Shirley Curry, who's been profiled in our own Massively Uplifting column more...

The Daily Grind: What do you think is right to charge for in a free-to-play MMO?

We all understand that free-to-play games still basically want your money, yes? That's the whole point of the business model. But the question is...
I LOVE YOU, YOU LOVE ME, WE'RE A CROSS-PLAY FAMILY

The Daily Grind: What parts of an MMO should be automated?

When we think of "automation" in MMOs, usually our mind goes straight to what we see happening in mobile online games. Everything there seems...

The Daily Grind: Do you eat while playing MMORPGs?

Back in May, Newzoo came out with a report that asserts something like four in five gamers across the world are also busy...

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