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: How do you motivate yourself to clear MMO hurdles?

Don't you hate that feeling in an MMO when your progress suddenly hits a wall? Maybe you simply can't beat the next bit of...

The Daily Grind: Have you ever met any of your MMO guildies in real life?

I suspect that the pandemic put a bit of a damper on the idea of having guild meetups, just as it brought most conventions...

The Daily Grind: Would you start playing an MMO in soft maintenance mode?

Some games officially announce when they're going into maintenance mode. (And some games then update more than some non-maintenance titles, but that's an exception.)...

The Daily Grind: Does it ever make sense for an MMO to restrict certain classes to specific races?

With the recent news that Lord of the Rings Online is loosening up some restrictions regarding class and race combinations, it seems to have...

The Daily Grind: Do you play any MMOs merely out of habit?

MOP reader Slava recently wrote to us with an intriguing topic about playing MMOs out of habit more than out of enjoyment. "Back when I...

The Daily Grind: What’s the best looting system in an MMO?

I've had looting on the brain lately for several reasons. For starters, I spent some time working with my son earlier this year helping...
Everything old is... well, it's actually still old.

The Daily Grind: What’s the most heroic moment you’ve seen in an MMO?

MMOs are video games. You are not going to save people's lives most of the time, and even if you do it's going to...

The Daily Grind: How dark should the night be in MMOs?

If you are to take anything away from Embers Adrift's development manifestos and enthusiastic essays, it's that MMORPGs have done darkness a dirty deed...

The Daily Grind: What do you do about ‘underperforming’ groupmates in MMOs?

A while back, Visionary Realms posed a brutal question to Pantheon players: How do you handle underperforming people in your MMO groups? The question...
Dare to be stupid!

The Daily Grind: What’s your favorite weird MMO weapon?

Every MMO starts you off with the pretty standard weapon options. There are swords, big swords, axes, hammers, maybe some guns, brass knuckles, staves...

The Daily Grind: Are there any major MMORPGs you haven’t tried yet?

If you are anything like the MOP writers, your passion for the MMO genre has encouraged you to at least try out different titles...

The Daily Grind: How much time do you spend doing non-combat stuff in MMOs?

If you don't watch our streams, you might not have noticed that MOP's Chris and MJ kicked off a series this year in which...
aw hell

The Daily Grind: Is there any dead MMO you’d play if it were resurrected by blockchain schemers?

Earlier this month, Justin and I jawed on the MassivelyOP podcast about the revival of Kritika Online, which turned out to be an exploitative...

The Daily Grind: What sort of MMO streams do you like?

First of all, yes, obviously your answer to that question is the excellent work that our own Stream Team does on a regular basis...

The Daily Grind: How resistant are you to the allure of MMO microtransactions?

The insane level of predatory monetization in Diablo Immortal certainly sparked a whole lot of discussion --  not to mention backlash -- this month....

The Daily Grind: Should MMO PvP matchmaking focus on challenge or engagement?

MOP's Sam recently stumbled across an MSM article that quotes multiple streamers and esports players essentially complaining about matchmaking systems in competitive games. The...
Ram moo

The Daily Grind: What do you consider your biggest MMO mistake?

Everyone screws up in MMOs. I don't mean that in the sense of staring at your shelf wondering why in the world you have...

The Daily Grind: How do you feel about studios paying streamers to cover MMOs?

The other night, I was listening to a YouTuber go through a list of ideas to improve Lord of the Rings Online. I agreed...

The Daily Grind: Do you expect MMO studios to moderate in-game chat?

Last week, a reader emailed us in frustration over in-game harassment going on in Elder Scrolls Online during Pride month. The reader's guild is...

The Daily Grind: Which MMO requires the least math from players?

I have tried to explain to my kids that they will not stop using math in real life, even if they aren't in a...