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]

The Daily Grind: Which MMORPG offered the best console experience in 2018?

I'm not ashamed to admit that I'm primarily a PC gamer. When I was a kid, my family couldn't afford the endless parade of...
Forgiven.

Vague Patch Notes: The taxonomy of corporate apologies in video games

Somehow, Bethesda managed to persevere after the Great Canvas Shortage of 2018 to replace the Fallout 76 CE bags that were essentially plastic...
Nope.

The Daily Grind: When have MMO devs brought up ‘universal’ experiences that ring hollow?

I remember the developers talking about Legendary items in World of Warcraft: Legion in hushed tones, noting that they wanted to replicate the experience...

The Daily Grind: When’s the last time you got out of your comfort zone in MMOs?

For the longest time I had difficulty taking FFXIV's Lalafel as anything but a bizarre joke. I mean, I love short races, but...

The Daily Grind: Which MMORPG offered the best PvE experience in 2018?

Yesterday, we asked you to examine the best PvP experience of 2018, having noted we won't be giving an award for it this...
Bela Lugosi's dead.

The Daily Grind: Which MMORPG offered the best PvP experience in 2018?

Later today, we begin our giant rollout of end-of-the-year awards, a series I both love and hate - love because it's fun, hate because...
Wheelie!

The Daily Grind: Which MMO has the best fast travel options?

There will never be a time in my life without my heart going out to Guild Wars for its map traveling. Yes, the original....

The Daily Grind: What’s your favorite MMO holiday tune?

Seeing as how 'tis the season and all that, even the sound of MMOs is changing for the holidays. Christmas tunes are popping up...

The Daily Grind: How much does your reputation matter in a modern MMO?

One of the memes I see repeated a lot when folks are waxing nostalgic about the old days of MMOs is this idea that...
I HAVE TO RENEW MY HOUSE COME ON

The Daily Grind: Do you ever put MMOs into personal maintenance mode?

There is no point when I stop playing Final Fantasy XIV, but there are times when I'm not playing much. My interest wanes, I...

The Daily Grind: Which MMO decorates the best for the holidays?

Like some of you, I am really into decorating for the holidays. Not Clark Griswold-drain-the-Chicago-power-grid crazy, but I love transforming my environment into something...

The Daily Grind: What’s the meanest thing you can say about an MMO you adore?

A couple of months ago, I did a Daily Grind asking folks to find something nice to say about MMOs they hate. It...

The Daily Grind: Do you ever worry that an MMO you’re watching will be shuttered before it’s done?

It's possible I've been doing this too long and have just seen a whole lot of casually delivered bad news on Twitter from gaming...
Croooooooooooooooow (Jupon)

The Daily Grind: How much time is a satisfying play session for an MMO?

Back in the days of Final Fantasy XI, if I didn't have at least three hours to play the game I rarely would bother logging...

The Daily Grind: Who are your favorite recurring MMO NPCs?

Every MMO player knows that a vast majority of NPCs that we encounter will be one-quest stands. We'll do something nice for them, they'll...

The Daily Grind: Must MMOs keep moving or die?

Bhagpuss over on the MMO blog Inventory Full put up a piece earlier this month about EverQuest II - specifically about MMO...

The Daily Grind: Do MMOs need to slow down?

If you look back at the early years of MMORPGs, nearly everything was slow, ponderous, and took gobs of time. Travel took time. Combat...
dang

The Daily Grind: Are you doing anything for WildStar’s sign-off?

Today is the day we say goodbye to WildStar for good, something that I am profoundly sorry to see happen. This was a game...

The Daily Grind: When was the last time you saw something truly heartwarming in an MMORPG?

A few weeks ago, my husband found himself in a bit of a reorienting Overwatch match. There was a young kid on chat sounding super...

The Daily Grind: What would you do if you had godmode in your favorite MMO?

Over the holiday, one of the many amusing bug stories following Fallout 76 around was the tale of the girl who got...

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