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: What conventional MMO wisdom provokes a contrary response in you?

Back in May, I did a smol piece on Echoes of Elysium that talked about the game's philosophy: "No more punching trees and building...
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The Daily Grind: What are your most important daily tasks in MMORPGs?

The name of this particular feature is, obviously, The Daily Grind. It is an allusion to daily tasks in MMORPGs. Now, certain games have...

The Daily Grind: What’s an underrated MMORPG that deserves more love?

I find that when people grow bored with their MMOs and start searching around for alternative entertainment, often they're looking for the less-than-obvious answer....

The Daily Grind: Which MMOs are best at letting you bring the player, not the class?

It was MOP's Eliot who put the ol' canard about bringing the player not the class in my head again recently, thanks to his...
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The Daily Grind: Have you ever been a part of a large player group migrating to a new MMORPG?

The first guild I ever joined in an MMORPG was in Final Fantasy XI, and it was made up of about 40% new people...

The Daily Grind: Do you make your own fun in MMOs when you run out of content?

This summer, my wife and I told our children that they don't get any "screen time" until after dinner each day. They initially struggled...

The Daily Grind: If you could banish one piece of gear from MMOs, what would it be?

When MMOs were new, the iconic chainmail bikini was a whole damn thing. It was the big joke in the games industry, the idea...

The Daily Grind: What non-MMO has art you wish you could steal for an MMO?

A while back, MOP's Chris shared an ancient version of the ol' Clickhole "heartbreaking" meme. It doesn't seem to actually be from Clickhole, but...
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The Daily Grind: How late at night do you play your MMOs?

In the long long ago, when I got out of college, I was playing MMORPGs via dial-up connection. This would be less weird if...

The Daily Grind: Are you hooked on that ‘new character smell’ in MMOs?

Oh man oh man, I do love that new character smell in MMOs. It's about one of my all-time favorite things for online gaming...

The Daily Grind: Are you reluctant to start new MMORPGs?

When I sat down a few weeks ago to play Tarisland - whenever I sit down to play any new MMORPG, really - I...
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The Daily Grind: Do you have an MMO lore friend?

I do not have an MMO lore friend. This is because I am the MMO lore friend. I am the friend who, when the...

The Daily Grind: Which MMOs have the best character select screens?

With The War Within pre-patch arriving in late July, World of Warcraft's character select screen is getting a huge makeover to allow you to...

The Daily Grind: How many players constitute a proper MMORPG raid?

Back when Amazon first announced its New World Aeternum rebranding, I noticed an interesting comment about the planned raid. Longtime reader Squid opined that...
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The Daily Grind: Would you rather have disposable minions or true pets with an MMO pet class?

A few weeks back, MOP's Chris and I were talking about Path of Exile 2's forthcoming Witch character and griping about the way a...

The Daily Grind: What’s your favorite example of MMO devs embracing a community meme?

World of Warcraft's Captain Placeholder. Final Fantasy XIV's square grapes. City of Heroes asking you to kill skuls. Lord of the Rings Online putting...

The Daily Grind: Should MMOs show blood and battle damage?

At the risk of sounding like a bloodthirsty gorehound, I do kind of wish that MMOs did more to visually represent the damage that...
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The Daily Grind: Are you taking part in Final Fantasy XIV’s Dawntrail early access?

I'm not going to lie to you, people, I'm writing this post well before the early access period has begun because my primary goals...

The Daily Grind: Which MMO is worth playing because of its lore?

A few weeks ago in a Massively Overthinking, Tyler landed one hell of a double-dunk on SWTOR and EVE Online almost in passing, suggesting...

The Daily Grind: What’s the fastest you’ve ever nope’d out of an MMO?

Last weekend, I carved out some time to check out the launch of Tencent's Tarisland. I've been mildly interested in this WoW clone ever since...