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: Do you check out sunsetting MMOs on their last days of operation?

I've never played Worlds Adrift, and in the near future I will never be able to do so. Despite this fact, I'm in no...

The Daily Grind: What is your favorite MMO enemy faction and why?

One of the more bits of brilliant design in City of Heroes is that there is such a diverse and distinct array of...

The Daily Grind: What was the best MMO-ish reveal or announcement of E3?

Another E3 has rolled in and rolled out, and it wasn't the worst E3 we've seen in recent years at all. In fact,...
Worth something!

The Daily Grind: Which optional subscription MMO justifies its subscription the best?

We talk a lot about how free-to-play (and its slightly more expensive cousin buy-to-play took over the MMO market, but a lot of these...

The Daily Grind: Do you have a technique for coming up with MMO character names?

My husband doesn't really take MMO names too seriously. The pigtailed City of Heroes toon floating in the image up above? Yeah, her...

The Daily Grind: Are you going to play Phantasy Star Online 2 next year?

The surprising E3 news that Phantasy Star Online 2 was finally, finally coming to western shores in 2020 made all of our...

The Daily Grind: What’s been the biggest change to the MMORPG genre in the last 20 years?

A while back, there was a thread on Reddit from a younger MMO player who was curious about changes to the way players...
shebang

The Daily Grind: Which non-MMORPG would you like to see expand into one?

It's common knowledge at this point that Overwatch is in small part salvaged from Blizzard's never-actually-made second MMORPG, although just how much of the...

The Daily Grind: Is it possible for MMOs to pull off mysteries?

Recently I've been playing the rather excellent -- and unique -- Outer Wilds. It's basically a pile of mysteries stuffed into a tiny, hand-crafted...
The last chance.

The Daily Grind: Is the future of online games dev really ‘conversation mode’ rather than ‘presentation mode’?

Last month, PC Gamer ran a piece about Anthem and EA focusing on EA's belief that the way the industry goes about releasing...
Robots.

The Daily Grind: What serves as your biggest MMO currency sink?

I don't really devote a lot of effort in Final Fantasy XIV into making money, but I also sort of don't need to. The game's...

The Daily Grind: If you could eliminate one MMO trope, what would it be?

You hear a knock at your door, and as you rise to get it, a slip of paper is slid through the crack at...

The Daily Grind: How likely are you to abandon and reroll your MMORPG characters?

With City of Heroes back in my MMO rotation thanks to the multiple rogue servers floating around right now, I've been back in...

The Daily Grind: Do you let an MMO’s worst community elements determine your server selection?

Last week, on the heels of WoW Classic's latest stress test, I saw several discussions online about popular streamers and...
It's so clear now that you are all that I have.

The Daily Grind: How long should a studio keep an MMO in maintenance mode?

It seems pretty clear to me now that Final Fantasy XI is going to keep running for a long time. I can't say for...

The Daily Grind: Are you drawn to MMO shapeshifting classes?

When you think about it, one of the least-represented class archetypes in MMORPGs is shapeshifters. They only pop up here and there, such as...

The Daily Grind: Which sunsetted MMO had the most wasted potential?

Since Bossa's announcement that it's sunsetting Worlds Adrift this summer without even even launching out of early access, there's been an odd reaction...
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The Daily Grind: Have you ever felt schadenfreude from an MMO’s collapse?

Schadenfreude, a word many of us learned from The Simpsons, is a term meaning "shameful joy" that refers to feeling good about something you...
Sort of?

The Daily Grind: Which MMORPG was ahead of its time?

I want to wax poetic about Warhammer Online for a moment here. While it never maintained the initial level of success that it...

The Daily Grind: Is the esports bubble about to burst?

Last week, Kotaku put up a compelling piece about the online gaming industry's obsession with esports - specifically, how the esports bubble is...

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