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: Are MMOs obsessed with suffering?

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Today we're going to play a game I like to call "I saw a cool thread on Reddit months ago and saved the link,...

The Daily Grind: How many MMO toons can you juggle at once?

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I may have overdone it with the City of Heroes toons. I'm currently working on a project to level several dozen characters up so I...
Riding along in my hippomobile.

The Daily Grind: How good do you think you are in your MMO of choice?

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If there's one thing that I've learned over the years in which I have played MMOs, it's that people who are quick to point...

The Daily Grind: What could MMOs put into a dungeon to give you cold sweats?

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We all have different fear triggers in real life -- and some of these make horrible cameos in video games. Don't like arachnids? Welcome to...

The Daily Grind: Do you engage in ‘mapping’ in explorable MMORPGs?

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A while back, we did a Daily Grind on "vestigial organ" design in MMOs, and I mentioned Guild Wars 2's leveling system as being...
Teeth. Not a lack of teeth.

Vague Patch Notes: Mandatory content and game design in MMOs

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Let me tell you about my second roommate in college. He was named Kyle, and he was benefiting from the fact that I had...
Muttonchops!

The Daily Grind: How do you handle bad players in MMO group content?

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You queued up for a dungeon and got matched with Trab Godslayer, and you start the dungeon to discover that he is wildly misnamed....

The Daily Grind: How can MMO devs make tank classes more interesting?

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Sometimes Daily Grind topics blossom from extended conversations in the Massively OP office. And indeed, the other day we were tossing back and forth...

The Daily Grind: Which MMOs have had the most successful monetization turnarounds?

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Up until the last couple of years, I would've said Lord of the Rings Online's monetization was... not good. In fact, even though plenty...

The Daily Grind: Should MMOs push players through different content types?

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MOP reader Slava recently wrote to us with an interesting question about wildly different content types and the MMOs that either nudge or force...
We know, guys.

The Daily Grind: What things do MMOs do pre-launch that look like a red flag to you?

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Working in this industry for more than a decade has not, in fact, given me the ability to see the future. But it has...

The Daily Grind: What makes for a good MMO shindig?

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Originally I wrote, "What makes for a good MMO party?" but that can obviously be construed in a more business-like, less get-down-and-funky sense. In...

The Daily Grind: What’s the most unloved class in your favorite MMO, and how would you fix it?

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I was trundling around playing on my Lord of the Rings Online server the other night when someone advertised for a Burglar for some...
FLY

The Daily Grind: Which MMO with flight would be better without it?

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Flight is one of those movement tricks that a lot of MMOs use because let's be honest, flying is awesome. We are naturally land-bound...
Fight me, coward.

The Daily Grind: Do you prefer costumes over transmog in MMOs?

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You know what's an interesting feature that both Elder Scrolls Online and Guild Wars 2 share? They both offer two different approaches to dressing...

Massively OP Podcast Episode 389: Grinding out them dailies

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Justin and Bree discuss ArcheAge 2, WoW Classic Cataclysm, Fractured Online, LOTRO's 2023 ocean expansion, and the Wizard101 hack, with adventures in Guild Wars 2 and WoW Classic, plus meta discussion on how The Daily Grind works and how game studios handle pesky journos like us.

The Daily Grind: Are isometric-ish viewpoints in MMOs a turnoff?

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When we did our roundtable on the biggest MMORPGs in 2022, I included Albion Online among them, and I stand by that inclusion. Regardless...

The Daily Grind: Is there a mod for an MMO that you just can’t play without?

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I've been back in Lord of the Rings Online a bunch lately, and as part of my return I went through and made sure...
And again.

The Daily Grind: What’s the wildest thing you’ve done just to get an achievement in an MMO?

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Who doesn't love achievements? It's fun being able to tick off the box for doing something difficult or at least non-trivial and show off...

The Daily Grind: Are there MMOs where you’ve never hit the level cap?

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In this day and age when MMO developers all but get out of the car and push you to the level cap whether you...

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